The message that appears at the end of this blog, below the broken line, was sent to the current Interim Consultative Committee of IOPS which is 62 people.
The following ICC members replied - Ria Julian, Perveez Hoodbhoy, Ann Ferguson, Paul Street, Justin Podur, Patrick Bond, Verena Stresing, Stephen Shalom, Paul Street, Yotam Marom, Noam Chomsky, Fernando Vegas, Nico Raptis, Marie Trigona, Florian Zollman, M Adams, Denitsa Dimitrova, Anders Sandstrom, Eliot Tarver, Taylan Tosun, Gregory Wilpert, Mandisi Majavu, Yoann Le Guen, Lydia Sargent, Michael Albert, Jason Chrysostomou, Cynthia Peters, Ezequiel Adamovsky, Charlotte Saenz, David Marty, Mark Evans, Andrej Grubacic, and Harpret Paul.
All but one who replied answered affirmatively on question 1. One more respondant thought there should be no preconditions. The rest agreed we should have a convention and have preconditions for it. Then, among options a, b, and c, for the actual preconditions - and thus also the aims of a campaign leading to scheduling a convention - there was a pretty even split, certainly nothing absolutely definitive one way or another.
I would propose as a simple solution that once there is a tool in place, we have a membership wide vote. I would urge, for simplicity sake, compromising on plan b, but, in any event, going with whatever wins most votes. I do think that were the ICC polled with that proposal, the result would be essentially unanimous. I would suggest, however, that the poll to choose among the options that goes before the whole membership have one additional question -
Whatever option wins, I will pledge myself to recruit at least one person, a woman, and in any event no more men than women, in the next six months, as a priority I will do my all to fulfill, as a contribution to the campaign to meet the preconditions. Yes - or - No…
- Do you think IOPS should exist, have a convention, and at a convention settle on structure, program, etc.? (If not, please indicate if you want to no longer be on the IOPS ICC - or, if you do want to stay on it, explain why.)
- If you agree on having a convention, do you agree there should be preconditions for it (seems like a truism) and also a campaign urged the whole membership to attain those preconditions?
- If you agree on preconditions and a campaign to attain them, of the three proposed in the message below, which do you prefer?
- If you think none are worthy - please indicate what you would prefer, instead.
The relevant document:
Three Proposed Campaigns to Achieve the Preconditions for a Founding Convention
In an IOPS blog published September 17, 2012, Michael Albert proposed that IOPS members engage in a “shared campaign” to achieve the preconditions for holding an IOPS founding convention and proposed a process for the development of campaign options. (See http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/2650-convention-conditions). Thereafter, a number of forum and blog discussions considered what the preconditions for a founding convention should be and what strategies to use to achieve those preconditions. (See, e.g., http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/2nd-proposal; http://www.iopsociety.org/forum/interim-goals-for-founding-convention; http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/case-for-campaign.)
There was general agreement among the participants in those discussions about the conditions for a founding convention: (1) more members than we have now; (2) a more diverse and representative membership with respect to gender and nationality; and (3) more “active” members and/or chapters than we have now. The primary differences of opinion concerned how many more members and how to measure or define “active.”
Under Michael’s proposal, campaign-option discussions were to conclude on November 15, 2012. On November 18, when two of us asked about next steps, Michael Albert suggested “perhaps you should look at the original proposal, etc., propose something very specific for the icc to address.” (See http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/iops-program-possibilities ). Set out below, based on the blog and forum discussions referenced above, are three proposals for campaigns to achieve the preconditions for a founding convention.
Number of Members: at least 10,000
- from at least 10 countries distributed over at least 3 continents
- a greater proportion of female members at the end of the campaign than at the beginning
Proportion of “Active” Members:
at least 1,000 self-identifying as active
Strategy for Campaign A:
- All IOPS members commit best efforts to introducing IOPS to 1 new person (preferably female) per month, for 3 months, but if the first new person is male, the second will be female. At the end of the first 3 months, the then-current members (including those who joined during the preceding 3-month period) commit to introducing IOPS to 1 new person over the next three months, preferably female.
- All IOPS members commit best efforts to “recruit from within” – i.e., to undertake a self-assessment and act on the results of that self-assessment, if necessary, to become a more active member so that the new members introduced to IOPS by current members will see that activity and know what work there is to be done. The recruit-from-within self-assessment could include questions like these: Am I a member of an IOPS project, and is that project doing anything? Can I explain to others why I joined IOPS, what IOPS is doing now, and what I do as an IOPS member? Do I belong to a local IOPS chapter, and, if so, what are the chapter’s activities? Do I feel that I understand the IOPS Mission and Vision statements well enough to talk about them?
- If a chapter has at 3 members or more, members commit best efforts to holding a meeting within 30 days. If already meeting, members commit best efforts to engaging in two of the following: regular face-to-face chapter meetings; a program of self-education to develop understanding and ability to communicate IOPS values and commitments; community outreach; participation in other organizations compatible with IOPS values; posting regular reports on the IOPS chapter page, or adopting a constitution that provides methods of decision making and collection of dues.
Time Limits & Convention Planning for Campaign A:
1 to 3 years to reach campaign goals; when ½ the conditions have been met, a Founding Convention organizing project is initiated; if the campaign fails to reach its goals by the completion date, interim IOPS initiates a re-evaluation, re-assessment process, which may or may not include proceeding to a Founding Convention.
Number of Members: at least 7,500
Diversity: (Same as for Campaign A)
Organized Chapters: at least 25 in at least 10 countries distributed over at least 3 continents, each one of which has certified that, at the time of certification, the chapter is organized, as defined by the individual chapter
Strategy for Campaign B: (Same as for Campaign A)
Time Limits & Convention Planning for Campaign B: (Same as for Campaign A)
Number of Members: at least 7,500
Diversity: (Same as for Campaign A)
Organized Chapters: at least 25 in at least 10 countries distributed over at least 3 continents, each one of which has certified that, at the time of certification, it has an admin, at least 5 members, met regularly f2f with a majority in attendance, adopted a constitution that defines decision-making processes and dues expectations, and posted at least 3 regular chapter reports in standardized format.
Strategy for Campaign C: (Same as for Campaign A)
Time Limits & Convention Planning for Campaign C: (Same as for Campaign A)
Michael Livingston, IOPS Salem, Oregon
Sarah Owens, IOPS Salem, Oregon