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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Social Forum

In addition to the World Social Forum there are regional, national, local and other social forums. The social forum is the combination of numerous local, national, regional developments, which together form a global social forum process.

The Charter of Principles of the World Social Forum

The committee of Brazilian organisations that conceived of and organised the first World Social Forum, held in Porto Alegre from January 25th to 30th, 2001, after evaluating the results of that Forum and the expectations it raised, considered it necessary and legitimate to draw up a Charter of Principles to guide the continued pursuit of that initiative.

The International Council of the World Social Forum

The International Council of the WSF (WSF-IC) is composed of representatives of a number of organisations which participate in the WSF as organisers of activities (conferences, meetings etc.) during the WSF events and/or as funders of the WSF events.

The Finances of the WSF

Readings about the World Social Forum

" [...] the World Social Forum process is NOT the latest attempt to create a monolithic "world revolutionary vanguard movement" nor is it a reincarnation of an international "united front" seeking to overthrow, one by one, governments around the world. Such a notion would be a complete negation of the very essence and concept of the World Social Forum as outlined in its Charter of Principles. [...]
Rather, the World Social Forum is, to use a Kiswahili word, a global Jukwaa, in other words, an international PLATFORM, to quote from the Porto Alegre Charter "an open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism, but engaged in building a planetary society centred on the human person, come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action." (Quoted from an archived version of the official website of the WSF in Nairobi 2007.)

In English

New Publications 2009-2011

Pleyers, Geoffrey: Alter-Globalization. Becoming Actors in the Global Age. Foreword by Alain Touraine. Polity Press 2010.

New Publications 2008

Verso, 2007

Publications -2007

Nisula, Laura and Sehm Patomaki, Katarina (Eds.): We, the Peoples of the World Social Forum...

Whitaker Fereira, Chico: Towards a New Politics. What Future for the World Social Forum?

Larmer, Miles: "whose Forum, which Africa?"

Glasius, Marlies: "Deliberation or Struggle? Civil Society Traditions Behind the Social Forums"

Marin, Gustavo: "Methodological Contribution to the WSF 2005 Activity-aggregation Process. Attempting to See the Trees and the Forest at the Same Time .."

Reyes, Oscar: "World and European Social Forums: A Bibliography"

Böök, Mikael: "Librarians and World Social Forum, Unite!"

Information for Social Change Number 24: Special Issue on Libraries and Information in World Social Forum Context edited by Mikael Böök and Shiraz Durrani

Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, Peter Waterman (Eds.): World Social Forum Challenging Empires

George, Susan: Another world is possible if...

Evaluation of Social Forums

See WSF 2007 evaluation.

Ongoing Research on the Social Forum

In English

In French

Cardon, Dominique et Haeringer, Nicolas: "Formes politiques et coopération digitale. Les usages d'Internet par les Forums sociaux"

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