Occupy Wall Street, One Year Later: Lessons for Corporate America and Its Counsel

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As the Occupy Wall Street movement celebrated its one-year anniversary, what can the rise and fall of OWS teach corporate attorneys about message and protest, public perception, and crisis response?

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  • Avon

    I visited OWS at Zuccotti often, and I think it's a bunch of baloney to say it was "mayhem" or it "blocked other members of the 99% from getting to work."
    Fewer workers (if any) had to call in absent by reason of being "blocked" than in an average thundershower. The only real injuries were caused in needless police confrontations. I strolled comfortably in my suit among the colorful and ordinary protesters living there, and it was more like a community than a demonstration.
    But James Haggerty is absolutely correct about the message. OWS predicted that, in a way - I'm certain that's why they relentlessly resisted all demands by the public, the media and the government that they designate "leaders" and publish specific "demands." Like the patriots of the 1770s and the hippies of the 1960s, they wanted unrealistically revolutionary goals. They aimed for the mind-shift Haggerty describes, and they couldn't have got it if they'd reduced themselves to being just another institution. I'd say, they've won. And, as they continue, they'll keep reminding us of that.

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