EIOS 1 and 2 Evaluation Report

EIOS 2 Session II: Open Space in World Politics

The second session, which involved roughly 20 people in addition to Integria folks, including several important institutional actors, such as Pierre Sane of UNESCO and Immanuel Wallerstein, Professor Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, similarly begin with a brief introduction to the EIOS project and report-back from EIOS 1. A thematic presentation was then made in order to contextualize the question of open space in world politics. The main issue discussed involved the possibility of extending open space principles and practices beyond the WSF and our social movements to the broader space of world politics. What might the idea of open space contribute to the way international institutions or run, or even governments? One of the more interesting and explosive moments involved an intense exchange with Pierre Sane of UNESCO, who provocatively charged that the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos was actually more open than the WSF because institutional actors were not excluded. Several members of the EIOS group were incensed by this comment, and later criticized Sane for leaving during the small breakout groups, but others felt that he had raised a legitimate point for discussion. Why should institutional actors be excluded from the WSF? Is that a legitimate kind of boundary making or another form of marginalization? On the other hand, if all actors are allowed to participate in a space such as the WSF, it risks becoming so diluted as to loose any political coherence at all. Once again, confronting difference and conflict had perhaps proved politically productive.

Contributors to this page: jai and Subramanya (Subbu) Sastry .
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