Urgent: proposals for the ESF 2004 deadline 1st Aug

tliouk office at tlio.demon.co.uk
Sat Jul 31 16:31:13 BST 2004

You can get other organisations to co-sponsor a proposal for a 
seminar or workshop in the European Social Forum, after the proposal 
has been submitted by the original proposing group, by sending an e-
mail with the list of the other co-sponsor organisation/s to: 
Ukesprogramme at gn.apc.org
Important thing has been to get seminar/workshop proposals in NOW!

In diggers350 at yahoogroups.com, "tliouk" <office at t...> wrote:
> Proposals for seminars or workshops can be registered online at
> http://www.fse-esf.org/en/programme/form.php
> A group/organisation can put in up to 5 proposals (directly, not 
> through UK organising committee). Seminar proposals to the ESF are 
> more likely approved where there is multi-organisation support. 
> Deadline for submissions for seminars and workshops is 1st August.
> (Seminars cost £200, workshops £40). Workshops are for more cross-
> fertilising of campaigns, strategies, ideas ..etc.
> The important thing is to get your proposal in now. It can be re-
> adapted later on, especially where groups with similar proosals are 
> put in touch with one another.
> Speakers have to be self-arranged. However, a process for getting 
> approval for 120 speakers across 24 plenaries is now underway, with 
> the first wave of 20 foreign speakers now approved by the European 
> Programme Group. (se: http://www.fse-esf.org/en/esf.shtml?x=906&als
> [SSECTION]=Programme ).
> Seminars are independant of Plenary sessions, but speakers may be 
> approached closer to the time to be involved in any seminars. Most 
> speakers for  the plenaries and seminar will have to be self-
> by either those groups proposing them to be involved in plenaries, 
> those proposing them for particular seminars/workshops.
> The process for approval of a shortlist for seminars/workshops is 
> at-all transparant, however, and this is something in keeping with 
> lond-running dis-satisfaction with the organising of the ESF. The 
> Wombles have also written an excellent critique of the shortcomings 
> of the WSF and ESF process from an anti-capitalist perspective, 
> should soon be available on their website (ww.wombles.org.uk ).
> Guidelines for proposing seminars and workshops:
> Taken from: http://www.fse-esf.org/en/esf.shtml?x=172
> Plenaries, seminars and workshops: These are the three kinds of 
> meetings which will take place at the ESF. Plenaries are organised 
> the whole ESF process. Seminars and workshops result from proposals 
> of participating organisations.
> Timescale: proposals for seminars and workshops are open now and 
> close on August 1st. Please note if you are a resubmitting your 
> proposal you should put 'Resubmit' in the title bar followed by the 
> title of your proposal. Please resubmit the entire proposal, making 
> any changes as required. 
> Seminars: Seminars at the ESF provide an excellent opportunity for 
> different organisations across Europe working on similar issues to 
> come together to network, develop ideas, proposals and interlink 
> effective action. On previous experience there are likely to be 
> more seminars proposed than space allows, so organisations are 
> strongly encouraged to work together to propose seminars jointly or 
> to merge seminars once they see proposals on the ESF website. In 
> event that there are still too many proposals for the space 
> available, the ESF will be obliged to merge seminars, as in 
> years. Seminars that stand alone - are just supported by one 
> organisation - will have to be given least priority for space. 
> Organisations are asked not to propose more than five seminars. 
> Simultaneous interpretation is provided at seminars. How the 
> is run is decided by the participating organisations themselves.
> Workshops: A workshop is likely to be a smaller meeting, probably 
> organised by just one organisation. No simultaneous translation is 
> provided by the ESF.
> Costs: In line with previous ESFs, there will be a financial 
> contribution required by organisers of seminars and workshops. This 
> is yet to be agreed: as a guide, last year the contribution for 
> seminars was 200 euros. This is only a guide - depending on final 
> costs, this fee may have to be higher. Costs are shared between 
> groups organising the meeting on a basis decided between them.
> ESF Themes: Exact wording of key themes for ESF 2004 is still in 
> development. However these will include the general areas of: war 
> peace; citizenship and democracy; opposition to neo-liberalism and 
> issues around the economy, labour and work; environmental crisis 
> sustainability; racism, discrimination, identities and the far 
> Propose a Seminar or Workshop. 
> Plenaries for the European Social Forum Plenary session on
> i. Oil addiction - energy politics, corporate power and global
> climate change (key words: energy, climate change, renewables, 
> ii. Politics on your plate - European agriculture, its global impact
> and future (key words: GMOs, CAP, WTO, land rights, food sovereignty
> and security, rural issues)
> iii. The end of the myth of development and growth: towards a
> sustainable society (key words: Common resources, ecological
> economics, creating and distributing wealth differently, water)
> iv. Environmental crisis and European responsibility (key words: EU
> policies, environmental footprint, ecological debt, cities,
> transport, health, democracy and citizenship)
> Official website for the 2004 ESF: http://www.fse-
> esf.org/en/index_en.html
> Most Informative website: www.esf2004.net

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