Join us in creating a national dialogue about our #civilsocietyfutures by initiating a Conversation in your community of practice or locality.

About #CivilSocietyFutures Conversations

#CivilSocietyFutures Conversations is an open source framework for a national conversation into the role of civil society. Communities of interest, of practice or geography are invited to host open Conversation events which will bring people together to share their hopes and fears for the future, the changes they are currently seeing in civil society and together co-develop specific visions for what civil society might look like ten years from now. Although the inquiry is focused on England, we welcome groups throughout the UK and wider to host a conversation and share their insights on the specific challenges and visions for civil society as you know it. 

The insights and evidence from the Conversations will feed into a bank of visions for civil society which will be featured on the online hub, as well as inform the research process. As the Conversations network develops, we will be looking at creating further opportunities for connecting and joining up Conversation clusters.

Here’s how to initiate a Conversation

  1. Complete this form to let us know you’d like to initiate a Conversation; we’ll include it our events calendar and help you promote it via social media.
  2. Once you’ve submitted the form, a member of the Civil Society Futures team will be in touch to send you the Conversation toolkit – either as a soft copy, or by post. We’ll also arrange an online briefing session to help you set up the Conversation process.
  3. Think of who the audience is for your Conversation – is it your colleagues, your neighbours, members of your church, your local volunteering group or the co-working space you’re part of? The more specific the community you’re trying to bring together, the better!
  4. Use Eventbrite, Facebook, WhatsApp or word of mouth to allow people to find out about it; we’ve included a sample invitation here.
  5. Share photos, insights and stories by tweeting at @civsocfutures, sharing on the Civil Society Futures Facebook page or by using the hashtag #CivilSocietyFutures. If you’d like to send us your photos, videos, or any other insights directly, please upload them to this folder (and name them in a distinct way so we can easily identify what’s what).
  6. Keep the conversation going: after the Conversation, we’ll be in touch in regards to other ways in which you might be involved in the Inquiry, such as a national facilitator’s special Conversation, feature articles on the Civil Society Futures Hub, and more.

12th April 2017