[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: World Social Forum: Pre-call to movements

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Tue May 5 00:01:43 CEST 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020


Greetings Tord !

            Thanks very much indeed for posting these two documents coming out of the meeting in Porto Alegre in January this year.

            Good to know that a WSF process is moving along, and indeed, is now actively planning another world edition of the World Social Forum in Mexico in January 2021.

            Within my limited understanding, this is ambitious – and even audacious – thinking, given where things are now, worldwide (and including, I understand, in Mexico itself).  This said, I do of course appreciate the need for an audacity of thinking – and especially at such a juncture -, and to try and grasp the moment, and so in this sense I appreciate the spirit of those who meet.  And where this spirit also comes through in the ‘Pre-Call’.  Which is good to see.

            On the other hand, it is though interesting that when the meeting took place back in January, these two documents have only now been circulated, more than three months later.  Perhaps those involved also got ambushed by the corona virus epidemic, as did so many of us ?

            Francine, since I see that you were there, do you have anything further to add about the meeting, the Pre-Call, and the Minutes / Summary of the meeting ?  And about the planning for the Mexico edition ?

            I notice also that the number of people listed as members of the WSF International Council is very significantly smaller than before, and are now primarily from Latin America and Europe.  I do appreciate that the WSF has been through a difficult period, and it is difficult – financially, among other things – to sustain a truly global process, but I guess we also have to recognise that this will, let’s say, reduce the global legitimacy and appeal of the Call…  Africa and Asia are absent; nor is there even any recognition of this, in the minutes…

I also see that some let’s say ‘significant’ people who I think were a part of the WSF process over the past some years, seem to not have been present.  And where there’s nothing said in the Summary about such people who couldn’t make it but sent their comments or solidarity, or whatever.  Francine, or anyone else on the list, do you have any information about this and all this, or anything else that can help to fill out the picture ?

I ask all this because ‘the WSF’ is too large a part of history, and the dip it has gone through is also too significant, to just assume that it’s the same WSF as before.  And especially since the world has moved on so much since twenty years ago, my sense is that all of us who are interested in global justice and in the struggle that is now opening up in a post pandemic world, need to be able to have a critical appreciation of this ‘new’ WSF, and the relevance of this Call for the future that is unfolding.

            Once again, Tord, thanks !


> On May 4, 2020, at 5:02 PM, Tord Björk via WSM-Discuss <wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:
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Date: Mon, May 4, 2020 at 10:39 PM
Subject: World Social Forum: Pre-call to movements
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Dear friends and comrades,

three months after the meeting of the International Council in Porto Alegre, it has today published the attached call and conclusions of the meeting (by consensus).
Please spread the call, e.g. post it on your websites and facebook pages/groups.

Have a good evening,


> <icwsf01summ.docx>


Jai Sen

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