Setting the Scene


time15 - 20 mins




Welcome your guests and share your intentions and motivations for bringing them here today.

individual storyIntroduce yourself: briefly share your own story about why you are and why these ideas resonate with you (see worksheets on how to build your Story of Self).

Introduce the Smart CSOs Lab and the Guide and explain that the ideas presented here are part of a body of thinking being developed by a network of activists and change agents across Europe (and beyond), who are looking to embed a more systemic and transformative vision into their efforts for social change.



Depending on the size and nature of the group and the time available:

invite participants to introduce themselves to their neighbour,

or invite them to introduce themselves to the whole group,

and/or ask them to share why they were interested in attending this session, or what they would like to reflect on or improve in their approaches to change.



Outline the aims of the introductory modules (↘ see here)

As a reason for why it is important to question our current strategies for social change, you might want to refer to this explanation from the Guide:

Most indicators measuring the health of the planet show a negative trend: Climate change, biodiversity loss, acidification of the oceans and shrinking freshwater resources are all serious threats to life on earth. Global inequality has been on the rise for decades. Civil society has won many victories but we are losing the planet. A serious strategic reflection is required. (p4)


resourceIf you wish to support your session with PowerPoint slides, you can refer to these slides here.

You can also discuss how these sessions can fit into a wider reflection and action process on how to re-design our working practices and make our efforts at social change more meaningful and effective.

You may want to invite questions before starting to ensure that everybody feels comfortable with the agenda.

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