"Today is the parent of tomorrow. [...] Revolution that divests itself of ethical values thereby lays the foundation of injustice, deceit, and oppression for the future society."

(Emma Goldman: My Disillusionment with Russia)

Welcome to the Participatory Society Network page...

 Membership is free and open to anyone interested in consciousness raising and commitment building  around participatory theory, vision and strategy. In joining you will be helping to lay the foundations for a Participatory Society. In line with our vision, the Network is self-managed. There is also a display of current members as well as some other projects for a participatory society. We also have a Real Utopia Discord where members can communicate and organise together. If you have any questions about the Participatory Society Network then please contact us. 

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Network Members 


Deck Hazen


New Zealand

Hi folks,
I learned about you from Michael Albert - I'm currently in his class "No Bosses ..."
I'm 70 years old and I've been a socialist since my early years at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I read a bit of Marx and Hegel. I joined the Social Workers Party and drove to the east coast one summer to attend the conference. Since those years I've worked in the computer industry and when I moved to New Zealand I worked with a number of progressive groups and made a few video (some of which may still be on line).
A recent stroke has cut in to my ability to work, but I'd still like to keep learning.

William Campagna


United States of America

Longtime civil rights activist. Disability rights OG, Draft Counselor, founder/Chief Negotiator AFSCME 2620, Disability Chair Jackson '88, Project Interdependence Youth leadership Director, NCIPA member, CA ADA Implementation Leader, etc.

Richard Schuitema


United Kingdom

Web developer. Always on the look-out for the chance to be part of an organized mass movement with the spirit of Occupy, but with functional, mass decision-making processes and a clear vision

Antonio F.


United States of America

Interested in Migration Studies, Latin America

Mitchell Szczepanczyk


United States of America

Mitchell Szczepanczyk is a software engineer and longtime political activist. He has contributed to two books on participatory economy.

Richard Hull


United Kingdom

I have a life-long interest and involvement in co-operatives. I am currently Programme Director for the Masters Programme in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London

Elizabeth Marxsen


United States of America

None yet

Alexandria Shaner



Sailor, writer, & organizer from Sint Maarten and the USA - currently living aboard a sailboat based in Carriacou.
Environmental and animal rights activist, Parecon enthusiast.

Savvina Azim Chowdhury


United States of America

Ron Unger


United States of America

David Somekh


United Kingdom

I and others set up the European Health Futures Forum (www.ehff.eu) in 2013. It is now a Charity registered in Ireland. We promote a holistic transformation of health and healthcare in which participatory engagement is a key element

Peter Bohmer

Olympia, WA

United States of America

Activist for racial, economic and global justice since the 1960’s. Advocate for participatory socialism. I teach economics and political economy at The Evergreen Stare College, member of Economics for Everyone.

David Rovics


United States of America

Singer/songwriter, writer, podcaster, member of Portland Emergency Eviction Response

Matic Primc



I currently work in promoting participatory processes in local self-governance, focusing on participatory budgeting. I also work as a consultant for cooperatives in the area of improving in group organization.

Paulo Rodriguez



Born and raised in Panama, moved to Belgium after Operation Just Cause.

Ian Pfingsten


United States of America

From Florida, US and trained in appreciation for all life and the environment that sustains it.




A Russian guy interested in Parecon

Matevž Hrženjak



Interested in socialist participatory economy.

Paul Burrows



Winnipeg, Canada. www.blackcatredriver.ca

Gordon Asher


United Kingdom

Gordon Asher is an educator/learner, researcher/writer, editor/proofreader, ‘activist’ and cultural worker based in Glasgow. He is an Independent Scholar and Developer, now primarily self-employed, who also works part time in Higher Education. He previously worked, for over a decade, as a Learning and Educational Developer, as well as having held various academic and academic-related employment roles across adult, community and higher education. Much of his work and engagements involve the linking of critical educational theories and practices within the university, with radical education across struggles, movements and society, with out the academy.

Fintan Bradshaw



I'm interested in advocating for a Participatory Economy and Participatory Society.

Emily Jones

San Francisco

United States of America

Fundraiser for progressive leaders in US electoral politics

Claude Lauzon



I have a particular interest in Participatory Economics. I’m presently trying raise awareness of this model through outreach with various communities. I’m taking a grassroots organizing approach using a video I produced and targeting influencers. My goal is to eventually initiate a political movement and get greater engagement from these influencers.

Adam G



I am interested in learning about participatory economics

Tom Mullinar



Social services. Teaching. Tour guide. Farming. Parenting. Disability services

Cooper Sperling

San Anselmo

United States of America

Cynthia Peters


United States of America

Cynthia is a longtime organizer, writer, and editor.

Mandisi Majavu


South Africa

Michael Albert


United States of America

I currently work on ZNet, Collective 20, RevolutionZ, and School for Social and Cultural Change

Mark Evans


United Kingdom

Health care worker, Writer for Collective 20, Real Utopia team member.

Anthony Abrahams


United Kingdom

Member of IOPS

Mattia Valanzano

La Spezia


Zhongjin Li

Kansas City

United States of America

I'm a political economist interested in a participatory society.

Urška Breznik



Active in a municipalist assemblist movement struggling for direct democracy. Active in a collective that organizes workers using co-research method in the field of retail and care. Employed at NGO that works in educating through critical literacy.

Paula de Angelis



I am a historian and and a liberationist, with a lifelong interest in co-operative community principles and learning from self-organised social movements.

tom charles osher



Hola, I am a long time radical anarchist activist, founder of a mostly latino, artist, eco-community in Vilcabamba, Ecuador since 2012 (chambalabamba.org). We have some strategies in progress. utopiacornucopia.org

Gary Quayle


United Kingdom

middle aged British bloke that works in mental health

Charlotte Walters


United States of America

Participatory Economics with Michael Albert

Nicolai Pulley

Dunn, NC

United States of America

I'm Nicolai, a participist that enjoys rambling about things. I take interest mainly in the economic side of things, and am always open to hear other points of view.

Gregory Wilpert

Alexandria, VA

United States of America

Gregory Wilpert is a German-American sociologist and journalist who has covered Venezuela extensively for a wide variety of publications. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology (Brandeis University, 1994) and is author of the book, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chávez Government (Verso Books, 2007). He is co-founder of the website Venezuelanalysis.com, was director of the teleSUR English website, and host and managing editor for The Real News Network. Currently he works as deputy editor at the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Andrej Grubačić


United States of America

Andrej Grubačić is the Founding Chair of the Anthropology and Social
Change department at CIIS-San Francisco, an academic program with an exclusive focus on anarchist anthropology. He is the editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research and is an affiliated faculty member at the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, UC Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (coauthored with Denis O’Hearn), Don’t Mourn, Balkanize: Essays After Yugoslavia, and Wobblies and Zapatistas (with Staughton Lynd). He is the editor of the PM Press Kairos imprint.

Stephen R Shalom


United States of America

Stephen R. Shalom is professor emeritus of political science at William Paterson University in NJ, USA. Among his books are Which Side Are You On? An Introduction to Politics (2003) and an edited collection Socialist Visions (1983). He has proposed a model for a participatory political system (parpolity), elaborated in various articles, including in an essay in Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century, ed. Chris Spannos (2008).

Bridget Meehan



I'm co-founder of the Northern Mutual, the campaign for a mutual bank in the north of Ireland, a member of Collaboration for Change and a writer with Collective 20

Sean Michael Wilson



An award-winning writer from Scotland.

Eugene Nulman


United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Other projects for a Participatory Society...

Mission Statement: 

  • To raise awareness of Participatory Theory, Vision and Strategy as a new and effective way of thinking about and organising for radical-progressive social transformation. 

  • To lay the foundations for a participatory society through the establishment of an international network of activists committed to advocating and organising for a participatory society. 

  • To raise money to fund events, research, media projects and grassroots organising and activities.