The Hedgehog and the Beetle

Hedgehog and the BeetleHighly successful, widely trusted and globally applauded, international civil society organisations (ICSOs) such as Oxfam, Greenpeace and Amnesty International are major players on the global stage. However, fundamental change in the outside world threatens their role and future existence: Shrinking space for civic participation hinders their work in many countries; climate change, persistent poverty and growing inequality make it harder for them to achieve their missions; and the rise of the internet disrupts their business models. At the same time ICSOs are needed more than ever. As humanity reaches and increasingly oversteps the limits of the resources our planet provides and the pollution it absorbs we urgently have to embark on the transition towards a sustainable, fair and equitable world. Governments on their own will not be able to undertake this transition. Effective civil society organisations have to help charting the way, setting positive examples and bringing citizens on board. The Hedgehog and the Beetle describes the key features of effective global civil society organisations and charts the journey today’s ICSOs have to undertake to turn themselves into successful drivers of the transition.

The book will be launched on 21 April 2015.

Lulu Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-326-15094-5 (E-Book 978-1-326-19120-7), 265 Seiten, 18,90€ (E-Book 10,80€)

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