'Progressive Communities' Seek to Make a Difference

Stefania Bianchi Sep 7, 2005 | Inter Press Service TF! Editorial Comment: Laissez-faire globalization has spawned a reactionary movement that demands global justice, fair trade, cultural diversity, and many other aspects of sustainable development that reject the status quo and claim that "another world is possible." Collectively, this movement of global civil society demands a place at the negotiating table and a say in shaping the direction of global development as a counterweight to the political and economic agendas of States and Markets respectively. In the article below, the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) is one of many attempts to shape globalization in the direction of sustainability, broadly conceived. The GPF is working to forge global partnerships--to create a social movement for progressive policies that would make globalization work for people, societies and nature.