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 official website of the WSF, in Portuguese, French and English, used to be found at www.forumsocialmundial.org.br . That site ceased to function at the beginning of 2014.
- The African Social Forum
- The European Social Forum
- The Indian Social Forum
- WSF 2009 in Belem
- OpenFSM OpenFSM is a platform for social activism provided by the World Social Forum
- WSF TV
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 WSF Charter of Principles via Wikisource (but this has been deleted for copyright reasons!)
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.
- Composition of the WSF-IC (August 2006) This is the earliest version of the list of WSF-IC member organisation that I have found in the Internet Archive. The list was originally made availablke via the now defunct website of the WSF http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br
- Composition of the WSF-IC (January 2014) This is the most current version of the list of member organisations that used to be available via forumsocialmundial.org.br, as saved by the Internet Archive in January 2014.
- Brief report of the World Social Forum International Council meeting at Stadia Guest House (Kasarani) in Nairobi, Kenya, 26-27 January, 2007File:WSF-IC-01-2007.pdf
- The WSF-IC met in Abuja, Nigeria between 30 March and 3 April 2008.Official Report. Other reports: Link to reports at the site of the NIGD.
- Report on WSF International Council meeting Copenhagen - Denmark September 22nd- September 24th 2008
- WSF IC Meeting in Mexico City 5-7 May, 2010. Report by Giuseppe Caruso
- After the IC-meeting in Monastir, July 2012: Contributions to the discussion on the future of the IC collected at OpenFSM.net
The Finances of the WSF
- World Social Forum Financial Strategy Report and Recommendations, by Rolando Lopez, Theo van Koolwijk, Nandita Shah. September 2006 File:WSF-FinancialStrategyReport.pdf
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.)
New Publications 2009-2011
Pleyers, Geoffrey: Alter-Globalization. Becoming Actors in the Global Age. Foreword by Alain Touraine. Polity Press 2010.
New Publications 2008
- Challenging Empires: The World Social Forum. (2nd Edition, 488 pp). Ordering: http://www.blackrosebooks.net/wsf.htm
- Smith, Jackie: Global Democracy and the World Social Forums. Paradigm Publishers, 2008
- Santos, Boaventura de Sousa (Ed.): Democratizing Democracy: Beyond the Liberal Democratic Canon.
Nisula, Laura and Sehm Patomaki, Katarina (Eds.): We, the Peoples of the World Social Forum...
- Relation: Network Institute for Global Democratization (NIGD) Discussion Paper 2/2002
- URL: http://www.nigd.org/libraries/bamako-nairobi/tot-workshop/module2/WeThePeoplesOfTheWSF.pdf
- Published/accessed: 2002/ Accessed December 2006.
- Comment: A concise booklet which entails reflections by participants in the two first WSF events at Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2001 and 2002, plus the text of the "World Social Forum Charter of Principles".
Whitaker Fereira, Chico: Towards a New Politics. What Future for the World Social Forum?
- Published: 2006
- Publisher: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Delhi.
- ISBN 81-89654-31-4
- A book on the WSF by one of its founders.
Larmer, Miles: "whose Forum, which Africa?"
- URL: http://www.africansocialforum.org/english/files/fsm/article4.htm
- Published/Accessed: 2004 / Accessed December 2006.
- Comment: Critical reflections by a South African historian on the African Social Forum held in Lusaka, Zambia, 10-14 December 2004.
Glasius, Marlies: "Deliberation or Struggle? Civil Society Traditions Behind the Social Forums"
- Relation: Ephemera, volume 5(2): 240-252.
- URL: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/5-2/5-2glasius.pdf
- Published/accessed: 2005/ Accessed December 2006.
- Comment: The author takes a deeper look into the dual nature of the WSF and its process. This article might be of help to professionals, like librarians, who try find a role for themselves in it.
Marin, Gustavo: "Methodological Contribution to the WSF 2005 Activity-aggregation Process. Attempting to See the Trees and the Forest at the Same Time .."
- Relation: Memoria Viva
- URL: http://www.memoria-viva.org/fsm05/docs/portoalegre2005en.rtf
- Published/accessed: Accessed December 2006.
- Comment: The author shortly reports an experiment in "mindmapping" of a WSF event.
Reyes, Oscar: "World and European Social Forums: A Bibliography"
- Relation: Ephemera. Volume 5, number 2. (The Organisation and Politics of Social Forums)
- URL: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/5-2/5-2biblio.htm
- Published/accessed: May 2005/ Accessed December 2006.
Böök, Mikael: "Librarians and World Social Forum, Unite!"
- Relation: Information For Social Change No. 19
- URL: http://www.libr.org/isc/articles/19-Book-1.html
- Published/accessed: 2004 / Accessed December 2006
- Comment: The author went out to look for information about the WSF in his local libraries.
Information for Social Change Number 24: Special Issue on Libraries and Information in World Social Forum Context edited by Mikael Böök and Shiraz Durrani
- URL: http://www.libr.org/isc
- Published/Accessed: Winter 2006-2007.
Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, Peter Waterman (Eds.): World Social Forum Challenging Empires
- Publisher: The Viveka Foundation, New Delhi
- URL: http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/1557.html
- Published/accessed: 2004 / Accessed December 2006
- Comment: This relatively large anthology of writings and documents from the first years of the WSF (2001-2004) was published at the opening of the WSF in Mumbai, India, 2004.
George, Susan: Another world is possible if...
- Publisher: Verso, London and New York
- Relation: Transnational Institute
- Published/accessed: 2004.
- Comment: A book on the contemporary social movement by one of its leading thinkers and writers.
Evaluation of Social Forums
See WSF 2007 evaluation.
Ongoing Research on the Social Forum
- University of California-Riverside (UCR) Research Working Group on Transnational Social Movements 'The World Social Forum Process and Transnational Social Movements' http://www.irows.ucr.edu/research/tsmstudy.htm Accessed 29.4.2007
Cardon, Dominique et Haeringer, Nicolas: "Formes politiques et coopération digitale. Les usages d'Internet par les Forums sociaux"
- Relation: Centre d'études des mouvements sociaux- EHESS; Centre d'étude et de Recherche en *Sociologie des Organisations - Université Paris-Dauphine
- Published / Accessed: Forthcoming (December 2006)