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January 30, 2009
Competing global forums tackle the economy

As several nations gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the 2009 World Economic Forum, others are meeting in Brazil for the World Social Forum.

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:

Ian Bremmer writes in Harvard’s “Davos Diary” about the gloomy mood at Davos, while Jeff Jarvis at “BuzzMachine” writes, “The snow here is much thicker than the discussion.”

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.

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We don’t have to be pessimistic. There is a way: There is 1 solution, the only solution I know of…Take the triple bottom line and invest it in the best of the best tech, food production, housing design…only the best. No more usury, we pay the interest by knowing that the money we are borrowing against future generations will be refunded in time and we accept that is the price we’ll pay…no interest but common interest…in the future.

For further clarification, when I can explain better, just keep thinking, watching, listening and hearing!!!

There’s another way, there always is.

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