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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:

  • flexibly exploring and advocating long-term vision
  • planting the seeds of the future in the present
  • empowering the lives of our members
  • organizing in an internally classless and self-managing way
  • winning changes in society that improve the lives of people in the present

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:

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Culture/Race
  • Kinship/Gender
  • Ecology
  • International Relations

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
decisions to determine further organizational details.

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.

Latest News


TO LIVE OR NOT TO LIVE... Have you ever noticed how many excuses we all find to not act in defense of the planet? Sure, we all have errands to run and e-mails to answer and we all need down time and the problems are so big and [INSERT YOUR…


So You Think Capitalism Is Evil +++Going behind the curtain +++ Everywhere I go, I'm within earshot of someone ranting about capitalism. How it's to blame for all the issues in the world — and in the angry person's life. Inevitably,…

A Washington family's nightmare year

My husband and I poured everything we had into nurturing an empathetic child. Then, at age 13, he became infatuated with the alt-right. ✂What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right @ www.washingtonian.com [1] When my son Sam,*…

Why and How Capitalism Needs to Be Reformed (I)

by Raymond Dalio +++ Dalio is an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist*. Dalio is the founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds. Bloomberg ranked him as the world's…

Why and How Capitalism Needs to Be Reformed (II)

Dalio's Diagnosis of Why Capitalism Is Now Not Working Well for the Majority of People +++ I believe that reality works like a machine with cause/effect relationships that produce outcomes, and that when the outcomes fall short of the goals…


What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building +++ Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed…


✈  I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov: "It's sproing!" [here] "We're so excited we wet our plants." | "We're extremely passionate about nurturing a healthy vibrant lawn." -Please do not stomp* here.

Future Imperfect ::: Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test

Closed end: 11 March 2019

The Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test (G.O.A.T.) is the IOPS occupational assessment test that every member of IOPS is required to take. During the tutorial quest…


1 // You are approached by a frenzied IOPS intellectual, who yells, "I'm going to put my quantum harmonizer in your photonic resonation chamber!" What's your response?

"But doctor, wouldn't that cause a parabolic destabilization of the fission singularity?" (0)
"Yeah? Up yours too, buddy!" (0)
Say nothing, grab a nearby pipe and hit the intellectual in the head to knock him out. For all you knew, he was planning to blow up the spot. (0)
Say nothing, but slip away before the intellectual can continue his rant. (0)

Total: 0

2 // While working as an intern @ www.iopsoiety.org, a member with a strange infection on his stinkfoot stumbles through the door. The infection is spreading at an alarming rate, but the doctor has stepped out for a while. What do you do?

Amputate the stinkfoot before the infection spreads (0)
Scream for help (0)
Medicate the infected area to the best of your abilities (0)
Restrain the patient, and merely observe as the infection spreads (0)

Total: 0

3 // You discover a young IOPS member lost in the upper levels of the website. He's hungry and frightened, but also appears to be in possession of stolen property. What do you do?

Give the boy a hug and tell him everything will be okay (0)
Confiscate the property by force, and leave him there as punishment (0)
Take the stolen property for yourself, and leave the boy to his fate (0)
Lead the boy to safety, then turn him over to the overseer (0)

Total: 0

4 // Congratulations! You made one of IOPS's baseball teams! Which position do you prefer?

Pitcher (0)
Catcher (0)
Designated Hitter (0)
None, you wish the vault had a soccer team (0)

Total: 0

5 // An IOPS member invites you to tea, but you're surprised when he/she gives you a banana and orders you to stab another IOPS member. What do you do?

Obey(!) the elder and stab the IOPS member with the banana. (0)
Offer your most prized possession for the member's mental health. (0)
Call shotgun* instead. After all, you don't want to miss. (0)
Peel the banana and eat it. (0)

Total: 0

6 // Old Maestrix Freewoman has locked herself in her quarters again, and you've been ordered(!) to get her out. How do you proceed?

Use a bobby pin to pick the lock on the door. (0)
Trade a hoodlum for his banana bomb and blow open the lock. (0)
Go to the armory, retrieve the golden AK-47, and wreak havoc. (0)
Walk away, and let the old coot rot. (0)

Total: 0

7 // Oh, no! You've been exposed to SLIME*, and a mutated head has grown out of your chest! What's the best course of treatment?

A bullet to the brain (0)
Large doses of anti-mutagen agent (0)
Prayer. Maybe God will spare you in exchange for a life of pious devotion. (0)
Removal of the mutated tissue with a precision tool* (0)

Total: 0

8 // A fellow IOPS member is in possession of a "Lucille the Baseball Bat" comic book, issue number #19. You want it. What's the best way to obtain it?

Trade the comic book for one of your own valuable possessions (0)
Steal the comic book at gunpoint (0)
Sneak into the member's quarters, and steal the comic book from his desk (0)
Slip some knock out drops into the member's Pepsi, and take the comic book when he's unconscious. (0)

Total: 0

9 // You decide it would be fun to play a prank on another member. You enter his/her private restroom when no one is looking, and....

Loosen some bolts on some pipes. When the sink is turned on, the room will flood. (0)
Put a firecracker in the toilet. That's sure to cause some chaos (0)
Break into the locked medicine cabinet and replace his/her high blood pressure medication with sugar pills (0)
Manipulate the power wattage on his/her razor, so he/she'll get an electric shock next time he/she shaves (0)

Total: 0

10 // Who is indisputably the most important person @ www.iopsociety.org: He/she who shelters us from the harshness of the virtual wasteland, and to whom we owe everything we have, including our virtual lives?

The Overseer (0)
The Overseer (0)
The Overseer (0)
The Overseer (0)

Total: 0

A // Would you like to be an IOPS Chaplain?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

B // Would you like to be an IOPS Laundry Cannon Operator?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

C // Would you like to be an IOPS Pedicurist?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

D // Would you like to be an IOPS Waste Management Specialist?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

E // Would you like to be an IOPS Loyalty Inspector?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

F // Would you like to be a Clinical Test Subject?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

G // Would you like to be an IOPS Fry Cook?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

H // Would you like to be an IOPS Jukebox Technician?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

I // Would you like to be an IOPS Code Monkey?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

J // Would you like to be an IOPS Tatau Artist?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

K // Would you like to be an IOPS Shift Supervisor?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

L // Would you like to be an IOPS Marriage Counselor?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

M // Would you like to be an IOPS Little League Coach?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

N // Would you like to be an IOPS Masseur/Masseuse?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

O // Would you like to be an IOPS Money Burner?

YES (0)
NO (0)

Total: 0

P // Other IOPS careers:

(P1) IOPS Hairdresser/Barbier (0)
(P2) IOPS Engineer (0)
(P3) IOPS Teacher (0)
(PX) IOPS Security Guard (0)

Total: 0

Total Number of Voters: 0

Ready for a Change

by Leif Lønne

No more bosses

by Antonio Carty


by Claire Bruhn

Class War

by IOPS Melbourne


Here are some interviews with members about IOPS including Cynthia PetersDavid MartyElizabeth MeadeFlorian Zollmann, Jermaine ChambersJustin Podur, Michael Albert (20122014), Noam ChomskyPaul 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.

Latest Blogs

Silenced Hearts (Sacred)

"Murke's Collected Silences" (Doktor Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen) is a short story by Heinrich Böll, first published in the Frankfurter Hefte in 1955 and in English in 1963. The story examines the relationship between the generations…

Gardening in the Asphalt, Reprised

(Photo courtesy ynefesh.com.) I borrowed the title, format and questions used in this post from Jo Bucklin's 2013 post "Gardening in the Asphalt."  The answers are mine, informed by many conversations with Sara Cromwell and Sarah Owens. …


CULTURE +++ KINSHIP +++ INTERNATIONALISM +++[AVIUM]  "The general population doesn't know what's happening; and it doesn't even know that it doesn't know." -#Noamsayn  "Because this is where shit gets absurd. The future; Will; Turn…


Sonata For The Pompous Know-It-All

Change Team and Same Team

This is for those who think there is something wrong with the way we live, believe it can be fixed, and are doing what they can to fix it. For these, this is something to consider. In the name of simplicity, let’s pretend there are two…

Reparations are misleading

I recently shared an idea on facebook that I thought I would share here.  There has recently been a lot more talk in the US about reparations for brown people. (Yes, I use the terms brown and peach instead of black and white as black and…

IOPS Salem Chapter Meeting #40

In attendance on March 23: Cheri Tebeau, Michael Tom, Michael Livingston, Sarah Owens, Sara Cromwell Absent: Jaqui Eicher, Elliott Lapinel Discussed: the usual plus Julia's course of study in marine biology. Dues were collected.  Next…

Projectos recentes

Radicafe and Bookstore

https://www.gofundme.com/help-make-radicafe-a-reality The idea of Radicafé and Bookstore came to me after realizing that cafés these days have gone from being places of mindful relaxation,…

IOPS | Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World

• You are invited! | To engage in our discussion which explores one of the most important issues of our era. | How to live and learn with technology in ways that add authentic value to our lives…


code monkeys • site layout & functionality • the initial purpose of this project is to play with some ideas. yes, there is already a web team project, but it has not been all that active…

Latest IOPS proposals

No proposals have yet been submitted using the newly introduced process. Go here to get instructions on how to create a proposal.

Proposed projects

Below are links to project proposals that are awaiting enough support. If you support the idea, please leave a comment under the proposal.

Film nights


Próximos eventos

Face to Face (f2f) Meeting #41


Saturday, 12:00 - 13:30

356 State Street, Salem, Oregon



Organizing and bookfairs in Dublin
Bookfairs in Kent
Organizingtalks and other events in London
Banners, marches and cultural events in New York
Organizing in Montana
Organizing and tabling in Oregon
Petititions in Seattle
Protests and logos in Melbourne
Protests, talks and workshops in Vienna

Newest Members
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