Writing in The Occupied Times of London, members of the Greater London Chapter of the interim International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) explain how horizontal decision making could form the basis of a new resistance and a new world. Prioritising certain values, IOPS was set up to further this vision:
The core values of this new, ambitious organisation were agreed to be: Self-Management, Equity/Justice, Solidarity, Diversity, Ecological Stewardship and Internationalism. These values would determine the vision of the organisation which would treat the Political, Economical, Kinship and Community/Culture spheres as being of equal importance to one another as part of a philosophy of complementary holism. In other words, all aspects of life should be considered in offering a vision for participatory societies, forming a network spanning the local, national and international.
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