Workshop: The Practice of Civic Driven Change, June 22, 2009
Sharing experiences between practicioners - The Hague
There is increased interest in change processes in which citizens play a central and initiating role. The Civic Driven Change (CDC) framework offers an opportunity to further elaborate on the potential of active citizenship for triggering change in all walks of life: at the political level, in civil society, as well as in business. On June 22, 2009 a workshop was organised by Context and the ISS to provide a platform for practitioners to share and discuss their experiences on innovative citizen-led change processes. The workshop aims were:
to share and discuss inspiring examples from various contexts and practices on civic engagement and citizen-led change processes which can deepen the understanding of CDC as a framework for assessing and enhancing processes of social change.
to generate lessons for future strategising on citizen-led change processes
Click here for the final programme.
A range of smaller thematic workshops took place in which practitioners shared and discussed specific cases. The themes of these workshops were:
- Promoting responsible citizenship
- Civic action and markets
- Children and civic action
- Creating new civic spaces at the global level
- Civic driven change in fragile states
- Learning from CDC in the Netherlands
- Civic agency and (party) politics
- Aided and non-aided change
- CDC at different levels
- Media and civic driven change
- Civil disobediance or 'unicivic action'?
In these workshops, the themes were further explored to discern innovations, inspirations and lessons for strategy.
The workshop brought together over 150 practitioners: Dutch NGO staff members, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics interested in thinking about and promoting citizen-led change processes in their particular sector.
The Broker has published a report of the event on its website which presents some of the major outcomes of the discussions in the plenary as well as in the thematic workshops. Click here for the report.
Click here for the flyer of the workshop.