In this paper we intend to explore the potential of the WSF as a space to promote the emergence of a new culture of politics as a new way of making meaning about the world, of thinking beyond modernity and imagining otherwise.

We start with an analysis of the ethics of the Forum and what we see as limitations for creating the conditions of nurturing such a way of thinking politics. We then examine the types of ethics, vision of the other world (utopia) and pedagogical strategies that could promote a more open and inclusive culture in order to bring in new actors into the space, to inspire other initiatives and to create new kinds of agency and relationships within the participants of the Forum. We argue that an emphasis on the promotion of the Forum as a pedagogical space can expand and increase its impact as a catalyst for change in society.

Bio note Vanessa Andreotti is a Brazilian educator who has initiated and coordinates the educational project Other Worlds hosted by Mundi, an NGO based at the University of Nottingham in the UK, where she is also currently doing her PhD in education and cultural studies. Her interests include postcolonialisms, post-colonial pedagogies, North / South assumptions, transnational literacy, and planetary / cosmopolitan citizenship.

E-mail : taxvoa@nottingham.ac.uk

Emma Dowling is based at the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham, UK. Her interests are global political economy, ethics and power, and the role of ideas in social change. Her publications include “Human rights and the capability approach” (2004) and “The significance of the host country’s political context in the organisation of transnational social fora” (forthcoming, 2005).

E-mail : esd@riseup.net

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