The U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum is a joint project launched by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City and the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The goal of the on-going forum is to bring together a diverse group of people from both countries — political actors, scholars, public intellectuals, artists and representatives of social movements — to candidly explore the state of the U.S.–Mexico relationship and seek innovative new approaches to improving binational cooperation.
The “Challenges for Brazil” conference, held on February 25, 2000, addressed three main issues Brazilian society is facing today: Brazil’s relationship to the global economy, the situation of labor in the Americas and the possibilities for political alternatives to pressing social problems. The conference provided the opportunity for some of Brazil’s most prominent political and labor leaders to come together and speak with their U.S. counterparts as well as renowned academics.
Economic integration and globalization have swept the Americas, emerging as key forces that shape social relations and define new challenges. Democratic reforms and new economic strategies have fueled increased economic interdependence, producing ambitious growth rates and rising productivity. Despite these gains, poverty and the unequal distribution of wealth remain problems. “Alternatives for the Americas: A Dialogue” brought together leading figures from the United States, Mexico, Central and South America to address the issues of globalization in a public forum on December 4, 1998 and a series of working meetings on December 5, 1998.