An invitation to funders – WSF 2016
An Invitation to Funders Participating in the 12th World Social Forum
August 9-14, 2016
Funders and donors attending or considering participating in the World Social Forum in Montreal are invited to join us in a series of activities being organized by EDGE members with foundation colleagues who have long been associated with the WSF process. Together with Forum organizers and movement partners we will deepen our understanding of WSF 2016 context and goals, share information about activities, initiatives and key themes being discussed during formal and informal gatherings during the week, and have opportunities to come together with members of the philanthropic community to share insights and explore opportunities to build alignment and collaboration over the coming period.
The World Social Forum (WSF) is an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate, free exchange of experiences and the formulation of proposals by social movements and civil society groups building a sustainable and inclusive world. The WSF is organized into thematic assemblies ranging from Economic, Social and Solidarity Alternatives; Human and Social Rights; Rights of Nature and Environmental Justice; Migration, Refugees and Citizenship Without Borders; Global Struggles and International Solidarity; and more. Additionally, a “Commons Space” will be hosted for the first time at the WSF as a space for experimentation, exchange and construction of commons-based alternatives to the current economic model.
The efforts are being organized within the context of EDGE’s efforts to develop an intersectional space for funders and various movement partners – organizers thought leaders and practitioners – to build alignment by cultivating a shared understanding of the visions, values, principles and pathways of a “just transition.”
To better assist members and funder allies to participate at the WSF, EDGE will organize the following activities:
An orientation call in early August to discuss the WSF process and goals, highlight Just Transition-oriented sessions planned, and lay out our plans to convene funders and movement allies during the forum itself.
A lunch briefing on the opening day of the WSF for EDGE members, (12noon – 2pm, August 9th, Location TBC) led by key WSF organizers and local hosts, after which the delegation with join social movements for the opening march in downtown Montreal.
On the evening of the second day, and following a screening of This Changes Everything (4pm – 6pm, August 10th, Concordia’s Hall Building) – there will be an evening reception and dinner (7pm – 10pm, location TBC) where funders will get a chance to meet key social movement organizers and thought leaders working on system change campaigns and movement strategies for alternative economic models that serve the long-term needs of people and planet.
On afternoon of August 11th, there will be a Just Transition Collaborative workshop to discuss strategies for organizing philanthropy to be better aligned with the emergent needs of systems change strategies and movement needs. This workshop will also start to generate plans and proposals for the Just Transition Collaborative, on the road to Barcelona and beyond.
In addition to these activities, organized by EDGE Funders, the following are a few relevant workshops and assembly spaces that you may wish to mark in your calendar.
Wednesday, August 10th
Just Transition: Fighting Poverty with Green Climate Jobs (time TBC)
Lead group: Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)
Speakers: Serge Cadieux, Quebec Federation of Labour; Joanna Kerr, Greenpeace Canada; Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy; Manon Massé, National assembly for Quebec solidaire; Roger Rashi, Alternatives.
Extractivism, Human and Labour Rights in Central America (9am – 11:30am)
Lead group: Alternatives
Speakers: Dalila Aleman, Central Sandinista de Trabajadores, Nicaragua; Idale Carcamo, Confederacion Unitaria de Trabajadores, Honduras; Edgardo Mira, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Inversion y Comercio, Salvador; Julio Gonzalez, Colectivo Madreselva, Guatemala.
Thursday, August 11th
Making the Leap: a Justice-based Energy Transition (9:30am – 11:30am)
Lead group: Leap Manifesto
Speakers: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, The Leap Manifesto; Ellen Gabriel, Kanesatake Mohawk activist; Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians.
Climate Change – A Challenge for the Global South (4pm to 6pm)
Lead group: The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Speakers: Ibrahima Thiam, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Dakar Office; Alina Saba, Nepal, Mugal Women’s Upliftment Institute; Carolina Vallejo, Ecuador, Yasunidos Movement; Hamza Hamouchene, Algeria/GB Platform
Change the System, Not the Climate (6pm – 8pm)
Lead group: Leap Manifesto
Speakers: Naomi Klein, author; Tadzio Muller, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation; Maité Llanos, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy; Céline Guyon, Stop Oléoducs; Clayton Thomas-Muller, former Idle No More organizer and 350.org; Roger Rashi, Alternatives
Friday, August 12th
The Fight for the Life of the Global City (9am – 11:30am)
Lead group: The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Speakers: Facundo Filippo, former Buenos Aires City Legislator; Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur; Gün Tank, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation; Irene Gargar, PAH International; Kazembe Balagun, RLS-NYC
Other Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops & Assemblies (Dates & Times TBC)
North-South Dialogue on Extractivism: Resistance and Alternatives
Lead group: MiningWatch Canada
Speakers: Jamie Kneen, MiningWatch Canada; Gloria Chicaiza, Acción Ecológica; John Dillon, Kairos
Another Economy is Possible! Building the Solidarity Economy in the U.S.
Lead group: U.S. Solidarity Economy Network
Speakers: Julie Matthaei, Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network; Jeuji Diamondstone, Worcester Solidarity & Green Alliance (SAGE); Micky Metts, U.S. Federation of Worker Coops; Zara Serabian-Arthur, Economic Alliance of NYC; John Bloch, Montpelier Planning Commission
Building the Social Solidarity Economy Movement – Challenges & Opportunities
Lead group: Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy
Speakers: Yvon Poirier, RIPESS – Amérique du Nord: Jason Nardi, RIPESS – Europe: Sylla Aboubakari, Réseau Africain ÉSS
The City as Commons
Lead group: Remix the commons
Speakers: Alvaro Poro, Barcelona en Comu; Mayo Fuster, Barcelona en Comu: Alain Ambrosi, Remix the Commons
Climate Justice Not Carbon Colonialism – Paris Accord & Market Mechanisms
Lead group: Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action)
Speakers: Isaac ‘Asume’ Osuoka, Social Action; Raphael Yimga Tatchi , Development and Peace, Canada; Ken Henshaw, Social Action, Nigeria; John Dillon, KAIROS, Canada ; Rev. Tolbert Jallah Jr., FECCIWA, Liberia; Devlin Kuyeck, GRAIN
Minds, Hearts & Hands of Transition
Lead group: Transition Montréal
Speakers: Danny Polifroni , Villeray en Transition; Joey El-Khouri , Coalition Climat Montreal; Gorana Govedarica , Innovation Sociale HEC; Luc Parent , Accorderie; Sonya Girard , Transition NDG; Blaise Rémillard , Villeray en Transition; Martine Gariépy , LOCO; Jane Barr, Transition NDG
Not Without Us Film Screening and Panel
Lead group: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Speakers: Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance; Pablo Solon, Fundación Solón; Nnimmo Bassey, Home Foundation; Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
Resistance to Extractivism through Global Network
Lead group: CERLAC, York University
Speakers: Father Dario Bossi, Justice on the Rails/AV; Marcos Arruda, PACS/AV; MST or MAB: Judith Marshall, CERLAC/AV: Shelley Condratto, Laurentian University: Tracy Glynn (tbc), Mining Watch: Karyn Keenan, Above Ground
Rights of Nature Forum
Lead group: Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Speakers: Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN; Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians; Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights; Cormac Cullinan, EnAct International; Pablo Solon , Fundación Solon; Natalia Greene, CEDENMA; Alberto Acosta, FLACSO
Corporate Rights or Human Rights – Investor State Dispute Settlements
Lead group: Inter Pares
Speakers: Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South: Johanna Jimenez-Pardo, Inter Pares
Energy Democracy Rising – Unions Championing a Public Goods approach
Lead group: Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED)
Speakers: Mireille Pelletier, CSN; Diego Azzi, CUT-Brazil: Maite Llanos, TUED-EU
Overcoming Extractivism – Towards an Economy of Degrowth
Lead group: INES – International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
Speakers: Kristine Karch, INES; Lucas Wirl, INES; Reiner Braun, IALANA; Subrata Ghoshroy, MIT; Jürgen Scheffran, University of Hamburg
Reclaiming Bazaars for Society
Lead group: The Timbaktu Collective
Speakers: Rajni Bakshi, Centre for Education and Documentation; Bablu Ganguly, The Timbaktu Collective
Climate Justice – Challenges After the Paris Agreement
Lead group: Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice
Speakers: Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator of DCJ & the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt & Development; Mithika Mwenda, Secretary, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (DCJ Member); Harjeet Singh, Action Aid International, CAN South Asia; Adrian Fernandez Jauregui, DCJ activist
Commons Space, World Social Forum, Montreal 2016
Lead group: Collectif des Communs
Gazibo, Remix the Commons, Communautique, LARTES, percolab, P2P Foundation, VECAM, the Foundation for Human Progress
Speakers: Frédéric Sultan, Gazibo; Yves Otis, Percolab; Kevin Flanagan, P2P Foundation; Alain Ambrosi, remixthecommons; Elisabetta Cangelosi, Ouvert à participation.
Panel Discussion for the Commons
Lead group: Remix the commons
Speakers: Silke Helfrich, Commons Strategies Group; Chantal Pacteau , Transform!;Alain Ambrosi, Remix the commons; Kevin Flanagan, P2P Foundation; David Hammerstein, Commons Network; Frédéric Sultan , Remix the commons, VECAM
Reclaiming Our World from the Rule of the Markets
Lead group: Food & Water Watch
Speakers: Darcey O’Callaghan, Food & Water Watch; Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now; Genevieve Azam, ATTAC France; Judith Delheim, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung