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London Chapter: Formalising

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After a more than 12 month hiatus, the London chapter of IOPS met again on Saturday 31 May. More than 12 people joined. Thanks to everyone that made it. It was great to meet you. 

For those that missed it, we discussed:

a) Theory: based on the first chapter of Occupy Strategy (by Jessica Azulay, Michael Albert & David Marty) and the Organization for a Free Society: An Introduction (a short introduction is available online: http://www.afreesociety.org/an-introduction/)

b) Actions and activities we might want to get involved in London: outlined below.

c) Ways forward: The IOPS-London chapter will meet on the last Tuesday of every month to explore an aspect of IOPS theory/develop a skill; share knowledge about actions and activities taking place in London; organise social events and other IOPS events; feedback on IOPS Projects that London members are active in; and develop IOPS-London strategy going forward.

We hope that by June 2015 we will have a group of more than fifty active London IOPS members familiar with the ideas that underpin IOPS – exploring theory and skills – and a commitment to putting them in practice!

At the next meeting, on Tuesday 24 June 2014, we will explore Participatory Economics. 

a) THEORY: Participatory Economics – beginning with a 15 minute presentation by Paul Raekstad followed by an open discussion.
Prior to the meeting please explore Anarchist Economics as a Lens to See the Future by Chris Spannos (please e-mail preeti.k.paul@gmail.com for a copy) and for a more detailed exploration of participatory planning you may want to readAnarchist Planning for Twenty-First Century Economies: A Proposal, Robin Hahnel (available here: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/anarchist-planning-for-twenty-first-century-economies-a-proposal-by-robin-hahnel/) 
For a deep exploration and detailed description of Participatory Economics, please see Looking forward, by Robin Hahnel and Michael Albert (available here: http://zcomm.org/looking-forward/)

b)      UPDATES
Ø  Actions and activities taking place in London; 
Ø  Social events and other IOPS events; 
Ø  Feedback on IOPS Projects that London members are active in; and 
Ø  Develop IOPS-London strategy going forward.

Before then, we hope to see you at our social event on Friday 13 June 2014 in Holborn (http://www.squarepigholborn.com/)
Join us for a drink (alcoholic or not!) 
 RSVP here: http://www.iopsociety.org/events/social-london-chapter

London-wide activities and campaigns
1) Saturday 7 June 2014 (11am – 4pm): Doddington & Rollo Community Garden Open/Fun Day at Charlotte Despard Ave SW11 5HD (behind Tesco, across the square, up the white stairs above the DRCA Community Centre)

2) Wednesday 11 June ( 7-9pm): Organising meeting for a 12 July noTTIP action at the War on Want office, 44-48 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7JP near Old Street and Angel tube. http://www.waronwant.org/about-us/contact-us

3) Monday 16 June – Saturday 21 June: The Spark Social Justice Festival at Peter's Community Hall, 56 Warner Place, London, E2 7DA. http://www.iopsociety.org/events/the-spark-social-justice-festival-16-21-june
4) 21 June National Demo: No more Austerity: Demand the Alternative http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/demosupport

5) Demand the Impossible 2014 - 4 - 8 August 2014: Political Education programme for 15-20 year olds. The main innovation this year is that the course will be planned and run partly by some of the young folk from Unite the Youth who did the course in previous years. Applications are now open and the deadline is July 7th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmq8r5nFVNo

6) Thursday 14 August – 20 August: Reclaim the Power Anti-fracking action camp http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/ 

1) September 2014 onwards - Power and Privilege Workshops: http://powerbeyondprivilege.wordpress.com/author/powerbeyondprivilege/
3) Youth Education Programme (being developed, please contact IOPS-London member David Dominic http://www.iopsociety.org/profile/david-dominic) 

Discussion 6 Comments

  • Fintan Bradshaw 3rd Jun 2014

    Great to hear! Sounds promising, best of luck!

  • Johannes 4th Jun 2014

    Very happy to hear that! Please keep us up to date!

  • Kim Keyser 4th Jun 2014

    I concur with Fintan and Johannes. :)

  • Michael Livingston 5th Jun 2014

    An encouraging and timely rebirth. How did you do it? Other chapters could benefit from your story.

  • Fred Curran 5th Jun 2014

    I concur with Michael, any pointers?

  • Jon Doe 5th Jun 2014

    So happy to see your success! I know its been a lot of struggle, well done!