Alliance Forums began early: in 1996! In 1997, the Alliance conducted its first experiment in "remote participation" for the December 1997 World Alliance Assembly (Bertioga, Brazil; Algiers, Algeria; Bangalore, India; Roubaix, France; Kigali, Rwanda). Then the first moderated, multilingual, structured forums were started...
Forums are now commonplace, even though the moderated, structured, multilingual forums available in the Alliance remain unique. The Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World began making forums a means for continuous and productive communication as early as 1996. If you are curious and interested, you can see the records of these early discussions here. Following are details and tips on what might be most interesting to read.
Discussions and results of the December 1997 Alliance World Assembly in Bertioga, São Paulo (Brazil) - December 1997, for which we implemented our first experiment in "remote participation", so that people around the world who were not able to attend could be informed of the discussions and take part in them.
Summaries of all the Bertioga workshops by theme:
Discussions on the Platform for a Responsible and United World
Discussions on the Alliance Workshops
Discussions on the Economy and Society
Discussions on Alliance Communication
Discussions on Humanity and the Biosphere
Discussions on Governance
Discussions on Values, Culture, Science
First international e-work group for the Facilitation of the Alliance, May 1999 - May 2001, including summaries of the December 1997 Alliance World Assembly in Bangalore, Algiers, Kigali, Lille, and Bertioga.
International debate on Fair Trade, December 1999 - March 2001
International debate on Solidarity Socio-economy, August 2000 - November 2000
International debate on Europe, November 2000 - June 2001 on:
Governance in Europe
Immigration in Europe
The Rural World in Europe
Work and Social Organization in Europe
International debate on Environmental Education, December 2000 - May 2001
Interreligious Dialog, December 2000 - July 2001