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Thoughts and Deeds 5: Organization!?

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This is part five of a six part interview. It deals mainly with the IOPS experience. As to the other parts, they will be linked, below, as they are published…  Thoughts & Deeds 1: RevolutionThoughts & Deeds 2: PerspectivesThoughts & Deeds 3: Participatory EconomicsThoughts & Deeds 4: WinningThoughts & Deeds 5: Organization!?Thought & Deeds 6: Venezuela, Media, Music…  IOPS, or the International Organization for a Participatory Society, has been around…

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Thoughts & Deeds 4: Winning

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This is part four of a six part interview. It deals mostly with issues of vision and strategy and their role in winning change.  As to the other parts, they will be linked, below, as they are published… Thoughts & Deeds 1: Revolution Thoughts & Deeds 2: Perspectives Thoughts & Deeds 3: Participatory Economics Thoughts & Deeds 4: Winning Thoughts & Deeds 5: Organization Thoughts and Deeds 6: Venezuela, Media, Music…   Changing gears a bit, you often…

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Notes from the Live Talk

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With Omissions...   July 20th Live Talk 1:00pm Chicago time Topic: Exploring Proposals brought forward, Proposals, ideas and local projects Attendees: Daniël de Klerk, Jeremy Bowman, Fred Curran   1) Protests in Amsterdam, several thousand people staged a peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstration, calling for an end to the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. By all accounts they went well, and at one point the protest broke out toward the American Embassy.   2) Went over a list…

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Mass Surveillance, Internet organizing, and IOPS after Snowden

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I strongly support a more thoughtful and realistic response from IOPS to the current reality of mass government surveillance. I think a lack of understanding and tools around this reality has been a real difficulty for activists in the global south to get more involved with IOPS. It has also been an under-theorized weakness of using a web based platform for organizing a global revolutionary organization. One concrete reason people have expressed to me about why web recruitment is harder then some…

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Thoughts on the "Poll on IOPS Future" & The "Interim" Phase

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When we joined IOPS, we didn't join an established organization like Greenpeace or the IWW; we joined a work group engaged in building an organization.  And the organization that we said we would build  -- from the ground up, beginning with chapters -- is unique because:  (a) at all levels, it would "prefigure" the participatory society we seek to establish, and (b) the initial (or "interim") phase of construction would continue until we achieved the degree of diversity and participation…

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If Revolution through IOPS,why not songs that incite the revolution within?

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If you have gone through the contexts of revolution in any part of the world at any time; there is this one thing common - cultural bonds.(Since I have been going through European history for a few days,this post clicked my mind.)This includes music,dance,drama,literature which in turn inspires a sense of collective belonging within the people.Now that we all dream,urge and work for a revolution within society,the birth of a participatory society,why not music,why not songs?Today I am posting this…

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Thoughts & Deeds 2: Perspectives

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This is part two of a six part interview. It mainly deals with attitudes to some political perspectives and a possible alternative. As to the other parts, they will be linked, below, as they are published… Thought & Deeds 1: Revolution Thoughts & Deeds 2: Perspectives Thoughts & Deeds 3: Participatory Economics Thoughts & Deeds 4: Winning Thoughts & Deeds 5: IOPSThoughts & Deeds 6: Venezuela, Media, Music…   Regarding revolutionaries, most people know…

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Nothing Lasts, Nothing is Finished, Nothing is Perfect

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Peter Lach-Newinsky Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect – Getting beyond the IOPS Impasse IOPS is at an impasse. But as the old adage has it, crisis is also another word for opportunity. Can IOPS manage to grasp this opportunity to reflect on itself? Sit a little with the impasse, look at assumptions and visions and drop what needs to be dropped, save what needs to be saved, and move on in a fresh spirit?  AND, as we do this, can we engage in open, civil discussion…

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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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