Mohammed Bouazizi worked as vegetable street Vendor in the small North African nation of Tunisia. With this one man’s rebellious but inspirational act, the foundations of the Occupy Wall Street Movement were forged on the 17th of December, 2011. Mohammed Bouazizi purchased vegetable produce on Credit in order to sell food goods to the public. As Bouazizi was a father of eight his family’s necessities were a top priority. He was a graduated University student that failed to find a job out of post-secondary. Tunisia’s Government corruption created a dysfunctional [Read More]

 15 December 2011  Posted by rhys360 Case Studies No Responses »

The Protests that started the Domino Effect of Arab Spring begun in Tunisia after the moving act of Mohammed Bouazizi when he set himself on fire in front of a political office. The Social System of Tunisia was both economically and political fractured due to how its corrupt Government structured society. Interactions, services and authorities were all shaped to oppress the public whilst keeping the authoritarian regime in place. In Tunisia’s Social System the institutions and policies inflicted by the Government severely cut off the people’s liberty to interacting freely [Read More]

 15 December 2011  Posted by rhys360 Case Studies, Uncategorized No Responses »

In many ways food systems guide the shape and boundaries of culture.  For decades anthropologists have noted the connections between food systems and carrying capacities to social and cultural forms of expression and organization.  Anthropologists often cite the development of agriculture in Mesopotamia and the simultaneous population growth and urban developments.  But less often do we hear how combinations of environmental, political factors, and over exploitation led to the eventual collapse of robust urban centers even in ancient times.  Through an exploration of our own food systems a better understanding [Read More]

Overpopulation - How Many More Mouths Can We Feed?

Various articles have shown up in the news recently regarding a prediction that the Earth’s human population would reach 7 billion by the end of 2011.  We are all familiar with the “hockey stick” graph of human population growth.  This graph has been commonly used to show the exponential rise in human population and therefore illustrate how our impact on the Earth is greatly increasing every day.  It was used, with great success, in Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” to exemplify how easy it is for the human [Read More]

Dec 122011
The Sun, Our Savior

I first met Joel Bellenson in my Commercial Drive neighborhood when I was working at a café where he was a regular. I overheard him on more than one occasion talking about hydroponics and I knew that he was a scientist and geneticist. So when it came time for me to write about food systems and the Occupy Movement I knew Bellenson would have some interesting insights for me. Originally from a very conservative suburb of LA, Bellenson was a computer programmer as a child. He went to Stanford University [Read More]

Examining the US Housing Bubble from an Ecological Anthropology Point of View

(It is highly recommended that you read the summary of the U.S. Housing bubble and resulting financial crisis at before continuing with this post) The US housing bubble that ultimately triggered the global financial crisis offers clear examples of several concepts from the field of ecological anthropology. First of all, the housing bubble demonstrates two different kinds of progress trap, namely the “run-away train” and the “house of cards”. The phrase “run-away train” refers to a system which has become so heavily invested in following a particular method of [Read More]

 11 December 2011  Posted by 360_writer Case Studies, Uncategorized No Responses »
Hey Occupy, Let’s Prepare for the Collapse and Aftermath

The Occupy Movement should be looking to find a new socioeconomic system after this one collapses, rather than trying to change it right now. After the inevitable collapse will be the time to restructure our society in a better way and to implement new socioeconomic systems. Right now we should look into how we can do this restructuring and implementation once collapse occurs and create new socioeconomic systems to implement for afterwards as well. To learn more about why I think that we need to allow the system to collapse [Read More]

Dec 112011
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“… On the twenty-third half-moon of the recalibrated Traversian cycle, a civil war raged between a race of machine called the Dronatics and their masters and creators, the Mechticians. The last hope of the Mechticians was a carrier spaceship and its flotilla commanded by admiral Cerzach. Losing to the Dronatics advanced weaponry, the Mechticians had no choice but to abandon their home world and space-travel to uncharted coordinates in search of a new world. Having escaped from the Dronatics’ radars, the Mechticians managed to find a new potential home in [Read More]

Glenn Greenwald Article Review

  Summary: Glenn Greenwald, American blogger, columnist, author and lawyer, wrote a probing article, which reflects on the UC Davis pepper spray incident. He begins by asserting that this incident is a perfect example of a police state. Greenwald explains that the UC Davis pepper spray incident illustrates American citizens being punished as a result of exercising their First Amendment rights. The right to free speech and assembly are supposed to be guaranteed by the US Constitution, but it seems as if the authorities are following an alternate set of [Read More]

 10 December 2011  Posted by lilavolkas Case Studies, perspectives No Responses »
Guest Op-Ed with Natasha Gowda

For our project I would like to share a conversation I had with Natasha Gowda, a Community Outreach Representative for BC Hydro. I believe that her experience within the corporate world provides a different insight into our Occupy Vancouver project, as she shares her personal opinions with us through this guest ‘opinion editorial’. A transcript of our conversation is posted here with her permission.     Q: How would you describe the Occupy Vancouver movement?   A: I would say that Occupy Vancouver is a public display of dissatisfaction with [Read More]

The Empire Strikes Back

On December 7th, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the North American Common Security Deal. How do you feel about this? Do you perceive this as the first phase to consolidate our nations into one “new modern order” (e.g. new world order). Do you foresee this plan as the first phase to open the door for mass corporate take over of Canada’s farming and resources industry? Let’s hear your opinion on this important issue! Also, as you watch the video, take notice of 2:40 (it sounded as if he [Read More]


Until a year ago I believed that Canada, as a nation was a fairly “green” country. That is to say that our country, our government, and major businesses and corporations were working towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable means of living. While researching our country’s stance in last years Climate Change Conference that took place last winter, I was sadly disappointed in our country’s environmental stance. Among the largely negative influence that Canada had, the most terrible, in my eyes, were the Albertan tar sands. The many organizations looking [Read More]


Occupy Movement vs. the Russian Revolution     While following the Occupy Movement these last few months something that really struck me was the similarity between this movement and the Russian Revolution that took place during the early twentieth centuries. Specifically, the division of wealth in Russia at the time, and how it played a major role in changing the political, social, and cultural aspects of Russia. To further illustrate the similarities between the Russian Revolution and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, I decided to research the Russian Revolution, the [Read More]

Occupy Wall Street promoting energy self-sufficiency

Energy self-sufficiency and environmentalism have been indirectly promoted by the Occupy Wall Street movement due to the 1%’s poor use of inefficient and high cost fossil fuels. The economics of energy use have fueled a public demand for a cleaner and cheaper energy source exemplified by movements such as “Occupy Rooftops”, by the organization Solar Mosaic. The Occupy Rooftop movement attempts to show that any individual can start a self-sufficient and energetically clean community by using solar panels as a clean re-usable energy source. These panels are then placed on [Read More]

 8 December 2011  Posted by alek_hrycaiko Case Studies, media, take action No Responses »
Occupy Food Systems and Ecological Anthropology

Food is an essential part of life and a keystone in the foundation for most cultures.  Is it fair that people and businesses with vested interests are controlling how people feed themselves?  In the past, humans were more connected with their food supplies and production and there was significantly more transparency is all aspects of food security.  We have sped away from this way of living, driven by the euphoria of consuming with ease and efficiency and pulled further along by corporations focused on profits.  What consequences will this way [Read More]

"We are Students"- Lila Volkas

The piece “We are Students” was inspired by the popular video of the events that took place on November 18th, 2011 when peaceful Occupy UC Davis students were pepper sprayed in the face by police. I wanted to explore the role that violence plays in the non-violent Occupy movement. The red and blue background depicts the American public watching this event, while the cameras signify the important role of technology in the documentation and spreading of information of the Occupy movement. The injustice against these students was internationally recognized because [Read More]

Food Security as a Channel for Social Inequality

Food security is an intersection where a person’s economic, social, and ecological worlds intersect.  This is a major point where the inequalities from these worlds accumulate.  Access and affordability are paramount in the ability for a person to receive adequate quantity and nutritional quality of food.  A perfect example of this inequality is local and organic foods, a hot topic in the Occupy movement.  While ecologically and socially local and/or organic foods are the optimal choice (benefitting the environmental footprint of food and local communities), serious economic inequality often bars [Read More]

 5 December 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  No Responses »
Corporations' ability to have positive impact

After being so focused on the unfair influences of large businesses on the food system, it is important to make a positive side note.  The immense scope of influence corporations have can be used to positive movements.  In an economic system where dollars are the consumer’s voice, the large corporation can be a megaphone.   Here are some examples:   Wal-Mart’s part in stopping the use of Growth Hormone in the US dairy industry   Wal-Mart in some states declaring to sell only in-state produce (unless no option is [Read More]

 3 December 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  1 Response »
Growing Wealth and Disconnectedness in the West & The Organic Movement

Growing Wealth and Disconnectedness in the West For many of us today who are living in urban areas, it is uncommon to think about where our food is coming from, how it is grown and produced, and by whom. Moreover, although environmental consciousness has been gaining popularity, many of us still do not necessarily question where waste is going and how it is being handled. This distancing and disconnection are closely linked to the political climate and to the capitalist system in which we live. Those influence not just our [Read More]

Current Example: the Canadian Wheat Board Controversy

A current example of the battle of the 1% vs. the 99% is the pending decision of the Canadian Wheat Board dissolution.   This is an ongoing issue and could very well be an example of the 1%’s ability to sway government.  The CWB marketed wheat and set price floors for Canadian produced wheat, leveling the playing field between farmers.  Large farmers are supporting the decision to dissolve the governing body and the current federal government is using this to their advantage, claiming that “farmers” are supporting the dissolution.  The decision [Read More]

 1 December 2011  Posted by lizcarney Case Studies  1 Response »