Unlike the World Social forums, Nyeleni is an invite-only forum. Unlike most of the invite-only events out there, this isn’t exclusively for the rich or well-connected. The organizers made it a closed Forum so that they could control the size (already 600 people is an amazingly huge number to house and feed every day). It was also a closed Forum so that the organizers could ensure that the delegates were as diverse as possible, with a mix of regions (Europe, North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico), Latin America and Caribbean (without Mexico), Africa, Southeast-East Asia, South Asia, West-Central Asia) and sectors, and a balance between men and women. They succeeded.
Some of the delegates from Nyeleni...
Arthur Williams, Friends of the Earth (Sierra Leone)
Omer Doana, Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (Palestine)