Two years ago, The Spindle (as the innovation platform of Partos), in collaboration with The Broker and CIVICUS, initiated a series of publications about creative, inspiring and innovative civil society activities around the world. Meanwhile, two editions are published: Activism Artivism and Beyond and Joining Forces, Sharing Power. Creativity, courage, tenacity, collaboration and resourcefulness were all crucial elements in the actions we collected and have featured in the series so far. For the third publication, we realized that one key element – although present in many of the initiatives discussed in the previous editions – deserved our special attention: inclusion. Therefore, we’ll launch – in less than a month – Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças: Civil Society Action for Inclusion!
A brief review
The series started off with Activism, Artivism and Beyond: Inspiring Initiatives of Civic Power, in which we celebrate those innovative actions that seek to defend and expand our civic space, which is constantly under threat. Realizing that successful action not only demands creativity and resolve, but also cooperation and partnership, in the second publication of the series we focused on collaborations in civil society. The result, Joining Forces, Sharing Power: Civil Society Collaborations for the Future, showcases a variety of ways in which civil society manages to bridge gaps, overcome differences and work together with likely, as well as unlikely, partners.
A key ingredient
Creativity, courage, tenacity, collaboration and resourcefulness are all crucial elements in the actions we admire and have featured in the work so far. For this third publication, we realized that one key element – although present in many of the initiatives discussed in Activism Artivism and Beyond and Joining Forces, Sharing Power – deserves our special attention: inclusion. We asked ourselves: What is the value of civil society action if some groups are left behind? And can we, through the series, do more to encourage civil society around the world to make sure that everyone, everywhere can be themselves, express themselves, and participate in every aspect of life? The upcoming publication, Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças: Civil Society Action for Inclusion is our answer to these questions. Again, the wealth and breadth of civil society initiatives out there is showcased, but this time with a focus on those people and organizations that are actively contributing to a truly inclusive world.
A look in the mirror
Around the world, too many people are still excluded from some or more aspects of life because of who they are or who they love; because of what they do, have or don’t have; or because of where or how they live their lives. In Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças the various barriers these people are facing are discussed, as well as the ways in which they themselves and the organizations that support them are working to ensure their inclusion in society. It is impossible to discuss every group that faces exclusion, or every aspect of life that people are excluded from. Rather, what this upcoming colourful book serves to do is foster an awareness of the importance of inclusion and make the readers take a good hard look in the mirror: Are you leaving no one behind? Are you contributing to an equal and inclusive world? Is there anything more you, or your organization could do to make sure everyone is included? We hope that the stories – that you’ll be able to read in a couple of weeks – give you new ideas and inspiration and that they help you find new ways to reach those people who face exclusion – to open up spaces to those who are now on the outside and to help build a world where everyone can join in.
Coming up soon!
We can imagine that you’re excited about reading the third edition of the series in collaboration with The Broker and Civicus! At the Partos Innovation Festival, on October 11, the first copy will be handed over to Yetnebersh Nigussie. Yetnebersh was interviewed for this publication and she is one of the keynote speakers at the Festival. If you want to stay up to date about the launch of Digital Dalits, Colourful Carroças: Civil Society Action for Inclusion, you can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media!