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Lambert Meertens

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Date Joined: 24th July 2012
Gender: Male
Birthday: 10th May 1944
Chapters: Netherlands > North Holland > Amsterdam
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It’s “Deep State” Time Again

By Fred Nagel, April 21, 2017 Whenever there are obvious conflicts within the ruling class, the concept of a Deep State is brought out to explain why our government seems to be coming apart at the seams. When the tired rhetoric of our…

Two-and-a-half minutes to midnight

The other day the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic presentation of how close we are to the end of humanity, was forwarded by half a minute. The immediate reason was the election of the Trumpinator, in view of his stated policy intentions to stop…

Call for Candidates for the Adjudication Committee

The task of the adjudication committee is to ensure an orderly process for conflict resolution. The committee can hear parties in a conflict, consult other members, and issue a binding ruling. Hopefully, it will not need to come in action more…

Eating Our Own Dogfood

In the software industry, “eating your own dogfood” is an expression for a practice in which the people in a company themselves use the products they make and sell. It is a good way for them to discover usability problems that you…

Film Nights

One of the early blog posts I did, entitled IOPS Presents..., was about ideas that had come up during the first (and as of yet only) meeting of IOPS members from the Netherlands, now four years ago. We were brainstorming about what we could…

Financial Administrator — Call for Candidates

The financial administrator is charged with keeping track of and paying bills that are due in a timely fashion. The financial administrator also keeps the current account, recording all financial transactions. For the foreseeable future, this…

How To Become a Spokesperson for IOPS

IOPS has no spokespersons – yet. No one is mandated to speak on behalf of IOPS. I think it is time to change that. How? In 2003, Andrej Grubacic held a speech entitled Towards Another Anarchism, in which he read an outline of a new anarchist…

Friends and Lapsed Members

Rod has said he’d like to start working on improving the software of our website system. In fact, he has already recently made some improvements and fixed a couple of annoying bugs. Maybe we can revive the defunct Website Team project.In…

Financial Team — Call for Candidates

The task of the financial team is to ensure a regular stream of revenues that is large enough to cover our running operational expenses. The team should remind members regularly, in a friendly way, not to forget to pay their membership dues.…

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Activisten in Afrika protesteren tegen Europese migratiebeheersing

[Dit stuk is overgenomen van de website van Doorbraak. —LM] De Europese beleidsmakers op het gebied van migratiebeheersing proberen niet alleen Turkije voor hun karretje te spannen. Ook met Afrikaanse landen wil de EU “deals”…

A future worth striving for

We can use this website for making plans to do something together. What can we do? There are many things we can choose from – but we can do only so much. We had better choose wisely.   Most activism today consists of resistance…

Critical Thinking

While surfing I came across a website with the name Critical Thinking. Quoting from their website:Critical Thinking is a non-hierarchical, apolitical, collaborative research and education project that analyses the current political economy…

So You Want to Start a Group

In the past, too many projects have been started that were very short-lived. It is perfectly fine when a project is started that has a short-term goal, and then it can be closed when the goal is reached. It is not so nice when one project after…

Participation begins at Home

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…

Makeover Proposals open for Discussion

Close to 90% of the members who participated in the survey on the future of IOPS of April–May 2016 indicated that they saw possibilities for the future of IOPS — for the most part under the assumption of either major changes or…

Elements for a strategy

Realizing a society in accordance with our vision means a fundamental change in all social relations – in other words, a revolution. We probably all agree as to the urgency. A great many existential threats are converging upon humanity,…

Reimagining IOPS

Some of the comments at the IOPS members survey on the future of IOPS suggest that some of the members don’t have an accurate idea of the actual state of affairs at this moment. If IOPS seems like a ship on the open sea, adrift without…

Can IOPS be revived?

As anyone can see, IOPS is not working now. Is IOPS truly dead, or merely in a coma? Should we pull the plug or mount an effort at resuscitation? I'd hate to see IOPS go. I met some terrific people through IOPS, and learned about ideas that…

Dreaming Revolution

Revolutions are scary. Why is that? A revolution is a fundamental change in the established social relations, in particular in the power structures. We want to change not only the political, but also the economic system. The thing is, all change…

The Next System Project takes off

In 2014, The Democracy Collaborative, an initiative by Gar Alperovitz and others, launched The Next System Project, a multi-year initiative that aims to start a US-wide debate on alternative political-economic systems that can take the place…

Can a shared ideology unite leftist activists?

(The text below was published before on Titas Biswas' blog The Perspectives.) Introduction Drastic change is needed now. Millions upon millions of people are denied a decent life. Our environment is being ravaged in the name of profit for a…

Membership numbers

Over the year 2014, we had a net growth of 242 members. In 2013, this was 470 members.The strong decrease in growth numbers should be a cause for concern. Actually, I think it is even worse than these numbers already suggest. The net growth…

Russell Brand wants you to join the revolution

Russell Brand, who – next to being a well-known English comedian – attracted world-wide attention by his explanation why he was not voting during an interview by Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman in 2013, has a new book out: Revolution.…

Brede demonstratie tegen racisme en voor een solidaire samenleving

Op zaterdag 20 september organiseert het Comité samen tegen racisme een brede demonstratie in Den Haag tegen racisme en voor een solidaire samenleving.Racisme en intolerantie hebben de afgelopen jaren flink aan terrein gewonnen, zowel…

Improving the Joining Process

  The recently published IOPS Non-Member Survey Report ended with four conclusions, two of which were: ● We need to be more explicit how prospective members will be able to contribute concretely towards the IOPS mission. (This should…

A Modest Proposal*

*with apologies to Jonathan Swift. As we keep reading of Israeli air strikes on Gaza day after day and night after night, it occurred to me that the Israeli objectives could be attained by much more modest means.The proposal is, simply, that…

What? Now??

When I joined IOPS in July 2012, it was with high hopes and high expectations. The mission and vision seemed just what was needed now. The hopes have remained, but these expectations quickly dwindled in the face of the approach of IOPS, which…

Demomuziek

English summary: While marching in demonstrations I wondered if we couldn't sing our slogans rather than shout them. Using Musipedia as a music editor and LilyPond as engraver and performer, I created some simple melodies for some slogans.Ik…

We Are Here – Cooperative

On December 6, 2013, a plan was presented at De Balie in Amsterdam for we are here – cooperative, a project in which artists, students, and undocumented refugees, will live and work together in a converted office building in Amsterdam.…

Naar een Autonoom Alternatief Economisch Circuit

Het vreemdelingenbeleid van de EU laat zich in het kort als volgt samenvatten: “We moeten het ongeregeld tuig dat van alle kanten op Europa afkomt koste wat kost buiten de deur houden.” Nederland doet daar qua ongastvrijheid nog…

It's official! Dutch government wants participatory society

Quoting from the Global Times, 17 September 2013: On behalf of the Dutch government, King Willem-Alexander said the Dutch society has to change from a classic welfare state to a participatory society during his maiden Speech from the Throne…

Stop de afbraak!

Twee weken geleden schreef Paul Krugman, Nobelprijswinnaar economie en columnist voor The New York Times, een stuk voor zijn blog The Conscience of a Liberal onder de titel "The Austerian Mask Slips" – "Het Bezuiningsmasker Glijdt Af".…

What Bradley Manning Deserves

(forwarded) Bradley Manning has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. He deserves it. RootsAction will be delivering our petition soon in Oslo to the Norwegian Nobel Committee – with all the signatures and comments included.…

Landfill Harmonic

This is a video that tells the story of a group of young people in Paraguay, living in a village near Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. The village is on top of a landfill, essentially a gigantic garbage dump. The families living there…

Geen vluchteling op straat of in de cel!

Twee video's die een induk geven van de demonstratie van 23 maart 2013.

The Future of Learning

A TED talk by Sugata Mitra, the originator of the well-known "Hole in the Wall" experiment, on the future of learning and his idea of self-organized learning environments. Recommended. I have the feeling there's an important lesson for…

Documentaire over de Vluchtkerk

Een korte documentaire over het dagelijks leven in de Vluchtkerk in Amsterdam, gemaakt door twee middelbare scholieren, Roemer Ockhuijsen en Sam Simons.

Support the Palestinian UN bid for statehood

  The following is copied from the Avaaz website (CC BY 3.0). As bombs rain down on Gaza and rockets explode in Israel, Palestinians and Israelis are on the brink of another cycle of violence and vengeance. But, right now, the…

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The News They Don't Want You To Hear

In the 1970's I was subscribed to five national Dutch newspapers, each bringing a different selection of news items, viewed from each one's particular social and political perspective, from liberal (as in "free market") to communist. Nowadays,…

Flying high

Imagine the situation that IOPS is no longer a baby, that we have really managed to get it off the ground, that we have had a fruitful founding convention, and that the organization is bristling with activity. We'll still be a long way from…

Een open boodschap aan allen die een nieuwe en betere wereld nastreven

Het onderstaande is een vertaling van de open brief van 23 juli 2012 van Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, John Pilger, en 40 andere leden van het interim beslissingsorgaan van IOPS. Zij hopen dat deze brief zo wijd…

IOPS presents...

The Netherlands chapter had its first meeting last week. A report in Dutch has been posted on the chapter's pages. Here I want to highlight one item that emerged from our discussions. One of the discussion topics was, naturally, what we could…

Eerste bijeenkomst van IOPS Nederland

Datum: zaterdag 1 september 2012Plaats: Oosterpark 18-2, AmsterdamTijd: 13:00 - 17:00 Iedereen is welkom vanaf 12 uur. Om 12:30 komt er een eenvoudige lunch op tafel.   Ik stel voor deze eerste bijeenkomst heel informeel te houden. Maar…

A shared vision

A wise woman climbed to the top of a Himalayan mountain and thought long and hard about the human condition. After long consideration and deliberation she had a vision of how to relieve much of human suffering.Unbeknownst to her, another wise…

We want blueprints!

Our Mission document states that we do not advocate or seek to implement detailed blueprints that transcend movement needs and knowledge. I'm not sure how we will determine whether something transcends movement needs and knowledge, but I agree…

Learning from Wikipedia

There is no shortage of obvious reasons why an open project like Wikipedia cannot possibly be successful. But somehow it is. Whatever its faults may be, it is a thriving and visible community.Somehow they must have done something right.I think…

Do we need leaders?

The Structure and Policy part of our Structure and program document refers several times to “leaders”: ... actions by elected or delegated leaders ... ... a mechanism to recall leaders ... Does our movement really need leaders?…

Sending an inviting message

Months before I heard of IOPS (which only happened when a friend forwarded me the "Open Letter from Chomsky, Shiva, Pilger, Santos and 40 more..."), I wrote a text that I think conveys much of the same vision, but which I tried to write in…

Our key documents are too difficult

A well-known readability test is the Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level. It measures the difficulty of a text and gives the result as a U.S. “grade level”: the number of years people who are able to understand the text will have been…

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Projects

Translations

If you would like to participate in translating any IOPS related content you're welcome to join this project.

Social Media

If you would like to participate in social media surrounding IOPS you're welcome to join this project. So far we've created the following. Facebook International Page http://www.facebook.com/iopsociety…

Translating IOPS

A project to take the ideas of IOPS, chew them over and make them more accessible and pertinent for people that we would like to join or just like :)   So - We like IOPS, we think it is important…

Website Team

The website team was initiated in 2012 by former website administrator Jason Chrysostomou for maintenance, bug fixing, strategic planning and innovation work on the site. Previous discussions can…

The Local & Regional Chapter Forum and Project Project

Project Description Revised August 2014   Members of this project commit to creating chapter-specific content for their local or regional chapter page, and working with their provisional chapter…

Online ACTIVE Reading Club

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…

Creating New IOPS Forums

I feel like the forums here aren't very good or conducive to much conversation, they're not very attractive and they're hard to find. These things all together I think may stifle potential members who…

Improving the Joining Process (completed)

The recently published IOPS Non-Member Survey Report ended with four conclusions, two of which were: ● We need to be more explicit how prospective members will be able to contribute concretely towards…

Deciding the Future of IOPS (completed)

The purpose of this project is to prepare for a poll or polls among the overall membership for deciding on the future of IOPS. It is open to any member who is interested in helping out with this. As anyone…

Recycling bycicle for the people across the world

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…

Reimagining IOPS – The Project (completed)

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…

Financial Administrator Tasks

This project has been created to discuss the the implentation and processes of the initial IOPS Financial Administrator role. Many ideas have been posted already, but we also have a looming March/April…

Content Curator Team

This project was created to discuss activities surrounding the team of content curators. Any interested member is welcome to join the project and participate in discussions and other activities carried…