The interim International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) was launched in 2012 with the aim of winning a better world.
IOPS is, currently, in an interim stage, leading up to a founding convention when the membership will determine the organization's definition in more detail.
Please watch our introductory video, scroll through our slideshow and learn more About IOPS.
IOPS seeks to win a new participatory society based on solidarity, equity/justice, diversity, self-management, and ecological stewardship, through:
Read the IOPS Mission Statement
IOPS flexibly explores and organises around a broad vision of a future society. IOPS Vision centrally addresses:
Read the IOPS Vision Statement
In order to give every member a proportional say in the decisions that affect them (self-management), IOPS is organised around a bottom-up structure, based on a federation of interconnected local, regional and national branches.
Local chapters have control over decisions that only affect them and proportional say in regional, national and international issues.
Read the IOPS Structure and Programme Statement.
Currently, IOPS is in a creation stage. By joining now, you become an interim member. A convention, or series of conventions, will be planned, for membership to determine the organization's definition in more detail.
IOPS is open for anyone wishing to join who shares the commitments in the organizational description and agrees to actively participate in the life of the organization. If you have any questions before joining, please see:
To become an interim member, Join IOPS.
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Fanfare for the Future
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Below is a link to a page with information about the books, and links to buy ebook and print versions.
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An Open Letter to join IOPS
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Newsletters are sent out to IOPS members periodically. If you have any content or suggestions of what to include in a newsletter, please send to: email@example.com
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IOPS Social Network Links
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Please bear in mind that, although IOPS realizes the utility of social networking services we are critical of the corporate background of these websites.
Open end: 12 June 2013
After a poll with more options, and an assessment of the results of that by the ICC, we now have a final vote regarding preconditions…
Closed end: 07 April 2013
We would like to invite you to participate in this extremely important poll. The poll has been setup by the IOPS Interim Consultative Committee (ICC),…
1. Online Membership
2. Chapter Definition
3. Chapter Precondition
4. Gender Diversity Precondition
5. Chapter Gender Diversity Precondition
6. National Diversity Precondition
7. Geographical Diversity Precondition
8. Time Frame
9. Commitments to Founding Convention Planning
10. Commitments to Recruitment
11. Commitments to Chapter Building
Total Number of Voters: 787
A major discussion and exploration has started around the criteria that we need to meet in order to hold the IOPS Founding Convention. What goals should we set? how many members do we need to have? what level of activity? etc.
- 2,650 Convention Conditions
- 2nd Proposal?
- 2,500 and Climbing
- Interim Goals
- Founding Convention
- The Case for a Shared Campagin
- Convention Plan
- A Compromise Way to Proceed
A forum has been setup specifically for this issue and we ask you to join in the discussion:
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What Comes Next?
Blogs about IOPS, how to develop at this time, next steps to take, strategies during the interim
Communications from the ICC:
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