Monthly Archives: March 2009

Social Forums 2.0? Towards Networked Politic: Technology and Knowledge

Hola! Hello! Ciao!

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The last World Social Forum (main meeting point of social movements around the globe) took place at Belem do Para (Brazil) end of January 2009.  I did participate and co-organized a seminar reflecting on “Social Forums 2.0? Towards Networked Politic: Technology and Knowledge”.

The techno-tools provided by the Social Forums seems to have limited success. The goal of this seminar was to reflect on the strategy of Social Forums regarding technology and knowledge and to analyze and learn from the distinctive organizational form on experiences that do an extensive use of the new technology, such as Wikipedia and the Open/Free Software projects.

I just finalized the seminar report. Please find it if you like: http://www.networked-politics.info/?page_id=205/

Transforming power: New book by Judy Rebick


Hello! Good news from Judy Rebick a long term activist  from Canada. She just published a new book on “Transforming Power”, her reflections came from the organizing emerging at the Global Movement taking particular attention to the role and the organizing though technology. I met Judy Rebick through the Networked Politics collaborative research (http://www.networked-politics.info) and enjoy particularly her framing of the movements from a feminist perspective, her curiosity for the new and the combination of ideas from several perspectives, and her strong caracter.  See below more info on the new book. In solidarity! Mayo

Judy Rebick is very excited about her new book Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, which is coming out in early March.  Transforming Power is the result of the last two or three years of her travels around the world looking for new approaches to political and social action and her life time of experience as an activist.  She is hoping it will inspire dialogue and action about the new paths to social change we need to transform this planet and create a better world.

You can get a preview of the book at our very cool new web site www.transformingpower.ca.  You can pre-order the book there which will help to create a buzz as she move into the book tour in March and April, you can read her new blog, and you can browse through videos and photos of the people and organizations featured in the book. 

Below is a list of book events.  

March 10th – Ottawa Launch – Raw Sugar Café

March 12th – Toronto Launch – Ryerson University

March 25th – Montreal Launch – Concordia

March 26th – Halifax Launch – Mount Saint Vincent

April 2nd – Calgary Launch – Location TBA

April 3rd – Edmonton Launch – Public Interest Alberta Conference

Vancouver dates to be announced

 Book launch event details (places, times) are available here:

http://www.transformingpower.ca/en/event/2009/02/24/list/