GTA's 2021 activities report

GTA's 2021 activities report

Intro…

Dialogue amongst global change processes

In November 2020, the GTAGlobal Tapestry of Alternatives core team initiated a dialogue amongst 7 global processes that are seeking systemic, fundamental transformations towards justice. These include, other than GTA:

  • World Social Forum (WSF),
  • Global Dialogue for Systemic Change,
  • Global Working Group Beyond Development,
  • Global Green New Deal,
  • Progressive International, and
  • Grassroots to Global Assemblies.
ADELANTE launch

Webinars

Update this with 2021 webinars info

Post the Covid crises and dramatic change in our plan of activities, GTA initiated online sessions with activists, scholars, researchers, mobilisers and practitioners across the world who have engaged in exploring systemic alternatives to the dominant regimes, contesting its roots in capitalist, patriarchal, racist, statist, and anthropocentric forces. The fortnightly conversations were aimed at collectively exploring a range of initiatives for a just, life-centered and respectful transition into the future. It is important to explore not only what can be done, but also the tough question of how, and by whom? And where possible, to make the discussion relevant to the current global crises.

In 2020 we featured the series called “Dialogue on AlternativesAre activities and initiatives, concepts, worldviews, or action proposals by collectives, groups, organizations, communities, or social movements challenging and replacing the dominant system that perpetuates inequality, exploitation, and unsustainabiity. In the GTA we focus primarily on what we call "radical or transformative alternatives", which we define as initiatives that are attempting to break with the dominant system and take paths towards direct and radical forms of political and economic democracy, localised self-reliance, social justice and equity, cultural and knowledge diversity, and ecological resilience. Their locus is neither the State nor the capitalist economy. They are advancing in the process of dismantling most forms of hierarchies, assuming the principles of sufficiency, autonomy, non-violence, justice and equality, solidarity, and the caring of life and the Earth. They do this in an integral way, not limited to a single aspect of life. Although such initiatives may have some kind of link with capitalist markets and the State, they prioritize their autonomy to avoid significant dependency on them and tend to reduce, as much as possible, any relationship with them. in the Time of Global Crises”, with collaboration of the Global Dialogue for Systemic Change. This series includes 16 sessions that covered many different topics such us: Just Transitions; Feminism; Zapatismo and Indigenous responses; Commons; Technology Transformations ; Workers cooperatives; Kurdish Movement; Community health responses to COVID; Wellbeing Economy; Degrowth; Urbanism; Traditional food production practice; Alternatives to Capitalism; post-development initiatives; among others.

Some key relevant global actors participated as guest speakers, with a diverse background, gender and location, like Ana Margarida Esteves, Xochitl Leyva Solano, Alejandro Argumedo and Potato Park Community, Kali Akuno, Patrick Bond, Rehad Desai, Dilar Dirik, Iokine Rodriquez, Anitra Nelson, Katherine Trebeck, Farhad Mazhar, among others.

Almost 2000 participants registered from 87 countries, reflecting a a wide-range of cultural and geographical diversity, including Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

During the second half of 2020, ten of the webinars were text transcribed to ensure a written record of the webinar - both for those who are audio-impaired but also for further analysis and use of the material in the future. The transcriptions are uploaded to the webinar pages on the GTA website and are an available resource for weavers to use.

All the recordings and information are available at: https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/webinars:2020:index

The success of our first series of webinars has given rise to a new series, which will take place in 2021 under the title “Alternatives in Pandemic Times: Resistance, Recovery and Re-Existence”.

Collaborative mapping of Alternatives

Display current AltMap and GTAMap updates

The GTA started the development of a software platform open technology aimed at collaborative mapping and documentation of Alternatives. This platform will include experiences, practices, organizations and processes. Each registry would be created and enriched by GTA's core team, but also collaborators, endorsers and observers of the process. It applies an asynchronous collaborative model, enabling the collaboration of multiple users applying a commons-based peer production model, similar to a wiki. This software tool is called GTAMap.

The development started in October 2020, and the software is in alpha stage. The first internal beta version is expected to be available early in 2021. The first public beta release will be available during the second trimester of 2021.

The GTAMap it's being developed and made available under the political, ethical and technical principles of Free Open Source Software. It's built as a web service, self-installable, allowing multiple distributed implementations. Current alpha version already supports multiple languages.

At the first implementation level and user experience aspects, the main features already include:

  • Centered on the documentation in text with audiovisual elements, allowing geolocalization of a diverse datasets, mainly the so called “Alternatives”.
  • Possibility of multiple users with the ability to create and edit all contents.
  • Record changes of each content, being able to reverse changes and track changes.
  • Flexible structure of categorization and semantic data that allow customizable search of all types of data and represent it in multiple formats (lists, tables, timeline, diagnosis, RSS feed, among others)
  • Multiple forms of navigation according to flexible criteria and structures (hierarchical, transversal, sequential, etc.)

In a more advanced stage this platform would assume a distributed appraoch, allowing the creation of autonomous platforms for each network that is part of the TapestryThe weaving of networks of Alternatives. Each of the weavers/networks will have its own version adapted to its own identity/need but will have the ability to interoperate and exchange information with the others through the GTA meta-network. This will allow:

  • that each network promotes a process to identify, map and document the alternative initiatives that comprise it
  • Implement self-training meetings to reflect on the practice itself, collective cartographies and produce documentation making them available on the platform.
  • Compatibility and integration with other mapping efforts, such as EJAtlas, Karten von Morgen, TransforMap and/or Transiscope.

Reports on case studies

Add summary of available reports

Dialogue between Weavers

Dialogues between CM MX and CM CO; and finally the dialog with VS.

Include our involvement in talks, conferences, webinars as GTA representatives as well as any related publications.
Ask for core member inputs

Check this list of events: https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/events:index

GTA Assembly

….

Newsletters

3 newsletters in 2021: