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Russell Brand wants you to join the revolution

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Russell Brand, who – next to being a well-known English comedian – attracted world-wide attention by his explanation why he was not voting during an interview by Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman in 2013, has a new book out: Revolution.   Next to it being a fun read, I think we can all draw inspiration from this book. Also worth watching: an interview with Brand by Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word on the topic of this book.

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Proposal to proivde space for IOPS allies

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This proposal was put forth by Tasner Curran and Howard Goldson in one of the last talks. They were nice enough to let me take the lead on putting it up, my apologies for the delay. Proposal to provide space on IOPS for allies, parallel movements and organizations, that members would like to nominate as candidates. A platform to talk about their work, their efforts, projects, ideas as they might apply to what we are after, in line with what IOPS stands for. We would like to provide a space within…

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LIVE TALK OCTOBER 12TH, Our Collective Creativity

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LIVE TALK (October 12th) Another examination of using our Collective Creativity, You are invited to  "use our collective creativity to address this issue of the use of collective creativity"      We, an organization of wonderful members, have brought many good ideas to the floor. As an organization it seems we should come together and begin to creatively discuss, collectively consider this issue of the use of our collective creativity,…

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Activism and Community

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i brainstormed this project a bit with local group member Syd Fredrickson, who suggested photographer Alex Garland.   my idea was to create a wall calendar to show a mix of what many of us are fighting against, with various local solutions that can replace or help. both a celebration of what has been accomplished and inspiration for what is yet to be done.   ya know, we can scream at Monsanto, but also transform a little patch of grass into a community garden and buy from the local farmer’s…

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Live Talk July 27th Homelessness, Mental Health and Community Wellness

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July 27th Live Talk. (2pm New York)(6pm UTC)(8pm Rome) Brought to you by the ever changing world of possibilities,,  On Homelessness, Mental Health, and Community Wellness.  Exploring the interconnected nature of homelessness, mental health and community wellness. Examining our local and personal experiences with homelessness, working with the homeless, working to end homelessness. Our own experiences with mental health, the mental health system and working with the mentally…

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Participatory: questioning & reciprocity

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“See, I believe in elementary moral principles, namely, if we apply some standard to someone else, we apply it to ourselves.” Noam Chomsky, 2002 Inspired by the word “Participatory” and a few dialogs that seemed promising,  I’ve made some attempts to participate in IOPS. I don’t think this the right place for someone who wants to explore what it means to participate as I keep getting referred to the founding documents with questions like “Have you really…

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Authoritarianism

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  If we see ourselves as the savages we are, some improvement is possible, or at least thinkable. -George Orwell   Dear All, Inspired by the possibility of a participatory society, I've been deeply drawn to IOPS, but unfortunately generally encounter (with the exception of a few) a narrow mindset that continuously refers to the documents and agreement of the terms and conditions (commitment to the documents.) It seems this may not be the right millieu for someone who wishes to question…

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Democracy in Action: Nantes Protest

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Voting is nice. Every 4 years (or so) you make a single decision and then retreat back to your homes hoping things will get better. It is simple, doesn’t require much effort, apart from a detour on the way home from work perhaps. It is easy, only take a few minutes and the instructions are incredibly helpful in big bold writing for the oldies.   Don’t mistake this for democracy, though. People often say, especially after Russell Brand’s frank admission that…

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