Considering IOPS

I have joined a new internationalist organisation called International Organisation for a Participatory Society (IOPS) as an interim member. I’m posting this only in the hope that some readers might like to check out the website and see if the IOPS interim Mission, Vision and Organisation proposals appeal to them enough to consider joining as interim members. (Everything is ‘interim’ because of due democratic process: a full meeting of the organisation must first debate and pass the various proposals before they become official.)

The initiative was only founded in January and already has over 1460 interim members signed up from about 76 countries. The initiative was a brainchild of Michael Albert at ZComm (US) and resulted from answers to a questionnaire at that site. An Interim Committee includes people like Noam Chomsky and John Pilger.

As an interim member you can post blogs, comments and propose your own projects for others to join at the site. It also seems a great way of getting to know and communicate with people and anti-capitalist activists from all over the world on issues that interest and concern you. IOPS also has a very welcome stress on internal diversity and dissent and avoiding the boredom and horrors of traditional left-wing sectarianism that rightly put so many people off.

Obviously IOPS is at a very early stage of its development and will only become what members make of it. Interested? Just click: http://www.iopsociety.org/

As a teaser, here is the IOPS Mission statement:

Mission

The International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) is a revolutionary organization that aims to to win a better world through flexibly exploring and advocating long term vision, building the seeds of the future in the present, empowering the lives of its members, organizing in an internally classless and self-managing way, and winning changes in society that better the situations of suffering constituencies while also laying the ground work for more changes, and construction, to come.

Key Goals & Priorities

IOPS is anti capitalist, anti racist, anti sexist, and anti authoritarian. It centrally addresses economics/class, politics, culture/race, kinship/gender, ecology, and international relations without privileging any one focus above the rest.

IOPS seeks to transcend 20th Century market and centrally planned socialism with a new participatory society – or participatory socialism – that combines classless participatory economy, feminist participatory kinship, intercommunalist participatory culture, and self managing participatory polity.

IOPS flexibly explores and advocates long term vision sufficiently to inspire and orient current activity but does not advocate or seek to implement detailed blueprints that transcend movement needs and knowledge.

IOPS sees social strategy and especially tactics as largely contingent on place and time and therefore continually revises shared views in light of new evidence including regularly updating analysis, vision, and strategy.

Core Values

Self-Management

Decision making influence in proportion to the degree you are affected by a decision.

Equity/Justice

Distribution of circumstances and benefits in accord with duration, intensity, and onerousness of socially valued labor, or comparable factors in other aspects of life.

Solidarity

Creation of conditions that foster mutual aid and empathy.

Diversity

Respect for dissent and difference, including making room for minority and dissident positions to develop and revisit earlier commitments.

Ecological Stewardship

Care for natural habitats and environment in accord with sustainability and the thriving of diversity for species and humans.

Internationalism

Applying the above mentioned values not merely to a society, but to the community of all societies.

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on May 4, 2012.

One Response to “Considering IOPS”

  1. Damn, you’re good.

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