The OccupyCPH.DK domain
Incorrect information concerning the OccupyCPH.DK domain is presented on this page, under Open Discussion (5):
The "Minutes" state that David Stodolsky is the owner of the Domain. While the GA made him caretaker of the Domain, the Domain was transferred to the Institute for Social Informatics due to technical reasons, after it was determined that the Occupy Copenhagen Fund was not yet capable of receiving the Domain.
The Discussion Item was a report from the Cyberspace Team. The fact that the Site was not being used was attributed to censorship which had taken place. A dictionary definition of "censorship" was presented and the Group was asked to cite cases. However, no one could give an example of censorship taking place. We can conclude that the "censorship" was disinformation spread after the Site Administrator withdrew from participation. At that time, the Administrator requested that the Domain be transferred to the Occupy Copenhagen Fund. However, the members of the Fund didn't respond. Later, the Administrator in person urged the majority of Fund members to reactivate the Fund, so the Domain could be transferred. No action was taken. While the "Minutes" state that the transfer of the Domain had not taken place, there was no discussion of this whatsoever. The reader is left with the impression that the Administrator had failed to perform the transfer - making this a new "problem" with the Site.
The "Minutes" also state that a consensus was reached to not use the Domain. However, there was no consensus on this, in fact, the only decision was to terminate discussion of the Item without full consideration. The three-stage decision process, previously accepted by Occupy Copenhagen, was not used at all. It appears that the currently meeting Group, therefore, is not using consensus decision making, but rather decisions are being based upon who is best able to spread disinformation. In fact, the decision to transfer the Domain to the Fund at an earlier GA was itself disinformation, since the Administrator was always prepared to perform the transfer. A transfer could have been done, only if there had been a decision to reactivate the Fund.
The unfortunate truth is that Occupy Copenhagen disintegrated over the Winter. A couple of members of the previous Facilitation Team, Lars Munch (a.k.a, Herman Hammelby) and Trine Dam Ottosen, and a few others, took it upon themselves to transform group remaining into a "guided democracy." Their new program was a "Spring Revolution." They manipulated the Group, by establishing a new website, by adding irrelevant items to the agenda, by moving their own Items to the beginning of the Agenda, and by excluding those who refused to go along with their plan. This exclusion was implemented by not publicly announcing meetings, by spreading lies about their opponents, and other undemocratic means. Neither the procedures and nor content of their "Spring Revolution" program conformed to the principles of Occupy Wall Street. The result was a demonstration attended by about 80 people. Below is a letter from one of the persons, who left the Group at that time:
My reply to the issues raised in David's mail is the following:
I agree with David that the way OccupyCph is presently functioning does not correspond to how it should be!
Last week's meeting was a fiasco, especially where I was concerned as David rightly mentions: I was excluded because I don't speak Danish. Huh? It's hard enough trying to deal with the CPR people at statsforvaltning never mind being excluded (= ignored!) from OccupyCph!!
What can I say? Sorry but in my opinion the Revolution will NOT be in Danish (men med undertekster)...
Obviously I see little point in attending meetings where my presence is so casually dismissed without consensus, this being diametrically opposed to the movement's fundamental ideals.
The inability to reach consensus is undermining OccupyCph. Do I honestly want to be part of a group which is ignoring the international evolution of the movement in favour of yet more conspiracy theory-type ideology (i.e. Lars' graphics; slave-wagons etc.) and a blatent lack of transparency? No, I don't.
Apologies if this sounds harsh. But I get it: Danes want a revolution according to "this is the way we do things in Denmark - we want our rules and not yours (Occupy's) - if you don't like it (and especially if you don't speak our language) then you're free to go back to your own country."
Great! The One Percent rubs its hands in glee as supremacist Scandinavians mock the Occupy movement and feel superior enough to ignore international guidelines in favour of their own agendas. No personal attack intended, but this was the impression I gained from the meeting last week.
Finally, I truly believe that in order to achieve change we must first change ourselves. My suggestion would be to start by renaming the group to something which doesn't contain the word "Occupy".
Good luck to all.