Login Join IOPS

Participatory: questioning & reciprocity

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

“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…

Read More...

Authoritarianism

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

  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…

Read More...

Interview with Will Henry Lapinel

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

This is a crepe at Café Normandie.  This picture symbolizes my class privilege in addition to my hunger for revolution. Will Henry Lapinel is a member of San Diego IOPS.  The interview questions were developed by a member of Vancouver IOPS, and posted in the comments on a recent blog, unknowingly providing me the tools I needed to interview someone with a large and revolutionary vocabulary.  Thank you. How would you define what you would call ‘progressive’, ‘left’…

Read More...

Democracy in Action: Nantes Protest

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

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…

Read More...

The Future of IOPS Poll

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

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

Read More...

Live Talks

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

          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…

Read More...

European Days of Action

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

IOPS Dublin and IOPS Vienna have joined forces with social movement activists, altermondialists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, party members, unionists and many others in order to organize a series of decentralized actions all over Europe, starting on 15 May, the anniversary of the Spanish 15-M Movement, and ending on 25 May, the end of the elections to the European Parliament. Our common theme is Solidarity beyond Borders – Building Democracy from Below, which involves the following…

Read More...

On Humanity

forest
  • Written by:
  • Published on:
  • Categories:
  • Comments:
  • Share:

I believe, given the vast and ever-expanding accumulation of evidence, that I am a Homosapien primate descending from the same ancestors that fathered a great many other primate species including chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. By extension, I believe that all human beings belong to a family tree that extends to the beginning of life on our planet and includes every living and extinct organism to exist and to have ever existed. I also believe there to be no predetermination or reason for one’s…

Read More...