World Social Forum

World Social Forum (2001, Porto Alegre, Brazil;

An annual meeting of grass-roots civil society organizations, first held in Brazil, which seeks to develop an alternative future through the championing of counter-hegemonic globalization. It was founded as an alternative and a challenge to the World Economic Forum in Davos, and emphasizes grass-roots activism. Its official actions are often paralleled by unofficial activist actions.


Leadership: Oded Grajew and Chico Whitaker (founders)

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