We want to create open spaces for networking, exchanges, celebration, thinking, and action. We believe our ways of organising and acting should reflect our political visions, unlike the UK ESF organising process which has not reflected the values and charters to which it aspires.
Some of us believe that it is possible to rebuild the ESF to make it closer to the ideals it claims, others wish to go further and say that it only represents a space for the co-option of struggles, and as such, should be opposed. However we are all united in our diversity, and in our desire to act together in ways that respect these differences.
There are now several self organised and autonomous spaces - they range from legally hired venues to squatted social centres.We invite you to participate in the autonomous spaces, to help shape them, to organise workshops, discussions, creative interventions, and practical alternatives.
We want to continue the radicalisation that we have seen during the recent mobilisations against the WTO, G8, IMF and World Bank summits through BEYOND ESF - a self-organised, radically different space. We invite participation in discussion and direct action around specific themes: surveillance & control : social centres : precarious work : no borders : zapatismo : G8 Scotland 2005. BEYOND ESF will be based at a large legal venue, with provision for cheap food, meeting space, imc and alt media facilities, and evening entertainment (*also possible simultaneous translation).
For more information: http://www.wombles.org.uk/auto
European Forum On Communication Rights / Indymedia / Schnews
Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th October
The Camden Centre in central London will house an ongoing Indymedia Centre, with bar and cheap food. Thursday will see the Communication Rights Forum with a range of communications and media networks participating, with events on the other days dealing with themes such as Surveillance and the Security State, Biometric ID Cards, Migrants and Noborders, Gender, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Creative Commons, Corporate media and Alternative media etc. Saturday will see a one day event from www.schnews.org.uk
IMC contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
(nb public archived email list)
The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination
This open and autonomous initiative will function as a hub for those whose activities fall outside of and in between the spaces of culture and politics; whose actions exist between resistance and creativity. We are calling on groups and individuals from around Europe to propose actions, events and tool/tactic sharing workshops. Themes include, reclaiming contested spaces, surveillance and consumption and the brand.
Find out more: http://www.labofii.net e-list - http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/labofii contact - email@example.com
Life Despite Capitalism - Saturday 16th October
A one day event outside the ESF on "Commons and Communities", to be held at a central london university (LSE) with two strands: "ROOTS" - Discussion of visions, understanding, struggles, successes and difficulties around experiences of commons and of reclaiming our powers and communities (commons at work, traditional/indigenous commons, creative commons, alternative spaces, public services, and migrant and precarious workers). "SWARM" - will see the people working on "single issues" in the previous workshops, mixed up randomly to cross-pollinate and contaminate each other.
The Carnival Forum
A volitile mix of politics and pleasure... As a mobile carnival forum we intent to interlink some of the key esf venues and to take democracy to the streets en route - taking the forum out of the tradtional conference hall and to the (so called) every day people. Reaching out to the most diverse array of people possible the CF is unpredicatble, inclusve and creative. It's the jester in the esf court! - interspersing festivities with discussions, workshops and skillsharing around (but far from limited to) esf themes like peace, democracy, neoliberalism, sustainability, discrimination, the economy and work.
Solidarity Village / UK LETS Co-operate - 13th-17th October
Join us in creating a space for co-operative projects in response to social inequalities due to the capitalist (neoliberal) system. We are creating a dynamic and participative Forum using Open Space methods to provide information about practical projects. If you think that another world is possible, know that another economy is already happening!
Under the overall themes of "Another Economy is Possible" and "Life Despite Capitalism", we present options towards a sustainable economy at the service of humanity, answering to human rights and environmental needs, not the profit motive. The event will start on the evening of Wednesday 13th October. There will be an opening circle, evening cultural events, some self-contained one day events such as Filling the Vacuum, LETS Co-operate, Commons and Communities, Another Capital is Possible, and New Forms of Democracy.
The Solidarity Village will be based at Conway Hall and London School of Economics, and will include an Information Centre, Stalls, a Cafe, Wellbeing Spaces and Creche. Proposals for seminars, debates and workshops are being combined with existing or new themes, either in separate rooms or in the open space, and rooms for independent workshops may also be booked.
NB There are other events and spaces being planned, a fuller list will be available shortly