GTA Assembly #2 - 10/12/21

GTA Assembly #2 - 10/12/21

Video and audio

English recording

Main documents


Update on GTA activities over last 3 months and 1st GTA Assembly (continued)

  • Summary of the 1st GTAGlobal Tapestry of Alternatives Assembly: Ashish: Why is it important to have a network itself. Objectives: Feedback, critical input, issues of communication, we discussed how can we create a more pro-active approach? Social media? Collaborative actions on global summits? More interdisciplinary spaces of interaction, sharing and learning. Facilitation team of the assembly meetings. Help to keep the conversation going.
  • Ana: Is there multilingual setting and capacity in the facilitation phase? Value of talking in mother tongue.
  • Ashish: Maybe we can speak in our mother tongues and have a quick summary in English.
  • Ashish: We need some financial support for the translators, we should try to maximise our translation capacities to look at this.
  • Roman Vega: If we are going back to the traditional colonial language, we need to create multilingual settings to put our ideas, and actions into different ways. Translation is not the solution, but to put different forms of conversations into effect. Newsletter:A two-monthly newsletter on alternatives, upcoming newsletter will be on climate change. We had three new webinars in the last three months, one was from Myanmar about the community responses against military aggression, presented by Paul Sei Twa. Another webinar thematized visual arts and hope in Palestine. The third explored the history of the green revolution in Africa and food sovereignty. Resilience Doc update:FIrst Volume is under final review, and soon to be published. Vikalp Sangam - Crianza Mutua dialogue:a hybrid dialogue between GTA Weavers from India, Columbia and Mexico. Inspiring stories and understandings about change, resistance, and alternative processes. The dialogue will uploaded soon.
  • Meta Mapping: We have been working on the mapping for most of the year, so a beta version is available now. The mapping is online, but not public yet. Endorsers will get access to the maps and be able to upload information and updates. At the moment we only have a list but the idea is that the endorsers are able to edit anything. This tool is open source and everyone can use it for their own purposes in other contexts. The endorsers have got the autonomy to publish there as well.
  • Roman Vega: Can we use it for our organizations?
  • Franco: It is possible to alter the map, and can be adjusted to any contexts. Technical protocols can be given to everyone.
  • Martha: How is the platform maintained and who is going to sustain the mapping?
  • Franco: (On Martha question about supporting the GTA Mapping process) Currently reviewing/reporting on the GTA cycle, and building a roadmap * for the next few years (including the requirement of resources). Few important elements in the next two years: One is on the local level—at the WeaverA local, regional, or national network or organization that connects or consists of multiple Alternatives on different themes/spheres, in an inter-sectorial way. A global network cannot be a Waever, neither a thematic one. It should be a collective process of some kind, rather than only a single individual or single organization. By being a "weaver", they are committed to participate in the GTA, developing ways of dialogue, interconnection, collaboration and solidarity with other Weavers. GTA promotes the interconnection of the Weavers, identifying [[:weavers:criteria|a series common criteria for the weaving of Alternatives]]. Examples: Vikalp Sangam and Crianza Mutua. level—to support grassroots processes as well as expand and include more such groups. Another element is to have physical encounters in the next few years. One possibility is the upcoming WSF at Mexico in May 2022. Third element is the requirement of more people in the coordination/facilitation team. Some part of the resource requirement of the GTA mapping process will be covered by “Project Hope” in the upcoming years (coordinated Ana Cecilia Dinnerstein, GTA Core Team).
  • Martha: Trying to find places where we can join efforts is very important, and the GTA Mapping platform is an important example in this regard.
  • Robert: How to reach out for submitting articles for the newsletter?
  • Shrishtee: There is a process to reach out to endorsers to share about their experiences and their work. In case of thematic newsletters, we reach out to organisations working in those spaces. We also reach out to individuals/organisations who are not part of endorsing groups.

Brief responses to global and regional activities of significance

  • Advancing and Realising Alternative Regionalism: Southeast Asian people’s solidarity and resistance in COVID-19.Held on 13-15th November, held by 15 organisations with over 200 attendees from across the world. The aim was to find concrete steps to move forward in building alternative movements in Southeast Asia, to highlight people’s alternatives, to consolidate cross-border solidarity, and strengthen networks. Workshops were held on critical issues including climate change.
  • Angging: Social Solidarity Economy is being practised by grassroots organisations in SE Asia, such as KPRI. There is a strong interlinking betweens peasant unions and labour unions, and urban poor communities. There are other cases across SE Asia practising different aspects of social solidarity economy.
  • Ashish: As a follow-up, we can hold subject-level gatherings between endorsing groups, so there can be further sharing about their areas of work.
  • Angging: Alternative practices from below, we will try to emanate the weaving networks in SEA. Latin America and SEA dialogue. Replicate the weaving dialogues.
  • Civil Diplomasi Centre, North and East Syria: Rojava, building bridges based on human values. Currently working on the International conference on Religions and Beliefs to be held in Mesopotamia in Jan 2022 -
  • WSF, May 2022 Mexico:Focus will be on radical alternatives from across the world— “A new planetary edition of the World Social Forum in Mexico City will only fulfill its role with the necessary political relevance if we take into account the current reality and manage to strengthen our articulation to advance our dreams and utopias and build common transformative agendas.”

Summary of Action Points:

  • Robert: Reflection time
  • Ana: Gracias, more youth and young ones to share.
  • GYBN: Better ways to connect.
  • Simone: Sometimes would be better to form smaller groups in terms to gather and to bring the broad form into confluence.
  • Ana: If we want to connect we can do that during the mapping which is expected to do and will work? 2 step progress, that we bring the topics to the network and then bring it to the map.
  • Ashish: It would be good to create sub networks within the assembly. We do not want to centralise everything.
  • Franco: All of us can change the categories and add new one, or expand on it with the mapping.
  • Ashish: Next assembly date, late February or March