World Social Forum 2010 starts with great event in the Greater Porto Alegre – Brazil

Celebrating its tenth year of existence, the World Social Forum (WSF), will take place in 2010 in a decentralized manner, with at least 27 regional, national and local events throughout the world over the next period (see agenda on the WSF official website).

Opening this process, the regional event “Greater Porto Alegre 10 Years Social Forum” which is going to happen from January 25th to 29th in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, will have over 500 decentralized activities in the cities of Porto Alegre, Gravataí, Canoas, São Leopoldo, Novo Hamburgo and Sapiranga.

Given the importance of the date and the event itself, the presence of some heads of state is waited (Lula, Evo Morales, Mojica and Fernando Lugo), as well as several ministers and prominent politicians (Dilma Rouseff, Marina Silva, Heloisa Helena and Ciro Gomes) which have already expressed their interest in accepting invitations to activities during the event.

Seminar discusses 10 years of World Social Forum

One of the core activities of the Greater Porto Alegre Social Forum is the International Seminar “10 Years Later: Challenges and proposals for another possible world” which will feature more than 70 intellectuals and social leaders around the world – many of whom have integrated the process of creation and construction of the World Social Forum (WSF) in the last ten years. See list of participants (in Portuguese).

The seminar, held in the city of Porto Alegre, aims to examine the new challenges of alter-globalist civil society and to design future directions to be followed by the WSF. It also aims to provide a more systematic reflection on what has been done thus far, mistakes and successes, and the WSF institutional dynamics, becoming thus a moment of strategic thinking addressed to the activists most involved in the process. The activities will take place in the Legislative Assembly, in the Usina do Gasômetro and in the Armazéns do Porto, always in the morning

Program of the Seminar “10 years later: challenges and proposals for another possible world”

1st day, January 25 – World Social Forum – Examining the last 10 years

2nd day, January 26 – World conjuncture today
Table 1: Environmental Conjuncture
Table 2: Economic Conjuncture
Table 3: Political Conjuncture
Table 4: Social Conjuncture

3rd day, January 27 – Elements of a new agenda I
Table 1: Common Goods
Table 2: Common Goods
Table 3: Economy and Gratuity
Table 4: Good Life

4th day, January 28 – Elements of a new agenda II
Table 1: State Organization and political power
Table 2: Rights and Collective Responsibilities
Table 3: New World Order
Table 4: How to Construct Political Hegemony

5th day, January 29 – Systematizing big issues and contributing to the World Social Forum process

TOWARDS DAKAR 2011: the multiplicity of forums
Pan-Amazonic Forum
Americas Social Forum
African Social Forum
Maghreb Social Forum
Stateless Peoples Forum
Palestine Forum
European Social Forum
United States Social Forum
Crisis of Civilization Forum

Registration for the Greater Porto Alegre 10 years Social Forum

The registration of participants can be made on the website The registration fee is R$20,00 and it covers the material that will be provided in the accreditation.

Registration for press coverage must be made on the same page. The press center for communication professionals is located at the Legislative Assembly.

The registration of activities is closed.

– São Paulo:, phone: (11) 9853-9950 – (Verena Glass)
– Porto Alegre:, phone: (51) 3433.1233 / (51) 9317.0862 – (Luciana Borba)

More information:
“Greater Porto Alegre 10 Years Social Forum” official website:
Seminar “10 years later” official blog: