Who we are
The world is suffering from many problems: poverty, war, ecological disasters, racism, and so on. But if enough people join forces to build another world, together we will succeed.
We are a group of people engaged in the struggle for a better world. Together, we are building an organization dedicated to global revolution, called the International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS). For more about us, watch our introductory video, scroll through our slideshow and read more here: About IOPS.
We seek to win a new participatory society based on solidarity, equity/justice, diversity, self-management, and ecological stewardship, through:
Read our mission statement.
IOPS flexibly explores and organizes around a long-term vision of the broad features of a participatory society that centrally addresses:
Read our vision statement.
To give every member a proportional say in decisions affecting them (self-management), we are organizing in a bottom-up structure, aiming to become a federation of local, regional and national branches.
Local chapters are self-managing and have proportional say in regional, national and international issues.
Read our structure and program statement.
Currently, we are in a building-up stage. In due time we will take
IOPS is open to anyone wishing to join who shares the commitments in the organizational description and wants to actively participate in the life of the organization. If you have any questions before joining, please see:
To become a member, Join IOPS.
Ready for a Change
by Leif Lønne
The aim of this project is to prepare one or more proposals for changes to IOPS that can be voted on by the membership against the alternative, default proposal to disband. When these proposals are sufficiently…
We need to do something About all this too much coal mining, even people in the villages knows what happens when we sleep with that coal heater in the house it kills everyone they go to deep sleep so…
Yesterday after i met this young man who was collecting cans and bottles i didn't sleep because i was touched by how he was carrying the bags with his hands full of bottles and cans he had to walk a long…
After my climate change course now i have better understanding why we had this fish floating everywhere in Cape Town dead without any explanation, In South Africa we need to take Climate change seriously because its affecting us we need to…
IOPS Meeting - 03/05/2016 Discussion on Black Lives Matter *When engaged in anti-racism (and I imagine other identity-based activities) we have to ask "What does our action achieve?" *How can we be critical supporters? *Safe spaces are for…
IOPS London meeting minutes: 29th March 2016. Reading discussion Presencing Institute: Has 35,000 people involved mainly young professionals Lots of similar ideas to IOPS. Social problems are like an iceberg and we don't…
by Claire Bruhn
Please bear in mind that, although we realize the utility of social media, we are critical of the corporations behind those websites.
Closed end: 16 May 2016
This poll is a survey intended for all IOPS members.IOPS was started as an “interim” organization. The hope was that the organization would see a…
1. IOPS describes itself as a “revolutionary organization”. When you joined IOPS, were you aware of this?
2. Which of the following points best describe your motivations to join IOPS? Please select as many as apply.
3. When you joined IOPS, how much time were you prepared to spend on IOPS-related activities (meetings; reading information on our website; ...)?
4. Have you, in the past, engaged in any IOPS-related actions or activities, other than signing up for IOPS and reading newsletters or items on our website? (Such actions include contacting other members, attending meetings, spreading information about IOPS, participating in IOPS projects, and posting or commenting on IOPS blogs and forums.)
5. Would you be more motivated to be active in IOPS if it moved out of the interim phase?
If we decide to continue with IOPS, we'll have to make some choices about what we focus on, at least at the international level. Roughly speaking, there are two directions we may go. Either one is only possible if enough members cooperate actively. Everything here depends on the volunteer activities of the members, and we do not have the means to do everything we might want to do.
In the first one, the focus will be on empowering the members in their daily activism. The website already offers blogs for telling other members about your experiences, successes and frustrations, forums for discussing issues and problems encountered, and projects in which members can work closely together. There are various ways in which this can be strengthened.
In the second one, the focus is on outward-directed activity, such as by formulating and publishing opinion pieces and policy proposals.
6. Which direction for IOPS would you most likely be inclined to contribute to?
7. Which of the following best describe your expectations for the future of IOPS?
Total Number of Voters: 183
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Here are some interviews with members about IOPS including Cynthia Peters, David Marty, Elizabeth Meade, Florian Zollmann, Jermaine Chambers, Justin Podur, Michael Albert (2012, 2014), Noam Chomsky, Paul Street and Verena Stresing.
You can find further testimonials of members here.
There is also an open letter from our consultative committee including Eva Golinger, John Pilger, Vandana Shiva and others which can be found here.
No more bosses
What happened November 2014
Non-member Survey July 2014
Thoughts on Poll and Interim Phase July 2014
What now? June 2014
Community Rights as Organizing Strategy March 2014
Unconditional Basic Income January 2014
Ethics of IOPS February 2013
IOPS Development November 2012
A Shared Vision August 2012
Odd Shared Experience and Confusion June 2012
Man-Made Climate Change I and II June 2012
Towards a Credible International May 2012
Media and IOPS (ICC) April 2012
A Priority, a Problem, and a Solution (ICC) April 2012