”Come reinvent the world” is the official call-to-arms of The People’s Summit, the Rio+20 parallel event created as a reaction to what the organisers regard as 20 years of limited action and negligible progress in the UN's tackling of socio-environmental injustice since the '92 Earth Summit. Occupying a designated space in Flamengo Park (including a campsite for many of the 20,000 or so expected atendees), the Cúpula dos Povos is arranged into self-organized discussion groups, a People’s Permanent Assembly and a showcase space for organizations and social movements, bringing together green initiatives and the aspirations of NGOs and environmentalists from all over the world into an open forum.
The programme is made up of assemblies and self-organized activities - organized by networks and/or coalitions - stressing a very different architecture of power to that of the UN summit, and signalling the way in which the participants want to 'reinvent the world'. The lack of detail on the programme is not reflective of a lack of structure per sé, but the essence of the People's Summit: to mobilize towards the development of new paradigms based around solidarity in economy, agriculture, digital cultures and the actions of indigenous and communities, mapping out a concise, alternative methodology to go forward with sustainable development. The final day, 23 June, will bring together everything brought up over the week and evaluate its successes, to be presented to the UN at the conclusion of Rio+20.