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So, how did the name change ?

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Hi comrades Someone has to be boring and remember recent history: "...it seemed like an an obvious compromise to call the organization IOPS and to note that for some the initials stand for International Organization for Participatory Socialism and for others the initials stand for International Organization for a Participatory Society - where a final determination between these two options, or perhaps a complete change, will come only at a founding convention of the organization's initial membership.…

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IOPS: Civil Society or Labour

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It has been said that there are two broad progressive movements, one based around civil society and the other around labour.  Both have common causes and utilize methods that are similar between them.  They also have a history of resistance to power.  Labour exists in groups such as unions and congresses - civil society is represented by professional associations and academia.  It is hard to tell the difference between them where they meet. What I ask is whether IOPS belongs…

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1,000 Members of IOPS - What Next?

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I wrote the following blog in the IOPS blog system. Placed on IOPS, it was a suggestion regarding activity for current IOPS members. Placed here, in the ZNet blog system, it serves as a report of some of what is happening in IOPS. I hope other IOPS members will also make reports indicating what is going on, not only here, but elsewhere too, of course. IOPS, The International Organization for a Participatory Society is an interim organization hoping to become large enough to have a founding convention…

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The 99% - photographs from the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York

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Please check out the Sombra Projects website to see a photofilm on The Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, as seen by Brendon Stuart, whose involvement in the demonstrations is both as a photographer and as a self described ‘concerned citizen’. http://sombraprojects.com/archive/the99percent Listen to the podcast of Brendon describing his experiences and reflecting upon his involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. You can also listen, download…

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Talking about IOPS and Spain with Oliver

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A chat with David Marty by Oliver Luker Having been made aware of IOPS on the 31 of March, I could immediately see its tremendous potential. I had read and been fascinated by the principles of Parecon a year ago, and had attempted (with limited success) applying some of its principles to an organization I was involved with in Peru. Now in Spain, we're working towards a state of constant activism – but had not found a unifying set of principles or a means of opening a broader conversation with…

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Glasgow to Detroit documentary

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Our documentary is about the parallel decline in fortunes in Glasgow and Detroit, 2 cities that have seen social and economic downturns since the end of their heavy industry.  The impact is more dramatic in Detroit, where whole streets lie empty as houses went into rapid negative equity as the jobs disappeared and the housing market crashed.  All major supermarkets left the city and communities struggle to keep their heads above water.  As Glasgow is half the size of Detroit and we…

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"Tasks with other purposes"

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I recently published an e-book entitled "Slaying Corporate Vampires: A Proposal in the Age of Occupy Wall Street", which proposes and details the use of participatory economics as a lynchpin against corporate power. The end of the book lists a number of proposed tactics, and I'd like to excerpt here one of the tactics for discussion. The internet has provide a welter of resources, and should be utilized by proponents of [challenging corporations with paticipatory economics]. (I'm referring of course,…

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History and Future Hopes

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Prebirth and the Consultative Committee In 2011, following up on an earlier poll, a number of spirited and inspired people around the world began laying groundwork for a new International Organization based on national branches and local chapters.  Here is a recap of the earliest, urgent and promising prehistory of the organization. First, at least first in this immediate effort, Z put up a poll asking peoples reactions to a hypothetical organization with various aims and other features…

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from "Rescuing Babies" to Building a Movement -- Another Reason to Join IOPS

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I sat down to write an advocacy paragraph for IOPS but when I was finished, it was too long as just a paragraph. So I did a shorter version for that - but I thought I would also post it in the long form, as a blog. So - here is what I came up with when asked, without cutting: You hear it all the time. There is always another urgent crisis. They don't just come in a steady stream, they seem to multiply geometrically. More draconian policies with life-threatening consequences, more corporate control,…

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