Glossary of terms frequently used in APSF context
Color Code : Items of the glossary in Red - Mention of those item in another item text is in yellow
Account : in the APSF website - an account ( account name visible on top right of site after logging in) allows access to a Participation menu where to make visible an organization page , and several activities and action pages
Action page: description of a public action on a specific issue and date throughout 2022 and beyond, assumed by one or preferably several organizations - The form of an action can vary a lot - An action has a descriptive page in the website with a URL, which are listed in summarized form in https://www.asiasocialforum.net/actions - An action can be part of the action plan of a more or less durable initiative of action, which may be described in the context part of the action page and the WSF join forum platform https://join.wsforum.net/initiatives .
Activity : it is a moment of on line public discussion or performance ( Cultural activity) in the APSF event with a duration of 1h30mn around a topic prepared and convened by one or morye organizations . An activity can be described in the website ( Account and Participation menu) and included in the event program - it is visible here https://www.asiasocialforum.net/activities and clicking on the red document icon you access the complete description page with an own URL
Act of participation : it is something that an organization participating in APSF or WSF event or process can do voluntarily using the Participation Menu in the website or platform like " join the process" , then edit an organization page , an activity page, an action page, document the activty with video records and notes
Agora of futures : see Space of Futures - (Agora is the main square of a city in ancient Greece where many groups discuss in parallel) it is notion in WSF process linked to initiatives of action see https://join.wsforum.net/agora
"Announcing organization" for an activity or an action in APSF - when several organizations agree on proposing an activity in the APSF event, or on assuming an action on a certain date in 2022, they agree on which of them will be the announcing organization that will create the activity or create the action in the participation menu of its account in APSF Website , and mention the others as co organizers or co initiators
APSF -Asia Pacific Social Forum, event, space, and process. The APSF website welcome organization page, activity pâge in an event and outside events and action page
APSF event 2023 event in Nepal -Asia Pacific Social Forum in person and possibly hybrid event to be confirmed .
APSF general monthly meeting - it is the general meeting about the build up of APSF and participation from Asia in WSF 2022 - it takes place every 26th of the month. participants subscribed to infomailing list receive notification
Asia pac WSF process 2022 Group - it is a whatsapp group with people/organizations interested to participate in ASPF and WSF 2022
Calendar of actions dates : it is a calendar that is visible here in the case of the WSF process: https://join.wsforum.net/actions-calendar It is visible as the action page in the case of APSF: https://www.asiasocialforum.net/actions
Calendar of events : it is a list of events ( gathering of activities) updated here : http://openfsm.net/projects/wsf2012-support/wsf2021-calendar/#lista -. Various categories of event are distinguished ( see the second column)
Cultural activity : it is an activity which consist in showing a cultural performance, it is described the same way as another activity
Declaration : A public declaration is an action consisting in making public a declaration by written - The date of the action is the date of publication of the declaration - As per WSF principle 6, there is no final global declaration in a social forum event, while it is possible to propose as an action, in the action sharing assemblies and in the Agora, a declaration to be signed by many of the participants in the event, and by other organizations after the event.
How to use the APSF site ; see indications in the lower part of the home page , see the buttons to move donw here at the top of home page
Hybrid ; this adjective shows that there is a combination of phyisical and online participation. if an activity is presential and welcomes also online participation it can be said "extended activity" or "hybrid activity". If the event is hybrid it means that there is a combination of purely physical activities, of extended activities based in Mexico , and of online activities
Extended activity ; it is an hybrid activity which is based in a physical place but also has a logistics that welcomes remote participation in the activity , allowing remote participants to interact with physical participants
Event ; it is a gathering of activities convened by a facilitating group, that may include panels, assemblies , see calendar of events
Facilitating group APSF event build up: is the group of organizations that propose to take charge of implementing the social forum event with the help of participants volunteering for all kinds of tasks. APSF facilitating group is formed by signatories of invitation visible in https://www.asiasocialforum.net/info and facilitators of thematic connections spaces
Info mailing list APSF ; list giving information to who has joined the APSF process, in particular on occasion of Monthly General meetings.
Initiative of action ; is a line of action in time that can be a struggle, a campaign, a transformative project, a common agenda , which is assumed by a group of organizations that have in common a goal, an action plan, see https://join.wsforum.net/initiatives . In the description of an initiative certain public action dates can be outlined and described as action in the website see https://www.asiasocialforum.net/actions
International council WSF ; it is a facilitating body initiated in june 2001 for caring about continuity and development of WSF process as described in the WSF principles. Around 50 organizations are part of it. It is currently meeting mostly online and is making decision through a consensus protocol . More information here http://openfsm.net/projects/wsfic_fsmci and here http://openfsm.net/projects/ic-extended
Jitsi : is a free software tool used for oneline meeting rooms for thematic connections spaces and for actions meeting rooms for the Space of futures / Agora of futures
join forum platform : https://join.wsforum.net/ it is a website proposed by WSF facilitation collective used i WSF 2021 and WS2022 events and available for interevent periods, where descriptions of organizations, activities, initiatives of action can be shown and edited. There is a diapositive set indicating how to use it in the context of APSF see: https://bit.ly/3HIoreP
join process invitation : it is the text visible here : https://www.asiasocialforum.net/info answering the invitation is done in Join page - Joining the process starts with being subscribed to info mailing list. and then come and participate in general meetings and being ushered in thematic or geographic connection spaces
Next steps Assembly : it is an activity in APSF event which consists in a round of presentation of next steps proposals about the process facilitation, or initiative/action announcements assumed intended or proposed by organizations participating in APSF-It allows to be informed of existing or proposed actions, including declarations, before choosing with which action initiators/promoters to speak with in the Agora . in the APSF event structure there is a time for such assemblies prepared by groups of organizations emerging in meeting that can be held in thematic connections spaces
Online activity : it is an activity which is done completely online. There is no physical central location for the discussion moment. All activities in WSF 2021 virtual event january 2021 and all activities in APSF event february 18-20 2022 are online. Part of actviites in WSF2022 hybrid event in mexico will be online
Online participant : it is a person who is participating online either in an online activity or in an extended activity ( it can then be named a "remote participant", distant from the place of the activity
Openfsm.net platform : This website http://openfsm.net/ was started in the communication commission of the international council WSF in2008, as a tool for WSF participants and International council. It is dedicated to documentation of WSF process by its participants, who can create and edit independent spaces in it.
Organization page : it is a page with a specific URL internet address that shows the description of an organization participating in APSF . It is created through the Participation Menu "create organization profile" and modified through "update participation profile"
Pad : pad is a page accessible in internet through a simple link allowing to write in it - it is a base tool for taking notes from meeting in jitsi rooms held in the thematic connection spaces
Panel in APSF : is is an activity with a format which consists in inviting a few speakers and give them time to speak and answer some questions from the public. In the APSF2022 event structure there was a time for such panels prepared by groups of organizations emerging from exchanges in thematic connections spaces
Participant organization organization which is visible in the organisations page. Active participant organizations are those who propose and organized activities or assume initiatives and actions
Participant person person having joined the process ,and attending activities held in APSF event/process
Participant guide it is a document edited by facilitating group whch gives indication about how to participate see example https://wsf2021.net/guia
Participation menu in APSF website is acessed through logging in the APSF site with an account. It allows to make visible an organization page, to announce activities, and to announce actions
Priniciples of WSF : these are a series of elements to be understood and respected as common reference between participants about what is a social forum, what are the values of its participants, and some rules for operation - See page FAQS and page https://www.asiasocialforum.net/wsf-principles. Principle 1 is establishing nature of space of encounter of WSF , principle 6 is excluding speaking in the name of this space and principle 7 is committing facilitators to give visiblity to decision made between participants
Simultaneous activities - activities which take place at the same time during the event. Participants have to choose between them
Self-organized activity : means that topic, methodology, moderation, online logistics ( online meeting room , broadcast, interpretation) , outreach, documentation are taken care of by those organizations who propose the activity, with or without support from facilitating group
Structure of APSF event : it is vislble here : https://www.asiasocialforum.net/3-day-event
Thematic connections space : There are 9 thematic connections spaces for the buid up of APSF. Each one is a whatsapp group + a meeting room in Jitsi where participants can meet and exchange expectations and intentions of activities and actions , and may prepare a panel and an next steps inter assembly - see guidelines here ; https://www.asiasocialforum.net/tfgs
TVAgora : This is the video coverage of the Space/moment of futures- a TVstudio distributes the time between reporters that are visiting various action meeting rooms in the Space of Futures/ Agora of futures . see here experience in WSF 2021
WSF Global process : is a notion gathering the set of existing social forum processes inspired by WSF world process
WSF world process : has been mainly the series of WSF world events since 2001 to date. 15 events from WSF2001 porto alegre to wsf2022 in mexico
WSF world inter event process : it is what happens in between WSF events periods. Organization can make themselves visible in the join wsforum platform, https://wsf2021.net/organizaciones-participantes-2021/ -https://join.wsforum.net/organizations. They can announce activities in any date and place in the world, https://wsf2021.net/gtagora-1actividades2021/. They can announce initiatives of actions https://join.wsforum.net/initiatives
WSF world event virtual january 2021 : it is gathering of online activities that took place January 23 to 30th 2021 - more info here https://wsf2021.net/programa-evento/
WSF world event hybrid May 2022: has been both a gathering of physical activities announced in Mexico city on May 1-6 , part of which made extended activities by their organizers, and a gathering of purely online activities around those dates. Hence the name hybrid event