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An Organizer's Dilemma

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I'm sure there are many people here who have much more experience with organizing than I do. If anyone of you could share some experiences or thoughts on this I would be very thankful. My general approach to organizing is that I don't try to sell anything, or to convince anyone in that sense. I wouldn't want anyone to approach me like that, so I'm not going to do it myself. The way I approach people is by asking them how their situation is, what their problems are and which goals they want to achieve.…

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Growth and Some Worries

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Well, IOPS is off the ground... at last. What will cause it to grow greatly - and what early dangers do we face? I think - who knows, but I am guessing - that perhaps the main thing affecting growth, at this point, given that the description exists, and the site exists, and the world is what it is, as are people out there, etc., is going to be the extent to which those who join personally excite others and establish some real momentum.  It is little things, cumulatively, that are likely to…

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Sharing my private correspondance about Spain and IOPS.

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At the request of some of my friends who believed this to be interesting, I shall now make this email public. This was part of a conversation between several folks from the Z(mag) Media Institute where we were sharing impressions about IOPS. It conveys some information regarding the latest developments in Spain, especially after Mike Albert's visit in October 2011. Hello everyone! [CENSORED] (Contained a joke that awaits authorization from its victim) ;) Ok, while Antti works on his reply, let me…

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Democratic Advanced Industrial Ecological Society or Climate War?

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is there a space between Bright-Green techno-utopianism and anarcho-primitivist collapse scenarios ?  is it all this climate change stuff bullshit anyway?  why is Alaskan Sarah Palin and Fox News evangilizing a mean and weird Christianity and also pumping denialism?  how can local networks of radical grassroots activism scale-out and coordinate horizontally ? does commons economics or other sciences such as MIT's systems science offer answers?  how can worker cooperative networks…

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Imagine an Organization and Build It

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Imagine a better future. In your country of the future the economy is classless and promotes solidarity, diversity, equity, and self management. The polity generates and works according to participatory democracy and self management. It is anarchist. Kinship is feminist, with men and women fully liberated, sexuality liberated, children liberated. Culture is intercommunalist, without racism, bigotry, insecurity. You and your fellow citizens have new priorities, values, and aims. The institutions…

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Designing Parecon Finland

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After the decision had been made to start an organization focused in participatory economics in Finland, [1] we began to think of communications strategies for it. What are our goals, both short-term and long-term, and how can we achieve them? At the moment, there are three of us actively taking part in the project, so we obviously have to plan accordingly. We've started small, but have tried to implement everything (materials, strategy, approach) in a way that can be useful and give guidelines…

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Radical Theory for a Participatory Society

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A panel talk given at the Left Forum, 2007, NYC by Chris Spannos: I’m going to present some ideas with origins in the Classical and New Left social movements and try to make a case for why today’s movements need a new and widely shared theory for social change. Some of the concepts and type of thinking I’ll be presenting are very different. In fact, you may find yourself thinking “This guy is a lunatic.” However, if I do my job well, presenting the ideas clearly and…

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Participatory Politics

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Participatory politics or parpolity is a theoretical political system proposed by Stephen R. Shalom, professor of political science at William Paterson University. It was developed as a political vision to accompany participatory economics (Parecon). The values on which parpolity is based are freedom, self-management, justice, solidarity and tolerance. The goal, according to Shalom, is to create a political system that will allow people to participate, as much as possible in a face to face manner.…

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