Title: The World Social Forum: Building Alternative Forms of Globalization
Author: Thomas Ponniah, Affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: February 2015
From March 24-28, 2015, social movements and activists from around the world will be gathering in Tunis, Tunisia to participate in the upcoming World Social Forum (WSF). With a shared mission that “Another World Is Possible,” the WSF serves as an open meeting place for social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital and imperialism. The organizers of the WSF make a point of convening the meeting in the global South, emphasizing the view that this region should take leadership in the movement for progressive global social and economic policy.
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Thomas Ponniah — co-editor of the book Another World Is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum –reflects on the history of the WSF, its innovative role in the struggle against neo-liberal globalization and injustice, and on some of the challenges for the WSF in Tunis and the years ahead.
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