Vsyo Yasno gives a boost to activists messaging by pairing them with illustrators and artists to come up with striking, memorable and effective campaigns.
A 10 day long video school for civil society from Central Asia and Ukraine on making captioned videos for social media.
Our Art Intervention Programme partners artists with NGOs to spark debate among the wider public over social issues.
The video school brought civil society from Central Asia together to lean how to make short, impactful videos to support their causes.
MoneyTalks brought together NGOs and civic organisations from all over the region experimenting with ways to diversify their income.
Our gamification workshop paired NGOs with game makers to create engaging and innovative ways for people to engage with their projects.
Switch aimed to support those developing tech based solutions to social issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Getting people interested in the conclusions of academic research is difficult. Vse Yasno (Russian: everything is clear) was a data visualisation workshop organised by the Prague Civil Society Centre and Verstak Design Bureau that aims to make research on social issues accessible to a wider audience. Read more here.
CitizenLab 2017 was a three-day hackathon for citizens of Eastern Europe and Central Asia designed to boost participation in digital activism across the region. The event fastracked the development of web interfaces, portals, interactive maps, bots and mobile applications all designed to tackle social problems in the region.
Alongside the European Endowment for Democracy and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, we hosted a roundtable for leading Russian activists and journalists to discuss opportunities and challenges for Russian civil society to an audience of EU policymakers.
We co-hosted a Forum 2000 workshop with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for leading activists from across the world to share their assessment of civic activism in their countries and begin to think about successful push-back strategies for how to operate in repressive environments across Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Held in Georgia, DataFest was an event designed to inspire participants to explore opportunities created by data. It give them the opportunity to be mentored by experts from the Centre and ForSet and work on a small scale project to get to grips with the possibilities good use of data can bring to their work.
Our internship programme provides the opportunity for professional exchanges between people working in think tanks, the media and NGOs in the region and allows them to spend time at a similar organisation. We have facilitated over 60 internships since the launch of the programme. Check our get involved page regularly for professional exchange opportunities.
CampCamp is our annual international barcamp focused on campaigning and communications for civic activism. Over 100 activists from more than 10 different countries came to Tbilisi for CampCamp 2017 to get to grips with the latest trends in communication and campaigning and explore how creative approaches and technology can be used to better communicate their own causes, projects and campaigns. Read more here.
Our second drone workshop in Bishkek involved 15 participants from eight countries. The training centred on using drones for investigative journalism. You can see the results from one of the participants who exposed the extent of environmental damage and pollution from Bishkek municipal dump, right on the edge of town.
The Urban Forum acted as a platform for civil engagement in urban areas. Urban activists from various cities gathered in Prague and met with Czech urban activists to share ideas, knowhow and connect with each other on how to make their cities better places for their inhabitants to live.
In Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, most people only receive news about Ukraine through Russian state media making it easy to manipulate public opinion about Ukraine. The Lviv Video Quest reconnected young people from these three countries and the Central Asian participants produced stories about Ukraine, tailored to the Central Asian audience.
A three-day event in Minsk that explored how gamification can be used to tackle social problems. Three teams developed game prototypes that tackled issues as varied as fake news and how to teach the rule of law to teenagers.
This training for trainers took place in Prague in cooperation with the Danish school for alternative education, Kaospilot. Ten representatives of various NGOs that provide trainings on various issues attended to improve leadership skills and learn how to give their trainers a greater sense of ownership of their work.
Vse Yasno (Russian: everything is clear) invited 10 representatives from NGOs to Prague to be paired up with designers and producers who used their skills to transform the accessibility, image and strategy of their campaigns. Topics ranged from changing the perception of drug addicts in the Armenian press to attacks on human rights defenders in Kazakhstan.
This summer school was hosted in partnership with the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University. It focused on lessons learned from Georgia’s transition and how to apply them to other countries in the region.
Unlock is our flagship civic innovation platform that explores how technology and innovation can empower civil society across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. From Big Data and drone investigations to home-made honey and media start-ups, Unlock 2017 explored how civic innovation and technology can drive social change and unleash a new generation of activism. Read more here.
This event built on our seminar in Prague that explored how Ukraine’s experience of reform can be relevant for other countries. This time hosted in Kyiv, experts from Ukraine were joined by representatives from civil society and the media to identify key transferable lessons from the reform process in Ukraine.
For this iteration of our art residency programme, we matched NGOs with artists. We sent the artists to consult with various NGOs and produce a visually striking campaign that provides a fresh angle on the issues they work with.
A seminar on how innovation can help donors push back against shrinking civic space, held in partnership with the European Endowment for Democracy
Public roundtables with Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung, the German Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Endowment for Democracy, on the latest trends in Russian civil society
Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, explained the techniques, aims and impact of Russian propaganda, at our envent on “Weaponising the Media” in Prague.
A seminar hosted in Prague that explored how Ukraine’s experience of reform can be relevant for other countries. Led by experts from Ukraine and Georgia and attended by activists from all over the region, the seminar identified key transferable lessons for other countries we work in.
A one day training in Yerevan, this workshop focused on strategic communications and campaigning for civil society in Armenia. Hosted in partnership with OSF Armenia, 20 participants from all over Armenia attended the workshop.
Our storytelling workshop mentored activists to write about their work in a way that translates their passion into a gripping account of their activism, rather than the traditional, dry reports activists and NGOs often produce. Taught by a famous scriptwriter and Russian journalist, the workshop took place over four days in Prague and involved a series of webinars and home assignments. You can read one of their stories here.
Although regimes have started to crackdown on free speech online, social media remains one of the few places where civil society can communicate with new audiences with a degree of freedom. A small group of activists from different countries across the region came to Prague for 10 days of intense training and workshops on how to run effective social media campaigns.
The first two versions of our art residency programme brought artists engaged in socially minded projects in the region to Prague to focus on their project and provide a fresh and engaging approach to social issues in the region. Themes ranged from documenting protests in Russia to bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan and resulted in striking insight into longstanding social issues.
This Prague based hackathon looked to find ways to reinvent consultancy services – one of the traditional ways NGOs provide support in the region. Organised in partnership with Teplitsa, experts in the fields of gamification, customer relations, service design and social media came together to brainstorm methods to bring NGO’s consultancy rooms into the 21st century.
For three days Bishkek hosted an intensive training on how to use drones for investigative journalism. The training involved 15 participants from eight countries. They learnt the necessary technical, legal and ethical knowledge to use drones properly as well as how to package the footage in an impactful way.
Our first communication barcamp, CampCamp 2016 took place in Yerevan to support and mentor civil society to campaign more effectively, reevaluate how they communicate and become more sustainable. CampCamp is now an annual autumn event and a public call for participants is made in the second half of the year.
Fourteen participants from nine countries came to Prague for two weeks to develop new approaches to communication for civic activists and to explore the potential of new business models and innovative approaches to the media, campaigns, activism and tackling disinformation.
A workshop focused on strategic communications and campaigning for civil society in Kyrgyzstan. Held in partnership with the well-known Kyrgyz NGO “Youth Human Rights Group” the workshop was attended by 20 participants from all over Kyrgyzstan and covered communications, creative thinking and innovative campaigning.