So, here is something related to your posting, which i'll be getting involved with through IVS (International Voluntary Sevice) which is a branch of SCI (Service Civile International) www.sciint.org, which is a organisation that sends people around the world on international workcamps, all with a peace / conflict resolution / harmony / learning about one another ethos.
EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM
UK European Social Forum
The third European Social Forum will take place from 14-17 October in London.
The European Social Forum was launched from the World Social Forum meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Its first two massive gatherings were in Florence
(2002) and Paris (2003).
The ESF is a unique opportunity where social movements, trade unions, NGOs, refugees, peace and anti-imperialist groups, anti-racist movements, environmental movements, networks of the excluded and community campaigns from Europe and the world can come together to discuss how to achieve global social justice for all and debate ways of making 'another world possible'.
Previous events in Florence in 2002 and Paris in 2003 brought together 60, 000 social movement, community and trade union activists from across Europe and the world. These inspiring three day events included workshops, debates, seminars, cultural events and rallies united by the theme: Another World is Possible! The ESF is about making links to campaign effectively and about planning fair people centred policies for the future.
The ESF will be organised and funded by trades unions, community and campaigning groups, but will be supported by the Greater London Authority. Nelson Mandela and Arundrati Roy are among the keynote guests at the event.
OTHER INFORMATION ON ESF ON THESE WEBSITES:
irish social forum is on Fri 8th Oct to Sun 10th.
european social forum is on Fri 15th Oct to Sun 17th.
sustainable irelands cultivate festival is on Thr 14th Oct to Sun 17th.
as part of the convergence festival there will be time and space given over to new media, films etc and as part of this event organiser Davy Philips has agreed to give us, indymedia/ social forum, a space in the festival- a few hours to try to make a “live connection” with the european social forum (ESF) that is happening in london.This could be in the format of live radio streams from london or better still live viewing of the discussions or pleanerys. Better still would be a web conferencing type system, whereby people in Ireland interested in the ESF but unable to get there could go to the cultivate centre (name of centre in temple bar rented by “sustainable Ireland” and venue of “convergence festival”) to participate in the process in a 2 way format using webcams/ vid recorders and beamers.
some discussion has happened about this and as far as i know the uk-imc crew are looking into this as a real project to undertake
I believe it an ineviatable process that both “indymedia” and “social forum” will grow and be used by more and more people. In theory it is possible for everyone on the planet to engage in the social forum process so i think it’s very important for us to demonstrate to our selves new ways of communicating and interacting with each other without physically “being there”
i have written previously before, if somewhat in a more disorganised fashion, about this type of project as an example of ::new agora::
website and relevant link
irish social forum
(most recent info)
The third European Social Forum will take place from 15-17 October in London.
Convergence Sustainable Living Festival
indymedia uk network
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