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.
Photos from IOPS-NYC's first brooklyn cultural event: (this event happened on Sat, January 19th at the Brass Bottle Bar in Bushwick) 1) IOPS-NYC member presenting…
Founding Convention Targets
Targets to meet by 12th June 2014 in order to hold a founding convention.
Target = 3,500
Current = 3,501
WORKING IOPS CHAPTERS:
Target = 20
Current = 7
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Fanfare for the Future
Fanfare for the Future is a three volume set, Occupy Theory by Michael Albert and Mandisi Majavu, Occupy Vision by Michael Albert and Mark Evans, and Occupy Strategy by Michael Albert, David Marty, and Jessica Azulay.
Below is a link to a page with information about the books, and links to buy ebook and print versions.
Fanfare means to be a self contained presentation of theory, vision, and strategy relevant for IOPS organizing. The authors hope all IOPS members will weigh in with their critical evaluations and, we hope, elaborate the ideas and their implications.
An Open Letter to join IOPS
An open letter signed by the ICC, including John Pilger, Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky and more..
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Hi all, As the title tells, I 'd like to start establishing an IOPS online reading club. Anyone interested in this project can join :) The main outlines of the project: 1- we'll suggest a book to read…
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
Follow IOPS on:
Please bear in mind that, although IOPS realizes the utility of social networking services we are critical of the corporate background of these websites.
Working IOPS Chapters
Are you in a working IOPS Chapter?
A working chapter is defined as having at least 5 members, of which at least 30% are women, and the chapter is active (i.e holds regular meetings, has rules and procedures, etc). Our goal is to reach 20 working chapters by 12th June 2014, in order to have a founding convention. If you are in an IOPS chapter that meets the above conditions, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the running list below.
List of IOPS Working Chapters:
1. Salem, Oregon, USA
2. Victoria, Australia
3. Sydney, NSW, Australia
4. Missoula, Montana, USA
5. Seattle, Washington, USA
6. Vienna, Austria
7. New York City, New York, United States
Tuesday, 09:00 - 11:00
The Strand, London, WC2 (Holborn or Temple tube)
Tuesday, 19:30 - 21:00
10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1
Closed end: 31 December 2013
1. Should we adopt facebook/youtube style likes and dislikes of comments?
How should we weed out bots on the website?
How should admins/webmasters for the website be chosen?
Total Number of Voters: 81
Closed 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…
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
Total Number of Voters: 752
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:
Some Member Blogs