Civil Society Initiative event series:

Advocacy and Policy Advice Re-Considered

Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • April 25, 20198:30am - 12:30pm
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Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration

Session Theme: Rethinking the role of civil society in advocacy and policy advice in an age of new technologies and declining trust in institutions

Discussion Topics:

  • Civil society’s role key role as identifier and communicator of current and emerging issues in communities
  • Civil society and government – shared or different agendas? Impact on governance.
  • Who speaks for whom? The challenges of consultation and engagement in a digital world
  • Consultation, dialogue and deliberation

Civil society's impact on governance and social cohesion is being felt in Canada and around the world. The rise of populism, a declining trust in governments, the changing role of (and trust in) media as a neutral, fact-based intermediary, and the impact of technologies on both organizational form and engagement (within and across sectors), all tell us that the role of civil society in Canada is evolving.

Civil society is a reflection, and voice, of society’s wants, needs, priority issues and concerns. In a diverse society like Canada, civil society elements reflect our culture (e.g. French/English) and include NGO’s, faith-based organizations, immigrant groups, and Indigenous Peoples. Civil society has the ability to both disrupt and bring together. Citizens also tend to have more trust in civil society than they do in governments.

Governments need insight into the changing roles and views on the impact of civil society so they can respond with policies and programs.

Fees

  • Public Servants: $450/session or $1500/series
  • Civil Society: $150/session or $400/series

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Institute on Governance
60 George Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 1J4

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