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.
IOPS Ireland, 18 December 2013. Notes by John Baker Four members were present. We spent most of our time discussing the Political/Governmental part of the IOPS vision, point by point. Here are some of…
Founding Convention Targets
Targets to meet by June 2014 in order to hold a founding convention.
Target = 3,500
Current = 3,391
WORKING IOPS CHAPTERS:
Target = 20
Current = 8
I was shocked today when I read the ICC proposals. Note the part about "large majority women", that goes against the IOPS mission, but is what I have found prevalent is not a desire for gender equality but taking over. I think most IOPS members…
IOPS Ireland, 18 December 2013. Notes by John Baker Four members were present. We spent most of our time discussing the Political/Governmental part of the IOPS vision, point by point. Here are some of the issues and questions that arose. …
Micheal Albert is visionary about economics and many other things but one thing he is not considering is that using/believing in free software is somehow anethema to parecon, or that free software peoiple only think of free software to the…
Women need no quotas. Women feel too self entitled as it is. Times have changed rapidly because of the internet and so should women. If some women do not want to join iops then that is thier decsion. It shouldn't hold back a revolution, and…
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..
Haz tu donación
Mientras IOPS está en una etapa intermedia, por favor considere hacer una donación para ayudar a pagar para los gastos de alojamiento, mantenimiento, y las innovaciones del sitio web. Tenga en cuenta que, con tiempo, las donaciónes serán reemplazados por las cuotas de afiliación. Si las donaciones superan a los costos mencionados anteriormente, los fondos se pueden guardar para uso futuro.
Proyectos más recientes
For all IOPS members interested in developing satirical content from an IOPS, down-and-to-the-left perspective, possibly through music, a left alternative to The Onion, or a left satirical news web series…
Engine for regional IOPS community-building & collaboration in the San Francisco Bay Area, open to all members in the region. An initial goal is to have a regional IOPS meeting somewhere central in…
The Perry Hall Community Garden has brought together a diverse group of local people. This is a first year garden in which we will share in the work to make this garden grow.
I'm re-commencing an online podcast series to identify the Worlds Best Disaster Resilience Systems and Technologies to interview their creators and team leaders in an effort to create a Global Top 50…
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many members of IOPS go beyond its definitions to favor, as well, an economic vision called Participatory Economics, among other committments. For your entertainment, here is a brief "video" about some of parecon's features....
Parecon Hip-Hop Primer for the 99%
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.
The site has been experiencing technical problems over the last few weeks resulting in the site being periodically inaccessible. We have been working to solve the problem and we believe we have identified the issue. The upcoming events may not display correctly for the time being, till we implement a permament fix. Apologies for the disruption.
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 July 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 email@example.com 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. Kent, England
6. Seattle, Washington, USA
7. Vienna, Austria
8. New York City, New York, United States
Próximos eventosNo se han encontrado eventos
Open end: 31 December 2013
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:
News from No Borders Morocco Originally posted on December 5, 2013 by beatingborders Reposted here because it got no attention in the international news media. The 4th of December was a day that will be remembered by many…
We were informed about a new book about the life of Michael Albert, it can be found on ibooks and is in Graphic/Comic form. At the last meeting Tom was asked to enquire into possible venues to host the National Gathering in Birmingham.…
We discussed our involvement in local campaigns - the save the NHS campaign in Walsall and the campaign against Council service cuts in Birmingham. We have been participating in these campaigns and also raising IOPS ideas within them. One member…
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