The Occupy Movement was largely seen by detractors as a disorganized and chaotic movement that would lose momentum as quickly as it had gained it. Instead, Occupy has evolved into something larger than anyone could have conceived. Regional movements echoed the large-scale occupation of Wall Street with camps in Zuccotti Park, and added further validity to a movement that found no trouble establishing a ground swell of support.
The success of the movement is not defined by immediate revolution, toppled statues, or burning buildings, but rather by raised awareness and continued support. So, how can people further push Occupy forward? Social media played a huge role at the inception, and has been central to its evolution. You find yourself asking, “like what.. facebook, twitter, friendster (ok, probably not, but they’d win on vintage technology points alone)? Well yes, all of those things (excluding friendster) and “an interactive space for activists looking to organize for global and local social change,” appropriately called InterOccupy. IO, as it is commonly referred to, has become a hub for the Occupy community, and provides information and tools for those interested in the movement.
There are tools available to start large-scale movements in a variety of “hubs.” If you’re interested in starting something but don’t have a posse ready to roll, IO can facilitate a “First-time call” that will help get people involved. There’s a list of active hubs in the following arenas:
- Action hubs
- Issues hubs
- Regional hubs
- Occupation hubs
- Project hubs
- Identity hubs
Each of the hubs listed above is linked to multiple social media accounts that address mahjor concerns in each area.
A full-scale review of the site would be lengthy, and is unnecessary. What I’d like to get across is the idea that this is an extremely powerful and effective use of social media. It’s about networking, getting your voice heard, and making changes to a system that has the unpleasant ability to squash real concerns of real people.
Mobile communication technologies, such as laptops, wifi, and smart phones, help virtual communities manifest in the streets. As a result, people fighting for social justice have the power to talk to one another as actions unfold locally, nationally, and worldwide in real time. In this global context, IO is just one small node in the massive network of activists seeking to change the world without taking power. IO continues to provide communication services to those who want a dynamic and interactive space for networking, skill sharing, and coordinating actions that hold accountable the oppressive strategies of governments and businesses that do not serve the people.