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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:

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

Read the IOPS Mission Statement


IOPS flexibly explores and organises around a broad vision of a future society. IOPS Vision centrally addresses:

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

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.

Latest Blogs

What Happened

This blog was co-authored by the IOPS chapters of Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna. It is not enough to make a plan; we must evaluate the results of that plan. Marta Harnecker   A few months ago, we wrote of…


JUST ANOTHER RUPTURE AMID PARENTHESES (NOWHERE) Everything does seem to fail, doesn’t it. Things pop up then disappear. Some look promising but kind of go nowhere. Nowhere seems to be the destination of so many things. One could try to…

Some thoughts on the anti-racism struggle and white privilege

Starting last year an issue that was rarely discussed at this level was brought into the public. Black Pete, the servant of Saint Nicolas with a less than politically correct appearance accompanies him during the Saint Nicolas or Sinterklaas…

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Things we've discussed

This is a selection of discussions we've had.

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

No more bosses

by Antonio Carty

Website Help Video

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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: newsletter@iopsociety.org

Latest News

Belgium meeting in Antwerpen (09th November)

  The second Belgium IOPS meeting was organized in Antwerpen on November 09th, 2014. It was held in a beautiful middle-class restaurant near the Central Train station. We were four of us, Nicolas, Sebastien, Teemu and…

IOPS London Meeting (30 September 2014) Minutes

IOPS London Chapter Meeting (30 September 2014) Minutes ACTION POINTS: Next IOPS Meeting: - Facilitator: Julia - Co-facilitator: Joel Here (http://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/facilitationmeeting) is the document by Seeds for Change on facilitation.…

Projectos recentes

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…

G8-Gipfel in Schloss Elmau 2015

Nach der Webseite zu schließen scheint die IOPS - zumindest hier in Deutschland, um es höflich auszudrücken - eine Totgeburt zu sein. Wir können das ändern. Der G8-Gipfel nächstes…

London Chapter Video Project

This project is a place to start discussing potential video productions IOPS London could create together. As discussed at the 29.07.14 chapter meeting, one format could be interviewing inspiring local…

Members about IOPS

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.

Ready for a Change

by Leif Lønne

Things we've done

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.

Cut the Cuts

by IOPS Melbourne

Próximos eventos

Eureka Rebellion 160th Anniversary Commemoration


Wednesday, 04:00 - 22:00

Eureka St & Stawell St South, Ballarat East


Newest Chapters

Abu Dhabi

Abu Zaby, United Arab Emirates

encontrado: 19th Nov 2014


Dorset, England

encontrado: 17th Nov 2014


Bengal, India

encontrado: 14th Nov 2014


Ile-de-France, France

encontrado: 13th Nov 2014

Poll on IOPS Future

Closed end: 23 July 2014

As you know, the deadline for our interim targets for moving toward a founding convention was June 12. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in meeting these targets. In preparation for…


Do you feel that we should remove or retain the conditions we earlier set for holding a founding convention?

remove preconditions (164)
retain preconditions (75)

Total: 239

Do you agree that operating chapters should take initiative in coming events, whether planning a convention (agenda, procedures at convention, place, etc.) or attaining the earlier set preconditions for having a convention and then planning it?

responsibility and initiative should move to chapters and overall membership (145)
responsibility and initiative should stay with ICC and overall membership (90)

Total: 235

Do you think we should define an operating chapter as a local working group with ten people or more participating regularly, or as a local working group with five people or more participating regularly?

at least 10 (49)
at least 5 (188)

Total: 237

If a convention plan is developed by operating chapters and it is to be held in a country other than your own, would you attend?

yes (85)
no (153)

Total: 238

If it is to be held in your country, but not your city, would you attend?

yes (185)
no (53)

Total: 238

If there are costs for venues, helping people attend, etc., would you donate to help?

no (75)
$50 (102)
$100 (38)
$250 (12)
$500 (10)
$1000 or more (2)

Total: 239

Total Number of Voters: 245