An editorial submitted on the Occupy movement – What will it take for us to really change?

The Occupy Movement has captured the eyes of the world.  Starting on September 17th outside of the New York Stock Exchange, I vividly remember having a heated debate with friends on simply this: “Do you support the OWS movement?”  We all threw around our bold opinions, with no real idea of what we were talking about, but it sparked passion, interest, concern, and it just simply got us talking about a movement that was bringing critical issues of inequality to the table.  It was evident that there were messages that needed [Read More]

 12 December 2011  Posted by jgardiner360 perspectives No Responses »

The following is taken from a class discussion that was held by our Ecological Anthropology 360 class (the creators of this blog). We thought it important to have a group discussion about the Occupy Movement to get a sense of people’s thoughts, and share our ideas with each other. We had previously spent weeks researching what others thought and said about the movement and hadn’t had a chance to find out what our own thoughts were as a class.   We opened with a very general question:   Do you [Read More]

Crisis: Part of Ecological Cycles?

.          The Occupy Movement, above all is a cry for help.  When it began it was leaderless, without demands, without social prerequisites to join in the call of distress.  The only agreement everyone can make – across the board – is that change needs to happen.  The system needs correction.  How to do this and where to start, is another matter.  What should come first and who should do it are issues with a plethora of differing opinions. .          In my interview with Joel Bellenson, a genetic engineer, computer programmer [Read More]


Farmers’ markets have emerged out of the food movement as people look for alternative food sources. Anyone looking for more information about farmers’ markets in Canada should visit the farmers’ markets of Canada site.  Furthermore, many provinces or cities have their own websites listing the farmers’ markets of the area.  The National Farmers’ Market Impact Study 2009 Report which can be found on this website lists many facts and statistics about farmers’ markets in Canada. The farmers’ market trend is continually growing and has real benefits for the local people.  The [Read More]

To Remake the World article: Paul Hawken   To Remake the World is an article that came from Paul Hawken’s novel, Blessed Unrest. This article looks at an unnamed social movement that is the largest social movement in the world. Hawken emphasizes that this unnamed social movement by conventional definition, is not a movement. He further states that a movement requires an individual to join and to study tracts. A movement requires an authority figure and an ideology that promotes followers. It places the individual with a certain group that becomes a defining quality of that individual. This [Read More]

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  Generation WE: The Movement Begins.. IMPORTANT: CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. This video comes from . Generation We is a movement to encourage youth born between 1978 and 2000 to step up and vote, because the total population is greater than their parents. It encourages this generation to promote change, to curb consumerism and find solutions to environmental problems. It highlights the need to revolutionalize the economy and to support medical research. It is essentially stating that system change is within this generation. We just have [Read More]

Popular Occupy Movement Slogans: A view through the internet.

In my multitude of internet searches for issues related to the Occupy movement I have stumbled across many photos that attempt to summarize the Occupy movement. Some are intended to be funny, some motivational, some accusatory, and others informational. I have selected some of the ones I believe have the most impact and posted them here to share. This one is from , which is an organizational website designed to update and keep track of the various Occupy movements across the globe. It posts information on which Occupy movements are hosting [Read More]

How the Internet can Save the World: Opinions on the Internet as a Revolutionary Tool

The United States Congress is considering passing a bill that would severely restrict internet freedom (see While its stated intent is to prevent the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials, the bill itself is considered by many to be too broad and general: with its current format, it would fail to reach its stated intent but manage to confine the internet to specific patterns of use (for more information, see The internet has become a key component in how the world functions day-to-day. As a widely used [Read More]

Progress: Did Dolores Umbridge Get it Right?

In A Short History of Progress, Wright (2005) describes that repeatedly throughout history; societies have sought progress only to collapse as a result of unsustainable goals. In the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Professor Umbridge states: “…for without progress there will be stagnation and decay. There again, progress for progress’s sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering. A balance, then, between old and new, between permanence and change, between tradition and innovation because some changes will be for the [Read More]

 12 December 2011  Posted by 360Lexie perspectives , , ,  No Responses »

                                                                                                                                                                August 15th, 2111 Dear great grandma,   Thank you so much [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]

Let’s Allow for Socioeconomic Collapse Sooner rather than Later

Many of us have been in a messy breakup, prolonging the agony, thinking that perhaps this time if we make this change it will be better, but in the back of your mind all along you knew you needed to end it and start anew. Unfortunately, by the time the inevitable breakup decision finally arrived, you or your partner or both of you were so very emotional broken. You should have ended it sooner. You should have stopped trying to fix the surface problems of your relationship when the real [Read More]

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Dear Past, I remember you used to tell Rebecca and I stories about when you were younger. You told us about traveling around the world when you were the age I am now. The sights of the mountains you climbed in Switzerland, the deserts that you became thirsty in, in Morocco, the tall Eucalyptus forests you smelt and walked though in Australia. Rebecca and I remember every detail of every taste, smell, feeling and sight you experienced. I think you told us over and over again to make sure those [Read More]

Reflection on Ronald Wright’s talk and Occupy Movement

Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress, spoke at UBC on Monday December 5th, 2011 (Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender).  There is no online video of the lecture, but a summary can be found here: . The lecture talked about how economics and our lifestyle choices are having increasingly irreversible impacts on the environment and biodiversity.  Mass extinctions follow human migration throughout time, but now that we are all over the world it seems that all species are at risk.  In the closing remarks and question period, the [Read More]


Dear Grandpa, I was reflecting on your generation’s insistence on having kids. Whenever someone from your generation would talk about procreating it was always having kids not kid. It confuses me because even in your time people began to realize that the human population of Earth was getting terribly out of hand yet people of your generation selfishly had multiple children. In our time, people have begun to both speak and act in a manner that protects what natural environment we have left. A large part of that is limiting [Read More]


Lisa’s letter has inspired me to take a broad perspective in our society and look at what it is that is leading us to forget the future.   Judging from the recent popular movies on apocalyptic scenarios of collapse and destruction, people in our society seem to really believe we are heading towards the end, or something like it. Alternatives and options are not contemplated much (see Zizek). Perhaps, the centuries of Christian faith have truly instilled in us the prophecy of apocalypse. But now, instead of praying we consume, [Read More]

Would Collapse be Preferable?

  The Occupy movement can be characterized as movement to alter the course of society. Predicting dire circumstances in the future (economic and environmental), individuals are consciously attempting to change the path that our system is on. Perhaps this is all for not though. When we look at classic adaptive model used in resilience theory, comprehensive reorganization only occurs when the system has completely collapsed. The protests and the changing that they want to see implemented in my opinion will prevent or at very least postpone the eventual collapse that [Read More]


The Occupy Vancouver movement is both a global and local movement and shows how the clashing of cultural values and a desire for a change in the system reveals the various ways in which people observe and perceive their surroundings.  Newspapers are a media which provides people with a way to go about conceiving of their surroundings. Most of my understanding of this movement has come from the newspaper I read, The Vancouver Sun and our class’ blog and trying to understand it from an ecological anthropological perspective. The movement [Read More]

 11 December 2011  Posted by Sarah S. media, perspectives No Responses »