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From The Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, and from New York to across the world, millions are entering the public arena and forming powerful new networks for change. The result is a rising wave of challenges to the political order that are expanding the boundaries of political discourse and forcing new issues into the conversation.

SEE VIDEO: From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond

At this panel, we heard from best-selling authors Ori Brafman (Starfish and the Spider), Clay Shirky (Here Comes Everybody); Occupy Wall Street organizers Jessica Shearer and Beka Economopolous; Tea Party Patriots Co-founder Mark Meckler; Engage Network Co-founder Marianne Manilov; Zeynep Tufekci of University of North Carolina, and moderators Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry of Personal Democracy Media.

Thanks to event co-sponsors, Personal Democracy Media, Movement Strategy Center, NYU ITP, the McKay Foundation, Greenpeace Digital Mobilisation Lab, and media sponsor the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

Read this people-centered reflection about the panel by Tom Watson of the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

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