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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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Activists plan to Resist NATO summit

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On the 4th and 5th of September, NATO will come to Wales for what is said to be “the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain”. Attendees will include President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande, who “are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other countries.” They will not be the only ones with an interest in the events in Newport and Cardiff.  Thousands of anti-NATO activists will also…

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Independence in India?

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On the 68th Independence Day of India,I should probably be posting Patriotic Quotations and deeds of great men and deeds of glory.But that depends on the perspectives with which you take a look at these long 67 years,almost seven decades and the changes that has taken place.Independence day today is a day in India when you pay tribute to the national flag,when you watch patriotic movies and listen to music that enthralls your patriotic spirits in the most vibrant shades.But what do you mean by Independence?…

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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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What is it like to be in Gaza?

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What is it like to be in Gaza?    I used to feel so unfortunate to be here in Gaza. I still do.    While I was writing this piece, I went to other websites to check if it’s been 30 or 32 days since the Israeli assault began. Then I wondered if that really matters! Here I am in Gaza, a place where numbers make no difference but to media. I’m sick of watching the death toll increasing to 1904 and more than ten thousands wounded. Behind those numbers lies a tremendous…

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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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My G String is Shot

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A short thirteen minute free improvisation... Part of my Epigonic Bailey Recognizable series. This is number 8. First and only take. It's what it is. It's how it came out. And yes, that's my voice...shit aint it!! I wrote something about IOPS to read while I played as talking off the top of your head while you play can lead to all sorts of screw ups, side tracks and disasters. Maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea, but neither is joining a revolutionary organisation. And let's face it, in the words…

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Participate!Intercontinental???

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In organizing NYC IOPS, (hosting meetings, going on marches and promoting events) I have come to both hate and appreciate the name, International Organization for a Participatory Society. It is a damm mouthful. I can never say in full with out feeling a little silly, and somewhat boringly old left. But its boringness has actually been helpful in a number of ways for organizing. I have found that people who do get involved with IOPS are much more likely to actually understand what the organization…

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