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A video from few years ago, that very much follows the vision and goals of IOPS. Hope this can give insight into the situation in Finland, as well as provide ideas for further organizing.

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  • Jason Chrysostomou 31st May 2012

    Excellent video Antti. Very informative and well made.
    Who edited/produced the video? You may want to consider joining the IOPS video team: http://www.iopsociety.org/projects/iops-video-productions

  • Antti Jauhiainen 31st May 2012

    We did, with Joona. It would be nice to be able (to have time) to focus once in a while solely on that aspect, I see production values in media as one key component in making our voice heard in a serious way that emphasizes our commitment.

    I have considered joining, am aware of the team, but unfortunately, again, simply don't have time to help.

  • LedSuit ' 31st May 2012

    Watched it twice Antti. Great to get a simple and clear idea of how public education can be usurped by corporate principles in counties with a strong social democratic base. It's harder but they find a way! I worked in a Uni here for a while and have friends who do so hear of similar things. Mainly in area of arts/music.

  • LedSuit ' 31st May 2012

    Mean't, 'çountRies'.

  • Antti Jauhiainen 1st Jun 2012

    Good to hear from you, James, and very good to hear that the video was useful to you. We hope to make more of these in the future, focused precisely on parecon most likely.

  • Antti Jauhiainen 1st Jun 2012

    Also, if you wish to know more of the situation in nordic countries, you may find these articles about our operations interesting, they provide some background to the situation here:

    http://www.zcommunications.org/parecons-first-steps-in-finland-by-antti-jauhiainen

    http://www.zcommunications.org/campaigning-for-participatory-economics-in-finland-an-update-by-tuomas-salonen

  • LedSuit ' 1st Jun 2012

    Thanks Antti. When I read your stuff I am struck by its clarity. I am also interested in the evolution of your activities and how your group has changed over time to be more effective in its work. I (you may have read some of my posts/rants) haven't been involved in organising or activist work. I have been a ZNet sustainer for a number of years but can't read everything. It has taken IOPS to connect with you and your work in Finland. I like the clarity of your articles and video and think many here at IOPS like me (order-takers and the less involved) could benefit from your ideas and experiences organising. Not everyone here might be familiar with ZNet. I particularly liked this,

    "To this effect, we've started a regularly updated (new story every working day) blog that combines current political and economic news analysis with short pointers on the problems involved as well as occasionally contrasting this with the solutions modeled in the participatory economics vision. This constant stream of news and posts helps getting people to return to the site, to check out new posts and links. It also conveys to people reading the blog that we take our work seriously, and hope to be able to help our readers analyze current discussion through the examples of holistic vision (as presented in the book "Liberating Theory") and more focusedly through the participatory economics model.

    Our choice of focus in this regard comes from three major considerations: firstly, the small size of active people in our group; secondly the success in gaining at least some membership and activity within other groups, devoted to other, equally important spheres of society (such as the spheres of kinship and culture) and thinking about focusing our energies accordingly to areas with less activity around them, in this case economy; and thirdly a strategic choice of trying to focus and limit our approach in a way that allows us to choose precisely the issues and questions we wish to focus on currently, in order to limit the discussion and make it more "winnable" in smaller steps. The last strategic choice seemed important to us, as it helps us keep our position secure and focused even with the limited resources available at this very early stage. This way, we can point out some key issues and concentrate on them one at a time, with less danger of being drawn into other arguments and issues that would then drown the original debate, which we've seen happen many times. This is hard to avoid, of course, but our choices can help us manage such situations in a more prepared way."

    Particularly-"trying to focus and limit our approach in a way that allows us to choose precisely the issues and questions we wish to focus on currently, in order to limit the discussion and make it more "winnable" in smaller steps. The last strategic choice seemed important to us, as it helps us keep our position secure and focused even with the limited resources available at this very early stage."



    Such experiences may be helpful for those starting local chapters and face to face meetings. Just some thoughts from someone with not many thoughts.

  • Hi James!

    "When I read your stuff I am struck by its clarity. I am also interested in the evolution of your activities and how your group has changed over time to be more effective in its work."

    That's very good to hear, because clarity is one of the main things we're always aiming at in our publications, articles etc. It's important to try to make discussing these subjects in as approachable manner as possible, especially to people that are not yet familiar with activism and organizing – that's the only way to grow as a movement.

    Right now we're working on many projects, that we're very enthusiastic about, and we'll write an article of our activities as soon as we get the time. It could be a while, though, things are pretty hectic right now...

    In short, right now our group is very much focused in organizing Robin Hahnel's visit to Finland next fall, and working with a publisher to release Robin Hahnel' book "Economic Justice and Democracy" in Finnish.

    We've also learned a lot from our experiences (successes and some failures) since we last wrote to ZNet, and it's a constant learning process. The biggest thing for me, personally, has been the realization that we need to focus our efforts very carefully. This means a lot of projects that have to be cut off, if we don't have the time or the people to make them. In the end, this is how we can do the things, that we choose to put in to motion, very well.

    Continuation is also very important. For example, if we do a translation article from start to finnish (translation, layouts, printing, distribution), it's much easier the next time we do it. And if we document the process in detail while doing it, it comes even easier. This is something we try to do a lot.

    Anyways, really nice to hear from you!

  • LedSuit ' 2nd Jun 2012

    No problems Joona. Documenting the process sounds like it would be extremely helpful not just for you guys but for others as well.

    Thanks for the links to your ZNet stuff and look forward to seeing some more!

    Cheers.

    • LedSuit ' 2nd Jun 2012

      Sorry guys, just found your earlier blog, Designing Parecon Finland.

      Gees, you guys are good!! Keep it up dudes!