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What is IOPS London and what do YOU want it to be?

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IOPS London members at the September 2014 meeting (which I didn't attend) asked the question "What is IOPS London and what do YOU want it to be?". It was decided that we'd discuss this question at today's meeting.   So, I started scribbling down my thoughts to organise my ideas for discussion at today's meeting. I started linking it to the IOPS Mission and Vision statements. And, I thought I'd share my scribbles in case they're helpful/useful to others:   A pre-figurative space (IOPS Mission…

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IOPS London Meeting Report

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Meeting Tuesday 29 July 2012 Theory discussion: Participatory Economics vs Market Socialism Attendees read Participatory Democracy and Participatory Economics, by Adam Weiss http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-comparison-of-economic-democracy-and-participatory-economics-by-adam-weiss/  We talked about the differences between the two proposals, and particularly what the inherent issues within markets may be. We also talked about how we would like to see examples of aspects of the models in practice. …

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IOPS London Meeting minutes

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IOPS-London Summary Minutes Tuesday 24 June meeting A) THEORY: Participatory Economics  Prior to the meeting, all participants had explored Anarchist Planning for Twenty-First Century Economies: A Proposal, Robin Hahnel (available here: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/anarchist-planning-for-twenty-first-century-economies-a-proposal-by-robin-hahnel/). Paul Raekstad gave a 15 minute on PARECON. Thank you Paul for a great presentation and for taking some very interesting questions afterwards! …

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London Chapter: Formalising

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After a more than 12 month hiatus, the London chapter of IOPS met again on Saturday 31 May. More than 12 people joined. Thanks to everyone that made it. It was great to meet you.  For those that missed it, we discussed: a) Theory: based on the first chapter of Occupy Strategy (by Jessica Azulay, Michael Albert & David Marty) and the Organization for a Free Society: An Introduction (a short introduction is available online: http://www.afreesociety.org/an-introduction/). …

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OFS Interview

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Fellow IOPS members, Stephen Roblin and Jason Chrysostomou and I would like to interview three of four members of the Organisation for a Free Society in the upcoming weeks. We've worked on an introduction and come up with some (too many!) questions. If anyone has any suggestions for the interview, please feel free to offer them in the comment section below. Thank you in advance. Preeti Introduction In 2008, several activists and organizers who were heavily involved in the student,…

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London Solidarity Network?

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Individuals active in IOPS, Anti-Capitalist Initiative, Occupy London and other organisations held their third cross-movement assembly this year entitled "Becoming a Catalyst for a Radical Social Movement in 2013," on 19 March at SOAS. The assembly was well attended by a broad range of people from organisations and also many independent individuals wishing to find out about, and become engaged in, struggles with social movements. Our conversation focused on community engagement, local assemblies,…

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Study Group on the Role of a Revolutionary Organization

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  Members of the IOPS Project 'Study Group on the Role of a Revolutionary Organization' have been meeting on-line on Skype since February this year (2013). The texts that we have been reading are outlined below. Members of the Organisation for a Free Society (OFS) join our conversations also. OFS is based on the same ideas as IOPS and is local to New York and Detriot.  Project: http://www.iopsociety.org/projects/study-group-on-the-role-of-a-revolutionary-organization We have collectively…

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Building Broadly in London

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Two cross-movement assemblies have taken place in London this year, and the third is due to take place this Tuesday (19 March, SOAS University, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3). The assemblies were called by interim IOPS London chapter members, the Anti-Capitalist Initiative, Occupy London, Peoples Assemblies Network, and others.  The first assembly - held in January - attracted 60-70 people, and the notes are available below. During the second assembly (held in February), we formed small…

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Commons Rising in the Spring

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This Spring something significant is really brewing! Spring is the season when life, colour and vitality returns, gives new life, restores energy and inspires hope to renew our relationships to ourselves, to each other and to the world. It is the ideal time to re-examine whether our present way of doing things is the only possible way and whether the dominant beliefs and values of western culture are really useful for constructing a fair, equitable and sustainable world. For me and many others from…

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