In the struggle for a better world, left and progressive civil society should take a leading role. Loosely organized into thousands of NGOs, broad social movements, academic think-tanks and relatively isolated community-based initiatives, it lacks, however, a key component: infrastructure. Despite periodic gatherings of activists, no framework exists today for regular networking, collective analysis, professional training, strategizing, planning of joint actions, follow-up or evaluation on a global level.
The People, Yes! Network (TPYN), registered as an international NGO in Belgium by a core group of veteran and young grassroots activists, seeks to provide the infrastructure for such a network, as well as the resources necessary to a global movement of genuine systemic counter-hegemony. The Network will also serve as a link between left organizations “on the ground” and critical intellectuals, whose analyses are crucial for guiding their activities.