From Reactive to Proactive: The World Social Forum and the Anti-/Alter-Globalization Movement By Marian Pinsky

21 May 2013 – McGill Sociological Review

Given the prevailing research interest on the transition from anti- to alter- globalization, this paper examines where the World Social Forum is situated in the spectrum of movements against neo-liberal globalization. I argue that the progression of the anti/alter-globalization movements, while not linear or mutually-exclusive, can be traced along a continuum, marking the transition from condemnation, to advocating for change, to articulating means by which such change can be brought about.

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The Anti-Globalization Movement and the World Social Forum. Is “Another World” Possible? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

15 May 2013 — Global Research 

The World Social Forum operating under the banner of “Another World is Possible” was founded in 2001 at its inaugural venue of Porto Alegre. Brazil.

From the outset in 2001, the WSF has been upheld as an international umbrella representing grassroots people’s organizations, committed to reversing the tide of globalization. Its stated intent is to challenge corporate capitalism and its dominant neoliberal economic agenda.

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The World Social Forum and the Battle for COP17 By Vishwas Satgar

25 February, 2011 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 470

In a world plunged ever deeper into an uncivilized global capitalist condition, the World Social Forum (WSF) is a crucial beacon of hope. At its recent gathering in Dakar, Senegal the news of the unfolding democratic revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt electrified the spirit of optimism pervading the multiple axes of deliberation. The geometry of left politics was redrawn from Latin America to North Africa and the Arab world. The expressions of people’s power in these revolutions defied inherited formulaic understandings of 20th century revolutions. Instead of vanguards and armed uprisings, these revolutions organized without organization through social media and the unstoppable mass surge of discontent. Egypt and Tunisia also fired an imagination for more: could people’s power be harnessed to end the tenuous grip of neoliberal ideology on a world scale? Could the struggles in Latin America, the Maghreb, the Arab world, global climate change negotiations and beyond be connected to frame a new horizon for global transformation?

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IPS Indigenous Peoples 7 February, 2011: ‘Signs of Change’ Says Bolivia’s Morales as World Social Forum Opens

7 February, 2011 — IPS

TerraViva World Social Forum 2011 Newsletter | Monday 7 Feb 2011

As people power in the streets and squares of North Africa and the Middle East topples the established order, IPS news agency is in Dakar, Senegal to report from the World Social Forum, the annual global gathering of social movements dedicated to building alternatives. Daily reporting and podcasts from the event will be gathered at the IPS TerraViva WSF 2011 news site, www.ips.org/tv/wsf, with content in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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‘Signs of Change’ Says Bolivia’s Morales as World Social Forum Opens

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