Up to a 100 000 participants were reported at the WSF though criticism of exclusivity because of high entrance fees was raised from the local population. (The impact of the WSF on the people of Kibera: "a Failure" | Kibera fails poor). This lead to the local population storming the entrance and the overpriced catering: What happened in Nairobi .
Sarah Choukah has written that the WSF "failed to address in an articulate way one of the main global issues: today’s ongoing wars in the Middle East and Central Asia".
For this WSF IMCista´s tried to "create a new space for global civil society to work in and out of from, both during the WSF and beyond", as part of an ambitious Global Listening Nodes project. The International Radio Show between Naoirobi, Dublin and Barcelona about housing happened with only limited success due to the Kenyan Indymedia Radio station being robbed by armed gunmen. But perhaps a new Anti-Capitalist space has been opened up? (Audios : 2 hour GLN radio show | robbery )
Reports about the WSF on Indymedia sites: [ Indymedia.org | IMC Kenya (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5) | IMC UK (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5) | Israel Indy | Germany IMC | Ecuador IMC | Argentina IMC | Athens IMC | Belgium | IMC Ireland | IMC Ireland (1 | 2) | Norway IMC | IMC UK | IMC Philadelphia | Barcelona IMC | LA IMC | Houston IMC | Marseille IMC (1 | 2)World Social Forum which runs January 20-25th. Media activists from Africa and around the world will be reporting in the World Social Forum, providing hands-on media production workshops, building two low-power radio stations in Kenya, and creating dialogue and cooperative production across borders. Other IMC members are not traveling to Narobi but are staying at home to support the network by attempting to widen the discussion with the Global Listening Nodes project: a proposal to Syndicate content from different nodes in social centers and other alternative media outlets during the WSF and combine it with content from Nairobi also. A kind of global collaboration on both virtual and physical. Basically getting more social centres and other spaces to open up during WSF as local nodes around planet for people to go to to firstly listen to stuff live from kenya, but also maybe where they could have 2 way systems: being able to participate in forum without physically being there. But the journey of the WSF has not been without its criticisms. Some claim that the Charter of Principles, which form the core of the WSF process, are not always adhered to with the result of alternative fora being created, as happened for the 2004 European Social Fora in London. Worse still is frustration with the entire social forum process, as happened at the 2002 Argentinian Social Forum because "Radical perspectives were not included within the forum's debate." But this year old and new African IMC´istas are working hard to attempt to take the WSF story to the next stage, and for that they are looking for ever more solidarity and collaboration. WSF links : WSF official page | indymedia WSF page | WSF on wikipedia | Kenya Indymedia | Livre radio wiki | Global Listening Nodes | WSF 2007 in internatinal news : IPS | Ciranda | Lama | Demokrasia-Kenya-blog | Znet Past IMC WSF coverage : 2006: Venezuela | Bamako, Mali | Pakistan (Znet) : 2005: Porto Alegre, Brazil : 2004 : Mumbai, India : 2003 : Porto Alegre, Brasil : 2002 : Porto Alegre, Brazil : 2001: Porto Alegre, Brazil How you can help : Tune in: ((radiolivre)) (((imc))) International Radio Show | inform your community | make a listening node | contribute views to IMC-Kenya | Publicise locally | get local radio station to restream | donate cash to the project | tell us what else needs to be done Read more | Add a translation The World Social Forum is an annual gathering of participants in social movements for global justice, timed to coincide with the World_Economic_Forum. The World Economic Forum is a meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, which is converted into a military security zone during the meeting, making demonstrations and coverage by Independent Media nearly impossible. Participants at the World Economic Forum are overwhelming European or American and male; non-governmental organizations such as Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen have been excluded from meetings after raising concerns, and Greenpeace withdrew after finding the group uncooperative on issues such as climate change. The World Social Forum is held in the southern hemisphere each year and largely made up of participants in social movements in response to the poverty, inequality, war, sexism, and state suppression generated by policies pushed by participants of the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Organization, and other forces of global capital. Rallying around the call of "Another World Is Possible," the World Social Forum has placed social justice, gender equality, peace, and defense of the environment on the agenda of the world’s peoples. World Social Forums have collectively expanded the democratic spaces of those seeking concrete, progressive alternatives to imperialist globalization. Regional Social Forums meet throughout the year to support this work. Everyone is invited to the US Social Forum, June 27 through July 1, 2007 in Atlanta Georgia and the Midwest Social Forum. Our local School for Designing a Society will be traveling to the US Social Forum this year. There have also been various other local Social Forums, European level, national level Historically Indymedia has had a close relationship with the World Social Forum (WSF), as the Indymedia network of volunteer-run Independent Media Centers grew out of the same movement against neo-liberalism and for global justice that led to the WSF. The Indymedia network now includes over 170 Independent Media Centers on every continent but Antarctica. The Indymedia network has helped spread the world from the WSF from 2002 onwards, ensuring that an Independent Media Center is available at each WSF to allow diverse voices from the Forum to be heard. This World Social Forum IMC will be focused on not only on reporting on the WSF, but on skill-sharing and solidarity between Indymedia and global justice activists. There will be workshops on web distribution of stories, audio production, radio station building, print publishing, silk screening, and consensus based decision-making. Another goal is to consolidate the energy of local activists in Kenya to resume and energize the formation of a permanent IMC in Kenya. "Independent Media in Africa continues to be a challenge. While large parts of the populations in Africa still do not have access to democratic and independent media, they are lacking specifically access to more interactive media like the internet that enable not only to receive news but also to produce news globally. Thats why local, private and pirate radio stations or a free radio action and even small-scale newspapers form a strong force of independent media in many African countries. Devoted media activists maintain them. The WSF gives a great opportunity to continue networking between these local activists as much as discuss chances and possibilities to increase the use of the internet for networking and eventually producing more African news for within and beyond Africa," says Fabian, one of the organizers on the ground in Narobi. And so, trying to create free software alternatives of producing low-band web radio . Indymedia organizers are working to bring delegates from Kenya, Mauritius, Cameroon, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Mali to the World Social Forum Indymedia Convergence. Watch www.ucimc.org and Kenya Indymedia as the stories unfold. Fórum Social Mundial (jan, 20/25). Ativistas de mídia da África e outros lugares desenvolverão trabalhos coletivos de mídia e oficinas, além da construção de duas Rádios FM. Haverá a oportunidade de espalhar a discussão com o projeto Global Listening Nodes: uma proposta de reunir conteúdos de diferentes lugares e meios alternativos que não estarão em Nairobi combinando com o conteúdo de quem está no Kenya. Trata-se de um trabalho colaborativo físico e virtual, trazendo diversos grupos e propostas como nós locais ao redor do planeta para que posssam ouvir e participar das discussões em tempo real. A Jornada do FSM com o tempo passou a sofrer críticas , pois a Carta de Princípios que fundamenta o processo do Fórum nao aderiu às alternativas que foram sendo criadas, como aconteceu com o Fórum Europeu de 2004 em Londres, por exemplo. A frustração também foi grande durante todo o processo do Fórum da Argentina de 2002 porque as perspectivas mais radicais não foram incluídas no debate do Fórum. Contudo, neste e no ano passado, CMIstas Africanos estão trabalhando para transformar a história dos Fóruns e estão buscando força entre ativistas do mundo inteiro. Links: FSM - Site Oficial | FSM2007 Convergência CMI | Kenya Indymedia | Global Listenin Nodes | Notícias Internacionais: IPS WSF links : WSF official page | indymedia WSF page | WSF on wikipedia | Kenya Indymedia | Livre radio wiki | Global Listening Nodes | WSF 2007 in internatinal news : IPS | Ciranda | Lama | Demokrasia-Kenya-blog | Znet Past IMC WSF coverage : 2006: Venezuela | Bamako, Mali | Pakistan (Znet) : 2005: Porto Alegre, Brazil : 2004 : Mumbai, India : 2003 : Porto Alegre, Brasil : 2002 : Porto Alegre, Brazil : 2001: Porto Alegre, Brazil How you can help : Tune in: ((radiolivre)) (((imc))) International Radio Show | inform your community | make a listening node | contribute views to IMC-Kenya | Publicise locally | get local radio station to restream | donate cash to the project | tell us what else needs to be done Read more | Add a translation -- DuncanCrowley - 12 Jan 2007