As we head into 2012, there is a sense that the world has shifted in a powerful way.
The nature of this shift is still emerging, but we see the increasingly pointed demands for institutional accountability. People worldwide are less than happy about their treatment at the hands of the institutions they have supported in one manner or another, or about whose overall influence or operations they have simply had no say in determining. This has led people to break away from or otherwise call to account such institutions.
Occupy Wall Street, a loosely networked series of protests focused on crony capitalism and its progeny popped up around the country this ?fall—like a bunch of fractals of a generalized discontent about t