Common Action Forum convenes experts to analyse the limits to inequality and seek a sustainable society in an assembly in Madrid

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Date(s) - 03/11/2017 - 05/11/2017
10:00 - 16:00

Wellington Hotel


Forty top academics, politicians, journalists, activists, artists and members of civil society are meeting in Madrid next November, 3rd to 5th, in a three-day congress to collaborate in the pursuit of innovative proposals that address global inequalities and work towards a sustainable society.

The Common Action Forum Foundation (CAF), presided over by Wadah Khanfar, former Director General of Al Jazeera Network, will celebrate its third annual Forum entitled The Limits to Inequality: seeking a sustainable society, hosting specialists from a range of disciplines in a three-day conference from November 3rd to 5th in Madrid.

This year, the Forum’s theme approaches increasing inequalities from the perspective of how citizens have been presented with new forms of control, accumulation, solidarity and freedom as a result of the advent of globalization and the information society. Given this context, the event will consist of a plenary discussion, followed by four sessions at a round table of 40 participants from all over the world.

The opening act will take place at Casa de América on November 3rd at 19:00, and will feature CAF President Wadah Khanfar and renowned philosopher Antonio Escohotado in a thought-provoking 90-minute discussion open to the public. The gathering, which will be given in both Spanish and English with simultaneous translation, will continue on Saturday the 4th and Sunday 5th at the Wellington hotel, and will be available via live stream. Moderated by Sami Zeidan, Senior Presenter with Al Jazeera English, the forum’s conferences will have a first half of expert speeches, followed by a second half of open debates to promote dialogue and collective exchange.

The first session, taking place on Saturday morning, will deal with Facing the mirror: what remains of the battle between equality and freedom, and will include participants Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico DF’s former Head of Government, Cheryl Carolus, a South African politician and member of the International Crisis Group; Dutch journalist and filmmaker Natascha van Weezel; and Liia Hänni, former Estonian politician and e-democracy expert.

The next topic addressed in the Forum, Beyond entrepreneurship: real alternatives to the labour society, will feature Brazilian politician Eduardo Suplicy; Joaquín Nieto Sainz, Director of the International Labour Organization in Spain; American philosopher Bob Black; and Steve Keen, professor of Economics at Kingston University.

Sunday, the debate will turn to From facts to fake, from fake to facts: when news becomes a symptom, with contributions from Haroon Siddiqui, an award-winning journalist; Peter Lunt, professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester; Ivana Nenadovic, producer and member of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective; and Orit Kopel, Co-founder of WikiTribune, an evidence-based journalism platform.

Finally, the last talk will reflect on Another idea for a universal history from a cosmopolitan point of view, and will include speakers Alicia Puleo, philosopher and professor known for her work on ecofeminism; social psychologist Heidi Figueroa; José Olives Puig, Dean of Humanities at the International University of Catalonia; and Carlos Moya, emeritus professor of Sociology at UNED.

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