Posted on February 5, 2005 - 11:43pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
By Adam Hochschild
Jan. 31, 2005 | The State, South Carolina, USA

TF! Editorial Comment: History is replete with instances where an individual or small group was instrumental in large-scale social change. These are stories of courage and conviction that offer hope to all who aspire for a better world. In the article below, one of many defining moments is described wherein a small group dared the impossible to stand up for truth, justice and universal human rights in their avowed effort to end slavery.
Posted on February 5, 2005 - 11:41pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
Hilmi Toros*
Jan 28, 2005 | IPS/TerraViva

TF! Editorial Comment: Since the creation of the World Social Forum as the alternative venue to discuss solutions to the worlds myriad problems, government, business and civil society on both sides have engaged in a battle of ideas, visions and proposals. The dimensions of this struggle of our times are symptomatic of global civil society's emergence as a third global force alongside governments and business. The following article draws this distinction between Porto Alegre and Davos but also points out the ever greater need to build partnerships among business, government and civil society.
Posted on January 29, 2005 - 10:34pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
Mario Osava
Jan 21, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The World Social Forum arose, in part, as a response to the narrow economic focus and exclusivity of development forums epitomized by the world economic forum. Believing that the economy is embedded in a larger social, human and environmental context, the World Social Forum strives to embody transparency, inclusivity, diversity and participation towards building a better world. At this foremost gathering of global civil society, conveners struggle to ensure that both substance and process meet expectations and advance the Forum's lofty and laudable goals.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:20pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
By Angela T. Lopez
January 18, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: The Karangalan Conference will have been held by the time this comes out but the work will have just begun towards undertaking the concrete actions out of which optimism grow for the Filipinos. History, it has been said, is written by the victors but who articulates our present? This power, and the responsibility, while frequently co-opted by the moneyed and influential, must go to those who seek hope, especially for the poor and marginalized. This is not the case in current day Philippines, the so-called "sick man of Asia." The article however shows that hope is everywhere in evidence for those who wish to build a positive future for all; and not just for a few.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:18pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
Diego Cevallos
Jan 20, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The World Social Forum continues to be one of the most visible movements of global civil society coming together to create a better world. The struggle in the forums has been to move from criticism to creativity and to enhance inclusivity to ensure a greater diversity of voices and viewpoints as discussed in the article below.