Magazine article New Internationalist

Cooking Up Change

Magazine article New Internationalist

Cooking Up Change

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UNITED IN THE conviction that 'another world is possible', around 50,000 grassroots activists from the world's social movements gathered this January in Nairobi, Kenya for the seventh World Social Forum (WSF).

The first WSF took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2001. It developed as a radical alternative platform for debate and strategizing, a direct challenge to the World Economic Forum of the rich and powerful held annually in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.

With a strong anti-capitalist bias and a commitment to hammering out alternatives, each WSF has been a huge melting pot. Into this pot a spicy mixture of struggles both local and global for justice, freedom, respect and ecological sanity are stirred up together. The result is a rich concoction of passion, creativity, ideas and that rarest of gems, optimism. …

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