from the discussions of ‘Networked Politicsi’
A Contribution to the WSF Strategy Consultation Resumo: As a contribution to the WSF Strategy consultation process, we have tried to summarise and systematise debates that have taken place within the framework of Networked Politics. The WSF process has often figured in them as one of the most important examples of the innovations in organising for social change on a global scale in the last decade. Our discussions did not focus primarily on the WSF – they concerned more broadly new forms of labour organising, the free software movement, the commons, internet governance, feminism and political organization, representation, web communities and techno-political tools. But we think that they offer some simulating ideas – questions more than answers – for the debate about the future of the WSF in the context of the larger, transformed political landscape in which it has appeared.
Susan George Debate & Italian contribution to WSF/ESF process Resumo: I believe it deserves further thought and thorough examination by all concerned relates to the International Day of Action [IDofA] in the alternate years when the WSF does not take place. I also agree with the Italians that we must choose our own date—not in January--and that Davos is irrelevant. The results of this year’s IDofA were mixed: positive because there were well over a thousand events world-wide; negative because the only people who know this are us—i.e. there was virtually no press coverage anywhere.
Amit Sen Gupta
Strategy of the WSF: Numerous Questions and a Few Answers Resumo: We all agree that the WSF is an open space. But it is important to underline that the open space that is circumvented by the boundary conditions set out in the Charter of Principles. The space is open to all those who stand in opposition to neo-liberal economic policies and imperialism. In many regions local realities further define the boundaries, e.g. in India, it is further defined as a space that brings together people who also have an explicit position against: patriarchy, war, casteism and racism, and communalism (religious sectarian exclusions). Thus the WSF concept of open space is not located in a vacuum but in an opposition to imperialist globalisation. So it is necessary to be clear that while the WSF does not have specific positions regarding various dimensions of neoliberal globalisation, it does have a position against neoliberal globalisation.