Posted 2 months ago on Feb. 26, 2013, 11:38 p.m. EST by oldJanet
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
One of the features of a Bridge to the Ground, a community created and run website that will serve to inter-connect occupiers from the Internet and all the affinity groups, could be a task distribution system much like the type you find on social programming sites like github or redmine.
Everything that needs to be done for Occupy gets listed and attached a priority level with a deadline if there is one. The people on the ground, participating in day to day actions with Occupy, will know which tasks need to be done. Perhaps a certain affinity group needs advertising through Facebook or Twitter for an upcoming event. This is listed and anybody who uses the Internet can pick up the task. Some tasks, perhaps like that last example, can be done by more than one person.
There are people with specific gifts, expertise, and connections which support Occupy, but cannot necessarily make it to an affinity group. There are also such people who can make it to one affinity group, but could be useful in another. For example, perhaps there is an environmental activist/writer who has the necessary connections to write an article for a top magazine like Nature and who supports Occupy. With a public task list that person could perhaps be found.
Tasks could be many things: designing posters or brochures, helping with tax returns, defending a client in court, writing articles, putting up adverts around the city, putting adverts on the person's own business truck, dissipating word to mouth, writing blogs, moderating a particular site, programming jobs, all kinds of volunteer work, engineering or architectural help for building, advise on law, etc...
Such a system would also encourage participation from anyone in the world, whether they can attend an affinity group or not. This would motivate people which would in turn help the movement grow.
When you give the power of action to people, they will come!
There's no reason Internet users be relinquished the role of observers.