This blog was co-authored by Jane Howick, Jamie Richardson and Florian Zollman
International Organisation for a Participatory Society (IOPS) bottom-up, international organization, based on self-managing interconnected branches and local chapters.
As the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government continue their austerity policies in the UK, strengthening the position of ruling elites, states violently clamp down on protests from Colombia to Greece, miners in South Africa risk their lives for basic labour rights, the daily and deepening hardship of billions of people is ignored, sexual and reproductive rights are clamped down upon, and climate disaster pushes the world ecology at the brink – it becomes all the more important to create effective spaces of resistance that seek to gain immediate changes which do not only put a sticker plaster over systemic problems but build towards longer-term aims and structural changes. Joining together to construct and clarify long-term visions and goals through direct engagement and activism shaped by specific guidelines - we hope - can contribute to a deepening of understanding of what a new world might look like. IOPS seeks to create a space for this kind of engagement, with direct participation, diligence, modesty, and commitment. We hope you will join us!
can try to build some of the components of a future society within the present one.
The Occupy movements spontaneously created communities of support and solidarity, with direct participation and open spaces for discussion, interchange, and mutual aid in many ways. We think these bonds and associations could spark significant and positive changes in society at large. We think it is important to keep the momentum created by the Occupy movements going. With our collective engagement, IOPS could become one vehicle that brings us to another world that’s possible.So,
IOPS is an organization which is not only seeking alternatives to existing institutions, but is also interested in the lives of everyone involved. Meeting face to face allows us to come up with interesting and practical ways to develop and evolve as individuals, as well as contribute to wider society. where active membership is low and meetings difficult to arrange. The IOPS Welcome Event provides the perfect space to meet other like-minded individuals, learn more about IOPS and its guiding values.