Social Movements: World Social Forum

The World Social Forum (WSF): The WSF is a forum dedicated to discussion and proposal of alternatives for anti-globalization and altermundo activists working towards the construction of a better world - rooted in the belief that "Another world is possible!"

Organized for the first time in 2001 in Porto Alegre (Brazil), the Forum has since then visited numerous other countries. This yearly summit of the anti-globalization movement attracts an average of 100,000 people around the world. The WSF casts itself as an alternative to the World Economic Forum organized in Davos (Switzerland) and is a dynamic, open space, providing social movements and citizens from around the world - trade unionists, intellectuals, farmers, women groups, youth etc. with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas about actions to be undertaken to promote a world based on fairness and a more human development. The WSF is opposed to the values of neoliberalism as defended by international institutions, multinational corporations and even by some governments.

The 11th and latest edition of the WSF took place in Dakar, Senegal in February 2011, but regional and thematic forums are also organized throughout the world.

WSF Website: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

Briefing

A fundamental shift is underway in how food, flavor, cosmetic, and fragrance ingredients are being produced for global markets. The new game in town is synthetic biology, or GMOs 2.0—companies are now able to create yeasts that secrete artificial compounds that taste or smell like familiar substances but don’t actually come from the natural source.

News/Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD ­Consumer and environmental groups today released the Shopper’s Guide to Synthetic Biology to help consumers avoid the new wave of GMOs in food and cosmetics, and find truly natural and sustainable options.

Event

Movements & Emerging Technologies Webinars present:

Event

ETC Group is coming to Montreal, QC, for the World Social Forum! You can download our schedule below. We are excited to share, learn and strategize with friends and allies—hope to see you there! 

August 10, 2016

The Corporate Strategy to Control the Food System 

ETC Group, La Vía Campesina, Global Justice Now

9:00-11:30 | Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon A (Local A-2830) | EN, FR