Announcing Futuros Colectivos 2011 conference!


Más que Desarrollo: Construyendo Redes Colaborativas en Guatemala

7-9 October 2011

Patzún, Guatemala

Conference Description:

“Mas que Desarrollo” is a biennial international conference whose focus is to bring together international, regional, and local community actors involved in grass-roots development work and research in Guatemala. The focus of the conference is translating research and the experience of participants into new creative and practical solutions to community problems.

In 2010 in Guatemala, numerous natural disasters and the continued global and local recessions have made clearer than ever the urgent need for effective and collaborative networks to share of resources and information. The second biennial “Mas que Desarrollo” conference invites proposals for presentations from researchers, development workers, community leaders and organizations that address these themes from within a framework committed to closing the health and economic disparity gap for indigenous Guatemalan communities.

How to submit proposals:

Proposals should consist of an abstract of 150 words or less and should be sent by email to prior to June1, 2011. Notification of proposal acceptance will be prior to June 15, 2011.

Any questions should be addressed to Peter Rohloff

Attendees, both presenters and non-presenters, should register their intent to attend prior to July 1, 2011 by emailing their contact information to

Conference costs:

Conference attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging. A list of local accommodations and travel resources are available on this site.

International attendees and representatives of nongovernmental organizations, both presenters and non-presenters, should submit a nonrefundable payment of $75.00 at the conference website This payment will be used to offset costs of attendance for national participants.

Attendance at the conference will be free of charge for unaffiliated national participants.

Prior conferences:

The first “Mas que Desarrollo” conference was held in 2009 in Santiago Sacatepéquez. Proceedings from that conference in Spanish and Kaqchikel will be available for download shortly on the Futuros Colectivos website and will also be available at the 2011 conference.