IOPS Austria was founded on 16 February 2012. We had our first face to face meeting on 24 April 2012. Since then we had 37 meetings overall, which means we had roughly one meeting every two weeks.
By now IOPS Austria has 13 members registered on the website. Those members are involved in varying degrees. 6 of them are participating in pretty much every activity we have, 3 participate occasionally and 4 are only registered on the website so far (3 members have already left because of leaving Austria or due to other left activist commitments).
In addition to that there is a number of people who are not registered on the website but are sympathetic towards IOPS and help us every now and then by creating fliers and posters, participating in reading circles, talks, discussions, workshops, documentary screenings, carrying our flags during protests and so on.
Apart from our general meetings in which we typically discuss all matters of organizing, we had a number of special events, including the following:
- Several protests against the discrimination of refugees in Austria and for equality and borderless solidarity
- A rally for the Right to the City in Vienna (Austria's capital)
- A workshop on Participatory Economics (as a part of a bigger left congress in Austria)
- Talks by experts on Commons, Global Villages and a Universal Basic Income in the European Union, followed by extensive discussions and more casual conversations over a, always highly popular, free vegan buffet
- Reading circles on Participatory Economics, Peer Production, Slums, Universal Basic Income, Participism and most recently italian Workerism
- A declaration of solidarity with Austrian workers for their right to decent working conditions
- A documentary screening with a following discussion on slums
- An open breakfast in a public park to awaken interest in IOPS
Furthermore we have a roughly quarterly newsletter to which about 40 people have subscribed so far. By now IOPS Austria has an active chapter, Vienna. On an international level our members were involved in translating all kinds of IOPS related materials, social media, and our website, besides engaging in blogs, forums and other projects. We also tried to establish ties with like minded groups and organizations in Vienna, Austria and Europe.
Obviously, all of the above is just an outline of what IOPS Austria really means to its members. For us, IOPS Austria has been a great opportunity to get more active, to educate ourselves, to recognize our social responsibilities and to engage in socially and politically valuable work. Our hope is that, with this blog, we can inspire others to go similar ways and, more importantly, to go far beyond that.
Below are pictures of some of our activities along with some of the materials we created for them.