Overcoming disadvantage. Building civil society. Changing government.
Melbourne 25-26 August 2014
Civil Society– The Next Global SuperpowerAround the world, the rise of civil society has been likened to the rise of the next global superpower. The term refers to the relationships and associations that make up our life at grass-roots levels of society, in families, neighbourhoods, voluntary associations, social enterprises and cooperatives, independent of both government and the corporate sector. These relationships and networks are vast, but they have been hidden from public debate and policy making for a century.In Australia, civil society is still largely ignored in public life. Personal and social well-being is determined primarily in and by civil society, but governments, policy makers, academics and journalists alike have been seduced by the power of states and corporates and have ignored the power of communities and relationships.
Change is in the air. Governments of all persuasions have found they cannot deliver stronger communities and better social relationships. Corporates cannot deliver trust and personal responsibility. The managerial revolution of the last thirty years swept through government, business and non-government organisations, and shifted agency and responsibility for well-being away from the relationships and institutions of civil society to managements in public, private and NGO sectors. The results are now in. The social impact of this managerial revolution has been to smother the instinct for, and practice of, voluntary association, personal responsibility, and the shared generation of moral and social capital.
Call for Papers
Papers, presentations, workshops and strategic proposals are invited which examine these themes in relation to the following streams:
Expressions of interest in presenting a paper or workshop or proposal should be forwarded by 30 May 2014, in no more than 300 words, using this online form.
It is close to train and tram services. Flagstaff railway station is one block away in LaTrobe St, and Southern Cross station is three blocks away in Spencer St. Trams 23, 24, 30, 34, and City Circle run along LaTrobe Street.
There are numerous accommodation options close by, to suit all budgets.
Start and Finish Times
All events begin at 9.15am, finishing by 5.00pm on day one and 4.00pm on day two.
Who Should Attend?
This series is open to citizens, community participants, policy thinkers and planners, government officials, service delivery organisations, and researchers who have a serious interest in overcoming disadvantage, building civil society, and changing government in the 21st century.
The Centre for Civil Society
The Centre for Civil Society is a social innovation and public policy institute which aims to empower ordinary people and strengthen civil society. Further information is available here.
Participants are invited to participate in our network in their federal electorate groups around Australia to:
– take local initiatives and hold local events
There is no cost to join and participate. Join up here.
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