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Mic Check (Mic Check) GA Albuquerque

Mic Check! (photo: studiolxv)

Mic Check! (Photo: studiolxv, flickr)

Mic Check (Mic Check)

Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur and governor of the territory of New Mexico

(repeat chorus, crowd)

once said something like, “Whatever works everywhere else does not work in New Mexico.”

(repeat chorus, crowd)

I have an announcement.

(repeat chorus, crowd)

Of all the things I love about the General Assembly, I may love the human mic most of all. When the crowd hears “Mic check, mic check,” silence happens. It allows a single voice to be heard by amplification, a few words at a time. The speaker learns to be succinct (usually), and the crowd takes in, in a physical way, the thoughts of individuals in the crowd. The process of communication is slowed and made more deliberate. It can be a bit crazy, but with facilitation and after being taught how to use hand signals as appropriate, it allows everyone to have an opportunity to speak and be heard. I think it is a big contributor to the opportunity to develop consensus.

We have had, on and off with constant undercurrents, “issues” about the use of the word “occupy” and the need for our occupation to be (Un)Occupy. I will not discuss this issue. We have found a way to move on.

We are now (at this moment) calling ourselves #OWS Albuquerque General Assembly. We are still negotiating our use of public space. It is a struggle that so many other places also face, and it is a difficult, and sometimes life-threatening battle.

We are going to be moving out to other places in our community to hold general assemblies, to report back from those to the original GA, and to begin to grow the occupation in the minds and hearts of those who are not comfortable with the public meeting space formerly known as (Un)Occupy Albuquerque.

That is all I have. Thank you for listening.

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Mic Check (Mic Check) GA Albuquerque

Mic Check! (Photo: studiolxv, flickr)

Mic Check! (Photo: studiolxv, flickr)

Mic Check (Mic Check)

Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur and governor of the territory of New Mexico

(repeat chorus, crowd)

once said something like, “Whatever works everywhere else does not work in New Mexico.”

(repeat chorus, crowd)

I have an announcement.

(repeat chorus, crowd)

Of all the things I love about the General Assembly, I may love the human mic most of all.  When the crowd hears “Mic check, mic check,” silence happens.  It allows a single voice to be heard by amplification, a few words at a time.  The speaker learns to be succinct (usually), and the crowd takes in, in a physical way, the thoughts of individuals in the crowd.  The process of communication is slowed and made more deliberate.  It can be a bit crazy, but with facilitation and after being taught how to use hand signals as appropriate, it allows everyone to have an opportunity to speak and be heard.  I think it is a big contributor to the opportunity to develop consensus.

We have had, on and off with constant undercurrents, “issues” about the use of the word “occupy” and the need for our occupation to be (Un)Occupy.  I will not discuss this issue.  We have found a way to move on.

We are now (at this moment) calling ourselves #OWS Albuquerque General Assembly.  We are still negotiating our use of public space.  It is a struggle that so many other places also face, and it is a difficult, and sometimes life-threatening battle.

We are going to be moving out to other places in our community to hold general assemblies, to report back from those to the original GA, and to begin to grow the occupation in the minds and hearts of those who are not comfortable with the public meeting space formerly known as (Un)Occupy Albuquerque.

That is all I have.  Thank you for listening.

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