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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Jim Prues
Interviewee: Gregg Tull
Location: Texas United States

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) Good where I am and also open to new opportunities

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. Veterans For Peace.

Sacred Journey Fellowship Social Action Committee

Occupy Dallas

MoveOn

StopDISD


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. I am a Citizen Journalist


5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? Yes, help me learn how to use my camera and how to interview people.


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)
http://www.youtube.com/user/bucky3phase?feature=mhee

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000211833350

https://twitter.com/#!/HippyOver50


7 In addition to being interviewed, are you also interested in conducting interviews as part of the Connect 2012 initiative? Yes

INTERVIEW
8 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].

Occupy Dallas march to fight banks. Maybe 30 folks. It was a Wells Fargo bank. We encouraged folks to open an account at the Pegassus Credit Union across the street. Back when we still had occupation.


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

Influenced me to see something being accomplished. Also big was the spontaneous community that developed. Folks would join us as we marched. Lesson is 'Don't give up, even though sometimes we're not 'feeling it.'


10 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?

Must consider Sacred Economics, Gift Economy. Must learn money is not as important as people. We need public financing to free ourselves from the corporations politically. We also need to embrace 'others' such as going to a neighborhood where we might not feel comfortable and engaging folks there.


11 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.

The DART trains [local transit] are free! Cops won't ticket folks who can't afford it. There's more shopping centers like the "Ola Padrida" - craftspeople, artists and shopsmiths worked together, cutting out the middle-man. Folks could walk down the street at night safely.


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

Pubic funding for elections so people like me could run for office. Economically, let's hope the cost to rent a home is more in line with what folks can afford. More local, organic food. Social revolution so that people respect each other like in Occupy, and use consensus to find agreement.


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

At the Occupy Dallas commune, group hugs finished the assembly. On Valentine's day, I stopped at a local store and ended up giving a group hug to a complete stranger. The commune experience of Occupy Dallas created new forms of interactions. Now, even without encampment we're meeting twice a week and drawing people in. Demonstrations, actions, etc.


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

Once I got a used camera and started posting videos, and spreading them with social media, I started spreading these communications beyond the Dallas area.


15 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?

When I feel competent enough to interview and videotape, I can help with that. I'm able to interact with a wide variety of folks, and draw them in a non-judgmental way.


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

Down the road I'd like to get commercials on my youtube channel. Been living on savings, but that won't last more than another year, so I'll need to do something else unless Occupy can support me.


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

Sure, yes.


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

ABSOLUTELY!