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Some More Possible Programmatic Ideas for Going Forward (0 signatories)

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Or Just Doing It. Following on from Peter’s last couple of posts (here and here): some rebel media reports about the rage that’s erupted in France of late (and whose energy we should all be trying to tap for the benefit of those who live and work where we do). It’s important to watch and share this stuff. Never underestimate the ‘monkey see, monkey do’ heuristic! In a way, the conditions for a global uprising already exist. There’s plenty to be furious about wherever…

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Marina Sitrin: Lessons from Paris

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  Marina Sitrin: Lessons from Paris Z Communications Daily Commentary “To celebrate and imagine together”“To look at each other and smile”“No parties, no barriers, no labels”“Take Squares and rediscover hope”  Quotes taken from interviews in this film, done by the Nuit Debout TV group. Thousands gather every evening in the Place de la République, and even more during the days and nights of the weekends. Assemblies are held every evening…

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International Call for Global Day of Action by Nuit Debout May 15th

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INTERNATIONAL CALL BY #NUITDEBOUT WE CALL FOR A #GLOBALDEBOUT DAY OF ACTION ON THE 15 OF MAY, 2016 We call on peoples movements across the world to mobilise for justice and real democracy on the 15 of May, 2016 for a #GLOBALDEBOUT. We invite you to come to Paris for an International Gathering of movements at Place de la Republic on May 7 and 8. Today #46mars (April 15) is just two weeks after one million people mobilized in Paris and the movement Nuit Debout continues to grow. In numerous French…

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Reimagining IOPS

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Some of the comments at the IOPS members survey on the future of IOPS suggest that some of the members don’t have an accurate idea of the actual state of affairs at this moment. If IOPS seems like a ship on the open sea, adrift without a course, it is because there's no one on the bridge. It is empty, deserted, no hands on the wheel.  If we want it to go anywhere, the passengers will have to assume control. The formation of IOPS was the culmination of the Reimagining Society project started…

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Guest Article : Why Does God Hate Women? Written by Wolfgang Goethe,Adjunct Professor of World Religions,Miami Dade College

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Two weeks back,I posted a photograph relating to 'Schindler's List' and the Second World War,subsequently after which I noticed a comment from the adjunct professor of World Religions at MDC on the post! I had gone through the profile before and it seemed very logical to request an article at that point.I am so glad I received this today and am really,really grateful to Professor Goethe for handing this to me. The article is wonderful,intellectually enriched and rebellious enough to knock on the…

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POSSIBLE IDEAS GOING FORWARD: By Many Authors

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   Possible Ideas for Going Forward Around the world powerful and diverse possibilities are in struggle. We the signers of “Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward” think one high priority for progress is activists developing, discussing, and settling on priorities around which to organize multi issue activism in coming months and years. We hope this document can help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that, over time, come to a synthesis. We do this in the…

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Can IOPS be revived?

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As anyone can see, IOPS is not working now. Is IOPS truly dead, or merely in a coma? Should we pull the plug or mount an effort at resuscitation? I'd hate to see IOPS go. I met some terrific people through IOPS, and learned about ideas that I believe are important. If IOPS cannot work, we should let it go. But is this a case of a definitively failed project? Is there no way we, the members, working together, can change things for the better and make IOPS work? In any case, we should not just let…

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Dreaming Revolution

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Revolutions are scary. Why is that? A revolution is a fundamental change in the established social relations, in particular in the power structures. We want to change not only the political, but also the economic system. The thing is, all change is scary. And big change is very scary.What doesn't help is that most revolutions were a bloody mess. And not only while they happened. In most cases, society ended up in an even bigger mess than before.But... not having a revolution is also scary. We –…

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The Next System Project takes off

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In 2014, The Democracy Collaborative, an initiative by Gar Alperovitz and others, launched The Next System Project, a multi-year initiative that aims to start a US-wide debate on alternative political-economic systems that can take the place of the failed systems of the past and deliver superior social, economic and ecological outcomes. As they write, truly addressing the problems of the twenty-first century requires going beyond business as usual – it requires “changing the system.”…

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