[WSMDiscuss] Launch of RED website, call for your contributions!
chikikothari at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 01:30:50 CEST 2017
Our new initiative, the launch of the Radical Ecological Democracy
website is just a couple of weeks away. Through this website we hope to
engage people around the world on the practice and notion of
transformative alternatives: initiatives that can challenge and
ultimately replace the currently dominant structures of patriarchy,
capitalism, statism, and other forms of concentration of power that have
institutionalized dire inequality all around the world and thrown it
into a severe ecological emergency. We are thrilled that many of you
have already become a part of this journey by sharing your expertise
through articles and discussions for the site, and hopefully many more
of you will consider contributing stories, perspectives, poetry, art
pieces, or other forms of expression to enliven and diversify. We also
want this website to act as an international bulletin board for the
exchange of news, announcements, appeals and general shout-outs on
issues that you think are important for the people frequenting this site
to be aware of, with a focus on transformative alternatives. So, if you
have a contribution to make on any of the following points then please
write to us:
-- Is there a grassroots initiative towards alternatives in your part of
the world which is gaining momentum and which the rest of the world
needs to know of?
-- Is there a people's movement attempting alternatives, which is being
suppressed by the state or corporate interests, or facing other threats
and needs support … and any related protests/movement actions that need
-- Are there any events (conferences, workshops, festivals, meets)
relevant to transformative alternatives coming up, and need to be
-- Are there any stories of people's triumphs which the world should
know about and draw positive energy from?
-- Are there any mistakes in the practice and conceptualisation of
alternatives, which need sharing so that they're not repeated elsewhere?
-- Are there other websites and forums that are similar to this one, and
need to be linked to (as also not duplicated!)?
Let us know if you want a committed audience to be aware of what's
happening in your part of the world. Obviously, we'll make sure that no
unwanted, trivial or irresponsible item features on the website (and if
by oversight it does, pl. tell us to take if off!). Please send your
contribution to Pallav. Also, spread the word among your colleagues and
comrades and encourage them to contribute. We hope that through this
effort we can join hands (and feet, minds, and hearts!) to do our bit in
laying the foundation of a new narrative.
UNLESS RELEVANT TO EVERYONE, PL. RESPOND ONLY TO ME AND PALLAV, THANKS!
Ashish Kothari / Pallav Das (dpallav at gmail.com)
P.S. : some of you would be familiar with the precursor to this website,
the blog http://radicalecologicaldemocracy.wordpress.com; this site is
an attempt to fully upgrade that initiative into a more active,
interactive forum. As this initiative is currently completely voluntary,
we also welcome any financial contributions that you can make or can
point us to, from sources that will not compromise our basic orientation
towards justice of all kinds.
PS 2: For those interested, we coordinate a website for similar
articles/stories, news/events on alternatives in India:
www.vikalpsangam.org or www.alternativesindia.org.
Apt 5 Shree Datta Krupa
908 Deccan Gymkhana
Pune 411004, India
Tel: 91-20-25654239; 91-20-25675450
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