Our aim throughout this inquiry was to be humble in learning about what is happening, but bold in what we look at.
We wanted to hear from all parts of civil society, in all sorts of ways. Applying this principle, we created an invitation to host dialogues about the civil society issues that matter to people across the country. This is how the #CivilSocietyFutures Conversations format came about – an open source framework.
We believed this process to be a key piece to the inquiry not being ‘done to’ civil society, but an opportunity for civil society to self-reflect – and we were amazed by the energy and appetite this invitation was met with.
So what came out of it?
During May 2017 – March 2018, over 60 independent conversations took place, hosted by a wide range of people willing to convene and mobilise – from senior leaders, to active citizens. Follow the links below to explore where the conversations took place, what they were about and the insights that emerged. The feedback we had from conversation hosts was that the toolkit provided a framework for dialogue that is easy to follow and can be applied to virtually any topic – so we’re publishing the toolkit as a standalone resource for anyone to use going forward as well.