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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Universitá degli Studi di Siena

Via Mattioli, 10


10:00 am to 12:30 pm


Nine workshops are planned for Tuesday morning and are included with conference registration.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first come basis. 

Registration will be accepted by e-mail to:  
SUBJECT LINE of email: Workshop Registration. The message must contain your name and the number (title) of the workshop you wish to attend.


1. Civil Society at the Crossroads? Building Links with Emerging Citizen Initiatives


This workshop will focus on the evolution of civil societies and the rise of citizen activism in many forms across a broad spectrum of countries.  Recent events in many regions – the Arab Spring, the London riots, the Indian anti-corruption movement, the Chilean student movement and the US Tea Party/Occupy Wall Street initiatives—reflect eruptions of citizen energy that are often largely disconnected from existing civil society organizations.  The workshop will present first results of critical reflection processes to explore these developments and their implications in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.  We will use first reports from Chile, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom among others as a stimulus for discussion of civil societies and the crossroads they face in many countries.


Convenor:  Rajesh Tandon, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), India


2. Gender and Leadership Models: Exploring Women's Contribution in the Challenging Times from Civil Society Perspective.

In recent years, the world has seen deep changes–from passionate protests against inequality to uprisings for freedom and democracy in various parts of the globe. Two factors— the nonprofit sector and women— play an important role in bringing the changes, from the "Occupy Wall Street” movement to the uprising in the Arab world. However, their contributions are seldom recognized or discussed. In the history of 110 years of the Nobel Peace Prize, most winners were men, except in 2004, when the first African woman, activist Wangari Maatha from Kenya was recognized for her efforts to support democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. However, times are changing. For the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, three women: Yemen’s Tawakul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Leymah Gbowee were honored for their non-violent struggle for safety of women and peace-building work.

In this workshop we will focus on how women lead social movement for freedom and equality and contribute to realizing civil society. We will discuss the role that women play in bringing social and political changes and the impact of these changes in women’s lives.

Convenors: Triparna Vasavada, Penn State University, USA and Latika Mangrulkar, Author/Educator



3.  Strategic Philanthropy:  Learning by Giving


Philanthropy, and specifically, strategic philanthropy, is a topic finding its way into increasing numbers of disciplines in universities around the world.  The purpose of this workshop is to inspire and prepare instructors to teach an experiential undergraduate class in strategic philanthropy, and to provide resources and a professional network to support their course development. 


Conveners: Nora Silver, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, USA and Kathy Kretman, Center for the Public and Nonprofit Leadership, School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, USA


Multiple Crises, New Spaces for Participation: Implications of the Findings of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index Project

Organised civil society is struggling under the weight of multiple and overlapping crises. This is one of the key year findings of CIVICUS’ three year action research project into the state of civil society in 38 countries, the Civil Society Index. The findings suggest that CSOs are facing problems of declining resources, as the economic crisis works its way through funding cycles; difficult and volatile political space for their operations in many contexts, particularly for work on advocacy and the defence of human rights; challenges over the legitimacy and credibility of CSOs; and low levels of public participation in the organised structures of civil society. At the same time new forms of activism and participation, often direct, loosely organised and overtly challenging conventional politics, have come to prominence, including but not limited to the Arab Spring, direct protests in Greece and Spain, the UK riots and citizens’ response to these, the global slutwalk movement and the Wall Street Occupation and other occupations inspired by it. It is necessary to consider the implication of these new movements for organised civil society, and how CSOs can respond, connect to and support these new movements. Such trends also challenge those with an interest in the sector to broaden their definitions of what civil society is, how it works and how it can be supported, which has implications for donors, civil society networks such as CIVICUS and academics.

4. Panel 1: Multiple Crises, Multiple Responses – Global Responses

This panel will look at these global trends as revealed by the CSI findings and global responses to them by key international agencies

Convenors: United Nations Volunteers, United Nations Development Programme, and CIVICUS

5. Panel 2: Multiple Crises: Key Themes in CSO Response

This panel will look at the highlighted issues from civil society perspective, drawing from the series of books to be published by Bloomsbury Academic on the CSI findings

Convenor:  CIVICUS


6.  Social Entrepreneurship: Potential and Prospects for Civil Society 

Social entrepreneurship is presented as a new way out for social initiatives all around the world, EU member states and neighboring countries are not an exception. The European Commission has recently adopted a Social Business Initiative action plan to support social business model to gain access to funding. Several international organizations such as the British Council and the UNDP are implementing programs in the Black Sea and Balkan countries while there is a rising interest from donor organizations to fund social entrepreneurship.   

While social entrepreneurship is becoming a more popular topic and trend both in Turkey and Western Balkans, the need to better understand and discuss the potential of the social entrepreneurship as well as its role in creating a more sustainable civil society is increasing. With this workshop, TUSEV would like to start a discussion focusing on the social innovation context and the potential of social enterprise for social development in Turkey and the region.

Convenor:  Liana Varon, Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV)


7.  Volunteering and Local Participation

This session will be a roundtable on volunteers, knowledge and ideas in Tuscany.  The ethical dimension of volunteer action will be explored – beyond the simple vision of satisfying a need, exploring the organized expressions of a territory – in order to be authentic actors working for social and cultural change.  The focus is towards a vision of active citizens in a local community.

Convenor: Adriano Scarpelli, Fondazione ForTeS


8.  Corporate Social Responsibility in Model Companies in Tuscany

Convenor: Patrizio Monfardini, Universitá degli Studi di Siena, Department of Business and Social Studies


9.  The Italian System for Promotion of Social Cohesion: Stories to Share

Stories of social economy, volunteering, development, solidarity, multiplication of social capital comprise the daily life of social cohesion.  Some of these are indicators of an undercurrent movement which reveals an unknown and undervalued side of Italy.

Convenor: Giovanna Toffetti Bergnano, San Vincenzo dei Paoli



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