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Digital Connections Spaces in ASPF process "open space"

Main connection spaces  in the APSF open space are currently along thematic dimensions (see below) . Other such spaces can be created by facilitating  committee,  along  sectoral or geographic dimensions.

Participant organizations  from all over the continent , and beyond, present in a connection space, can share announcements, invitations , express interests for those, and start self organized dialogues  towards  case by case cooperations , through  preparing or attending  activities of intercommunication  and  promoting or supporting initiatives of action

 TCSs : Thematic Connections Spaces in ASPF process 

Each  Activity and  Action can be declared related to some of the following  broad  Thematic connection space TCS
  ( fields to be added in Activity and Action update form) 

note : these themes are aligned with the themes of WSF2021

TCS1 Peace & War  & security 

TCS2 Economic Justice

TCS3 Communication Education  Culture

TCS4 Society Diversity ( women and youth empowerment and fight against discriminations) 

TCS5 Democracy & People movements

TCS6 Social Justice

TCS7 Climate & Ecology & Transition

TCS8 Future of Social movements of  WSF & civil society organizing

TCS9 Agrarian Struggles 

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Choose  your thematic connection spaces / groups   1/ through the  online form  link in the invitation page - or through direct following of links to whatsapp groups  shared in the Asia WSF mobilizing group    


A Thematic Connections Space (TCS) in APSF process   is conceived as an “open space “and not as an organic body (so no expression in the name of  a TCS) 

It is not a requisite to join thematic connections spaces to take part in the APSF  process and  event, while it is probably informative and useful 


Image below :   a proposed generic description  of  thematic connections Spaces  

In a TCS, participants can  start to self organize : see point 1 2 3 4  in the image below

This  starts through  :

- Expressing  willingess for  being present in the connection space ( 1)

- PROACTIVELY Sharing relevantly  intentions, proposals and  invitations clearly linked to social forum process -around possible activities  or initiatives  ( 2) ,   These  invitations  can be  sent through a message in the  TCS directed to all  or to specific organizations  identified using the   information i the presence in TCS page, or through contact info found  in the organiztion  pages 

- REACTIVELY Answering some  of those invitations sent by others and  exploring common intentions in separate groups (3)   

- Consolidating some of those groups into co organizig  dialogue activities,  or co-formulating and promoting initiatives of action ( struggles , campaigns, transfrmative porcesses, agendas,  declaration) ,  co drafting news  news from the forum (4)

There can be a team frm the Faciltation committe, appointed “in the TCS”,  to care about the quality of  its use :  see the left side text in the image  with the moderation /facilitation tasks F1 to F5


in APSF process  TCSs  have been  used in the preparation of Feb22 event  - now they can be used  in perspective of AP/WSF event  

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 4  Explored Functions for each TCS space during build up of February 2022 event


Based on these intercommunication  sessions, TCS participants can decide to engage, or not, with other specific participants of their choice, with whom they have identified proximities and common intentions,  in building some self-organized activity or public action date, included in mid term lines of action, that one of them will be entrusted to register in the ASF website for the january event. (maybe they can be creating  specific smaller groups indepently of the TFG for those exchanges)

2/ PREPARING  a  preliminary workshop   ( as was done on 21st January) 

The workshop is a participatory round of discusion where proactive participating organizations state some views and their intention of preparing activities/workshops for the February events  and  of announcing actions for 2022

3/ PREPARING  A PANEL  ( as was done on DAY 1 (18th) or 2 (19th ) of February APSF event ) 

Each thematic focus group is proposed to define an inclusive facilitating group for preparing, as a self organized activity (in the name of wide array of organizations present in the TCS  but not in representation of the  TCS), a “thematic  panel” with duration 1h30 during the event ( 9 such panels), where to invite panelists and invite them to describe their views on issues and challenges. This panel is didactic and mediatic and  is not programatic, as TCS are  spaces and not organic groups

4/ PREPARING A NEXT STEPS SHARING ASSEMBLIES ( NSA) (as was done on DAY 3 (20th February) of february event)

Next steps can be suggestions  for the continuity of the APSF process or announcement or announce some actions taken up by some organizations described in the action pages

Participants in some thematic Contact Space  can define an inclusive NSA facilitating group for preparing, as a self organized activity,(in the name of wide array of organizations present in the TCS, but not in representation of the TCS);

The actions shared or proposed by participants in this Next Step  Assembly are expected to be registered and made visible as Action by their initiators in Action page


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