While the WEF was taking place in Davos Switzerland, another forum was happening in Nairobi Kenya.
The World Social Forum, met…though I am not sure it went nearly as smoothly as the WEF.
Adam Ma’anit recounts his experience here, including the time when “The monopoly of catering companies was broken as sellers from nearby areas came touting their wares. Street kids feasted on the finest food from the internal security minister’s now occupied catering company. One Pakistani group sold “chapatis against Bush” and “anti-capitalist curry” at affordable rates. The first few days of underwhelming, half-hearted workshops seemed a distant blur.”
Indeed Ma’anit’s account is just one of several, but be not mistaken, this was a real social affair!
I guess the another real question is, why is that the world social forum included a “youth program” but the WEF did not? That troubles me somewhat especially as we consider the capacity of young people to really impact change today!