A World to Win

• October 23, 2013 • Comments (0)

A World to Win – for a future without global capitalism

It is time for change. With rising global inequality, poverty and hunger, economic and social injustice, ecological decline and climate change – 21st century capitalism isn’t working. Systemic change is needed, and while this requires us to build movements to challenge injustice, we ultimately need to go beyond resistance to the status quo and create the world we want to see. The stakes are high, the challenges great – yet we’ve got the world to win!

A World to Win (AWTW) was formed in July 2005 at a launch conference in London. Following discussions around the book, A World to Win – for a future without global capitalism, activists from a variety of backgrounds agreed that a new organisation was needed to inspire and give leadership to the movement against the consequences of global capitalism.

FRACOVER copySince then AWTW has worked with the many organisations and movements, challenging the present economic and political system at the local, national and global level, developing democratic alternatives to capitalism in theory and practice. It publishes a daily blog on its extensive website and is about to launch its latest book, Fracking Capitalism.

AWTW believes that change IS possible, and that the grounds for a new society based on co-operation and mutuality, self-management and democratic ownership are present within a globalised capitalist society.

Alternative, democratic economic and political structures would:

  • Use the abundance of products to alleviate poverty and need world-wide
  • Allow humanity to protect the planet’s ecosystems
  • Release the potential of automation, reducing working hours substantially
  • Overcome alienation of people from their work and from society as a whole
  • Enable people to fulfil their potential and aspirations
  • Make health and well-being the single dominant social objective.

By engaging in participatory democracy in the form of People’s Assemblies we can help bring about a revolutionary transition. AWTW puts forward ideas about democratic co-ownership and control in place of corporate and financial power.

To find out more about AWTW’s aims and campaigns and how to get involved, see here: Why you should join A World to Win.

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NEXT MONTH: Communicating the Revolution part III

The next instalment of the AWTW training programme: Communicating the Revolution: The eco-social crisis – breaking the logjam, will take place in central London on the weekend of the 16th and 17th November.

Saturday 16th November

We are stardust – the laws of nature and our place within it’

The session will look at cosmic evolution with a presentation by leading astrophysicist Professor Steve Miller, author of The Chemical Cosmos – a guided tour. Much of his work centres on the relationship between science and society. He will bring out the place of humans in nature, and lay the basis for understanding how natural laws influence our development – biological, social and historical – and how knowledge of them can help us shape our future. This will be followed by discussion and workshops.

Sunday 17th November

Democracy and the eco-social crisis’

Building on Steve’s presentation, workshops will explore the eco-social crisis from a dialectical point of view. They will cover:

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People’s Agreement of Cochabamba

  • Challenging corporate control of land, energy, food production
  • Moving from profit-driven to socially-owned production
  • The battle for community control – anti-fracking campaigns in Balcombe and beyond
  • Learning from the struggles of indigenous peoples – the work of Vandana Shiva, the Cochabamba Peoples Agreement, Yasunisation
  • Breaking the log-jam: Peoples Assemblies, direct action, Transition Towns, civil disobedience, Occupy and other movements.

 

For more information about the programme and to find out how you can attend, email: info@aworldtowin.net or phone 07871 745258

 

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Amy Woodrow Arai

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Since graduating with a degree in politics and development, Amy has been working on issues concerned with Indigenous rights, biodiversity protection, alternative economics and action on global climate change. She worked with the Native Spirit Foundation, which provides a platform for dialogue between the Indigenous world and modern societies, coordinating an annual film festival and workshops, screenings and events through the year. She also worked at the Gaia Foundation, working with communities to revive Indigenous knowledge to secure land, seed, food and water sovereignty and to protect Sacred Natural Sites. She worked specifically on highlighting the devastating impact of the global extractive industries and supporting communities to strengthen resistance to mining in their territories. Concerning the challenges that face humanity today, she believes that there is much to learn (and re-learn) from Indigenous cultures and traditional knowledge. She is also excited by the many possibilities and social movements presenting alternatives to our unsustainable global economy.

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