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.
Our new publication "How to break out of the system trap? - A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism" provides an updated version of the original Smart CSOs model of change (Smart CSOs Report 2011). With the help of the model and its three levels of change we are describing what is holding us back from a transition to a new eco-solidarity economy and how some civil society organisations (CSOs) are using promising new ways of working towards systemic change. We want to support strategic conversations on how different civil society approaches can catalyse the Great Transition. Download the publication.