Login Join IOPS

JULY 20th LIVE TALK Creative exploration of the application of plans and proposals and ideas put forward by members

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

This LIVE TALK JULY 20th, (2pm New York)(6pm UTC)(8pm Rome) brought to you by revolution everywhere. We have had wonderful success so far bringing in many of the great minds in IOPS. This talk will creatively explore how we, IOPS members might apply the ideas and proposals for cooperative action, of one sort or another, that have been put forward by IOPS members so far. From small project proposals to comprehensive strategic shifts, to data gathering and reassessment…

Read More...

Mass Surveillance, Internet organizing, and IOPS after Snowden

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

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…

Read More...

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

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

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…

Read More...

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

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

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…

Read More...

Thoughts & Deeds 2: Perspectives

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

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…

Read More...

Nothing Lasts, Nothing is Finished, Nothing is Perfect

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

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…

Read More...

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...

Thoughts and Deeds 1: Revolution

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

I had the pleasure to interview Michael Albert, radical activist and co-founder of Z Communications & Z Magazine, co-founder of South End Press, and co-author of several books on all kinds of topics, most notably “ParEcon: Life after Capitalism” and “Remembering Tomorrow,” two personal favorites of mine. The interview occurred in late June, 2014. This is the first of five parts. It deals mostly with what is revolution, and what being a revolutionary entails. As to…

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...