Social Forum Starts in Venezuela, But Brazilians Have Seized the Agenda

This is the first time that more activities for the World Social Forum, which gets underway today in Caracas, Venezuela, have been proposed by organizations from an outside country – in this case, Brazil – than ones from the country hosting the event.

This observation was made by professor Cândido Grzybowski in an interview for the Brazilian state-owned Radio Nacional. Grzybowski, a sociologist and director of the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (IBASE) is one of the founders of the forum.

According to the professor, Brazil’s strong presence at this year’s (6th) edition of the forum "has to do with the fact that four of the five previous editions were held here in Brazil."

He informed that more than 2,300 activities are scheduled to take place at the event, and he emphasized that most of the agenda is decided by the participants.

According to Grzybowski, one of this year’s innovations is an idea circulating among political leaders to hold a leaders’ forum. He said that this is a real possibility and that such a group "could counteract the G8," the group consisting of the world’s seven richest countries and Russia."

Grzybowsky foresaw that this year’s edition of the forum will be viewed as a "mosaic of options" extant on the Latin American political scene: "Some will prefer what is happening in Chile, others will defend the Brazilian experience, others will favor Argentina, and still others, Venezuela."

Claiming that the Social Forum is an open space, Grzybowsky pointed out that there is "a respect for diversity and a gamut that runs from extreme left to center-right."

According to the professor, the forum creates a culture "that denies leadership pretensions, be they by activists or bearers of ideological banners."

In his opinion there is room for all, and everyone follows his (her) own ideology. "There is confrontation there, however," he underscored and summarized that the space at the forum "is for people to confront each other and, through the confrontation, come up with something better as alternatives for the future and grow stronger in the process."

Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Only 10% of Brazilians Belong to a Co-op. This Rate is 40% in Rich Countries.

More than 6.7 million associates, 7,500 organizations and a production that corresponds to 6% ...

Brazil to Teach World How to Fight Corruption

The United Nations will make use of Brazil’s experience in fighting municipal corruption as ...

A Joint Force to Fight Amazon and Other Fires

Bilateral and multilateral cooperation is crucial to combat and manage forest fires in the ...

500 Gas Stations Selling Biodiesel in Brazil. By 2007 There Will Be 7000.

By the end of this year, diesel oil containing a 2% mixture of biodiesel ...

Brazilians Can’t Agree on Getting Venezuela Aboard in Mercosur

One of the questions on the table in Montevideo as the 29th Mercosur Summit ...

41 Brazilians Still Missing in Tsunami Area

The most recent information released by Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE) indicates that ...

Government Doesn’t Speak for Us, Say Brazilian Farmers in Hong Kong

A funny thing happened to minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando ...

How Arabs Helped and Continue Shaping Brazil’s Culture and Trade

Shopping in Brazil before the late 19th century meant facing a Portuguese immigrant, almost ...

Brazil’s Varig: What an Airline Shouldn’t Be

In nearly eight decades of operation in the country, Brazilian civil aviation has been ...

Brazilian Dam Victims Camping in the Gardens of ID Bank

The families of the Movement of Dam Victims (MAB) will remain camped outside the ...