International Organization for a Participatory Society
|Founded||January 6, 2012|
|Focus(es)||Self-Management, Equity and Justice, Solidarity, Diversity, Ecological Stewardship, Internationalism|
The International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) is an interim international nongovernmental, nonprofit organization embracing such values as self-management, equity and justice, solidarity, diversity, ecological stewardship and internationalism. Conceived in the circles of left-wing media group Z Communications and founded in January 2012, the organization had 3188 members in 101 countries as of 1 July 2013[update].
In 2011, over 4,000 people participated in a poll concerning a hypothetical international organization. In accordance with the highly positive results yielded by the poll, those most eager adopted the poll as a guiding document for establishing an interim process for developing a new international organization based on local chapters. These persons formed an interim consultative committee to fulfil such a process.
As of 12 May 2012[update], the interim committee consisted of (by geographical identification) 26 North Americans (22 from the United States), 6 South Americans, 17 Europeans (8 from the United Kingdom), 2 Africans and 1 Australian. Well-known members included Ezequiel Adamovsky, Michael Albert, Stanley Aronowitz, Elaine Bernard, Patrick Bond, Noam Chomsky, Maya Evans, Eva Golinger, David Graeber, Andrej Grubacic, David Harvey, Pat Korte, John Pilger, Vijay Prashad, Lydia Sargent, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Steve Shalom, Vandana Shiva, Paul Street and Chico Whitaker. The committee settled on "International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS)" as an interim name for the organization. In March 2012 a website for the interim organization was established.
The organization has strong relations to other organizations and movements, including the World Social Forum, with Chico Whitaker, one of its founders, in the interim consultative committee. Concerning its relation to the Occupy movement, Danny Schechter wrote that the organization "is certainly an ambitious building block for what may become a new and far more focused, and, perhaps, better organised, movement".
"The International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) is a revolutionary organization that aims 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."
IOPS claims to adopt the organisational values of self-management, internal classlessness, diversity, dissent, transparency and debate. In such a spirit, IOPS states that it operates as a series of self-managing and inter-connected local chapters and national branches, organising in a bottom-up manner.
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- As of 12 May 2012[update], this gave an apparent total of 52 people, but two were geographically identified with both North America and Europe, so the real number of people was 50.
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