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SUMMARY

 

  • A Thematic space (TCS) gathers APSF/WSF participants interested by :

1/ Sharing and receiving invitations to “activities”, broadly or partly related to the corresponding umbrella theme,  https://wsf2024nepal.org/schedule and


2/ Preparing the unique 2 hours thematic panel for this umbrella theme, held in one the mornings of WSF2024 event in a big venue  :https://wsf2024nepal.org/schedule

 

  • About use 2 : The Thematic Panel is prepared by a self organized Thematic Panel Group (TPG) that is started through consultation in the TCS, has a public and inclusive composition, and operates in contact with the other participants present in the TCS, along following guidelines : https://www.asiasocialforum.net/wsf2024-thematic-panels 

 

 

  • Guidelines for the use of TCS are in https://www.asiasocialforum.net/tcs . Each TCS has one or two moderators that simulate the use 1 , and monitor the use 2, along guidelines and answer questions by participants present in TCS about “how to participate towards and in WSF2024 event, whether in person or online” 

 

  • 0 / invitation to prepare a panel 

  • 1/ Guidelines for TCS

  • 2/ Guideline for TPG

  • 3/ List of moderators of TCSs

  • 4/ List of TPGs 

  • 5/ List of resulting panel descriptions by day 16 17 18 february

  • 6/element on Panel description document

 

 

 

 

0/ INVITATION  AND GUIDELINES  FOR  PREPARATION  OF A THEMATIC PANEL  WSF2024  ( DRAFT for discussion in APSF/NOC) 

 

 APSF process is supportive of WSF2024 event  in Nepal, and the APSF thematic spaces (TCSs) have been aligned with the 13 WSF2024 umbrella themes.

 

In the WSF 2024 schedule, 13 morning thematic panels, are announced, one on each umbrella theme. They  will take place in a morning of 16 or 17 or 18th february 9am to 11 am Nepal ( UTC+5.45),  in a big enough venue in Kathmandu ( around 1000/2000 people capacity),  and  with online participation access. They  will be held in parallel with 3 or 4 other similar  panels.  Here is  an echo from WSF2021 about the idea of panels


APSF Organising Committee (APSF OC)  and Nepal Organizing committe(NOC) INVITE  WSF participants  present  in one of the 13  Thematic space of APSF, and  interested by this perspective, to get organized between October and January, in a Thematic Panel Group (TPG), staying in contact with other participants present in the  Thematic Space (TCS), and taking up the responsibilty  to PREPARE THE  WSF2024 THEMATIC PANEL  associated with this TCS  

 

WSF participants willing to answer this INVITATION ,  and who are  presently not in an APSF thematic space, can come in  APSF process  through the "join APSF" form , select  there up to 3  thematic spaces of their interest , be included in the TCSs, and get  involved. 

 

Participants present in a TCS can  refer to  the TCS and TPG guidelines below, and  can count on  support from " moderators/facilitators" of the thematic space, who have been assigned by APSF OC and NOC.(see list below)

 

At the start  of preparation phase, through one or two  consultation meeting convened by the moderators/facilitators of the TCS, a first explicit list of organizations  start  a  "thematic panel group"  (TPG)

This TPG  group  will take public responsibility for  organizing the  panel,  timely,  in the  name of its list of organizations, and  in all its practical  content and method aspects :  time line,  speakers, modality of discussion etc. There will be some clarified technical support from NOC eg for streaming, or online  room interpretation. During this preparation,  through public meetings convened in TCS, TPG will consult the organizations present in the TCS, and conming to meetings  TPG will convene, about their views and suggestions on the panel. 

NOC will update the following  common elements of Planning ,  Consultation  phase by end October with publication of first composition of TPGs- Final description of panels with confirmed format and speakers 15th January
 

Preparing  and holding this thematic panel  will be  a process of building awareness and solidarity between organizations in the TPG , from  across Asia and the world,  and in contact with the other interested participants present in the TCS.

Various  initiatives of self-organized activities will stem out of the work in the TPG and from the interactions on occasion of the public meetings convened by TPG in the TCs,  promoted by the TCS moderators

1/  DRAF T  GUIDELINES  about   THEMATIC CONNECTION SPACES  (TCS)
(Copied from  the TCS page) 

FUNCTION  AND USE OF TCS

1/TCS  are in the first place a space for sharing invitations to activities  between particpants   with limited  public exchanges by chat  and for  question and answers about how to participate in WSF
TCS are also meant to be  a place of consultation about the thematic panels (see TPG guidelines below).

Participants present in several TCSs are invited to be selective, choosing to share relevant invitations in  the relevant TCS, acoording to their thematic content   

 

2/Moderators s encourage that Activities promoted in the TCS  be  circulated with their respective URL in  WSF related  websites : WSF2024 event website  https://wsf2024nepal.org/activities APSF website   https://www.asiasocialforum.net/activities  or  join WSFORUM  website  https://join.wsforum.net/wsf-activities .  

3/whenever a TCS participant gives a sign of interest about an invitation received from another one in the TCS group, a   direct contact  can be established outside ouf the thematic space ,in order to avoid disturbing other participants in the TCS with one to one messages

 

ROLE OF TCS MODERATORS FACILITATORS 

1/  Moderators are  assigned by APSF OC  FC  in each TCS . They  can share invites and suggestions  about this sharing of invitations.  They share infomation from APSFOC and NOC and answer questions on how to participate.

2/They can convene "TCS info  meeting" to collect questions  and suggestions and  assessements from the participants present in the TCS :  about the  participation in APSF and WSF, and about the relevancy of this TCS for them. 

Such a meeting   can be requested once in a calendar month by partiicpants present in TCS. This can be very useful  if the moderators are also part of TPG , in order to keep them also focused on their modeator role.

3/ Moderators lead the  consultation  process leading to constitution of TPG, with at least XX organizations in it at its inception , and see that the TPG  guidelines 1 to 6  below  are respected in  the  development of TPG, and that documentation of inputs during the public meetings  called by TPG  is accurate in the TPG progress document.

4/ Moderators  are in regular contact betwen themselves, about their inputs and actions, and with APSFOC, about the dynamics of use of the TCS by participants.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/  DRAFT   Guidelines  about  THEMATIC PANEL ORGANIZING GROUP (TPG)

(for discussion in APSF OC/NOC) 

 

WHO?  TPG

 1/ The TPG  ( thematic preparation  group)  is  an explicit list of  people linked to organizations (that are sharing the link to their page in the  Nepal website, as registered participant  organizations). TPG organization member list  can grow in time. ( see wsf2021 panel  experience)

IT  is  principally INCLUSIVE,  through public  TCS wide meeting to newcomers present in  the TCS,  who , when joining the TPG, are  deemed to accept the decisions made in it before their arrival .  Also There can be only one TPG  in a TCS, and A TPG building process can be started  by the TCS moderators onlywhen there are more than 30 people in the TCS.

2/ Speakers invited  during the Thematic panel are in their  personal or organization capacity and not speaking in the name of TCS, which is just "a space  with  organizations "present" in it".

Should the format of the  thematic Panel  decided by TPG be  including discussion of a declaration presented  on occasion of the holding of the thematic panel, this declaration is not from the TPG  nor from the TCS  :  it is voluntarily signed by an explicit  list of organizations , first members of the TPG , then  by others  organizations  present in the TCS, and then by others participating in the panel session, and then by others registered in WSF2024 

WHAT?  PURPOSE AND FORMAT OF PANELS

3/ There is no preestablished format of a thematic panel prepared by the TPG , The format will be what the TPG group decides,  also "taking into account" the observations made from participants in the TCS that are not  in the TPG  and are present during the  Public Meetings proposed by TPG. participants.  APSF FC/NOC may make feedback to TPG  on their decriptive document and suggest changes  that TPG may accept or not. 


HOW?  OPERATION  OF TPG in relation to TCS

4/ TCS Moderators decide when   to schedule  TPG consultation meetings proposed to TCS  participants  about forming a TPG  ,  up to when  at least 5 (?) organizations (having registered in the wsf2024 website) are volunteerng to start the TPG .  This is then presented to the attention of the participants in the TCS in a second meeting where they are invied to dialogue wiht the TPG . Then moderators see that   TPG guidelines 1 to 6 are respected

 

5/ After this consultation  phase  led by moderators , the  newly formed TPG runs its "public meetings in the TCS"  in average once every 2 weeks ( suggestion) .

At the start  of the public meeting , the current composition of TPG and status of accumulated decisions are presented, along with the points to be discussed .

This is described  in  a written TPG progress documen,   circulated in the TCS when inviting to the public meeting (see point 6). 

Then persons present in the TCS attending the meeting may state they want to join the TPG, and this  is the updated  perimeter of TPG relevant for making decisions as TPG is principally inclusive to orgnanizations that are : registered in Nepal website and present in the TCS public meeting called by TPG.

Then discussion  takes place  on the points announced in the agenda , where all  participants attending the meeting  from the TCS can make inputs,  and  where decision formulations  are  considered adopted when there is  general  consent or agreement on them, between those within the updated TPG composition.
 If at some point, this is too difficult to find decisions formulations that allow consent of all members of the TPG , moderators can  suggest  a few  TPG members not consenting to a  certain decision, to choose to leave the TPG in order to let TPG progress and present on that occasion their views in the TCS. 

6/ Between  its  public meetings, the TPG  can be  having its own internal  format of group  for its daily operation not vsible from the TCS , and the TCS moderator is included as observer in it, to see that guidelines are respected. Moderator organization may also be included as member if it so wishes . In parllel  the TPG  has to  schedule  its significant  discussions in public meetings   notified with 2 days notice to all participants in the TCS, along  with  the sharing  of TPG progress document updated.  

Also  within three days  after  each public meeting, the TPG  shares in the TCS the updated TPG progress document, after the meeting,  describing its updated composition  and the decisions  and points to be worked on before next public meeting  

7/ Noc defines a deadline for TPG to present its preliminary description  and  final description  for the panel,with confirmed  TPG composition , agenda  time flow, introduction text, methodology speakers , panel moderators from TPG , theme blurb, panel image etc.   it is clear that 2 hours of time do not allow to cover many aspects and TPG will assume its choices

 These panel  descriptions  will be timely published by NOC in the website. Here are elements coming from WSF2021 experience about thematic panels;  

8/ NoC will propose by end of november a global scheduling of the 13 thematic panels in consultation with the various TPGs  so that  the date of  each panel is known in advance to TPGs   Noc will provide interpretation in online participation  room(s) , streaming,   public video recording of the panel.

 3/ LIST  by WSF2024 themes  ABOUT  Moderation of Thematic spaces TCS  

updated :xxxxx

  • Inequality and Economic Justice  TCS2

    • xx

  • Labour, Migration, Modern Slavery and Trafficking TCS10

    • xx

  • Caste, Race, Ethnicity,  Untouchability, Xenophobia and All forms of Discrimination TCS4

    • xx

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Identities and Gender based violence TCS11

    • xx

  • Land, Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, Energy and Natural Resources TCS9

    • xx

  • Peace, Conflict, War, Occupations, Displacements, and Security  TCS1

    • Cora (IPB philippines) 

  • Education Art  and Culture TCS3

    • xx

  • Communication, Social Networks and Media (Digital Equality) TCS12

    • xx

  • Democracy, Human Rights, Authoritarianism, Law and Justice TCS5

    • xx

  • Health Social Security, Protection and Equity,  TCS6

    • xx

  • Climate, Ecology, Just Transitions, Habitat , and  Sustainable Development  TCS7

    • xx

  • ​Women, Children, Youth, Adolescent, Aging people and Persons with Disabilities TCS13 

    • xx

  • Social Movements Civic Space and Future of World Social Forum TCS8

    • xx

 

 

 

 

4/ List by WSF2024 themes about  TPG progress and  composition

CM1 CM2  Consultation  meeting - TPM1 TPM2 TPM3 Panel meetings   

  • Inequality and Economic Justice  TCS2

    • xx

  • Labour, Migration, Modern Slavery and Trafficking TCS10

    • xx

  • Caste, Race, Ethnicity,  Untouchability, Xenophobia and All forms of Discrimination TCS4

    • xx

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Identities and Gender based violence TCS11

    • xx

  • Land, Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, Energy and Natural Resources TCS9

    • xx

  • Peace, Conflict, War, Occupations, Displacements, and Security  TCS1

    • xx

  • Education Art  and Culture TCS3

    • xx

  • Communication, Social Networks and Media (Digital Equality) TCS12

    • xx

  • Democracy, Human Rights, Authoritarianism, Law and Justice TCS5

    • xx

  • Health Social Security, Protection and Equity,  TCS6

    • xx

  • Climate, Ecology, Just Transitions, Habitat , and  Sustainable Development  TCS7

    • xx

  • ​Women, Children, Youth, Adolescent, Aging people and Persons with Disabilities TCS13 

    • xx

  • Social Movements Civic Space and Future of World Social Forum TCS8

    • xx

5/  Chronological List of panels and their page in the website 

  • 16th february 

    • TP1

    • TP2

    • TP3

    • TP4

    • TP5

  • 17th february 

    • TP6

    • TP7

    • TP8

    • TP9

    • TP10

  • 18th february 

    • TP11

    • TP12

    • TP13

6/  Panel Description document

 

Suggested structure 

 

A/ Theme - Title

 

B/ Purpose of panel  and design  options taken by the TPG in its design


 

C/ Timeflow of panel duration 120mn 

xxmn - What ? ( title of time section - topic)   Who  ( a speaker, the audience, moderator ) ?  How? ( indications if any) 

yymn - What ? ( title of time section - topic)   Who  ( a speaker, the audience, moderator ) ?  How? ( indications if any) 

zzmn - What ? ( title of time section - topic)   Who  ( a speaker, the audience, and moderator ) ?  How? (indications if any) 

Specific global indications if any

D/  participation from the audience -time budget for it 

E/ Interpretation needs - Panel has simultaneous interpretation accessible through one or more zoom room with  interpretation feature and capacity of xxx people ( provided by NOC logistics, solidarity  interpreters provided by SILT group.  Interpretation is then accessible through telephone and ear phones that participant have to bring with them

 

F/ Online participation -  who is taking care of it and  how? 

 

G/ List of confirmed speakers for the panel  with a 3 line biography - online speakers?

 

H/ moderation

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