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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 the need for all of us to engage in a reevaluation process.  We have, since then, taken our own advice.  The question we asked ourselves was, as our title indicates, “What happened?”  Yes, we failed to meet the organizing goals we set…

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Thoughts on the "Poll on IOPS Future" & The "Interim" Phase

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When we joined IOPS, we didn't join an established organization like Greenpeace or the IWW; we joined a work group engaged in building an organization.  And the organization that we said we would build  -- from the ground up, beginning with chapters -- is unique because:  (a) at all levels, it would "prefigure" the participatory society we seek to establish, and (b) the initial (or "interim") phase of construction would continue until we achieved the degree of diversity and participation…

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"Community Rights" as an Organizing Strategy

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The following was co-authored with Sara Cromwell and Sarah Owens, members of the IOPS Oregon Chapter, and posted primarily for other IOPS U.S. chapters who might be considering strategic alliances with so-called “community rights” organizations.  It is written from the perspective of participatory societal values with full knowledge that some visitors to IOPS who read it may disagree with our assessment, based on their own perspective and values.  However, it is offered to…

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Promoting IOPS Values in Everyday Activities

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From http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/DesktopModules/EngagePublish/printerfriendly.aspx?itemId=3441&PortalId=0&TabId=956 "Since the end of August, Sarah Owens and Michael Livingston have volunteered over 100 hours combined planting and weeding in community gardens. They first responded to our need for “Super-Weeders,” and recently have decided to step up and help coordinate Julie’s Four Corners Community Garden in SE Salem. When asked why they volunteer with the MPFS…

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Gardening in the Asphalt

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Your chapter recently completed a project that took a lot of work and didn’t accomplish much. Why talk about this experience?   Michael:  Good question.  We worked hard, but we certainly didn't accomplish what we set out to do, largely because of the lack of commitment and follow-through on the part of members of the group we were working with.  That made the project a frustrating experience and not one I particularly want to revisit, but, maybe there are some lessons to…

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Continuing Relevance

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The IOPS Salem Chapter would like everyone to check out the latest work of our comrade Bill Smaldone, European Socialism, A Concise History with Documents, described below, "This accessible text offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to European socialism, which arose in the maelstrom of the industrial and democratic revolutions launched in the eighteenth century. Striving for sweeping social, economic, cultural, and political change, socialists were a diverse lot. However, they were united…

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First Things First – The Case for a “Shared Campaign”

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In an IOPS blog published September 17th, Michael Albert proposed that IOPS members engage in a “shared campaign” to achieve the preconditions for holding an IOPS founding convention and proposed a process for the development of the campaign. (See http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/2650-convention-conditions).  Here’s the proposal: “That between now and November 15, in chapters, in blog posts and comments on them, and in the forum system, and particularly, with people in…

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