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P2P Provisioning as an Organizing Strategy.

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Preamble (‘Whereas’): People’s daily lives are onerous. I tried to found 2 chapters, one of which reached 14 members and 7 or so meetings, the other just flat on it’s face… In both chapters it wasn’t enough to ask people to be a chapter for the sake of being a chapter, or for helping advance a decision making process, when there was nothing on the horizon for what to decide about. People today are defeatist and cynical, it’s an overarching condition in…

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Improving the Joining Process

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  The recently published IOPS Non-Member Survey Report ended with four conclusions, two of which were: ● We need to be more explicit how prospective members will be able to contribute concretely towards the IOPS mission. (This should be much more specific than the “Getting Involved” texts.) ● We need to have something more specific to offer to activists who are already very engaged in activism and cannot be expected to free time for organizing for IOPS. (Cf. the ”Why join…

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IOPS London Meeting Report

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Meeting Tuesday 29 July 2012 Theory discussion: Participatory Economics vs Market Socialism Attendees read Participatory Democracy and Participatory Economics, by Adam Weiss http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-comparison-of-economic-democracy-and-participatory-economics-by-adam-weiss/  We talked about the differences between the two proposals, and particularly what the inherent issues within markets may be. We also talked about how we would like to see examples of aspects of the models in practice. …

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Is IOPS Growing More Concerned About Its Own Influence?

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If you have seen a few of the last posts on the blog of IOPS,it might seem that IOPS is getting more self centred than it should be.True?Really? Read on to find out.   At first,let us talk about what IOPS has been doing,actually.It has held proests,street rallies,meetings and organised book fairs in cities of United States and Europe.It has tried to explain the theoretical and strategical meaning of Socialism,Liberalism and Anarchy.But speaking about being focused on the Organisational Issues,I…

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LiveTalk Saturday August 9th “How do we make a plan of action and start doing something with it?”

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Live Talk Saturday August 9th (2PM New York)(6PM UTC)(8PM Rome)  This Live Talk will be centered around the conclusions of the Survey http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/non-member-survey and a list of questions brought forward by Lambert Meertens http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/non-member-survey#8033 Conclusions ● Diversity will not improve spontaneously. A concerted campaign will be needed, in particular for addressing the underrepresentation of the Global South. ● We need to be more explicit…

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IOPS Non-member Survey Results

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This blog was co-authored by Lambert Meertens and Jane Johnson.    The survey to investigate why people sympathetic to the aims of IOPS might choose not to join is now complete.  The results of the first 100 responses have been analysed and a full report can be found in the Resources section of the website.  You can also read our previous related blogs: Non-member survey - very preliminary results and Non-Member Survey - Update.   The survey revealed some…

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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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