A three-year initiative (2022 – 2025) focuses on strengthening anticipatory capacities and future readiness of civil society professionals who are working to defend civic and civil society operating space.
To create an enabling environment for civil society, the civil society sector needs to develop more anticipatory and proactive mechanisms to complement its reactive responses to civic space restrictions and changing operating conditions. The initiative “Anticipating futures for civil society operating space” aims to increase awareness and readiness of (international) civil society organisations – (I)CSOs – to address challenges at the intersection of civic space and crises, develop future scenarios, and translate them into concrete strategies to become more futures-ready. The initiative creates synergies between the Solidarity Action Network’s (SANE) community of civic space-focused sector professionals and the Scanning the Horizon’s community of civil society futures thinkers and strategists, both hosted by the International Civil Society Centre (ICSCentre).
The “Anticipating futures” initiative will increase the signal-scanning and future-facing capacities of (I)CSOs, following three main objectives:
It consists of four phases:
The video introduces the initiative and shows its kick-off at the International Civic Forum 2022.
The “Anticipating futures” initiative is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Ford Foundation. The Open Society Foundations, Deutsche Postcode Lotterie and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung support phase two of four focused on developing future scenarios for civic space.
We welcome partners to get involved in strengthening anticipatory capacities and future readiness of (I)CSOs and invite you to support the initiative in one of the following ways:
1) Resource partner to financially support the project or parts of it
2) Content partner to co-develop this initiative or engage in one of its phases, bring in new ideas, insights and perspectives
3) Network partner to help us connect to content experts, potential contributors, funders and further relevant stakeholders or reach out to new audiences to deepen the quality, relevance and application of the work
For more information, please contact Senior Project Manager, Eva Gondor.