Civic innovation comes in many forms. Journalists using drones to investigate corruption and environmental damage, activists using gamification to raise awareness of societal problems and run advocacy campaigns, or entrepreneurs launching new ventures to support vulnerable groups in their community.
Across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, these kinds of projects are growing in importance, impact and relevance. A new generation of civil society is experimenting with technology and devising creative ways to reach wider society and spread their message. They are redefining the who, what, how and why of activism to drive positive change throughout society. They are engaging with groups from different countries, along with professionals, experts and academics from different fields to gather the best ideas and projects from across the world and learn how to tailor them for a new environment and community.
Our programmes support this bold, visionary thinking, and we strive to help campaigners develop the skills and forge the connections to continue this innovation and experimentation. At a time of disturbing headlines and mounting repression across the region, we believe this focus on creative communication and constituency-building are vitally important to build sustainable, robust and vibrant civil societies.