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Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum in 2003. Photo by Marcello Casal Jr/ABr.

The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting held by members of the anti-globalization (using the term globalization in a doctrinal sense not a literal one) or alter-globalization movement to coordinate world campaigns, share and refine organizing strategies, and inform each other about movements from around the world and their issues. It tends to meet in January when its "great capitalist rival", the World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This is not a coincidence. The date was chosen because of the logistical difficulty of organizing a mass protest in Davos and to try to overshadow the coverage of the World Economic Forum in the news media. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Noam Chomsky at World Social Forum - 2003. ... Noam Chomsky at World Social Forum - 2003. ... Avram Noam Chomsky (Hebrew :אברם נועם חומסקי Yiddish: אברם נועם כאמסקי) (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A KFC franchise in Kuwait. ... Doctrine, from Latin doctrina, (compare doctor), means a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Anti-globalization. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Davos viewed from air Davos is a town in eastern Switzerland, in the canton of Graubünden, on the Landwasser River. ...


The WSF has prompted the organizing of many regional social forums, including the European Social Forum, the Asian Social Forum, the Mediterranean Social Forum, and many local and national social forum, such as the Italian Social Forum, Liverpool Social Forum and the Boston Social Forum. The first-ever US Social Forum took place in Atlanta in June of 2007. Most, though not all, social forums adhere to the WSF Charter of Principles drawn up by the World Social Forum. For other uses, see forum. ... The European Social Forum (ESF) is an annual conference held by members of the alter-globalization movement (also known as the Global Justice Movement). ... The Asian Social Forum will be held from 2-7 January 2003 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. ... The Mediterranean Social Forum is the first interregional Social Forum, created between movements from Europe, Maghreb and Mediterranean Middle East ... The Liverpool Social Forum (LSF) is a fortnightly meeting held in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom. ... The Boston Social Forum was the first North American social forum to use the methodology of the World Social Forum process and adhere closely to its Charter of Principles. ... The US Social Forum is a gathering scheduled to take place in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2007. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


In 2006 the WSF was held in different cities around the world, including Caracas, Venezuela and Bamako, Mali (both in January); and Karachi, Pakistan (March). In January 2007 it was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: La Sultana del Avila (English:The Avilas Sultan) La Sucursal del paraiso Motto: Ave María Santísima, sin pecado concebida, en el primer instante de su ser natural. ... View of Bamako Bamako district Bamako, population 1,690,471 (2006), is the capital of Mali, and is the biggest city in the country. ...   (Urdu: , Sindhi: ) is the capital of the province of Sindh, and the largest city in Pakistan. ... Nairobi (pronounced ) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. ...

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History

Leonardo Boff at World Social Forum, 2005.

The first WSF was held from 25 January to 30 January 2001 in Porto Alegre, organized by many groups involved in the alternative globalization movement, including the French Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens (ATTAC). The WSF was sponsored, in part, by the Porto Alegre government, led by Brazilian Worker's Party (PT). The town was experimenting with an innovative model for the local government which combined the traditional representative institutions with the participation of open assemblies of the people. 12,000 people attended from around the world. At the time, Brasil was also in a moment of transformation that later would lead to the electoral victory of the PT candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Download high resolution version (2165x1311, 554 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (2165x1311, 554 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Professor Leonardo Boff Leonardo Boff was born 14 December 1938 in Concórdia, Santa Catarina state, Brazil. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country Brazil Region South State Rio Grande do Sul Government  - Mayor José Fogaça (PPS) Area  - City 496. ... Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens (ATTAC - Association pour la Taxation des Transactions pour lAide aux Citoyens) is an activist organization for the establishment of a tax on exchange transactions. ... Wikinews has news related to this article: Category:Political crisis in Brazil The Partido dos Trabalhadores (Portuguese for Workers Party) is a left-wing political party in Brazil. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


The second WSF, also held in Porto Alegre from 31 January to 5 February 2002, had over 12,000 official delegates representing people from 123 countries, 60,000 attendees, 652 workshops, and 27 talks. Nickname: Coordinates: , Country Brazil Region South State Rio Grande do Sul Government  - Mayor José Fogaça (PPS) Area  - City 496. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


The third WSF was again held in Porto Alegre, in January 2003. There were many parallel workshops, including, for example the Life After Capitalism workshop, which proposed focussed discussion on non-communist, non-capitalist, participative possibilities for different aspects of social, political, economic, communication structures [1]. Among the speakers was famed American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Communism is an ideology that seeks to establish a classless, stateless social organization based on common ownership of the means of production. ... Capitalism generally refers to an economic system in which the means of production are all or mostly privately[1][2] owned and operated for profit, and in which investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are determined through the operation of a free market. ... Avram Noam Chomsky (Hebrew :אברם נועם חומסקי Yiddish: אברם נועם כאמסקי) (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. ...


The fourth WSF was held in Mumbai, India, from 16 January to 21 January 2004. The attendance was expected to be 75,000 and it shot over by thousands. The cultural diversity was one notable aspect of the forum. The other notable decision that was taken was the stand on Free Software. One of the key speakers at the WSF 2004 was Joseph Stiglitz. , “Bombay” redirects here. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clockwise from top: The logo of the GNU Project (the GNU head), the Linux kernel mascot Tux the Penguin, and the FreeBSD daemon Free software is a term coined by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation[1] to refer to software that can be used, studied, and modified without... Joseph Stiglitz (born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, author and winner of Nobel Prize for economics ( 2001). ...


The fifth World Social Forum for 2005 was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil between 26 January and 31 January. There were 155,000 registered participants at the Forum, with most coming from Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Uruguay, and France. A number of participants in the forum released the Porto Alegre Manifesto. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Porto Alegre Manifesto is a proposal for social change produced at the 2005 World Social Forum. ...


The sixth World Social Forum was "polycentric" held in January 2006 in Caracas (Venezuela) and Bamako (Mali), and in March 2006, in Karachi (Pakistan). The Forum in Pakistan was delayed to March because of the Kashmir earthquake that had recently occurred in the area. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: La Sultana del Avila (English:The Avilas Sultan) La Sucursal del paraiso Motto: Ave María Santísima, sin pecado concebida, en el primer instante de su ser natural. ... View of Bamako Bamako district Bamako, population 1,690,471 (2006), is the capital of Mali, and is the biggest city in the country. ...   (Urdu: , Sindhi: ) is the capital of the province of Sindh, and the largest city in Pakistan. ... The Kashmir earthquake (also known as the South Asia earthquake) of 2005 was a major earthquake whose epicenter was the Pakistan-administered disputed region of Kashmir. ...


The seventh World Social Forum was held in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2007. There were 66,000 registered attendees, and 1,400 participating organizations from 110 countries, making it the most globally representative WSF so far.[1] It was criticized as being 'an NGO fair'[2]and movements of the poor in Kenya and South Africa mounted vigorous protests against some of the NGOs that attended the forum in the name of the African poor. Nairobi (pronounced ) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. ...


The eighth World Social Forum in 2008 won´t be organized at a particular place, but globally, which means by thousands of autonomous local organizations.


Regional forums have taken place in the SW ([3]), NW, NE, Midwest, and SE ([4]) regions of the United States.


The United States Social Forum ([5])took place in downtown Atlanta, Ga from June 27 through July 1, 2007.


Criticisms

This mural in Seattle's Chinatown echoes the slogan of the World Social Forum: 'Another world is possible'.
This mural in Seattle's Chinatown echoes the slogan of the World Social Forum: 'Another world is possible'.

The WSF has been criticized, particularly by socialist and communist left parties, for producing few practical ideas, concentrating instead on general and vague criticisms of neoliberalism and imperialism. On the other hand some, particularly anarchists, have criticised the WSF for attempting to act as a central decision making location for dissident groups, as the Communist Internationals once did. Most WSF participants would counter that the WSF is not a decision-making body, but rather a space for public deliberation. A far more prevalent criticism runs in the opposite direction: that the group has no established procedure for adopting consensus statements or advocacies. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 527 KB) Summary This mural in Seattles Chinatown echos the slogan of the World Social Forum: Another world is possible. Photograph taken 2005-11. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 527 KB) Summary This mural in Seattles Chinatown echos the slogan of the World Social Forum: Another world is possible. Photograph taken 2005-11. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... For the school of international relations, see Neoliberalism (international relations). ... For the computer game, see Imperialism (computer game). ... Anarchism is a political philosophy or group of philosophies and attitudes which reject any form of compulsory government[1] and support its elimination,[2] often because of a wider rejection of involuntary authority. ... The Comintern (Russian: Коммунистический Интернационал, Kommunisticheskiy Internatsional – Communist International, also known as the Third International) was an international Communist organization founded in March 1919, in the midst of the war communism period (1918-1921), by Vladimir Lenin and the Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik), which intended to fight by all available means, including...


The WSF is also subject to the same criticisms as the anti/alternative globalization movements, namely that the globalization and capitalism they oppose are inevitable, or that globalisation and capitalism are the most effective means of addressing global poverty. WSF participants have responded that the idea of the 'inevitability' of globalization is simply an ideological myth, hence their embrace of the slogan, 'Another World is Possible'.


The WSF has, especially in recent years, been strongly criticised for replacing popular movements of the poor with NGOs. Movements of the poor in poorer parts of the world, like Africa, have argued that they are almost completely excluded from the forum and in countries like Kenya and South Africa they have protested against donor funded left NGOs that, they argue, determine and dominate African representation at the forum.


Right-wing opponents of the current global order have criticized the supposed pluralism of the WSF, as it only includes movements on the left (from social democrats to anarchists). Pluralism is used, often in different ways, across a wide range of topics: In science, the concept often describes the view that several methods, theories or points of view are legitimate or plausible, see Scientific pluralism. ...


Some activities by activists attending the WSF have also been criticised, such as in the WSF 2001, where activists invaded and destroyed a plantation of experimental transgenics of the Monsanto enterprise.[2] The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. ...


Further reading

  • Jose Correa Leite (2005), The World Social Forum: Strategies of Resistance, Haymarket Books [6]
  • Jackie Smith. (2004). The World Social Forum and the challenges of global democracy. Global Networks. 4(4):413-421.
  • T. Teivainen. (2002). The World Social Forum and global democratisation: learning from Porto Alegre. Third World Quarterly. 23(4):621-632.
  • William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah (2003). Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum
  • Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2005). O Fórum Social Mundial: manual de uso, Cortez Editora.

Notes

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See also

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The European Social Forum (ESF) is an annual conference held by members of the alter-globalization movement (also known as the Global Justice Movement). ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia on one of the following topics: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources. ... SASF Logo The Southern African Social Forum(SASF) is a Social Forum left-wing conference held in Zimbabwe. ... The Boston Social Forum was the first North American social forum to use the methodology of the World Social Forum process and adhere closely to its Charter of Principles. ... The Southeast Social Forum is a gathering of about 550 people that took place in Durham, North Carolina, from June 16th to June 18th, 2006, at North Carolina Central University. ... The US Social Forum is a gathering scheduled to take place in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2007. ...

External links

"Report on the Methodology of the WSF and its Possible Relevance for the 2006 ESF", TNI Website, 23 February 2005

Alex Callinicos Alex Callinicos (born 1950 in South Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)) is a Marxist intellectual (a contradiction in terms) and a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party. ... Chris Nineham is a British Trotskyist and a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party. ... International Socialism (ISJ) is a quarterly journal of socialist theory published by the Socialist Workers Party (Britain) and currently edited by Chris Harman. ...

Past forums

Future forums

  • United States Social Forum 2007
  • Los Angeles Social Forum 2007
  • [Social Forum of the Americas, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2008, http://www.hic-net.org/eventsdetail.asp?PID=509, https://www.ussf2007.org/en/node/4051]

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The fifth World Social Forum for 2005 was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil between 26 January and 31 January.
World Social Forum - definition of World Social Forum in Encyclopedia (413 words)
The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting held by left wing members of the alternative globalization movement to coordinate world campaigns, share and refine organizing strategies, and inform each other about movements from around the world and around many different issues.
The fourth WSF was held in Mumbai, India, from 16-21 January 2004.
The WSF has prompted the organising of many regional social forums, including the European Social Forum, the Asian Social Forum and the European Education Forum.
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