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Civil Society in Europe – Who, Why and How Should Be Mobilized?

Stage: Demokraatia ala

Three legendary civic activists from Hungary, Poland and Germany take the floor. We ask them to present three different case studies: mass rallies against Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Poland Black Friday protests and Germany’s approach to the refugee crisis. At the same time in Estonia, organized civil society is struggling with getting people’s engagement beyond Facebook activism. We give the three wise men various examples from Estonia and with their decades of experience, analyze them to the bone. The aim is to create ideas and concrete solutions on how to hold on European values.


Arutelu keel: Inglise
Arutelu juht: Sigrid Solnik (Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation)
Participants: Miklos Marschall (Hungary) the first and founding Executive Director of CIVICUS ; former Deputy Managing Director of Transparency International, former deputy mayor of Budapest ; Jakub Wygnański (Poland) sociologist, activist and co-founder of a number of non-governmental organizations. In the early 90s he resigned from active politics, becoming one of the animators of the movement of non-governmental organizations in Poland. CEO of The Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” André Wilkens (Germany) CEO Offene Gesellschaft, former director of the Mercator Centre Berlin and director of strategy of Stiftung Mercator. Wilkens has lived and worked for many years in Brussels, London, Turin and Geneva.
Korraldaja: Open Estonia Foundation