WSF Newsletter – January 27th, 2009

1) Welcome to Belem

Belem, the capital in the state of Para, has a privileged ans strategic location in the extreme north of Brazil, and therefore considered to be the most important gateway to the northern part of the country and to Amazonia. It’s the biggest city in the brazilian amazon with approximately 1,5 million inhabitants.

WSF 2009 Belem city guide: http://www.fsm2009amazonia.org.br/Members/kelem/guide-to-belem (external link)

Belem maps: http://www.belem.pa.gov.br/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5660&Itemid=641 (external link)

2) Get informed

The World Social Forum is a space for communication and interchange. Thousands of journalists from all over the world will cover the World Social Forum, producing video, pictures and news articles about the other possible world.

Five shared communication projects will work inside the FACOM (Communication Faculty) in UFPA (Federal University of Para): Radio Forum, TV and Video Forum, Free Knowledge Lab, Ciranda and Belem Expanded. Any journalist, free media people

A communication and press room will host and provide some infrastructure for journalists and media people work. This space will be hosted at UFPA Gymnasium.

Some media projects will provide special coverage on the World Social Forum:

3) Online program – the best way to find your activities

Due to many changes in the rooms allocation asked for activities proponents, the printed program and it's errata can contain some mistakes.

The best way to keep updated about WSF program is downloading a spreadsheet available in this link: (http://tinyurl.com/fsm2009en).

The spreadsheet can be viewed in OpenOffice? or Excel like software.

Using the spreadsheet filters, you can sort the data by date, venue, room, organization, country or kind of activity. You can also search for organization, activity names, specific interest or participants (usually CTRL+F or CTRL+L, depending on your software language)

4) Use public or sustainable transportation – bike taxis available inside the territory

It's strongly recommended that all WSF participants don't use private cars to reach the World Social Forum Territory (UFPA and UFRA).

No cars will be allowed inside the territory, except service vehicles and media professionals that need to carry equipment.

In order to avoid traffic jams, pollution and stress when accessing the territory, some bus lines are available for all participants (costs R$1,70). By using collective transportation, you contribute to environment and to reduce the traffic jams (only three cars can circulate in the space used by a bus carrying about 50 people).

Bicycles are welcome inside UFRA and UFPA, and the best way to move around the territory. A special service of bike taxis (pedicabs) will be available all over the territory.

Shuttle bus lines will also be available connecting the two universities.

In order to reach UFRA and UFPA, you can check below the special lines itinerary. Get to the WSF territory saving space on the streets, avoiding stress and contributing to the environment.

LINE: MOSQUEIRO / HANGAR / UFRA / UFPA
Itinerary: Mosqueiro - UFPA: Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, Av. Júlio César, Av. Almirante Barroso, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Duque de Caxias, Tv. Alferes Costa, Av. Visconde de Inhaúma, Tv. Lomas Valentinas, Av. João Paulo II, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Perimetral.
UFPA - Mosqueiro: Av. Perimetral, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Almirante Barroso, retorno na Praça São Cristóvão, Av. Almirante Barroso, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Brigadeiro Protásio, Av. Júlio César, Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, a destino.

LINE: AEROPORTO/HANGAR / UFRA / UFPA Itinerary: Aeroporto - UFPA: Av. Júlio César, Av. Almte. Barroso, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Duque de Caxias, retorno após a Tv. Lomas Valentinas, Av. Duque de Caxias, Tv. Lomas Valentinas, Av. João Paulo II, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Perimetral.
. Sentido UFPaA - Aeroporto: Av. Perimetral, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Almirante Barroso, retorno na Praça São Cristóvão, Av. Almte. Barroso, Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Brigadeiro Protásio, Av. Júlio César, retorno próximo ao Aeroporto.

LINE: HANGAR / COMPLEXO DO VER-O-PESO Hangar - Ver-o-Peso: Av. Dr. Freitas, Av. Duque de Caxias, Rua Antônio Barreto, Av. Visconde de Souza Franco, Av. Marechal Hermes, Av. Boulevard Castilhos França.
. Sentido Ver-o-Peso? - Hangar: Av. Portugal, Rua Desembargador Ignácio Guilhon, Av. 16 de Novembro, Av. Almirante Tamandaré, Rua Gama Abreu, Av. Nazaré, Av. Magalhães Barata, Av. José Bonifácio, Av. Duque de Caxias, Av. Dr. Freitas.

LINE: AEROPORTO / CENTRO HOTELEIRO*: Aeroporto-Centro: Av. Júlio César, Av. Almirante Barroso, Av. Gov. José Malcher, Av. Assis de Vasconcelos, Av. Marechal Hermes, Av. Boulevard Castilhos França.
Centro-Aeroporto: Av. Pte. Vargas, Av. Nazaré, Av. Generalíssimo Deodoro, Av. Brás de Aguiar, Av. Rui Barbosa, Av. Gentil Bittencourt, Av. José Bonifácio, Av. Duque de Caxias, Av. Brigadeiro Protásio, Av. Júlio César.

5) Register for a training on Openfsm in belem

OpenFSM – www.openfsm.net (external link), a tool provided by Communication Commission of WSF is a social network built with free software to facilitate work in networks and development of online activities

WSF is conceived of as an open space with a large number of self organized activities, and similarly OpenFSM site is a virtual open territory full of autonomous spaces (each of which has membership management, mailing lists, blog, collective publishing space) - 800 people have created 200 spaces in OpenFsm? for WSF 2009 in order to develop their activities and make visible the existing networks.

To learn more about using openfsm activities to help your organization, you can register for one hour of presentation and training with computers connected to the Internet during the days of the forum at the Belem expanded and / or free knowledge laboratory, located at the entrance to the university UFPA

The training will get you logged on the site and we will assist you in establishing a space for your activity or organization. Completing the training you will have an understanding the general spirit of decentralization of openFSM . To register see http://openfsm.net/projects/belemact2723/capacitacao (external link)

6) Convergence square – an important novety

One of the news at World Social Forum 2009 is the Convergence square where the participants in the workshops and seminars may present ideas to other participants. From the second day of the forum untill the last day you may present the conclusions from your discussions, as well as your proposals for campaigns and other actions that you intend to develop further after the forum.

Those we are organizing an assembly on the morning of 1 February may as well announce the assembly at this venue.

The convergence square is located at the UFPA, at Atelier de Artes (follow the signs).

The organizers of these activities can post texts, images and posters with their conclusions and proposals on the panels that are available. There are also tables and chairs available where you may disuss with interestered participants and give more information.

Do not miss the chance to go to the Convergence Square to make your proposals better known and to learn about all that is being discussed at the 2009 WSF.

If you wish your conclusions and results to be posted on the FSM site, there will be volunteers at the venue to assist you.