Webinar and Programs Archive

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MEETING: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 

Reunión Regional ISTR América Latina y el Caribe / Latin America &
the Caribbean Regional Network Meeting

Hace poco más de un año, en julio de 2019, que nos reunimos. En este tiempo
han surgido nuevas iniciativas y acciones en torno al trabajo de ISTR y de la
Red, queremos compartir con ustedes las novedades, así como escuchar las
propuestas y necesidades de todos los miembros de la región. Por ello, los
invitamos a participar en la próxima reunión para conversar y prepararnos rumbo
a la 13a. Conferencia Regional que se llevará a cabo en São Paulo
albergada por la Fundação Getulio Vargas.

BOOK CLUB PRESENTATION:  Friday, 25 September 2020

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

 By Heather Carpenter, Dr. Norman A. Dolch, Timothy J. Hoffman, Roseanne M. Mirabella, & Helen K. Wise. Sagamore. 2020     

Join us for a conversation with the authors. This book was developed in response to student questions in our classes this past spring when our campuses were shutdown and the whole country was figuring out how to respond to the pandemic. It is a book responding to student interest and embraces stories of actual nonprofit organizations and their responses to those they serve, their employees, and the health challenges of Covid-19 and shelter-in-place orders across the country. It shares insight on a range of topics from leadership, fundraising, personnel issues, and risk management, to name a few.

MEETING  Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Join us for an informal gathering of the ISTR Law and Regulation Affinity Group. We look forward to hearing what you’ve been doing in our extraordinary times and about your research. We will also plan to meet in person at ISTR 2021 in Montreal!
Moderated by Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison 


WEBINAR: Monday, 14 September 2020 

ISTR & WINGS Co-Hosted Event!

Global Discussion: Surveys Methodologies, Samples Size, Technology: How are you adapting your research in time of COVID?


This session will focus on the experience of researchers from around the world during the COVID-19 crisis, and global social movements. The different scenarios worldwide will provide the lens to look into how methodologies have changed and adapted and what the initial researches are that have come from the circumstances. This discussion is an opportunity to exchange perspectives from researchers with diverse backgrounds to understand the COVID-19 impact on philanthropic research.    To learn more, click here


Civil Society Policy Impact Award Winners (Presented in English)

Thursday, 10 September 2020

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

Moderator: Barbara Ibrahim, ISTR Board Member, The American University in Cairo

How to Change the World: The Experience of the Uruguayan Women's Rights Movement

Presenter: Ines Pousadela,  CIVICUS / Universidad ORT Uruguay

View slides here (English) (Espanol)

This is a compelling account of the country-wide effort of women's organizations and other civil society groups to overturn the criminalization of abortion in Uruguay. In a highly controversial policy area, Pousadela does an outstanding job of identifying the key political factors both supporting and opposing the change in law.

The Role of CSOs and Academy in Changing Public Policy: A Brief Case Study of Provisional Measures 870/2019
Presenters Aline Goncalves de Souza and  Eduardo Pannunzio, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brasil

View slides here

When there was a threat to civil society under a new government plan to introduce highly restrictive NGO legislation, one researcher wrote and circulated a detailed working paper. That document galvanized a national campaign and ultimately improved the provisions of the approved law of associations.

Ganadores del premio Civil Society Policy Impact / Impacto de las politicas de la Sociedad Civil (Presentacion en espanol)

Martes, 8 de septiembre 2020

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

Moderadora: David Santiago-Rosado, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagues Campus, College of Business Administration

Movilización social y representación política. La lucha del movimiento de mujeres por el aborto  legal en Uruguay

Presentadora: Ines Pousadela,  CIVICUS / Universidad ORTUruguay

View slides here (English) ( Espanol)

Este es un relato convincente del esfuerzo a nivel nacional de organizaciones compuestas por mujeres y otros grupos de la sociedad civil para revertir la criminalización del aborto en Uruguay. En un área de la política altamente controversial, Pousadela realiza un trabajo sobresaliente al identificar los factores políticos clave que apoyan y aquellos que se oponen al cambio de la ley.

El Papel de las OSC y la academia en el cambio de  políticas públicas: un breve estudio de caso de la Medida Provisional 870/2019

Presentadoras: Aline Goncalves de Souza and Eduardo Pannunzio,  Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brasil

View slides here

Cuando la sociedad civil estuvo bajo amenaza por el nuevo plan gubernamental para introducir una legislación altamente restrictiva para las ONGs, un investigador escribió y distribuyó un documento de trabajo detallado. Dicho documento impulsó una campaña nacional y finalmente mejoró las disposiciones de la aprobada ley de asociaciones.

Accountability for Human Rights: Applying Business and Human Rights Instruments to Non-Governmental Organizations

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Presenter : Domenico Carolei, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

ModeratorOonagh Breen, ISTR President Elect, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Ireland

While NGOs’ role has grown in the past few decades, NGO accountability for their negative human rights impacts remains weak. States and international organizations have developed business and human rights instruments that apply to corporations but there is no equivalent for NGOs. This discussion assesses the extent to which the main business and human rights instruments (UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines, and UN Guiding Principles) could be applied to NGOs.

What Does the Internet Say About You?  Digital Identities for Academics

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Presenter: Andrew HeissDepartment of Public Management and Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies,   Georgia State University

Moderator & Discussant: Sarah S. Stroup, Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College.

This workshop will share practical tips about whether, how, and where to develop digital identities, including: 

  • Why should academics cultivate a web presence? 

  • How can a digital identity improve your research and build professional networks? 

  • What can you do to help people find out that you exist and what you do?

  • How can you let people read your work?

  • Which platforms are most useful?

ISTR General Members Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • President’s Report, Ruth Phillips, ISTR President
  • Executive Director's Report, Margery Daniels, Executive Director
  • Treasurer’s Report, Carolyn Cordery, Treasurer
  • Publications Committee Report, Mario Aquino Alves, Committee Chair
  • Award Presentation
  • Open for Questions

Inspirations from the South: What theoretical lenses/methodological approaches produced in Latin America might nourish our research projects on social innovation and third sector?

Monday July 6, 2020

Language of the webinar: Spanish and Portuguese

Hosts: CRISES HEC Montreal – Center for research on social innovations & ISTR

This webinar seeks to present and discuss what we call ‘inspirations from the South’ in order to promote and nourish an intense North/South dialogue, particularly in the domain of social innovation. Despite the existence of a large body of literature that incorporates a variety of approaches, it should be noted that prevailing social innovation concepts/publications are essentially European and North American. The academic world that is interested in social innovation reproduces the same pattern of cultural domination and colonization of the imaginary that is condemned to other areas of the so-called ‘science’ (Pozzebon et al., 2019). In this webinar, we argue for the value of a greater South-North knowledge sharing by providing an overview of the theoretical traditions coming from Latin America. This includes post-development and buen vivir, participatory action research and social technologies, to cite a few. Although presenting different historical trajectories, what all those streams share is a cultural and political positioning aligned with post-colonialism and post-scientism, challenging numerous premises of the Western vision of progress and science, including the supremacy of technical/scientific knowledge and emphasizing the importance of a higher local/peripheral protagonism. This webinar will promote reflection and exchange about the possibilities of integrating more purposely Latin American theoretical lenses and methodological approaches in our research projects. 


Marlei Pozzebon – HEC Montréal & FGV/EAESP


Sonia Tello-Rozas – ESG UQAM 

Armindo dos Santos de Souza Teodósio – PUC Minas

Adriana Ferrarini – UNISINOS  

Erika Licon – Concordia University

Luz Dinora Vera Acevedo – Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Fabio Prado Saldanha – HEC Montreal

Mary Claudia S. Butron – UQAM

L’injonction démocratique comme vecteur de compétences psychosociales pour la réinvention des Institutions Totalitaires.   Le cas de l’analyse des groupes d’expression d’une association de protection de l’enfance

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

The Democratic Injunction as a Vector of Psychosocial Skills for the Reinvention of Totalitarian Institutions. The Case of the Analysis of the Expression Groups of a C hild Protection Association. ** This webinar will be presented in French.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Presenter: Philippe Colautti,   Universite de Paris I - Sorbonne

ModeratorMaude LéonardProfesseure, École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal 

Presentation in French with visual support in English.

Retos de la Sociedad Civil de frente a las consecuencias del COVID-19

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

Challenges of Civil Society facing the consequences of COVID-19  In collaboration with Universidad de los Hemisferios; this webinar will be presented in Spanish.

Fecha: jueves 25 de junio  

Moderador: Daniel Barragán. Director CIIAT, Universidad de Los Hemisferios


Bienvenida/introducción, Jacqueline Butcher, Red Regional de ISTR en América Latina y el Caribe


Covi-democracia, implicaciones sociales y retos para el accionar de la sociedad civil

Anabel Cruz. Directora, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (Uruguay)

Democracia y políticas públicas: ¿Cómo reinventar el rol de la Sociedad Civil a través de la investigación?

Ana Patricia Muñoz, Directora Ejecutiva, Grupo Faro (Ecuador)

Sistemas políticos, democracia y Sociedad Civil: ¿cómo direccionar y potenciar la investigación sobre la Sociedad Civil para informar el ciclo de las políticas públicas?

César Ulloa, Docente Universidad de las Américas y Coordinación Mesa de Convergencia (Ecuador)

From the Editors: Strategies for Journal Publishing

Monday, June 22, 2020

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

Editors in Chief: Taco Brandsen, Radboud University & Susan Appe, University at Albany, SUNY

Moderator: Florentine Maier, Institute for Nonprofit Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

The Co-Editors in Chief of ISTR’s official journal VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations will discuss strategies to publish in international journals.  They will talk about how to increase the chance to get papers published, including topics about how to select a journal, how to design a paper, and how to address reviewers' comments.

VOLUNTAS is an interdisciplinary international journal that aims to be the central forum for worldwide research in the area between the state, market, and household sectors. As a leading academic outlet for research on the third sector, it publishes on topics related to civil society, nonprofit organizations, volunteering and philanthropy. 

Southeast Asia's Third Sector Response to the Pandemic: Data and Impressions

The Impact of COVID-19 on Nepali CSOs

A recording of this event is available here for ISTR members.

Dipendra KC

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Thammast University School of Global Studies, Bangkok, Thailand

Perspectives from Malaysia 
Janice Nga
Associate Professor & Head of Programme, Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Australian Philanthropy Sector 
Elizabeth Cham
UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia  

Ruth PhillipsModerator
President of ISTR
University of Sydney, Australia







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