ABOUT WSF INTERCOMMUNICATION PROCESS
WSF process is conceptually described as an open space of encounters, where a permanent process of intercommunications takes place , that develops in that space in a decentralzied and horizontal manner between participant organizations that come and declare themselves in broad agreement with
principles that describe WSF. Most significant principles are principle 1 , (wsf is intercomunication proess taking place in an open space between civil society organizations sharing some generic values and goals described in the principles), principle 6 (WSF is not deliberative as a whole), and principle 7 (decisions by groups of organizations are given equal visibility in WSF space)
Most significant descriptive elements are in prniciple 1 4 8 10 12
WSF processs is "facilitated" by an Internatioal council, IC-WSF(*) with currently about 60 organizations or facilitating committees of other social processes. All these processes are forming, along with WSF process, the global WSF proacess / family
"Facilitation" is about defining formats, acts, moments, and narrative of participation , about implementing the open space with websites and logistics , about inviting to come in the openspace and participate in the intercommunication process , and about stimulating it.
The participation narrative " why and how participate?" is for inviting the organisations from civil society acting for another possible world to come in the space and join the intercommunication proocess
( see the generic diagram about developing a social forum intercmmunication dynamics )
The participant organizations are the social political actors in this WSF process, they produce social political content through discussions /activities , declarations, announcements/ initiatives , news, and documentation.
They are guaranteed by WSF principles that no one will speak in their name on the basis of the fact they have come in the WSF space, where acts of participation are explicit and voluntary.
WSF process has a 22 years long story , started in Porto Alegre in January 2001, that is landmarked by 15 WSF events , which are a concentration of hundreds of self organized activities/meetings of dialogue " for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposa ls, free exchange of experiences and interlinking for effective action". These activitis can stem from, or be producing announcements of initiatives
The 15 WSF events to date are : 2001 - 2002 - 2003 Porto Alegre - 2004 Mumbai - 2005 Porto Alegree - 2006 Bamako Caracas Karachi - 2007 Nairobi - ( 2008 week of actin) - 2009 Belem - 2011 Dakar - 2013 - 2015 Tunis - 2016 Montreal - 2018 Salvador de Bahia - 2021 Virtual WSF event - 2022 Mexico (see an overview of this history in the wsf2021.net website)
Upcoming event is now in perspective in Kathmandu , with date 14-19 February 2024. see page about WSF2024
There has been some effort put recently in giving visibility the WSF process outside of WSF events, through a participation platforum which allow to make an organization visible in the WSF process ( over 2000 visible so far) , and to propose activities any time anywhere, and to announce initiatives of transformative action with public action dates that can be agreggatd in a calendar of actions by WSF participants (see page using WSFplatforms hovering on in WSF2024 menu )
(*)More info Links
Information about WSF2024 event page seen from APSF process perspective ( hovering on WSF2024 menu)
Documents produced by IC WSF member entities representatives, gathered in openfsm website