Login Join IOPS

Call for Candidates for the Adjudication Committee

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

The task of the adjudication committee is to ensure an orderly process for conflict resolution. The committee can hear parties in a conflict, consult other members, and issue a binding ruling. Hopefully, it will not need to come in action more than once or twice a year. It will set its own rules and procedures, which may be fairly informal, but should aim for the following: Any IOPS member may bring a case, whether they are personally involved in the presumed conflict or not. Committee members who…

Read More...

So where is everybody?

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

I've just joined this, I read the pre-amble, I was excited and then..........tumbleweed. It would appear nothing has happened on here for years. Like a hamburger displayed on the entrance to a drive-through, this deifinitly flattered to decieve. This ironically mirrors the plight of the left in NZ. So what happened? What went wrong? Why didn't this work?

Read More...

Website Content Curators — Call for Candidates

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

The task of the content curators is to ensure that the website is a place where members and sympathizers can find material that is interesting and relevant. More concretely, the team's primary task is twofold, as outlined in the proposal for the team: To ensure that the website's home page gives an appropriately playful and lively impression and is regularly updated with fresh content. To start building up a repository of relevant content on various topics and issues. Obviously, the team can only…

Read More...

Fidel & trump, two men and two words.

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

Two Men & Two Words.   In this winter month of dying light that waits to be reborn. Two words, that are also names, embodied and lived by two men, have appeared on our world's conscious stage 'trump' and 'Fidel', and as poor Earth, our only eden sails like the Titanic into an environmental collision, full of drowning refugees who exodus in desperate hope from the consequence of an elsewhere power's blind pretenses & profit. As we all compete in the indignity of nations, to lower our…

Read More...

Eating Our Own Dogfood

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

In the software industry, “eating your own dogfood” is an expression for a practice in which the people in a company themselves use the products they make and sell. It is a good way for them to discover usability problems that you only notice when you actually use a product instead of merely testing it with some standard tests.  In movements on the revolutionary left there is a notion that the movement should prefigure the society aimed at. If that society is to be inclusive, democratic,…

Read More...

Film Nights

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

One of the early blog posts I did, entitled IOPS Presents..., was about ideas that had come up during the first (and as of yet only) meeting of IOPS members from the Netherlands, now four years ago. We were brainstorming about what we could actually do concretely, and one of the ideas was to hold informational meetings on topics that are of interest to a wider group of concerned people and relevant to the IOPS mission and vision. And one of the forms that might take was that of a film night.Several…

Read More...

Financial Administrator — Call for Candidates

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

The financial administrator is charged with keeping track of and paying bills that are due in a timely fashion. The financial administrator also keeps the current account, recording all financial transactions. For the foreseeable future, this involves only payments related to hosting the IOPS website, as well as – hopefully soon – the receipt of donations and membership dues. Technically, no distinction will be made between the latter two, and together they will simply be referred to…

Read More...

How To Become a Spokesperson for IOPS

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

IOPS has no spokespersons – yet. No one is mandated to speak on behalf of IOPS. I think it is time to change that. How? In 2003, Andrej Grubacic held a speech entitled Towards Another Anarchism, in which he read an outline of a new anarchist international he had been given to the audience. I don’t know the provenance of that outline (handed down to him engraved on golden plates?) and I have not heard any further news about the initiative, but the outline resembles the basic idea underlying…

Read More...