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   January 2003
World social forum:
World Social Forum
    February 2001, the first social forum gathered in Porto
     Alegre under the title Another World is Possible. It
     brought together some 12,000 people from 120
     countries to coincide with the annual gathering of
     senior world politicians, financiers and multinational
     entrepreneurs at the Swiss resort of Davos to discuss
     the state of the world economy
    Porto Alegre has become an important moment in
     bringing together those who believe this form of
     globalisation is undermining human well-being and
     democracy around the world,(Peader Kearby, IT 16
     Nov, 02)
Port Alegre

    Porto Alegre was chosen as the site for
     its first two meetings since the city
     government has been run by the
     Workers' Party for over a decade. Under
     its rule, the city has become famous
     throughout Latin America for its
     innovative and highly successful
     experiment in participative democracy,
     including an elaborate process of citizen
     involvement in drawing up the annual
World Social Forum
    World Social Forum (WSF), which showcases an
     alternative economic order, based on equality and
     social justice.
        in Porto Allegre in Brazil, Jan 2003; the six-day event has
         already gathered 100,000 people from 156 nations under the
         banner "another world is possible”
        a forum for critics of the present system of globalised
        alternative vision is gathering pace worldwide, as free-market
         economics deliver declining living standards and the erosion
         of democratic rights.
        Latin America has turned to the left in recent times, in search
         of a government that can provide basic needs without
         incurring the wrath of the US, the sole global superpower.
World Social Forum

    At last year's Porto Alegre forum two
     clear tendencies emerged among the
     major speakers and 80,000 participants.
      The dominant one opposes existing neo-
       liberal globalisation in the name of
       strengthened national sovereignties and
       state economic involvement as the best way
       to regulate it.
      The second opposes national solutions and
       seeks a democratic globalisation instead
   Fo or against globalisation:
       Richard Falk calls it "globalisation-from-below". He
        sees in the emergence of a global and politically
        active civil society the possibility for a more
        humane form of globalisation.
       "globalisation-from-above", which he describes as
        "the way in which transnational market forces
        dominate the policy scene, including the significant
        co-optation of state power".
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

    "We plan a new social contract in Brazil
     but so also do we need a global pact to
     lessen the gap between rich and poor."
World Economic Forum
  Davos
  a key annual event in networking the
   leading proponents of what we can call
   "real existing globalisation",
WEF Davos, January 2003

    Non-governmental organisations are taking
     part in the alternative Public Eye on Davos
     meeting ( just up the road from the WEF's
     annual meeting)
        said they want politicians to target the worst cases
         of unethical behaviour
        An opinion poll commissioned by the WEF
         indicated that 91 percent of young people in 33
         European countries trusted NGOs to operate in the
         best interests of society. Global companies came
         bottom of the ranking
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

    poverty, misery and hunger are the
     trigger for many kinds of fanaticism and
     intolerance in today's world
        His call in Davos for the launch of a global
         fund against poverty and his strong criticism
         of market protectionism by rich countries
         come as a breath of fresh air to a world
         increasingly worried about the political and
         economic consequences of a US-led war
         over Iraq
Two perspectives: radical versus
    tensions between radical and
     mainstream policies are symbolised by
     Lula's decision to open the left-wing
     World Social Forum in Porto Alegre and
     then to go on to address the
     establishment World Economic Forum in
     Davos. Will he be able to ride the two
     perspectives over the next four years?
     (Gillespie, IT, Jan 18 ’03)
Tina versus Tony

  Tina: there is no alternative ( Thatcher)
  Tony: take orders from New York

    in the name of economic growth,
     corporate power has dangerously eroded
     public authority over the market.

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