Both forums will focus on the global economy, though the Davos conference centers around policy and the Brazil meeting looks at social need.
At the World Social Forum, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa blamed the Davos attendees for the financial crisis, saying, “They are the ones responsible for the crisis. They are not the ones to give us lessons.” Other leaders called for an overhaul of global capitalism.
The “Musings” blog writes the World Social Forum in Brazil, and argues that people who strictly oppose market-based policies are being “disingenuous.”
“The Mormon Worker” blog also reports on the forum from Brazil, discussing talks on deforestation.
Blogger “Jim Stormes” describes the opening festivities, including an energetic and diverse march.
Watch a video from YouTube user OskarPCastro featuring presentations and gatherings at the World Social Forum:
Blogger “Ángel Cabrera” writes that the conference in Davos could be an effective way to examine the financial crisis from multiple lenses.
The “Scobleizer” blog writes that the Davos conference could bring about change, but that discussions have not focused enough on small businesses.
Watch a video from the Davos conference’s YouTube page featuring world citizens’ responses to a question about the world’s economic future in 2009.