“Pioneers of Change – It starts with us” is the motto that shaped the recent 3-day Leadership Forum in Bangalore, India. It was the very first time that Civil Society Academy (CSA) organized a conference to discuss and share new ideas related to responsibility and value-based leadership.
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The event attracted 40 civil society leaders from Africa, Europe, and Asia who have been powered by the Civil Society Academy to excel in their professional and personal life as responsible leaders.
The event had the following key objectives:
Look at the bigger pictures and strengthen the voice of Civil Society as a global cultural movement
Create a sense of togetherness and make new connections and partnerships
Strengthen the ethical basis of our work
To encourage a fruitful and open conversation, each day was filled with important keynote presentations, followed by interesting subgroup inputs and discussions. At the end of every day, the Treasure Hunter Team consisting of Joachim Schwarz, Rani Dhupia, and Trang Nguyen, presented the key insights they had collected throughout the day to all participants.
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The key insights
Based on the key insights, participants teamed up in smaller groups to brainstorm new solutions on the last day. These are the 10 key insights of the event:
New World Order – Capture the moment
There is a need for a new Civil Society
Deal with politics
Build alliances – horizontally
Get out of your current role and start empathizing
Social business can be one solution
The Ethiopian Case: Civil Society in the “waiting room”
Ideas on organizational development
On the leadership forum as a format
If you would like to read the complete outcome documents, please click here.
The way forward
Overall, the event was highly appreciated by the participants as well as the organisers. It was seen as a rare opportunity to change perspectives and address important social issues. The three days emphasized that there is a need for creating a safe and creative space for civil society leaders and development enthusiasts to exchange knowledge and ideas. The next step is to take these key insights beyond this forum.
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About the Author:
Trang Nguyen has a degree in Social Sciences and has worked in different development organisations, including a research institute, in Germany, Vietnam, and India. She is a full-time staff at CSA and her roles include marketing communication, IT, team and happiness, as well as facilitation. Trang is a young, creative, and forward-thinking person who loves to learn, share and connect with like-minded people.
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