FINANCIAL STRATEGY AND REPORTS
This time The World Conference is a combination of a central event and local conferences. The central event turned to be an E-Conference streaming a five days program through internet.
Although the format is somehow different from the previous World Meetings of 2000, 2002 and Continental Meetings in six regions of the world, from 2003 to 2005, the network principle is the same: articulated action among world partners. This principle is always active concerning Financial Strategy.
It is important to note that Globalnet (Education for Peace Globalnet) never managed any cent in the previous and the present event. Globalnet is not a formal organization, and even the Instituto de Estudos do Futuro, which is the main legal anchor for Globalnet in Brazil, never managed resources for the conferences and meetings. The Instituto only offered, along these almost seventeen years of Globalnet existence, the support for keeping the Globalnet's website running, which means paying for internet fees and few improvements. This small, although meaningful contribution, is registered in the official Instituto's accounting documentation.
The Geneva 2000 World Meeting, as reported in the website
received a donation of R$ 25.000,00 (twenty five thousand reais) a little more than US$ 13,000.00 (thirteen thousand dollars) from Banco Safra, that was managed by a well known Brazilian association (Associação Palas Athena). A careful financial report was offered by the Associação and posted by Globalnet in the above internet address. The documentation remained available for public consultation in the following years.
The financial manager for the second World Meeting in São Paulo 2002, was another well known Brazilian organization Willis Harman House/Antakarana. The budget of more than forty thousand dollars was destined to pay for tickets, accommodations, meals and transportation of speakers and presenters coming form Asia, Europe, North and South America, as well as, from some Brazilian states. It was also destined to pay for professional translation, equipments, filming of the event.
Contributions came from Natura, Banco Real, Instituto Escola Brasil that were added to the budget of the hosting organizations: SESC Vila Mariana and Latin American Parliament - to reach the amount above mentioned. UNESCO Brazil covered the costs of three speakers and offered, as it did in Geneva, a supply of meaningful Culture of Peace publications. The financial report was also posted in the Globalnet website and the documentation remain available for public consultation in the following years.
Concerning Continental Meetings, local expenses and the mobilization of partner's resources and contributions were done by the hosting institution: Dhammakaya Foundation in Bangkok, Jewish-Arab Center for Peace Givat Haviva in Nazareth, cooperation among YMCA and Apeadu Center for Peace in Accra, Findhorn Foundation in Findhorn, The Institute of Noetic Sciences in Washington and Willis Harman House/ Antakarana in Iguassu Falls. All the partner organizations listed in www.redepaz.org were contributing for the realization of the world, continental and local meetings along the decade.
Another important point refers to speakers and presenters that always offered their knowledge and skills for free. Globalnet event organizers were traveling supported by individual donors or by themselves, exception for Findhorn and Washington when the meetings were part of broader events that charged for participation. In these cases, some Globalnet organizers received tickets and accommodations from the hosting institutions.
Although the accounting of the two World Meetings in 2000 and 2002 were very accurate and generously offered by the mentioned organizations, the costs of the events could not be well represented by the numbers reported.
We can not say that the Geneva 2000 World Meeting cost around US$ 13,000.00 (thirteen thousand dollars). Even the attempt, in 2002, of including in the final report costs afforded by some partners directly, could not give us realistic numbers about the amount of resources mobilized for the event.
In Geneva 2000, for example, UNIGE (University of Geneva) offered the main Auditorium of the University (Auditorium Jean Piaget) the Entrance Hall for performances and Art Exhibit, five meeting rooms in UniMail (Psychology and Education Building) all equipped, help of technicians in all of these facilities, translation cabins, and a cocktail party. United Nations Organizations (UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, UNCTAD), International Development Bank, Red Cross among other institutions offered speakers paying for their expenses, including traveling when needed, and publications on Culture of Peace. More than one hundred projects from four continents and twenty two countries were reported by partners organizations that afforded the traveling costs of their representatives. Even the World Meeting organizers were paying for their tickets, what was also the case of a keynote speaker. Translation from English to French, Spanish and Portuguese was offered by the professionals that work with Madame Voucher in Geneva and two Brazilian volunteer professionals.
The above example aims introducing the World Conference 2010 invitation to Sponsors and World Partners to add an estimation of their regional expenses in providing videos, organizing local events, networking to sum to the following E-Conference budget: