We are very glad to confirm you the invitation to Milan on September 14th-16th, to take part in the European meeting aiming to prepare together “Florence 10+10”.
The meeting will start on Friday 14th at 5.00 p.m. and it will finish on Sunday 16th at 1.00 p.m. Below you can find some logistical details.
During the past months we tried to involve as many European networks as possible into the process. We receive good responses to the proposal to come to Florence on November 8th-11th at the Fortezza da Basso, in the tenth anniversary of the first European Social Forum.
The need to improve our capability to converge and to rebuild the democratic common space seems to be very strong, in front of dramatical democratic and social emergency Europe is living, at all levels: a European popular counter power is a necessity, and everybody is trying to contribute to this goal.
A good number of networks and movements are ready to come to Florence, and the seminar in Milan should help us to better commonly mobilize at the European level to have others actors on board.
Together, in Milan, we will discuss the methodology and the format of Florence 10+10, and we will share between the involved networks and coalitions the responsibility to prepare the program.
In order to give you the possibility to start to think about it, and to send us ideas and proposals from now, we give here some elements for our discussion.
1) We think that we should devote a part of the program to self organized convergences promoted by different networks and coalitions, according to their work plans and their agenda. Many networks and coalitions are already working on it.
2) Then, we should discuss how to organize the other part of the program, aiming to produce “convergence for common action”. We have to identity the main issues we wants to prioritize and the methodology of these convergence meetings.
3) Finally, we need to identify for each convergence meeting a group of networks to prepare them.
4) Of course, our common discussion in Florence is aimed to improve common actions. So, we hope to have in Milan a debate on the possible and realistic follow up which eventually can come out from Florence.
As you can see, there is no detailed program proposal. We really believe that Florence can have a good result only if it will be based on the real strength and potential of the existing networks, coalitions, struggles, social actors which are trying to save our continent from the democratic and social devastation which is taking place as the neoliberal answer to the crisis.
And now, some requests to start:
A. We warmly invite you to send us your comments and ideas about the four points on the program.
B. We also ask you to send us details about what you are already planning to bring in Florence, in terms of presence as well as of initiatives.
C. We of course ask you to confirm your presence in Milan as soon as possible.
D. We’d like to have a first preliminary common discussion through a teleconference, which will take place on AUGUST 27 at 1pm (CET) – in English. Please, confirm your presence, and we will send you additional information.
Lastly, here you can find some logistical details of the Milan meeting:
The seminar will take place at Palazzo Reale (http://www.comune.milano.it/palazzoreale/VisitaVirtuale/Tourviewer_Reale.html), which is in Piazza Duomo 12. Metro 3 (yellow) and 1 (green) go there. Here is the link to theMAP.
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The Italian Network of the WSF
The organizing Committee for “Firenze 10+10”