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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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A Modest Proposal*

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*with apologies to Jonathan Swift. As we keep reading of Israeli air strikes on Gaza day after day and night after night, it occurred to me that the Israeli objectives could be attained by much more modest means.The proposal is, simply, that the Israeli Air Force drop one well-aimed powerful bomb on an orphanage in Gaza City. This will serve the goal of punishing the people in the Gaza strip equally well, as I am convinced the anguish will be at least as large. The stated official Israeli goal of…

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Saturday and Sunday July 12th and 13th LIVE TALKs Using our Collective Creativity

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LIVE TALK (JULY 12th & 13th) Using our Collective Creativity, You are invited to  "use our collective creativity to address this issue of the use of collective creativity"               is a quote from Lambert Meertens, in the comments of Daniël de Klerk's blog "A proposed model for Participatory Decision Making within IOPS".  We, an organization of wonderful members, have brought…

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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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Thoughts and Deeds 1: Revolution

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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…

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