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.
I've been involved in IOPS since early 2011 and participated in testing our website before it went online. One of the first concerns I voiced, and perhaps the most important one in my view, was that our…
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…
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…
Please bear in mind that, although we realize the utility of social media, we are critical of the corporations behind those websites.
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
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
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 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.…
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…
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…
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 Peters, David Marty, Elizabeth Meade, Florian Zollmann, Jermaine Chambers, Justin Podur, Michael Albert (2012, 2014), Noam Chomsky, Paul 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,
Organizing, talks 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
Wednesday, 04:00 - 22:00
Eureka St & Stawell St South, Ballarat East
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?
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?
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?
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?
If it is to be held in your country, but not your city, would you attend?
If there are costs for venues, helping people attend, etc., would you donate to help?