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
Plej nova projektoj
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…
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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…
IOPS London now does its on-line work on our own website: https://iopslondon.wordpress.com
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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: 30 September 2016
The purpose of this poll is for the membership to decide on possible alternatives to disbanding. The intention to hold such a poll was announced…
Proposal 1: Afford equal status to any group formed by the free association of a number of IOPS members, whether based on locality, employer, profession, interest, or any other aspect. So affinity groups are then recognized and valued entities within IOPS, treated on an equal footing with operating chapters. Groups can set their own requirements for group membership, as long as they operate in accordance with our core values. Members can belong to as many groups who accept them as they wish.
Proposal 2: Introduce the concept of mandated roles, with a selection process, term limits and recall process to be detailed in further proposals.
Proposal 3: Any member can volunteer for any mandated role when it is, or is to become, vacant, provided this would not exceed term limits (see Proposal 5). Volunteers for a mandated role announce their availability as candidates by posting an online statement to that effect, providing information that may be helpful to the membership in making a selection, such as how they intend to fulfill the role.
Proposal 4: After a two-week discussion period, a simple vote is held during a two-week voting period in which, for each candidate, the voters can choose between the options Yes, No, and Abstain. Only candidates for which the number of Yes votes exceeds the number of No votes will further be considered. Let the score of a candidate be the number of Yes votes minus the number of No votes. The candidates are ordered in a list according to their scores, with the highest score first; any ties are resolved by placing the candidate with the earliest membership first. Then, for a role with X primary and Y reserve caretakers, the first X candidates from the list are selected in a primary role, and the next Y candidates from the list as reserves.
Proposal 5: Mandates, for both primary and reserve roles, are given for one year at a time. A member can serve as a primary caretaker for a given role at most three consecutive terms, and at most five terms in total. No term limits apply to reserve caretakers.
Proposal 6: Any group of three or more members can move to revoke a given mandate and call for a vote, as follows. One initiator starts a poll, with a simple choice between two options: “Yes, revoke the mandate” and “No, do not revoke the mandate”. A given poll can only apply to one mandate at a time, and must specify to which mandatee in which mandated role this applies. The other initiators of the revocation procedure confirm that they second the motion by posting a comment to the poll stating their support. The poll shall be open for two weeks. To pass, the motion requires a two-thirds majority in favour of the “Yes” option. A call for a vote to revoke a given mandate cannot be repeated within a month after a prior vote on the same mandate was closed.
Proposal 7: Appoint an “adjudication committee”, consisting of five members plus three reserve members.
Proposal 8: The rules for decision making are given in the following seven clauses.
Proposal 9: Introduce the mandated role of financial administrator.
Proposal 10: The financial administration is handled in a transparent way by keeping a public live record of all transactions, while making sure individual transactions are anonymized in such a way that they do not reveal personal details.
Proposal 11: IOPS members pay membership dues. If a member already pays dues to a local chapter or other IOPS group, these dues count towards fulfilling these yearly dues and should be subtracted from the amount due.
Proposal 12: The yearly membership dues are set to one hundredth part (1%) of a member’s monthly income.
Proposal 13: Appoint a financial team, consisting of three members, whose main responsibility is to ensure a revenue stream that will cover the operational expenses.
Proposal 14: Establish a legal non-profit entity that is the formal owner of the main IOPS financial account.
Proposal 15: Set up a contest in which every member can submit entries for a possible new name and/or logo. The final choice will be made by the collective membership.
Proposal 16: Appoint a team of website content curators, consisting of five members plus two reserve members.
Final question. In light of these proposals, do you feel confident that we can continue with IOPS?
Total Number of Voters: 123
Fascists, Fools and Super Virtual Reality
I’m writing this blog post while waiting for the results of the poll on a set of proposals that, hopefully, will make it possible to go on with IOPS. For now, I assume this will be the case. But even if all proposals are accepted, the…
We, a group of IOPS members and ex-members, would like to invite you to participate in a new website, Liquid Solidarity. It is still under construction, but it is inching its way to be what we imagined. The bones of a functioning website are…
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