This Left Forum panel proposes vision for what a future participatory society may look like while exploring real world examples in the US, Asia and Latin America, and the strategy and activism needed to take us there. It is inspired by the book Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press, May 2008) edited by Chris Spannos.
Part Four: Richard W. Franke on "The People’s Campaign for Decentralized Planning in Kerala, India."
Richard W. Franke is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1972. His most recent works on Kerala include Local Democracy and Development: The Kerala People’s Campaign for Decentralized Planning (2002, co-authored with Thomas Isaac) and Striving for Sustainability: Environmental Stress and Democratic Initiatives in Kerala (2006, co-authored with Srikumar Chattopadhyay).
Chair-Meaghan Linick-Loughley-New School SDS
Jessica Azulay-The New Standard, WebRoot Solutions
Brian Dominick-The New Standard,
Richard W. Franke-Montclair State University
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