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Depolarisation: Road to deeper trust

Civic actors
70 €
Starts at:
01.10.2020 09:00
Ends at:
02.10.2020 16:30

Save the Date for the 5th International Conference "Civic actors in Conflict".

Not to divide is one of the most crucial challenges of the present day. The Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová, has recently warned against the divisions in our society. She also advised against irresponsible rhetoric, that "divide our society and slowly relativizes, questions or directly attacks its values and rules". Europe’s strength lies in our joint determination to protect freedom, democracy and mutual respect. The mission of political leaders is not to divide. They have a responsibility to unite, not to divide societies into “us” and “them”, “east” and “west”, “north” and “south”, “city” and “countryside”, or “elites” and the “people”.” The president stated this in her speech at the Munich Security Conference 2020 in front of 50 heads of states.  

Well, that should be the role of politicians but it is often not.  

In our conference we aim to explore what tools and methods we as civic actors can use that can help us build deeper trust among people hence depolarise divided societies in challenging political situations. 

We will also look into trust in the times of Corona. How can the civil society respond to the new situation and how can it mitigate polarisation?  

There are multiple roads that one can take on this journey. How to decide which ones to take? 

We are inviting international speakers, experts and practitioners to discuss their analytical contributions and stories. Last but not least we will create time for dialogue and networking among our guests not only during the social and cultural part of our program, but also during our practical workshop, simulations and other interactive conference formats that enable in depth interactions among participants. 


Context of the conference:

Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS) is organizing the international conference of “Civic Actors in Conflict” for the fifth time and this time it is organised by consortium of partners (Movisie, Dare to be Grey, Textgain, Verwey-Jonker Institute) within an European funded project Project Grey.