Invitation to join the World Social Science Forum Global Villagepublished: July 13, 2015
The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant place to meet, share and learn from each other, and for communities to demonstrate the application of science and leadership.
Taking place alongside the 2015 World Social Science Forum, the Global Village is a space for networking, dialogue, displays and performances from across the world, where conference participants will be invited to see how research translates into community action. The Global Village is open to the general public and conference delegates and admission is free.
A vibrant cultural experience for delegates and the public
The World Social Science Forum 2015 will focus on the issues of inequality and justice as core concerns around which discussions about global relations must be structured. The Forum aims to contextualize the debates within the framework of a global order that is in the throes of multiple transitions (such as global economic crises, economic growth in the South, and changes in global governance) which in turn offer possibilities for multiple transformations. These complex transitions straddle the national and the global, meriting a closer look at what can be said about them in a general sense – and what is local and specific. Although the unfolding transformations are producing different degrees and dimensions of change, the central challenge to policy and politics is to ensure that they combine to produce just outcomes in the post 2015 global development agenda.
The village will be a platform to highlight communities working on issues around the conference theme, towards the aim of creating a memorable experience for conference delegates and the public living locally to Durban, and celebrating successful responses to inequality, both globally and within the Southern African region.
The global village will bridge areas of science, leadership and community, creating a productive learning and networking environment in which to focus on WSSF2015 themes such as:
- History, Trends and Patterns of Global Inequality
- Drivers, Catalysts, and Determinants of Inequality in the Global system
- Nature, Dimensions, Types, and Sites of Inequality
- Inequality, Poverty and Citizenship
- Ethics, Social Policy and Inequality
- Policies, Experiences, and Experiments in Combating Inequality; and
- Challenges and Opportunities for Overcoming Global Inequality
The village will provide a space which enables leadership, human rights, active participation and visibility of key populations (KPs), and will promote the value of intergenerational exchange to foster shared learning and counsel between people involved in the global response to inequalities.
Your invitation to become part of the programme
The WSSF2015 Global Village welcomes online submissions for the following types of activities:
- Networking Zones are spaces for local and international groups which focus on thematic areas central to key populations. In these zones, groups can meet and conduct their own activities and engage with delegates and the public visiting the Global Village.
- The Main Stage is a space for live performances of music, dance and theatre that address issues in the context of inequalities and human rights. As the heart of the Global Village, the Main Stage plays a significant role in showcasing innovative and dynamic visual expressions of work at the grass roots community level.
- NGO and Marketplace Booths showcase the work of international programmes. The marketplace booths provide non-government organizations and projects with an opportunity to showcase or sell their products or services to generate income for reinvestment into their causes.
- Art Exhibits including sculpture, installations, photos and paintings about issues of inequality expressed from the grassroots level are displayed throughout the Global Village.