[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: Global Tapestry of Alternatives' Newsletter #01 - July 2020

Id Khajuria idkhajuria at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 05:24:01 CEST 2020

Jul 19, 2020, 10:41 PM (9 hours ago)

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Ji, Shiben Koul,

The Post Covid-19 era has given responsibility to each one the younger
generation, scio-political activists ,thinkers ,writers etc that they
should view and review all philosophies, methods,mindsets of people, needs
and GREEDS of the present system and its fallouts.After 2 world wars  a
international body named UNO along with two thoughts of political and
economic development models  gave  unemployment, poverty, global warming,
climate change crises, shortage of safe drinking water  and Coronavirus
Pandemic which remained anti nature , anti human during the journey
wheather it was under Marxian influence or under corporate capitalism and
Coronavirus Pandemic proved totally failed systems which were unable to
arrange medicine,PPE, hospitals, Quarantine centres and during lockdown
thousands workers and migrant labour died due to unavailability of food,
shelters, mobile facilities etc.

Both models developed only missiles,bombs,nuke weaonary etc to create
conflicts and supplying arms for profit maximisation.

The foregoing evidence suggests that explanation of reality and it's
various processes as made by Marxists is neither 'scientific truth' as
claimed by Marxists nor a 'Falsehood 'as advocated by the anti Marxists.So
it is one sided.

However, despite  its one- sided approach about nature and humankind.Marx
had broken new grounds and made certain useful additions to human knowledge
e.g nothing being absolute and eternal in the world every phenomenon being
under constant change;.  Universe and it's various phenomenae being known

To accept the irrelevance of Marxism hi highly shocking when we treat  it
as a universal Truth' and devotedly sacrificing for the Marxist cause.But
there is no other way out except to come to terms with reality which always
demands the rejection of dogmas, judgement of processes on the basis of
evidence and reviewing of all such concepts which begin to conflict with
new facts and experiences. In the process of change and development of
various phenomenae in this universe contradiction is not a only method of
change and development.Economy being an important (but not only) factor in
social development; human resources (, labour)as a component (not
exclusive) of capital; social nature of Mankind; and so on.

 The present system was solely adopted the concept of Confrontation and
Communal/Races/Ethnicities hatred to conquer the nature including humankind
and exploited unlimitedly the natural and human and natural resources to
make maximum profits to accomulate wealth and used each phenomenon
(including humankind) as Commodity in a manner of Use and Throw.

The present realities demanding that Politics of Peace and Coexistence with
behavioral attitude of Tolerance and interdependence among all diverse
identities, Regional communities and nations is the way out of an alternate
political and economic development model with global vision and which can
defeat the Politics of Confrontation and Communal/Races hatred.


All this demanding continuous interaction and conversations


On Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 5:20 PM Ashish Kothari via WSM-Discuss <
wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:

> Friends, this may be of interest, with perspectives and news from Gustavo
> Esteva, Defend the Sacred, Vikalp Sangam, Crianza Mutua, Local Futures, May
> First Movement Technology, and PeDAGoG.
> ashish
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Global Tapestry of Alternatives's Newsletter #01 - July 2020
> Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 11:49:43 +0530
> From: Shrishtee Bajpai <shrishteebajpai at gmail.com>
> <shrishteebajpai at gmail.com>
> To: Ashish Kothari <ashishkothari at riseup.net> <ashishkothari at riseup.net>
> Dear everyone,
> Please see GTA's first newsletter capturing inspiring perspectives,
> visions, news, from many regions of the world. Hope you enjoy reading them
> ...
> For more info pls contact: contact at globaltapestryofalternatives.org
> Regards,
> shrishtee
> Global Tapestry of Alternatives' Newsletter #01 - July 2020
> Editorial
> Dear readers,
> It is our pleasure to share Global Tapestry of Alternatives' first
> newsletter with you. The Global Tapestry of Alternatives or GTA as a
> process or a dialogue began in 2014. Through dialogues and deliberations
> with several networks across the world, it was felt that there is a need of
> a process to facilitate the emergence, visibility and interweaving of
> networks of collectives and groups on radical alternatives to the dominant
> regime, contesting their roots in capitalist, patriarchal, racist, statist,
> and anthropocentric forces. In 2018, a group of activists, academics,
> researchers, and students came together to form an interim as well as a
> continuously evolving team to hold the process. In early 2019, the process
> was officially launched seeking endorsements and support from organisations
> and individuals working on wide-range of alternatives across the world.
> This newsletter comes to you at times of immense uncertainties that pose
> very serious challenges and have social, economic, political, cultural and
> ecological implications for most of us. The attempt of this newsletter is
> to bring to you the news, perspectives, thoughts, ideas, reflections, and
> dialogues on alternatives to the dominant regime and how can they offer us
> pathways towards more just, equitable and ecologically wise futures. It is
> a humble attempt to bring together the collective envisioning of these
> pluriversal alternatives by creating a space for sharing and dialoguing.
> We intend to share this newsletter every month to share perspectives, news
> on activities being seeded through GTA, as well as
> perspectives/news/thoughts/questions from tapestry weavers and endorsing
> organisations and networks. We do not see it as a newsletter that is simply
> a conglomeration of news/updates but rather as a process of knowing
> each-others' work, engaging with ideas, facilitating collaborations and
> initiating co-writing and co-learning processes. Yes, the objectives are
> ambitious and that is why we need your support, your contributions and
> engagement. We invite you to this sharing, reflecting, dialoguing, healing,
> and envisioning space.
> GTA’s interim core team
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/core_members>
> Note: this newsletter is compiled by Shrishtee Bajpai, Anna Hedin and
> Franco Augusto
> ------------------------------
> About the GTA
> The Global Tapestry of Alternatives seeks to build bridges between
> networks of Alternatives around the globe and promote the creation of new
> processes of confluence. You can know more about the project, *in our
> introductory note <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/introduction>*
> .
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#about_the_gta>*
> Some of our alive definitions
> In the context of the GTA, we defined different concepts as “Alternatives”
> and others to clarify the use we give to them.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/newsletters:01#some_of_our_alive_definitions>*
> ------------------------------
> News from GTA
> Webinars
> Post the Covid crises and dramatic change in our plans of activities, GTA
> initiated the process to facilitate sessions with activists, scholars,
> researchers, mobilisers and practitioners across the world who have engaged
> on exploring systemic alternatives to the dominant regimes, contesting its
> roots in capitalist, patriarchal, racist, statist, and anthropocentric
> forces. The fortnightly conversations aim to collectively explore with a
> range of initiatives a possibility of a just, life-centred and respectful
> transition into the future. It is important to explore not only what can be
> done, but also the tough question of how, and by whom? And where possible,
> to make the discussion relevant to the current crisis.
> We have had six dialogues until the end of June exploring the
> opportunities of promoting and creating systemic alternatives.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#webinars>*
> PeDAGoG (Post-Development Academic-Activist Global Group)
> PeDAGoG <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/pedagog> is a global
> network of academics and academic-activists interested in post-development,
> radical alternatives, and related themes, initiated in early 2020. The main
> idea is to: share existing course curricula, materials, methods/pedagogy,
> and approaches; propose new ones; coordinate programmes across different
> geographies and cultures; and be able to offer learning experiences to
> people in various parts of the world, especially the global south. And
> through all this, contribute to the movements for radical, systemic
> transformation. We are collecting course materials, individual
> self-introductions, and links to related initiatives at a shared doc
> accessible at this shared document.
> Our mailing list currently has 105 members from around the world, with
> regular discussions on new courses, pedagogy in the time of covid, and
> shared writings. You are invited to join the group
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/pedagog>.
> ------------------------------
> News from the Weavers
> Vikalp Sangam in India
> By: *Sujatha Padmanabhan* (For Vikalp Sangam, India)
> Over the last few months, the world has been dealing with a multiplicity
> of crises that COVID-19 has brought upon it. The perils of a
> hyper-globalized world have never been starker.
> In India, as in all other countries, marginalized sections of society have
> most astutely experienced the fallout of the pandemic. Groups such as
> migrant workers, senior citizens, sex workers, farmers, transgender people,
> people with disabilities and their care givers have suffered isolation,
> starvation, insecurities and economic hardships of an unprecedented nature.
> In these times, there seems to be a realization that humanity has reached a
> tipping point. There are greater awakenings to a need for a different
> world, a world that is far more just and equitable, far more ecologically
> resilient.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#vikalp_sangam_in_india>*
> Crianza Mutua in Mexico
> CRIANZA MUTUA 1- dismantling all hirarchies, reconstructing autonomy,
> healing and learning
> By: *Crianza Mutua, Mexico*
> Some of us are convinced that the best way to resist a system that is
> based on the precarization of life, dispossession and aggression, as well
> as patriarchal domination, is to build alternatives. This article provides
> an introduction to Crianza Mutua, a network of collectives in Mexico
> constructing alternative, creative and autonomous ways of facing up to the
> health and economic crisis aggravated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
> Crianza Mutua is an initiative that proposes to identify entramados
> comunitarios2 that have created innovative and radical alternatives for
> life i.e. broken away from the dominant regime. The idea is to link them so
> that they learn from each other and offer each other solidarity, as well as
> become a source of inspiration for those who are unhappy with the current
> situation but do not yet know how to resist or create another possibility
> for life.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#crianza_mutua_in_mexico>*
> ------------------------------
> Perspectives from GTA core team
> [image: "Dandelion Floating Flower" by ArtCoreStudios]
> The day after
> By *Gustavo Esteva*
> No future
> We lost floor underfoot.
> Our world was reasonably predictable. Suddenly, from one day to another,
> deep trends that allowed us to anticipate the general and probable course
> of events and behaviors disappeared. We can no longer foresee what will
> happen. We are facing radical uncertainty.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#the_day_after>*
> News from the endorsing organisations
> Coherence, Prayer & Active Solidarity: Learnings from the emerging “Defend
> the Sacred Alliance”
> By *Defend the Sacred Alliance*
> The crises we are facing as a civilization are not simply economic,
> political, ecological or just related to this latest pandemic. These are
> all symptoms of a greater polycrisis rooted in our separation from the
> natural world and expressed through a dominant culture that is sick at its
> very core.
> The response from those entrenched in power has been to reassure the
> public that more economic growth will alleviate our problems. The response
> from “progressive” factions, including the large majority of activists, has
> been to fight back with anger, facts, and action. But what if part of the
> crisis is how we, as activists, are responding to the crisis? As many
> elders remind us, it is our best thinking that has gotten us into this mess.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#coherence_prayer_active_solidaritylearnings_from_the_emerging_defend_the_sacred_alliance>*
> Local Futures- showing pathways to the resilient and just futures
> By *Alex Jensen* (Local Futures)
> Local Futures was founded in the late 1970s as The Ladakh Project by
> Helena Norberg-Hodge. It was based upon her experiences of both learning
> from a then-largely-intact agrarian society in what would conventionally be
> considered a ‘harsh’ environment (Ladakh, located in the Trans-Himalaya on
> the Tibetan Plateau), and witnessing first-hand its rapid deterioration
> under the pressures of sudden modernization as it was officially opened-up
> for ‘development’ by the Indian government. Helena’s experiences in Ladakh,
> later chronicled in her book *Ancient Futures* (and in a documentary film
> of the same title), can be considered broadly part of the early wave of
> what became post-development studies. She used the term
> ‘counter-development’ to describe the work in Ladakh, focused on supporting
> Ladakh’s indigenous culture by bringing information to balance the
> idealized images of Western culture flooding into the region through
> tourism and development.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#local_futures-_showing_pathways_to_the_resilient_and_just_futures>*
> May First Movement Technology: Technology for Transformation is the Path
> Forward
> By *Alfredo Lopez* and *Melanie E L Bush* (May First Movement Technology)
> These days are filled with intensity and uncertainty. Frustration, fear
> and confusion emanate from the smoldering shambles of capitalism that makes
> it difficult to map a future by those who seek fundamental and radical
> change.
> In times such as this, it is important to recognize and remember the few
> certainties we have. For example, that information technology is
> center-stage in the struggle for saving humanity and building a better
> world. The protests and resistance that we are witnessing and participating
> in all over the globe, are taking shape as a result of the mass and
> effective communications of this technology. That truth bears a certainty:
> this technology must be protected, expanded and creatively re-framed to
> better serve the needs of contemporary movements. Structural inequalities
> embedded within society are reflected in access to technology and must be
> considered in our strategic plans for building forward.
> *Keep reading ➝
> <https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/?id=newsletters:01#may_first_movement_technologytechnology_for_transformation_is_the_path_forward>*
> *Global Tapestry of Alternatives*
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