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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Jon Denn
Interviewee: Scott Krabler
Location: Montana United States

Question Answer
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) Very active

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

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. Non-violent Communication


Occupy America - A sociocratic circle supporting Occupy Asheville and further Sociocratic Occupy education.

Sustainability and all it entails, i.e. lifestyle, thinking, food, energy, governance, etc.

The Dances of Universal Peace

Current open source web technologies

All things Tech and Internet

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'm involved with a group of people organizing Sociocratic training for Occupiers.

It is my intention to see the world's people who are affected by any given decision, have the opportunity to participate in the making of that decision.

I enjoy the idea of using alternative currencies. A friend mentioned double-currency the other day which got me thinking about this possibility ... any thoughts about how to bring this idea forward?

"Corporations, in order to qualify as a "individual," must contribute 100% of their profits back into the social structure. i.e. a company that puts 50% of it's profit back into social structure only qualifies for half a vote. No more lobbying."

5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? I want to use all of my skills, technical, administrative, problem-solving, etc to support our emerging solutions.

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)

My CV is at www.scottkrabler.com.

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

8 Are you part of a group (or interested in forming one) that is engaged in the development of a collective vision vision and planning to bring it forth? If so, the C2012 process can be a means for supporting and sharing that work. Would you like to talk with someone about this possibility? 1

9 ** Return here to answer this question AFTER you've completed your interview. **

Do you have any comments or questions about this interview, Connect 2012 and/or Occupy Cafe?
An incredibly interesting process. Great fun! Thank you so much.

10 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].

Abolition, MLK, 911, and other events that bring us together, are catalysts for change. But it is spiritual, alternative focuses, the esoteric, and lesser acknowledged, that are in fact the biggest change agents. Focus, mindfulness, practice, and others, are all ways to express models instigating personal change which ultimately causes the greater, societal change.

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

I realized that my education didn't prepare me to be responsible in world events and life. It prepared me for a life of indentured servitude disguised as mediocrity, clouded with myths of hope around amassing wealth. I became aware of this, sought and found little help, then began my own journey to change myself. I'm still changing and loving the results more and more each day. Thanks to my family, friends and community circles. Lessons going forward include valuing the individual voice. Staying present to the moment ever watchful for people communicating from a place of pain and striving to empathize.

12 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?

Fear: We are so fearful of being taken advantage of, not being heard, that we resist good leadership all around us. We're afraid to adopt unknowns and for others to speak on our behalf. It's all opposite of what I believe is our true nature.

The Emotion of Occupy creates the opportunity for change. I believe, that sociocracy, NVC (non violent communication), and other models of communication are ready for adoption. Our challenge is helping the masses realize a value.

13 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 imagining moves me to tears. After all the struggle, people are engaged. I witness joy and happiness. Life is more local. Not a lot of vehicles. Stores are as much social gathering places as commercial endeavors. Less or no personal abuse of poisonous substances. What I notice most is everything seems completely integrated. The environment is healing as I witness a whole, functional ecosystem.

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

Sociocracy, and empathy as a connection tool, and our common human needs and willingness to address them equally. I see local communities of circles related by their unique social connections interconnected with trusted links to inform other, influenced, circles. In such a way, the world is "run." Politically, economically, socially, are moot.

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

Expressed how they were feeling. And Occupy is doing that part very well. As a result of the emotional uprising, people with varying skills and interests will come together to support a governmental system overlay. Consensus building techniques are used to assure that genuine dissent is honored and every voice is heard. People are working locally and informing nationally around the world. The word national and its derivatives don't exist.

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

Sincerely connected with my own visions and dreams. Personal focusing practices gave me confidence to participate where change was most needed. My activities brought groups together for common dialogue. ID resources and offer them up as tools. Facilitation and education of circle concepts and Sociocracy.

17 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?

My "employable" skills are best seen on my CV/Resume at www.scottkrabler.com. They include management and design of web services infrastructure, networks, desktop services, customer support/call center, remote systems, et al. The past 10 years I've developed deeply rooted skills and interests in non-violent communication as taught by Marshall Rosenberg. I am recently immersed in Sociocracy, as a self-governance tool and potentially, a world management tool. Overall, sustainability as a lifestyle which seems the hardest to grok.

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

I am actively seeking and prefer paid projects. I am open to barter and I'm able to offer and receive gifts. I am especially willing to do small, 5-10 min troubleshooting/fixes/changes in return for a thought out testimony of your experience.

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

Yes. I can do most things web/internet et al.

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

Yes I am.