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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Suzanne Jones
Interviewee: Lyndsay Werbecky
Location: Canada

Question Answer
PRE-INTERVIEW
1 Describe your interest in being a change agent, i.e. working to create positive change for the greater good. How would you characterize your current activity level? (Choose one) 100% engaged

2 Describe how this compares to the activity level as a change agent that you might desire for yourself. (Choose one) Other

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. Zeitgeist Movement Thrive Movement Free World Charter Occupy Edmonton


4 We are creating a database of projects and initiatives to support the emergence of collaborative work via Connect 2012. Is there something you are engaged with now, or might imagine launching or being a part of, that you would like to share? If so, please briefly describe the nature of this work, including its purpose and intended results. Operation Empower Humans (on Facebook and Twitter) To empower others through private or public messages. Intention: to free us - who knows what would happen if everyone was empowered. The results: Others would see their amazing and powerful selves so we can create a power-with society.


5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? any help would be wonderful - read the information on the facebook page and do it


6 List websites you'd like to share that relate specifically to your projects (including Twitter & Facebook if you wish):
(List each website on a separate line)
www.facebook.com/opempowerhumans www.twitter.com/opempowerhumans


INTERVIEW
7 Q1(a): As you reflect on a time when people came together in a powerful way for positive change, choose one that stands out for you. Tell me your story about that time and any part you, your family and/or friends might have played in it [if relevant].

The people have been protesting in Syria for 11 months even though people are being tortured and killed because they want their freedom. Plus Occupy Wall Street in New York. Everything in the last year has inspired me.

The Nonviolent Communcation support line - I cannot believe that there is a support line for people involved in Occupy. People usually have to pay to have empathy. To have a safe place and be accepted for being an activist and have empathy for being an activist is so great. It's a big burden to bear when you're thinking differently from the rest of society. So, having a safe place to go.


8 Q1(b): Why this is an important story? How has it influenced you? What lessons does it offer going forward?

Lessons regarding Syria and the Occupy: to be patient. I want it all to change quickly, but I realize that it might take time.

Occupy is almost too narrow a vision. The one here is branching off on so many problems. I'm waiting for an umbrella that will shelter all the causes - something nonjugmental. Bring people together but have a space to have your voice heard. So all the enviornmentalists can solve those problems, cancer people can work on that, good growing for the world. There needs to be something bigger. People are siding against Occupy, but if we had one umbrella (perhaps a technology that connects all the causes together). Occupy is excluding people. People are starting not to want to hear about Occupy. How can we touch everybody.


9 Q2: At this time in history, what challenges do you see in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially? What opportunities do you see in the ways that things might be shifting, awakening and/or emerging in response to these challenges?

Challenges: The monetary system. Everything is about making money rather than meeting people's needs. To get your needs met you need to have lots of money.

Government and the corporations are not transparent about the technology we actually do have.

Opportunities: More people are aware of the inequalities and lack of transparency. It's becoming unacceptable. What we all just accepted even a year ago is becoming unacceptable to a lot of people. People are seeing their chains.


10 Q3 Context: Imagine we’re a few years down the line and people like you have been hugely successful in moving us towards lasting and far-reaching changes that benefit all people and the planet as a whole. Wherever you look, there are dramatic improvements in how leaders behave and how communities interact. As you walk through your city, town or village and talk with others across your country and around the world, you see evidence of positive change spreading everywhere.

Q3(a): Describe the differences you, hear, feel, and experience in your everyday life.

I would feel like my efforts were important and helping my community feel a reverence for living life. Everything would run on clean, renewable energy, every person would have adequate, and abundance even, of food and water. Products would be quality - built to last. A focus on education - being creative and innovating.


11 Q3(b): Describe the differences you see, hear, feel and experience in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially.

Politically: We would be using technology (like computers) to make decisions - the power would be with the people. Everybody can vote on ideas and propositions rather than voting on people. Using this technology to organize what's happening. I don't know if there would still be a need for politicians.

Economically: We'd have a resource-based economy.

Socially: We would be very community-based. Each community would decide for themselves what is best for their community.


12 Q3(c): What did people do early on that helped to generate such positive outcomes?

People saw the truth that we are slaves - saw that freedom and choice was an illusion and we started speaking up about it and raising awareness so others saw their shackles, too.


13 Q3(d): What role did you play in making this happen?

I was as loud as possible about the inequality in order to raise awareness.


14 Q4(a): What skills, talents and/or resources might you have to offer in service to collaborative work that emerges via the connect 2012 initiative?

I would be willing to help in any way. Promoting anyone or any project that I'm in line with. Social networking skills.


15 Q4(b) What is the nature of this potential offer (as a paid service, barter, gift, a combination, etc.)?

Gift when I have spare time


16 Are you interested in developing the infrastructure of Occupy Cafe in support of this initiative or in other respects?

Don't have time right now


17 Are you interested in collaborating on the production of a short video or a blog post based on your stories and vision?

Not at this time