International Forum on Globalization
The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is a San Francisco-based transnational alternative policy group that analyses the impacts of economic globalization, as well as proposals and information tools oriented towards the enhancement of social justice and ecological sustainability. It was established in 1994 and first convened as the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect and in the wake of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the forerunner of the World Trade Organization.
Goals and activities
Through a claimed network of over sixty activists, economists, scholars, and researchers, the IFG claims to: (1) expose the multiple effects of economic globalization in order to stimulate debate, and (2) seek to reverse the globalization process by encouraging ideas and activities which revitalize local economies and communities, and ensure long-term ecological stability.
IFG has developed close ties with activist communities (primarily in the United States) and seeks to support those on the front lines of globalization processes. The principal means by which it has done this include:
- creating large, high-profile teach-ins in major cities in the U.S. on salient political issues (notably, the IFG teach-in that immediately preceded the 1999 Battle in Seattle),
- convening smaller strategic seminars of movement leadership from a wide spectrum to discuss and design political campaigns, and
- policy work that is critical of neoliberal globalization and proactive in the articulation of alternatives.
The IFG's current core programs (the Asian-Pacific Program and the Plutonomy Program) are addressed primarily to Americans, but also reach out to international activists through online publications and international directors.
Board of directors
- Carroll, William. 2015. "Modes of Cognitive Praxis in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups". Globalizations, 1-18. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14747731.2014.1001231
- Carroll, William. 2014. “Alternative Policy Groups and Transnational Counter-Hegemonic Struggle.” Pp. 259-84 in Yıldız Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan
- About Us on official website
- Carroll, William. 2014. “Alternative Policy Groups and Transnational Counter-Hegemonic Struggle.” Pp. 259-284 in Yıldız Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan
- IFG History on official website
- IFG Home page on official website
- IFG Programs & Activities on official website
- Staff & Board of Directors. Official website