IAS is a project whose mission it is to cultivate and empower a number of more specific projects which are fully autonomous but like-minded, similarly organized, and have strong associational ties.
Currently IAS has one associated project, Interactive Fitness Systems (IAFS), an organization promoting health and fitness. Here is a non-exhaustive list of other industries IAS wishes to empower projects within:
Food, agriculture, infrastructure, finance, medicine, intellectual property, computer programming, open source technologies, real estate, security, and education.
Interactive Systems (IAS) is an organization whose primary goal is to advance the accessibility of information, resources, and systems in order to allow individuals to improve their own conditions and empower them with the ability to positively affect those around them.
Enabling self-development; building better relationships; cultivating social improvement.
As we grow we seek to operate under the principles of cooperative enterprises as set out by the International Cooperative Alliance and echoed by other cooperative organizations, which are as follows:
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.