First international meeting towards the FSMET 2020: three days to get to know each other, connect and organize
More than 300 people from 46 different countries. Three days of debates, collective work and assemblies, but also of meeting, exchange and convergence. Three days to get to know each other, to connect and self-organize. Three days to cherish diversity, enhance our complicities and build networks. A common horizon: the first World Social Forum of Transformative Economies (WSFTE) to be held in Barcelona during May 2020.
This is a summary of what was experienced during the framework of the first international preparatory meeting for the WFSTE 2020, held at the University of Barcelona between April 5 and 7. It's been three intense working days, which the discussions were organized, in the first instance, by movements and transformative actions. Later on, through challenges. Finally, by territories in order to attend to the vast diversity of people, initiatives, organizations and networks that participated.
The first day was used to connect the different networks, organizations and people involved in the transformative economies movement: The Agroecological and Food Sovereignty Movements, The feminist economies, The Commons and The Social and Solidarity Economies. Besides, transformative economies actions also found their place, such as education, research, and the co-construction of public policies.
The meeting point was another space for different collaborative mapping initiatives. A presentation of the forum.transformadora.org was also organized. It is a virtual platform to continue working online from different parts of the world. In addition, there was a meeting session for alternative media and people interested in participating in the WSFTE 2020 communication commission.
The first day ended with an International Open Forum, where eight international speakers intervened during the meeting, interspersed with musical performances by an orchestra created especially for the event.
On the second day, the work sessions dealt with ten challenges identified during the sessions held on Friday:
1. The forum process
2. Transformative and liberating education
3. The visibility and the report
4. Global-local work and inter-movements
5. The relationship with the State and corporations
6. Management and self-organization
7. Knowledge building and practices
8. New technologies
10. Self-owned strategies
On Sunday, the third and last day, the working groups focused on their territory work, with the aim of, in some cases, encouraging the creation of local convergence movements, organizations and people linked to the transformative economies in each territory, or in others, of strengthening the relationship between them. These convergences must respond to the local reality of each territory, which must decide how to self-organize, and how it wants to be linked to the debates that will take place on the way to the WFSTE 2020.
Subsequently, the closing assembly took place, where the conclusions gathered in each of the working groups were presented. During the last meeting, with the commitment to keep working, both face-to-face and remotely, it was agreed upon in expanding the presence of more groups and organizations involved, and to build a common long-term global agenda that makes visible another world that already exists: one of the transformative economies.
The meeting ended with a closing ritual, and a family photo to shed light in all the people involved in making the WFSTE 2020 a reality. Until next year!