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It is a timely initiative by Freirean Rhizome to dedicate an issue to the initiatives of urban social movements and their learning practices while their worldwide networks are preparing for the the World Assembly of Inhabitants (The Madrid Declaration ) which is scheduled to take place in Dakar (Senegal) in January 2011.

The multidimensional process of constructing the (World Assembly of Inhabitants 2011) was launched after the 2008 Madrid Declaration and at the 2009 Belém World Social Forum. It is the product of collective work and active participation and invites inhabitants’ organisations and social movements to become more active. It considers Systematization to be an integral and fundamental part of this process.

In collaboration with the Museu da Pessoa, IAI’s Urban Popular University carried out a series of video interviews with urban social leaders from Brazil and other countries on the occasion of the Urban Social Forum as part of the project “Inhabitants’ Memory”.

The UPMS, Popular University of Social Movements, and Upter, Popular University of Rome, invite all those who work for social change in the field of human rights and democracy to recount their experiences .