Speaking by numbers

By 25th November 2004, the final date for registration, 2560 events, including seminars, workshops and presentations, had been registered by more than 4000 organisations from 112 countries. About 75,000 people have signed up for these events, but the organisers expect more than 100,000 people to attend. The vast majority of participants will come from Brazil (approximately 80 per cent) and the rest of Latin America, but also from the United States and Europe. During the Forum’s four working days something like 2,000 workshops will be offered, along with a dozen cultural events, spread across the 11 thematic areas around which the Forum has been organised, ranging from human rights, to environment and common goods, from social struggles and democratic alternatives, to the arts and resistance culture. These themes are the result of an open thematic consultation carried out through the internet in the summer of 2004 with the aim of increasing the participatory character of the WSF process and that has counted on the participation of almost 2000 organisations.