Ideas for 27 January 2013
'Another World is Possible' is the slogan of the World Social Forum an annual gathering of civil society organisations that began in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001. And it's the topic of an essay competition being launched by the Labour History Project this week. Chris Laidlaw talks to historian Mark Derby about the competition and the 1913 'What is Socialism?' essay competition, organised by the labour activist and later Labour Prime Minister Water Nash, that inspired it; Professor Roger Robinson discusses Julius Vogel's Anno Domini 2000 the Utopian Novel that Got the Future Right; and Wellington regional councillor Paul Bruce recalls attending the first World Social Forum gathering in 2001.