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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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It's an Emergency!

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The "Ministries of Truth" have been busy these past few weeks, trying to "properly frame" some truly anxiety inducing events. First ISIS swept down from Syria and through Iraq, installing a "caliphate" as they progressed. This was followed by new "intelligence" that uncharged mobile phones could pose a threat to air safety. To round things of there was a sudden rush in the UK parliament to introduce emergency legislation that will keep us all safe by warehousing all our digital data. While there…

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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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Propaganda en activisme

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English version below   De afgelopen demonstratie tegen de Israelische bezetting van Palestijnse gebieden en de onderdrukken van Palestijnen in het land waar zij leven liet weer eens goed zien hoe de algemene media opereert ten gunste van specifieke politiek.  We kunnen denken wat we willen over de vergelijking van Israel en Duitsland onder het Naziregime (zelf snap ik waar dat standpunt vandaan komt maar ik vindt het een slap argument), het feit blijft dat er twee personen (van de vijfduizend)…

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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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IOPS for You?

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This is an article written for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24, also appearing on ZNet, and likely Telssur Spanish as well. Over two years back, a poll about features that a new revolutionary international organization might have was posted on the web site ZNet and garnered considerable positive interest. Queries to many folks seconded the interest, so a project to create a new international organization with features that the poll takers ratified was begun. An international…

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What About IOPS in India?

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These days whenever I am coming to IOPS,I have been noticing two things - Lack of female members and lack of concern in the third world countries.We will come back to the first point later.Talking of the second,my question is why could this be happening?The ideology of IOPS is well known by all of us,its members.Now,in countries like India a mere 65 is a very insignificant number.We would surely need to focus on more members,or how to get more members join us.For this,why don't we consult bloggers/other…

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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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