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Presentation by The Rt Hon George Reid at NICVA\'s Annual Conference on 21st November 2008

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ENGAGING THE CITIZEN -  Futures For Civil Society ENGAGING THE CITIZEN - Futures For Civil Society Presentation Transcript

  • ENGAGING THE CITIZEN Futures For Civil Society The Rt Hon George Reid
    • The Drivers of Change
    • The Challenge of Politics
  • “ The development of a dynamic and responsive strategy for outreach and public engagement ”
  • “ We must try to accept that we have a shared past and try to learn from it. “ The differences in our societies must cease to be barriers between us. “ We must learn to live together – not only to be supportive of our respective individual diversities but indeed to be champions of respect and tolerance of others”
  • N.I. CHALLENGES
    • Promotion of Vision and Values
    • Division on Religious Boundaries
    • Tolerance of Difference
    • Collective Campaigns
    • Trust in|from the Assembly
    • Dependency on State Funding
    • Clear unifying Agenda
    • GOALS OF INQUIRY
    • Explore threats and opportunities
    • Identify how policy and practice can be enhanced
    • Improve ability of civil society to meet future challenges
    • WHAT IS CIVIL SOCIETY?
    • Associational Life
    • The ‘good’ society
    • Arenas for public deliberation
    • “ Civil Society is a goal to aim for, a means to achieve it and a framework for engaging with each other about ends and means”
  • FUTURES THINKING “ The purpose of looking at the future is to disturb the present”
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  • PLEASE, NO CONSULTANT SPEAK!
    • FAULT LINES
    • Challenge of Sustainability
    • Isolation of the Poorest
    • Social Cohesion under Pressure
    • Shifting Activism and increasing obstacles to engaging with civil society
    • FAULT LINES
    • Application of Technology
    • Voluntary & Community Organisations lose their Distinctiveness
    • Diminishing Areas for Public Deliberation
    • Marginalisation of Dissent
  • LOCAL LIFE
  • DIVERSITY WARS
  • ATHENIAN VOICES
  • GLOBAL COMPACT
    • WHAT NEXT?
    • Social Justice and Climate Change
    • Financial Industry
    • The Media
    • The Deliberative Process
    • Marginalisation of Dissent
    • ANOTHER FAULT LINE
    • Devolution as a Driver of Change
    • State no longer sole source of authority
    • Responsibility for Civil Society largely devolved
  • QUESTION 1 Is Devolution Decentralisation, power handed down from the Centre? Or is Devolution a dynamic process, power rising up from the People?
  • QUESTION 2 Does the Northern Ireland Assembly practise Representative Democracy? Or does the Northern Ireland Assembly practise Participative Democracy?
    • COMPARISONS
    • Architecture
    • Accessibility
    • Accountability
    • Equal Opportunities
    • Sharing of Power
  • “ The development of a dynamic and responsive strategy for outreach and public engagement ”
    • A People’s Parliament
    • Politics too important to leave to the politicians
    • Let the People in
    • Let the People have their say
    • Let the People change law
  • “ We must learn to live together – not only to be supportive of our respective individual diversities but indeed to be champions of respect and tolerance of others”
    • A Civic Agenda?
    • Decide Representative or Participative Democracy
    • Decide Decentralisation or Devolution
    • A Futures Agenda
    • Think Needs not Positions
    • Consult with Civic Society
    • Open the Assembly to the People
    • Agree a Petitions System
    • Stand for Election
  • “ Look to the Future. Accept the Challenges. Society fails if the citizen is not engaged. “ Setting an agenda for change is not a burden. It’s a responsibility. And an opportunity to change for good ”