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!The EIOS (Explorations in/of Open Space) Collective The EIOS Collective was formed on February 1 2005, immediately after the EIOS encounters held before and during the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. The meetings grew out of a successful prior initiative led by Chloe Keraghel and Jai Sen in 2003-4 to produce a special issue of the ''International Social Science Journal'' published by UNESCO, which attempted a deep and wide exploration of the World Social Forum and of the culture/s of politics it expresses and manifests. This led to the preparation of a special issue on this theme that came out in December 2004, entitled Explorations in Open Space: The World Social Forum and Cultures of Politics (external link). The EIOS meetings also grew out of the intense interest expressed by many people during earlier editions of the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum to meet and exchange views in greater depth, while working to influence and learn from the World Social Forum as consistent with our self-perception as critical activist-scholars. The Collective is a loose association of activists and scholars located in many different parts of the world who agreed at this meeting to work together on the problematic and potentials of ‘open space’. The goal of the EIOS Collective is to promote and carry out critical collaboration towards building and understanding new cultures of politics and towards developing and practicing new, more inclusive, and culturally sensitive ways of working within movements, parties, institutions, and everyday life. This involves collective engagement, while remaining a loose and open network, with smaller subgroups and individuals working around related activities. It also intends to help in the creation of a network of researchers as well as activists focusing on the World Social Forum and more broadly on cultures of politics, particularly within collective and global social movements fighting neoliberalism and war. Members of the EIOS Collective come from all five continents, eight of the seventeen are women, and the majority of those listed below are ''young'' scholar-activists who plan to continue working in the field. The collective plans to build on this development, and maintain this profile as the collective grows. Among other things, this composition will allow us to build a sustainable project that will continue to have positive specific outcomes over the next five to ten years. ---- !!Profiles __Vanessa Andreotti__, The author is a Brazilian educator presently living in Britain. She coordinated the Other Worlds project at MUNDI, an NGO based in the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2004, and is involved in various international projects in the areas of citizenship education and North-South relations. She is presently the coordinator of the educational and outreach programme of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham. Her interests include postcolonial theory, transnational, political, and critical literacies, and planetary/cosmopolitan citizenship. E-mail : taxvoa@nottingham.ac.uk, vane_andreotti@yahoo.co.uk Web : www.osdemethodology.org.uk __Isabelle Biagiotti__, who has a PhD in political science from the ''École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales'', Paris, France, has been Editor of ''Courrier de la planète'' since 1995. She publishes regularly on issues of governance, international negotiations and civil society. She put together in 2001 an issue of ''Courrier de la planète'' on the first World Social Forum (''“La société civile mondiale : la montée en puissance”''), published with the support of the UNESCO MOST programme. Isabelle Biagiotti is a member of the European research network on Sustainable Trade (SUSTRA), based in Montpellier (France), and of the Strategy Commission of the International Council of the World Social Forum. E-mail : isabiagiotti@free.fr

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