Another World is Possible

Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum

Edited by William Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

Another World is Possible

Edited by William Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

Distributed for Zed Books

365 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783605170 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In 2001, the inaugural World Social Forum was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. While many liberal intellectuals have since become deeply critical of the Forum, newer movements—such as Occupy and the Arab Spring Uprising—have nevertheless built upon its successes and innovations, highlighting how deeply the Forum’s early work still resonates with activists. First published in 2003, Another World Is Possible is an original compilation of essays and proposals gathered from the first two annual meetings of the World Social Forum. This collection not only lays out the initial aims of the movement as it came together, but it also shows how they paved the way for theoretical study of new social movements and their multiple and participatory characters. Today, as brutal catastrophes worldwide affect all our lives, the new edition of Another World Is Possible revisits the original demands of the global solidarity movement—united in its determination to fight against the concentration of wealth, the destruction of our earth, and the proliferation of poverty and inequalities.

Foreword to the critique influence change edition
Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Preface to the critique influence change edition
Thomas Ponnia and William F. Fisher

Foreword to the first edition
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

Preface to the first edition
William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

Introduction: The World Social Forum and the Reinvention of Democracy
Thomas Ponniah and William F. Fisher

PART I: The Production of Wealth and Social Reproduction

Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues
William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

1. External Debt
Abolish the Debt in Order to Free Development
Eric Toussaint and Arnaud Zacharie (Committee for the Annulment of Third World Debt)

2. Africa/Brazil
Conference Synthesis
Jacques d'Adesky (Facilitator)

3. Financial Capital
Controls on Financial Capital

4. International Trade
Conference Synthesis
Bernard Cassen, ATTAC (Facilitator)

5. Transnational Corporations
Issues and Proposals
Joshua Karliner, CorpWatch and Karolo Aparicio, Global Exchange

6. Labour
(i) A Strategic Perspective on the International Trade Union Movement for the 21st Century
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

(ii) A Global Strategy for Labour
Jeff Faux (Economic Policy Institute)

7. A Solidarity Economy:
(i) Resist and Build
Economic Solidarity Group of Quebec
(ii) Conference Synthesis
Sandra Quintela (Institute of Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone) (Facilitator)

PART II: Access to Wealth and Sustainability

Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues
William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

8. Environment and Sustainabity
(i) The Living Democracy Movement: Alternatives to the Bankruptcy of Globalization
Vandana Shiva, Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology

(ii) Conference Synthesis
Sara Larrain, International Forum on Globalization, Chile (Facilitator)

9. Water - A Common Good
(i) Conference Synthesis
Glenn Switkes, International Rivers Network, USA, and Elias Diaz Pena, Rios Vivos/Amigos de la Tierra, Paraguay (Facilitators)

10. Knowledge, Copyright and Patents
(i) Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Gap

(ii) Conference Synthesis
Francois Houtart, Tricontinental Centre (Facilitator)

11. Medicine, Health, AIDS
Conference Synthesis
Sonia Correa, IBASE and DAWN Network (Facilitator)

12. Food
People's Right to Produce, Feed Themselves and Exercise their Food Sovereignty
APM World Network

13. Cities, Urban Populations
Conference Synthesis
Erminia Maricato (Facilitator)

14. Indigenous Peoples
(i) Indigenous Commission Statement
Dionito Makuxi, Pina Tembe, Simiao Wapixana, Joel Pataxo, Lurdes Tapajos, Luiz Titia Pataxo Ha-Ha-Hae
(ii) Conference Synthesis
Paulo Maldos, Centre for Popular Education, Brazil (Facilitator)

PART III: The Affirmation of Civil Society and Public Space

Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues
William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

15. The Media
Democratization of Communications and the Media
Osvaldo Leon, Agencia Latinoamerica de Informacion

16. Education
Conference Synthesis
Bernard Charlot, World Forum on Education and Paul Belanger, International Council on Adult Education (Facilitators)

17. Culture
Cultural Diversity, Cultural Production and Identity
Fatma Alloo, Luiza Monteiro, Aureli Argemi, Imruh Bakari, Xavi Perez

18. Violence
(i) Violence Against Women: The 'other world' must act
World March of Women

(ii) Conference Synthesis on the Culture of Violence and Domestic Violence
Fatima Mello, ABONG, Brazil (Facilitator)

19. Discrimination and Intolerance
(i) Combating Discrimination and Intolerance
National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, India

(ii) Conference Synthesis
Lilian Celiberti, Articulacion Feminista Marcosur (Facilitator)

20. Migration and the Traffic in People
The Contradictions of Globalization
Lorenzo Prencipe, Centre for Documentation and Research on International Migration, Paris

21. The Global Civil Society Movement
(i) Discussion Document
Latin American Social Observatory (OSAL), Latin American Social Science Council (CLACSO)

(ii) Conference Synthesis
Vittorio Agnoletto, Genoa Social Forum (Facilitator)

Part IV: Political Power and Ethics in the New Society

Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues
William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah

22. The International Architecture of Power
(i) International Organizations and the Architecture of World Power
Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South

(ii) Conference Synthesis
Teivo Teivainen, Network Institute for Global Democratization (Facilitator)

23. Militarism and Globalization

Conference Synthesis
Marcela Escribano, Alternatives, Canada (Facilitator)

24 Human Rights

Conference Synthesis on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Maria Luisa Mendonca, Social Network for Justice and Human Rights (Facilitator)

25. Sovereignty

Sovereignty, Nation, Empire
Daniel Bensaid, University of Paris (St-Denis)

26. Democracy

Participatory Democracy
M. P. Parameswaran, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad

27. Values

(i) Values of a New Civilization
Michal Lowy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

(ii) Feminism and the Enlightement Ideals
Celia Amoros, La Universitad Complutense, Madrid

Epilogue: Social Movements' Manifesto
Resistance to Neoliberalism, War and Militarism; For Peace and Social Justice

World Social Forum Charter of Principles
World Social Forum 2003: Contacts
Review Quotes
Roger S. Gottlieb | Tikkun
“A fascinating and valuable reflection of political reality.”
Peter Waterman, co-editor of World Social Forum: Challenging Empires
“This new edition reminds us of not only how original and timely the World Social Forum was and what a global impact it had, but also of how changing times are challenging the WSF a decade and more later. Strongly recommended.”
Richard Falk, Princeton University
“The best guidebook that I know for re-imagining a progressive politics responsive to the challenges of the twenty-first century. It brings together the ideas, language, and imaginings of the most articulate voices on the global stage.”
Thomas Mertes, co-author of A Movement of Movements
“The Second World Social Forum was a carnival of ideas and solidarities. Another World is Possible captures superbly their many alternatives to neoliberalism and provides one big ‘Ya Basta’ to the status quo.”
Geoffrey Pleyers, author of Alter-Globalization
“A brilliant series of collective thoughts by those who built the WSF on all the major topics of an emancipatory project for the twenty-first century. Indispensable reading for a new generation of activists.”
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