|The flag bike rider - image by AKM|
All I had to go with then to promote Erin and Hig was word-of-mouth, and the mountaineering-wilderness trekking social network in the south central Alaska area.
The "Occupy Anchorage" folks had a national movement upon which to piggyback this event, and meld that into social networking tools that have grown immensely since late 2008.
The venue was perfect, the weather sublime. The vibe today was positive. People eagerly answered my poll questions, bringing us into interesting, yet sadly predictable discussions, which slowed down the polling.
I didn't care about the slowing. I wasn't even bothered much while I was there. A lot of young people and minorities were there, some coming up to the microphone to make their statements.
|Shannyn Moore and Lazy Mt. Jim - image by AKM|
What was this gathering supposed to do or promote or organize?
Some of the speakers seemed to have a handle on it - gain or regain control over the inability to regulate greed typified by Wall Street excesses.
Nobody came close to a proposal that might get to first base. When Shannyn Moore spoke, I hoped she might tell them they can and need to do more than register to vote, and then vote. She gave a mercifully short speech, as the hour was getting late, the sun was gone from the plaza, and people seemed to be drifting away.
I left with mixed feelings, but on the drive back out to the Valley it sank in that there is nothing this so-called movement can do in Alaska that will result in any meaningful change, unless it takes a turn that is yet unforeseeable.