Here is a good piece by Judy Rebick and Velcrow Ripper about the WSF. They say that "The inclusion of aboriginal people in this World Social Forum was a welcome change from the past. Another was the much greater participation of women in many of the panels. Women's issues were also a major theme of the event." Read the full article A tale of two social forums
Hey, consider checking out Open Flows to get the latest update about the presence of free and open source software (Free Software Foundation ">FOSS) present in Caracas for the World Social Forum. The article Open Systems for Open Politics by Stefania Milan (IPS correspondent from Italy) gives you a couple of quick facts about the open information systems in place. She says that "All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using free software. The official website has been developed for the first time in 'php'..." and it goes on. Great resource.
One of the most stimulating opportunities for democratising communications offered by the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetwas discussed in the “Radio and internet: the great technological challenge” workshop, organised by the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela. The activity was moderated my Santiago Garcia, technical consultant of the non-governmental organisation Passionate Radio Broadcasters out of Lima, Peru.
The role of the WSF is to help us ask the right questions when we return home.
Regarding the initiative of launching a continental campaign for information rights, I’ve got the impression there is a real integration of all of the Americas. And you’ve got the chance to have Telesur, a true international alternative television. What’s interesting too is to hear the voices of people from North America. So it’s not something isolated, it’s definitely a continental initiative, and not only sub-continental.
Frédéric Sultan – Vecam, France
If you've ever seen six degrees of separation you may remember the scene where Stockard Channing keeps repeating chaos, control, chaos, control, you like, you like? as she flips a two-sided painting back and forth (I think it's a Kandinsky). I can think of no better way to illustrate the World Social Forum. It's both and neither.
A little something for everyone at the World Social Forum...
Just getting to the World Social Forum one knows that another world is possible. On the plane from Atlanta most passengers - if not all - were heading to the WSF. This led to a different kind of plane ride. Without even mentioning reading material - Mother Jones and a Venezuela Primer instead of Time and Dr. Phil - people on the plane were just different - they were in better moods, interested instead of agressive, talking instead of blackberrying, and of course many many nalgene bottles. Two hour delay? No problem. Smiles all around... There are worse things. We all looked at each other secure in the knowledge that even though we didn't know each other we knew who we all were.
The Bamako Polycentric World Social Forum (WSF) has an overwhelming 70 percent of particpants who are being women from all walks of life in Africa and the World over.
The women’s movement meeting at the third Feminist dialogue have recognised access to technologies as one of the strategies which they need to use to advance themselves as a movement.