Following questions offered a template to conduct semi-structured interviews.
- What are your general impressions about the WSF?
- Is it really a movement of the global left?
- Do you think it actually represents the voices of the marginalized?
- WSF has often been accused of fostering a kind of elitism – dominated by a few groups mostly from Latin America and Europe . Do you agree? How far it is inclusive and under-inclusive with regard to participation?
- There has been a lot of critique on ‘carnival' vs ‘rational debate' aspect of the WSF. People have called it a ‘traveling circus of the anarchists' or a kind of a ‘socialist dance'. How far do you think this is true?
- Do you think something which is so fluid, open and expanding is an ideal place to deliver participatory democracy ~ offering options for people to make rational choices and play a role in decision-making?
- Which technology and communication processes are most effective in organizing and holding a large gathering like the WSF?
- Based on your learning and experience of attending the WSF, do you believe it is possible to design effective consultation mechanisms for such a large gathering to get people actually engage in a meaningful dialogue?
- Do you think communications technology effects dialogue? If yes, how with respect to the WSF?
- With respect to the WSF 2005 what was the deliberative quality of the dialogue? How was it facilitated by using various communications tools and channels?
- What media tools were used? How easy or difficult was it to participate? Where and how did the tools help and hurt?
- What are the methods and tools you liked/prefer and why?
- Which one of the following names have you heard of: Ciranda, Terra Viva, AMARC, Le Monde Diplomatique
- Which media you prefer the most to get your information on the WSF and why?
- Why is the WSF under-represented in the mainstream media?
- Is gender an issue w.r.t the WSF? Do you think women's lack of access to right information and media hinder their participation in the WSF?