Scenarios for the development of civil society in Slovakia by 2040
Project “Scenarios for the development of civil society in Slovakia by 2040” (2022-2023) is aimed at creating scenarios for the development of civil society in Slovakia and on their basis the creation of a hybrid training programme for civil society organisations in the field of adaptation to the new normal in the post-Covid19 and post-conflict era.
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Two years ago, there were few people in the world who warned of the possibility of "highly unlikely events" such as a global pandemic that would shake health and security on a global scale. Few predicted ruptures in development and economic consequences that would affect the nature of work and life trends. Yes, there were isolated voices (such as Bill Gates or Nassim Nicholas Taleb) who, perhaps more on the basis of intuition than elaborate predictions, warned that "black swans in the development of society" could not be ruled out. We see that the representatives of the next generation of Alpha are more sensitive than the older generations to climate change and the urgency of the steps that need to be taken in the coming global consequences of climate change. We know that it is not "only" about nature, that it is not "only" about energy, that we are facing tectonic changes in the character of societies, migratory movements and the "new normal". These movements concern the whole world and also concern our "sleepy Slovakia", it is impossible to run away from these movements, it is impossible to lie somewhere and wait until it "disappears", although some politicians and decision-makers in Slovakia tend to behave in a similar spirit .
Even in the civic sector, we will not suffice with old customs and traditional project activities - dusting off older projects, preparing a new training kit, publishing new brochures with a slightly changed focus. At PDCS, we feel that the new situation requires looking at the new reality differently. We need to plan for the future for an uncertain world where we cannot use "proven" steps and activities. Together with our colleagues and partners from non-profit organizations, we need to discover and rename them. We cannot bring them ready-made educational programs with new topics "on the tray". We want to rename them together with them. Through a demanding and untested effort, in which I will use the scenario thinking approach and scenario planning. By conducting ecosystem analysis using the PESTLE approach (Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal and Environmental factors), we plan to discover what are the driving forces and what is the likelihood that the new factors will emerge and signal where civil society organizations will be heading in Slovakia in the context of European and global movement.
In the course of six months, together with selected experts and after testing with about 50 non-profit organizations, platforms and initiatives, we want to first try to identify possible development scenarios that await the sector. We believe that after this framing, organizations, platforms and initiatives will be much more effective in understanding their needs and the needs of their communities, and based on these needs we will prepare a concretely focused educational program.
We want to prepare an educational program in a participative way, together with organizations - a program that is more individualized, more likely to be hybrid in terms of online and offline approaches and different than traditional trainings that we have conducted so far. As the nature of society changes, the sensitivity to new challenges arises, we are sure that it will not bypass the systems of procedures that have been used in education so far.
We may be appalled by the post-Covid19 period and the changes we will face, but we can also see them as a challenge that can be a decisive step forward. We would like to take part in that.
The project ‘Scenarios for the development of civil society in Slovakia by 2040’ is supported by the ACF - Slovakia program, which is funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. The administrator of the program is the Ekopolis Foundation in partnership with the Bratislava Open Society Foundation and the Carpathian Foundation.