Miranda International Centre launched

International Centre
    1. International Exchange Programme, the aim of which is to coordinate a network of critical researchers who will make Venezuela one of the nodes of this network, the idea being to foster exchanges with relevant researchers and social activists all over the world. To do this, we have envisaged having people come and stay for up to three months to do research at CIM. During these visits, researchers will be able to give seminars and do further research into subjects relevant to the Bolivarian Revolution. Thus CIM will be helping to develop the premises of an alternative kind of integration as set forth in ALBA.
    2. Critical Pedagogy and Bolivarian Educational Management. This looks at the way the educational philosophy of the education system and the missions put in practice by the Bolivarian process are working. It also studies the most progressive educational theory from all over the world thus helping fulfill the goals set forth in the Constitution in the area of education.
    3. Training Programme. The purpose of this program is to help to provide cadres with the critical ability to handle such things as the basic concepts of economics, politics, sociology, education, history and law; to give them a thorough understanding of the Bolivarian Revolutionary process, the tools for top level public administration in a society heading towards socialism; knowledge about the way socialism developed in the twentieth century and the perspective for twenty first century socialism; the ability to design, implement and evaluate public policies. This programme also hopes to study, evaluate and complement the various Government and Citizenship Schools that exist in the world, especially those in Latin America.
    4. Twenty First Century Socialism. This program’s aim is to encourage reflection, discussion and further study on a new model of socialism for which there are no models, paradigms or valid canons. This programme has also taken on the task of evaluating all the great socialist experiments of the past and the successful practices that are building “partial socialisms” all across the planet and which, generally, are ignored by both the media and academia .
    5. Popular Participation in Public Administration. This program is focused on studying the subject of participation by the people, one of the main axes of the new model for the society Venezuela wants to build. It helps set the stage for foreign advisers to come and bring their technical knowledge and experience to support those mayors and governors who ask for help in areas such as: the participatory budget, decentralisation, social auditing, community banks, etc. It also proposes to: cooperate with experts from other countries in following up on the innovative forms of participation that are being put into practice in this country, especially the innovative experience of the communal councils; to help to train Venezuelan cadres for participation by inviting international experts to give courses and workshops in various areas related to participation; to inform people abroad about Venezuelan experiences in participation.
    6. Program concerning the New Model of Production. This program enters the debate about the kind of economy that can replace capitalism, by a focus that engages with the logic of an economy based on human beings and the environment. In order to do this, an analysis must be made of the concrete way capitalism functions, especially in Latin America as well as an analysis of the alternatives that are creating important referents in the field of endogenous development. This program will study emerging subjects such as social production companies, the different paths followed by the people’s economy and the social economy: cooperativism, social management of oil income, the environmental paradigms of various modes of production, the balance and the challenges of experiments in co-management, self-management and worker control, the approaches to production chains, fair trade and complementarity as a lever to bring about integration.
    7. Program Practices which Transform Human Development. At the heart of the Bolivarian Revolution lies the notion that people develop their skills and abilities through their activity, that concept which Marx put forward as the essence of revolutionary practice, the simultaneous transformation of circumstances and oneself, or self-transformation. The aim of the research work that CIM will undertake is to begin to develop both the concepts and the measuring tools that will allow us to evaluate the progress the Bolivarian Revolution has made towards reaching the goals set forth in the constitution.
    8. Program on Regional Integration Agreements and Multilateral Agreements. This analyses the possibilities of finding an alternative form of globalization and analyses the counterhegemonic path proposed by the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples. In a globalized world, we must have a critical analysis of international agreements and institutions (WTO; FTAs, FTAA, IMF, WB) whose role is to maintain the strong differences we see on the international scene and this critical analysis must go hand in hand with alternative proposals which, from a social, ecological and human point of view, seek to replace the capitalist model.
    9. Program of reflection on the Role of the Media: Towards a Science of Media Criticism. The latter will, taking into account of the role of fourth power that big media companies play, study the way the media manipulate and will lay the foundations for a network of media that present an alternative to the big media companies.