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.
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…
I have been absent from IOPS for awhile due to work and health issues. On the other hand, I am not sure what beyond an article or two I would have been doing, even if I had had more time to give. IOPS began. It inaugurated an…
An interesting article about the importance of non hierarchical structures and their potential limitations.https://opendemocracy.net/transformation/liam-barringtonbush/structuring-our-beloved-communities
IOPS London Meeting Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 9 members attended: Rob, Sophie, Laura, Matt, JP, Daniel, David, Preeti and Paul Apologies: Mark, Tom, James, Anthony and Sofa. Paul R is away until the end of the month. Minutes by Sophie…
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Things we've discussed
This is a selection of discussions we've had.
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: email@example.com
Arrest Warrant Sought for Abbott, Morrison, Brandis, but High Court Australia on Trial for Usurping the Australian Constitution
VICTORY AT LAST: https://www.facebook.com/RDAsavesROLConstitution Scott Morrison press conference over asylum seekers held at sea Immigration minister faces questions following Guardian Australia's exclusive…
Last Sunday we met for a ralley for an occupied house in Vienna, Austria, the Pizzeria Anarchia which is in great danger to get evicted, for a right to habitat and against capitalist housing market in general. As soon as we met in a park for…
On July 9th 2014 at 20:36, the first steps were set to organise a national meeting for all IOPS Belgium members. An email has been sent to the whole membership, asking for suitable dates that could be chosen for members to attend. For…
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…
Life After Capitalism was a conference within the conference at the World Social Forum 2003 hosted by Z which was an important point for the discussions which eventually led to IOPS.
Fanfare for the Future is a three volume set written by Michael Albert, Mandisi Majavu, Mark Evans, David Marty and Jessica Azulay detailing a self contained presentation of theory, vision and strategy.
The so-called science wars include a number of exchanges about science, rationality, post-modernism and their relevance for the left.
Participatory Economics (Parecon) is an economic vision put forth by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel.
Members about IOPS
Here are some interviews with members about IOPS including Cynthia Peters, David Marty, Elizabeth Meade, Florian Zollmann, 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
Sunday, 10:00 - 16:30
Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX
Sunday, 12:00 - 19:00
Benches in the park, near 63rd st and central park west
Sunday, 17:00 - 21:30
92/93 Chapel Market, Angel, Islington, London N1 9EX
Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel
make a donation
While IOPS is in an interim stage, please consider making a one time donation to help pay towards the costs of hosting, maintenance, and ongoing feature innovations of the website. Note that one time donations will eventually be replaced by membership dues. If one time donations exceed the above mentioned costs, funds will be saved for future use!
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?