Social Innovation. Social Enterprise. Social Change.
Civil Society, State and Markets in the New Paradigm
Berlin 9-10 July 2012
Call for Participation
Around the globe, we are all searching for ways to empower citizens and
communities, build new forms of enterprise and association, and develop new
models of public governance.
For more than a century, political movements, governments and public policy have
focussed almost exclusively on states and markets, and ignored civil society.
Their working ideologies were framed in the century-long contest between market
and state – the Right worked to increase the role of the market, the Left worked
to increase the role of the state. Together, Left and Right supervised the
uninterrupted expansion of both markets and states for five generations.
And as markets and states grew, the space available for civil society contracted
and the value of its activity plummeted. Its output of community, self-help,
mutual aid and social trust fell away. With the output of trust spiralling
downwards, cynicism and detachment have spiralled upwards.
This long period of imbalance between civil society, states and markets is
finally coming to an end. Social innovation and social enterprise are emerging
around the globe as diverse initiatives that address this imbalance.
British Prime Minister David Cameron knows a Big Society is needed. But his
government has little idea of how to change public policy in order to generate a
stronger civil society.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus knows a stronger civil society is needed to counter
the powerless individualism that has spread like a virus since 1989. But his
government, too, has little idea of how to change things.
Around the world, we need to rework our assumptions about state and society,
enterprise and business, personal and social responsibility, and reconfigure
these elements with the benefit of historical insight in order to strengthen
This task is a major challenge to the Right's pre-occupation with market
relationships and the Left's pre-occupation with citizen-state relationships. It
requires a new public philosophy built around the strengthening of civil society
to displace the twentieth century's exhausted traditions. What will this new
public philosophy look like? Who will drive it? Who will lead it?
This international conference will explore these issues, with a focus on
strategic perspectives which guide the search for solutions and new directions.
You are warmly invited to participate in this important global conversation.
The conference is hosted by the Civil Society Global Network in partnership with
Social Innovation Europe.
Papers and Presentations
Papers and presentations are invited which examine these processes, either on a
global or regional basis, or with a single country focus. Presentations may be
papers, addresses, workshops, interactive forums, or displays.
Expressions of interest in making a presentation should be forwarded, in no more
than 300 words, using this
The Program is available here
The conference will be held in Berlin at:
Konferenzzentrum Beletage der Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin
Civil Society Global Network
The Civil Society Global Network is a worldwide network which aims to develop
collaborative strategies to strengthen civil society and empower citizens and
communities around the planet.
Join the Civil Society Global Network
here. There is no cost to join.
Social Innovation Europe
The Social Innovation Europe initiative (SIE) is run by a consortium of partners
including Euclid Network and the Danish Technological Institute and led by the
Social Innovation Exchange (SIX). Funded by the European Commission’s DG
Enterprise, it is our goal to become a hub—a meeting place in the network of
European networks—where innovative thinkers from all 27 member states can come
together to create a streamlined, vigorous social innovation field in Europe, to
raise a shared voice, and to propel Europe to lead the practice of social
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