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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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The Future of IOPS Poll

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This blog is to direct people to the poll I just released http://www.iopsociety.org/polls/the-future-of-iops. It will be open until June 15th. When we will be having an open dialogue for anyone who is interested more about the Live Talks can be found at http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/live-talks

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Live Talks

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          The blog format is not enough to handle this human bandwidth. Some regular live discussion, I think, would be a good addition, to what we already have. I assume there are multiple ways we could do this, but I'm proposing that for the first live discussion we use Google Hangout, simply because its the best thing I've found for group meetings. I am of course, open to the possibility of other platforms as well as we move on. Live face to face chapter discussions…

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