Editor's note: This week, Maria Aguiar and Corrina Steward are attending the World Social Forum (Foro Soical Mundial (FSM)) in Caracas, Venezuela. The FSM originated as an alternative to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switerzland, where the world's global elite--CEOs and OECD politicians--meet to exchange ideas to improve their nations' systems of commerce.
The FSM, alternatively, is a space for all to participate--social movements, coalitions, NGOs, unions--and the goal is to improve the social, economic and environmental conditions in their communities and around the world.
Corrina's sends her first report from the Forum:
Greetings from Caracas!
I'm writing from our hotel, where FMS delegates from all over the Americas are meeting and mingling, continuing to make connections after a long day of learning, listening and presenting. I have come to the FSM to meet with our partners and to learn more about their struggles for food, water and land. What I have learned so far is that for every local problem, there is a solution when communities unite and build global networks.