One of the compelling attractions of Occupy is that it is modeling a possible socio-economic-political paradigm for how society can run. It is a model the whole world is beginning to watch. For those who come and participate in it, its a learning experience, a training in this new paradigm.
Occupy‘s general assemblies model a participatory democratic method. This method has been crucial in allowing people joining the movement to feel they have an integral part in it, and it has been key to not allowing one voice or agenda to take over the show. Without it Occupy would probably have been a much smaller movement. The general assembly has created a space where people can share many different worldviews and experience, listen to each other, and learn how to move as a collective. Its a rich, informative and growing experience for many who participate in it.