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Alliance 21: Making Another World Possible
Evaluations, Visions, Proposals, and Projects
Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World
April 2003

The first three parts :

- Evaluation and Vision of the Future
- Proposals and Projects
- Report on the Participatory Process Used for the Evaluation and Future of the Alliance :


- The second stage of the Alliance

 

Part Three :

Report on the Participatory Process Used for the Evaluation
and Future of the Alliance

EIFE and delibera.info-alliance e-forums, and Porto Alegre Meeting
March 2002 - April 2003

7. ON THE PROPOSAL PAPERS

Interpretation of the 23 appraisals and 28 comments.

In the first place, the immense majority stressed the need to reinforce the Alliance as a forum for meeting and sharing experiences and proposals: by strengthening the relationships and cooperation among the different thematic, socioprofessional and geocultural groups, through a cross-reading and cross-appraisal of the other Proposal Papers, by making the Proposal Papers a means for dialogue among the Allies and with other actors.

Equal importance was given to the challenge of articulating the themes and of a proposal-oriented integration of the themes and the actions. In this respect, there was positive appraisal of the idea that all the Allies should be united under a Peace Culture banner and that permanent actions should be made in this direction (one comment observed that more than actual actions in this direction, it is precisely this direction that should serve as a guideline for all actions).

In view of these ideas, we need to continue organizing workgroups, but, according to one comment, some should be reorganized, and there was insistence that work should be designed cross-cuttingly, cross-thematically, and cross-socioprofessionally. For others, on the other hand, emphasis was put on improving the proposals more through a cross-cultural reading than through a cross-socioprofessional one.

Although there was some disagreement, most agreed that the proposals should be taken to a more global level. One comment placed the emphasis on devoting more of an effort to trying to work out global models that collate the different proposals of the Papers. One way to do that (accepted by most) could be to try to articulate cross-culturally a few socioeconomic models that are alternatives to the current globalization: to try to express in 20, 50, or 100 articulated proposals the keys to this other model of society that can serve as a reference for social movements and honest governing leaders to confront the serious challenges that we have presented in all the fields. In this respect, there was a comment on the need for simplification of the complex proposals of the Alliance, and, on the other hand, there was also one voice that was not in favor of elaborating these models.

A few working methods were presented (with some divergence of opinion): creating a clear working structure on the Web site, adapting the activities of each socioprofessional network / thematic workshop / regional group to this plan and working for the whole; giving visibility to the different experiences of the Allies, but with some reservations about doing this through the DPH report forms.

In this new phase, there should also be consideration of a Charter that defines the principles that govern how workgroups function and the relationship that eventual backers should establish with them. On this topic, rather than speaking of a “Charter” one comment stated that this should be based on mutual trust with clear rules.
There was not much agreement, although there was a majority in favor of this, for the development of a process leading to a Constituent Assembly for a World parliament.

Finally, there was much disparity in the appraisals (with a considerable number of unfavorable opinions although most were favorable) on whether or not there should be a debate on the project of the Charter of Human Responsibilities, and above all on carrying out an intense and synergetic articulation of the contributions of Lille. This could be done by a cross-cultural facilitation team made up of facilitators who would read, distribute, and collect the Allies' impressions in this respect.

 2001 Alliance pour un monde responsable, pluriel et solidaire. Tous droits rZservZs.