Third Social Watch General Assembly, Bulgaria, September 2006
Published on Wed, 2009-10-07 11:18
The III General Assembly of Social Watch was organized in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 23th to the 26th September 2006. The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation/BGRF hosted the Assembly and received more than 100 participants from the entire world. The Assembly assessed Social Watch collective work so far, decided on future strategies and elected a new Coordinating Committee.
The III Assembly brought together over a hundred “watchers” from all over the world. Some of the are participants “veterans” with over ten years of involvement in the network, and there were new members who come to the Assembly considering joining the net.
The agenda was organized in several sections and started with an “open space” with no agenda, no planning and no facilitator. This open space was the “social market” – “another market is possible”. There any participant could jump from table to table or from group to group.
The only rule was the Law of Two Feet: if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing – use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t stay there feeling miserable; unhappy people are unlikely to be productive people.
The different sessions of the agenda covered: reports to the Assembly (CC Report, Secretariat Report) , External Evaluation results, Strategic discussion for the future of Social Watch, and workshops for capacity building on several issues (ESCR, social indicators, budget watch processes, Social Watch and the media, FfD, UNGASS Review, etc.).
For more information about all the sessions and the decisions taken at the Assembly download the Assembly Report and all the background documents available in English, Spanish and French (see below).