Summit 2010: Emerging spaces and challenges

The Civil Society Summit

The Civil Society Summit is to celebrate continuing freedom struggles in India, and to recognise present day freedom fighters. It is a premier knowledge and networking event of civil society in India. Its primary goal is to to bring together leading thinkers and practitioners in development and human rights with their counterparts in different sectors to

  • Inform civil society actors about the developments in knowledge, cutting edge technology and tools.
  • Inspire , by having living legends interact with upcoming leaders.
  • Innovate by providing space and opportunity for diverse actors to interact, and find areas of synergy.
  • Coordinate by providing opportunity for sharing information on their activities.

It will be held in Bangalore, India from 24-26 January 2010

The central theme will be 'governance', revisiting our republic 60 years after we promised on 26 January 1950

'to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.

  1. Chief executives of organisations, national or state conveners of networks and those being groomed to be in leadership positions will benefit best from the summit.
  2. There needs to be a broad perspective and respect for different opinions since there will be leaders from different sectors--from politics, business and art to science, technology and human rights to theoreticians, practitioners and managers.
  3. All shades of opinion are welcome, provided human rights are respected.

enquiries: 60@openspace. org. in


  1. Individuals Rs 500
  2. Organisations Rs 5000
  3. State/regional networks Rs 15,000
  4. National Networks Rs 25,000
  5. Stalls Rs 5,000
  6. Stalls (commercial) Rs 25,000

24 January 2010 Challenges

0900 Registration
1000 Inauguration by Veerappa Moily, Hon. Minister for Law
1100 Panel 01: Challenges in Accessibility
1230 Panel 02: Challenges to Commons
1430 Panel 03: Constitutional Vacuum
1600 Panel 04: Governance and threats to Civil Society
1700 Panel 05: Decentralisation
1800-2000 Cultural evening

25 January 2010 Alternatives
0930 Panel 06: Peace Building
1100 Panel 07: Electoral Reforms
1230 Panel 08: Migration and labour
1430 Panel 09: Health, Education MDGs
1600 Panel 10: Partnerships, CSR, Fairtrade
1800-2000 Cultural evening

26 January 2010 Emerging Spaces
0930 Panel 11: Emerging constitutional spaces
1100 Panel 12: Children and Governance
1300 Panel 13: International relations and responsibility
1400 Book releases (CERI manifesto, Women and Panchayat Raj, Movement of India)
1500 Freedom fighter awards

1600-2000 Cultural evening

Suggested registration:
Individual = 500
Organisation = 5,000
State/Regional Networks = 15,000
National Networks = 25,000
Stalls = 5,000
Stalls (Commercial) = 25,000

Accommodation will be paid directly, but can be blocked/arranged

If you would like to take part in the design and planning of the programme, you could join

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