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Making Global Civil Society: Grassroots Practice and Academic Theory of Globalisation from Below.

A weekend gathering for collective reflection amongst activists and academics. November 4, 5 & 6 - 2005.

Lancaster University, North West England.

SATURDAY 9:30 - 11.30

"Making Global Civil Society: How Can We Build a Different World?"

Workshop on theory for action

Download the following proposal as a [.pdf file]

Sara Motta, Alf Nilsen and Laurence Cox are all involved as activists and researchers in the "movement of movements" in different ways (Narmada anti-dam movement, Argentinian unemployed workers movement, Irish anti-capitalist movement). In this session we want to pull our experiences and those of other participants together around two themes:

  • What is common to the ways in which these movements have gone from simply defensive battles to more fundamental challenges to the social order?
  • What should movements be doing if they want to take these struggles further and construct that "different world"?

Format: 3 short talks (15-20 mins) intertwined with discussion as follows:

  • Opening round of introductions (5-10 mins)
  • Reinventing development in the South: patterns of popular protest in India and Argentina (Sara Motta, Alf Nilsen) (15-20 mins)
  • Qs and As (5-10 mins)
  • Joining the dots in the North: connecting local resistance and the anticapitalist movement in Ireland (Laurence Cox, AN Other) (15-20 mins)
  • Short buzz-group session: how have our movements gone from defensive / reactive to offensive / creative? (20 mins)
  • What should the movement of movements do if we want to win? (Alf Nilsen, Laurence Cox) (15-20 mins)
  • Plenary discussion: how can we construct that other world? (20 mins and up)