The Alliance has always placed a lot importance on the memory of the Social Forums. Several Allies, as well as employees of the FPH are involved in different processes for the constitution of the memory of one or several Social Forums, in particular:
the World Social Forum 2003, in connection with Ibase
the Thematic Social Forum of Cartagena, Colombia, 2003, in connection with the Cinep
the European Social Forum 2003 in Paris/St Denis/Ivry/Bobigny.
Besides, for Mumbaï, we succeeded in collecting the presentation sheets of the whole of the activities organized by Allies, as well as the final reports, and we are doing the same this year.
Since 2003, following the WSF systematization process, continued by a seminar on the capitalization of this experience in Rio, as well as following the restitution of the ESF, some groups have begun to form at the international level to work in the long term on these questions.
Last April, the Content and Methodology Commissions of the International Council set up a work group on the memory of the WSF (the "memoria-viva" group). At the same time, a "systematize" group was launched at the European level. These two initiatives are working to see on which aspects they can join forces.
For the WSF 2005, the group "memoria viva," in which I am participating with Marti Olivella, is in charge of facilitating the memory constitution process. This will happen around 4 projects:
The Nomad project. The idea is to store the audio files of the events that will be translated during the Forum. Nomad is indeed a group of free-software activists who, in connection with the interpreters’ network Babel, developed an translation interface that makes it possible to stock and to transmit, live, the discussions of the Forum. Outside of the Street Conversations, this system will be a good means for those who won’t be present in Porto Alegre to follow the Forum (but without the interactivity of a street conversation).
The Communication group project. This project will collect on a Web section the journalistic printed, audio, video and photographic work on the Forum, in order to share the atmosphere and the content.
The Culture group project, which will report, on the Internet and in non-virtual projects, on the cultural activities organized during the Forum.
The "propuestas" project. The idea is to collect before, during, and after the Forum of the texts summarizing the proposals that WSF participants will be promoting. They will be published on the Internet as well as on Proposal Panels disposed in the different Thematic Terrains of the Forum.
The whole of the contents will be accessible on the www.memoria-viva.org Web site (currently in construction).
You will receive e-mails shortly asking you to take part in the "propuestas" project. The challenge is important: it is about building a permanent Web site that would make it possible to collect the memory of all of the Social Forums, to use it for research, and especially, eventually, to react to it. This Web site would therefore make it possible all at once to reinforce the dynamics of the Forums by contributing to place the thinking they are promoting in the long term, to allow everyone to participate actively in the elaboration of proposals or action plans, and to encourage linking among organizations.