The Concept

For the Marseille event, we envisage a combination between an open space and a convergence of ideas and actions.

Open Space

The “open space” methodology has been developed in different kinds of events, in particular the various Social Forums which were very important to challenge neoliberal globalisation. Open space means that all participants are invited to self-organise activities which can take any form including debates, workshops, networking and promoting and planning actions.

Convergence

The “convergence” starts by connecting organisations and movements across thematic and topical areas of work. To do this, we created “containers” describing the problems and challenges we face, each starting from a different perspective but leading to converging conclusions for joint political action. Breaking the barriers of single-issue struggles, the containers are intended to be understood as spaces that facilitate transversality and unity.

On the basis of questions, the containers are an invitation to reflect on and discuss urgent ways out of the described dilemmas and solutions for a better future for all. The questions also prepare the ground for convincing systemic alternatives and allow empathy for the most suffering and vulnerable members of society. The question catalogue, below every container title, is a curated compilation of questions that emerged during the ECSA meeting in Summer 2023, in Paris. It serves as a structured resource featuring a range of thought-provoking, relevant, and organised questions tailored to a particular purpose or field, and is not exclusive.

Recognizing the imminent danger of the EU parliament falling into far-right hegemony and of many countries promoting authoritarian and illiberal developments, which will affect the politics of peace and the lives and struggles of all of us, the containers describe a commitment that will be channelled in follow-up assemblies, joint actions and political demands towards the upcoming European elections.

Assemblies

Finally, in Marseille, we will be holding concluding assemblies that should enable us to summarise our main demands and to present the joint actions to be implemented in the coming months.

The programme for all these debates and activities will be presented here as soon as it has been drawn up, starting in March 2024.