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2021

This was submitted on 02/12/2021

1. What went well?

During 2021 GTAGlobal Tapestry of Alternatives positioned itself strongly at a global level, particularly among systemic movements seeking systemic transformation. We started with a clear conceptualization and the support of a solid group of individuals and organizations endorsing our intention. After two years of intense activity on global platforms we have a strong public presence and recognition, built on consolidation of networks of grassroots organizations in three countries that are our initial 'weavers'. Our facilitation and coordination team allowed us to consolidate and organize the process.

Our initial conceptualization generated strong support from various organizations and individuals who are doing exemplary work in various fields and we already had networks of ‘alternatives’ in Colombia, India and Mexico. Today, we are carrying out networking, events, documentation, publications, technology development, and many other projects, and we began a fruitful international dialogue of the grassroots organizations in our network. GTA has acquired impact and visibility in the global debate, as was evident in the virtual World Social Forum in January of this year. In spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have been able to autonomously design our collective work processes, creating some of our own digital environments using open source tools; to get the support from many more collectives and individual referents and to incorporate new people to the GTA core team with diversity criteria. We were also able to continue provdiing a platform to community voices from different parts of the world in the 2nd phase of our webinar series (https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/webinars:2021:index), and on specific issues to our endorsers and core team members through our newsletter (https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/newsletters:index).

This year we consolidated the dialogue we started with seven global processes, named ADELANTE (https://adelante.global/), a process which GTA initiated and which brings together the following organizations and processes: Global Dialogue Process, Global Green New Deal, Global Working Group Beyond Development, Grassroots to Global, Multiconvergence, Progressive International and Towards a New World Social Forum. The work so far has sought to deepen and expand the dynamics of the TapestryThe weaving of networks of Alternatives, both in terms of its actions and projects, as well as in terms of its internal functioning. This same spirit also guides our action plan for other external relations, with other processes and efforts that share common points.

We have also compiled about 20 stories of community resilience in COVID times, though it has been slower than anticipated.

2. What challenges did you encounter?

This year we faced a series of challenges largely linked to the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. It developed at the same time that the GTA process multiplied its presence on the global stage, forcing us to do this mostly in virtual spaces. The core team carrying out the process has not been able to meet in person, having to carry out all the dynamics of work relationships, collaboration, respect and friendship through virtual means.

The multiplication of GTA action fronts over the past year, the increasing demand for virtual activities, existing full-time work commitments of the members, and other challenges that have arisen in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the facilitation group has been stretched to its limits several times in carrying out some of the planned projects. This is one of the reasons, for instance, of the delay in finalising and bringing out the stories of COVID-time community resilience, as also launching the open-source map of alternative networks, AltMap. The beta version of that tool is now available in this link: http://map.globaltapestryofalternatives.org/

3. How are you incorporating what you've learned during the past year into your work moving forward?

We hope to initiate this new phase building on harvesting a series of important lessons learned in terms of our internal organization dynamics, evaluation and collective reflection of the first phase. As mentioned above, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have been able to autonomously design our collective work processes, creating some of our own digital environments using open source tools, gaining the support of many more collectives and individuals, and bringing new people into the GTA core team to increase its diversity and decentrallized action capabilities.

One of the important lessons is the need to expand and improve the work capcity of the facilitation team. We will seek to expand it in the next years by:

  • expanding the paid coordination team that carries out regular tasks, by adding a new part-time staff member
  • adding members and coordinators of the Weavers to the team of facilitators, some of whom will be supported by GTA to consolidate their processes and articulation within the framework of the weave
  • generating direct collaboration mechanisms in earthy initiatives with Endorders and GTA Assembly members, that can to some extent decentralise core functions
  • continue and expand internships and volunteers from academic and civil society institutions (so far we have had the participation of 8 interns from the University of Lund, Sweden and the translation of some GTA’s contents to Spanish).
  • Working with diverse partners, such as ICCA and APlaneta, to bring in paid interpreters for webinars and translation of contents in order to reach a wider audience.

2022

2023