WHY

WHY

In an era of media, business and government collusion, cronyism and state capture; fake new; post-truth; false facts; corporate media consolidation, disinformation and distortion; and the seemingly never-ending, ever-worsening, multiple, converging food, energy, climate, security, water, financial, economic, banking, debt, inequality, poverty, austerity, corruption crises there is growing global popular

  • Realisation that the world and our future are too important to leave in the hands of self-interested, self serving, self enriching, unrepresentative, unaccountable and uncaring governments, businesses and civil society leaders.
  • Disillusionment, distrust and frustration with arrogant, unaccountable, self-serving and self-interested governments and business elites.
  • Need and demand for people-driven and people-centred solutions and alternatives to the multiple crises we collectively face
  • Interest, need and demand for independent, accessible, understandable information and knowledge, analysis perspectives, ideas, solutions and actions
  • Demand for spaces and opportunities for ordinary people to learn, understand and engage with political, social, economic and environmental issues and solutions

Quite simply more and more ordinary people feel excluded, disempowered and deceived by the people who are meant to represent us and the mainstream media who are meant to inform us and we want to know more about our world, how it is run and by whom; and do more for a just peaceful and abundant world.

However this knowledge is currently the privileged domain of a few politicians, business leaders, NGOs, academics and professional activists who attend events such as the World Economic Forum, UN meetings, G-something summits.

As a result, there is a surge in-

  • Civil unrest and popular uprisings, marches, rallies, occupations, movements, campaigns
  • Independent, on-line media channels
  • Popular learning and ideas festivals such as-
  • Kilkenomics in Ireland
  • Bristol Festival of Ideas in the UK
  • London School of Economics’ Festival of Ideas and Action in the UK
  • Torino’s Festival of Economics in Italy
  • Clermont-Ferrand’s Festival of Economics in France
  • Common Bound in Buffalo, USA

THE PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC FORUM is part of the growing global movement for people-focused, open, accessible spaces and opportunities for popular education and collaboration on economic and financial inclusion, democracy, transformation, empowerment, solutions for a peaceful, free, just and abundant world.

In addition, Durban will host the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM on AFRICA from 3-5 MAY 2017.

Political and business elites will attend the forum and make decisions and sign deals that will affect the lives of the 1.2 billion Africans without consulting, explaining or accounting for their actions to the people most affected by them.

Membership of the WEF is secret. Membership fees for the WEF start at about 40 000 Euro/600 0000 ZAR; and attendance to the WEF conferences by is by invitation only and the registration fees are exorbitant.

The majority of the members of WEF and attendees of WEF conferences are White, males, over 35, from the corporate sector in the economic North.

The majority of Africans are Black, females, under the age of 35; unemployed, underemployed or self employed in small enterprise or subsistence food production.

THE PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC FORUM is co-creating free, people-powered, people-friendly, accessible, interactive events of local and international speakers, workshops, film screenings, people’s courts and creative activism for ordinary people to learn and engage with economic, business and political issues at are normally discussed behind closed doors at business, government, academic or NGO conferences, summits, forums- like the WEF.