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GTAGlobal Tapestry of Alternatives is usually presented in many conferences and gatherings around the world. Here we present a resume and report of each participation.

6th International Degrowth Conference (Malmo, Sweden) / August 2018

Two sessions on the proposal for an Earth Vikalp Sangam (EVS) / Global 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. Confluence (GAC) were organised during the International Degrowth Conference in Malmo, Sweden. About 40 people attended each of these sessions, several of them representatives of various networks, diverse initiatives, groups, and social movements. The sessions had stimulating discussions on what is an alternative, need of the EVS/GAC process, underlying principles that could be/should be used, and a possible structure. The discussions very mostly open-ended and exploratory since it was just the beginning.

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The First North-South Conference on Degrowth (Mexico City, Mexico DF) / September 2018

Building upon the discussions at the Malmo degrowth conference, the session organized in the Decrecimiento-Degrowth Conference in Mexico City revolved around the eligibility criteria/principles of alternatives, the structure and mechanisms of the initiative and its values. The alternatives questioning patriarchy, capitalism, racism, the state, anthropocentrism and other inter-related structures of oppression would be eligible to be a part of the initiative. The structure should be open, democratic and flexible but have a logistical core team to help foster the process. The initiative should be based on mutual learning with respect for diversity, solidarity and mutual support and collective visioning. The session was also useful to gather the contact details of interested observers.

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Repositioning Global Development: Changing Actors, Geographies and Ontologies in Helsinki, Finland / February 2019

The Global TapestryThe weaving of networks of Alternatives of Alternatives (GTA) in collaboration with the World Social Forum of Transformative Economies participated in two sessions during the Finnish Social Forum about dialogues on systemic alternatives and building alliances between local, radical alternatives. This led to discussions about mapping strategies and connecting alternatives within a Nordic alliance that could be integrated into the wider World Social Forum process.

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Future events


Dates Title Host Location Who
04/10 - 04/11 9th Annual Radical Democracy Conference: “Radical Ecologies” The New School for Social Research New York, US
05/13 - 05/15 LASA 2020: Améfrica Ladina: vinculando mundos y saberes, tejiendo esperanzas LASA Guadalajara, MX Arturo
05/21 - 05/24 The Great Transition: Building Utopias Historical Materialism Montreal Montreal, CA
05/29 - 01/06 Degrowth Vienna 2020: Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation - CONFERENCE SWITCHED TO DIGITAL FORMAT Vienna, AU
06/25 - 06/28 World Social Forum of Alternative Economies - POSTPONED; new date TBD Transformadora Barcelona, ES Marta; Ashish? Vasna? Alex? Franco? Shrishtee? Sujatha?
08/16 - 08/21 Defend the Sacred Annual Gathering Tamera Reliquias, Portugal Franco?
09/01 - 09/05 International Degrowth Conference: Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis Manchester, UK Ashish? Alex? Marta?


Dates Title Host Location Who
01/25 - 01/30 Foro Social Mundial FSM Mexico DF, MX Gustavo; Alex? Franco?
02/23 - 02/27 ISA Forum of Sociology ISA Porto Alegre, BR