At the Civil Society in Transition conference in October 2013, activists from many different civil society sectors and countries shared their stories of how they are involved in creating the seeds of a new activism that understands the systemic nature of civil society’s many struggles and is experimenting with new ways of catalysing systemic change.
This report offers some of these seeds of a new civil society. It explains the context for why these new stories have become necessary (broken stories) and how the Smart CSOs Lab is providing a space for activists and change agents to jointly learn how to make changes in the way civil society thinks, acts and operates to work effectively towards systemic change.
In October the Smart CSOs Lab hosted a conference in Cologne (Germany) attended by 80 activists and researchers from 14 different countries. This video was produced at the conference and shows voices of activists from different parts of the world and different sectors of civil society talking about their frustrations, motivations and inspirations to join the growing movement for systemic change. We hope this video can inspire more people to start searching for new civil society stories to overcome the frustrations many of us are feeling by working in our issue silos and by fighting the symptoms while knowing that we need to tackle the root causes of the multiple crises of our times.