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New Initiative: Social Consciousness Unchained

New Initiative: Social Consciousness Unchained – 18 May 2020
The Role of CSR during the COVID19 Pandemic

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University, CSR Turkey, and Social Approval Initiative launched a new initiative that meant to explore and debate how society is changing as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. The idea is to explore whether new type of social consciousness has been emerging where different societal actors (CSOs, businesses, academia, regional and local administrations) interact with each other to contribute via debate and/or action to the new normal that the pandemic has forced upon us. In fact, the existing SDG framework with its actions, targets, and priorities provides a point of reference which could reinforce some of the debates and trends that have been emerging since the pandemic has become part of our lives.

As a first step “Social Consciousness Unchained” highlighted debates among representatives of various societal actors from different countries through regular webinars which will be duly announced on the websites of the partner organizations and their social media feeds.

The first installment focused on whether a new social consciousness has emerged in Turkey, Greece, and Ukraine by exploring some of the societal initiatives, from the business sector to foundations, that have contributed to combatting the pandemic at national level and what this implies for the framing of an emerging social consciousness.

The first event of the initiative took place as a virtual event Zoom on Monday, 18 May at 17:00 to 18:15 (GMT +3). You may also see the event video on the CIES Youtube Channel.

Speakers:

  • Serdar Dinler, Chair, CSR Turkey
  • Maryna Saprykina, Managing Director, CSR Ukraine
  • Alexandros Kostopoulos, Member of the BoD, CSR Europe; Business Development Manager, CSR Hellas
  • Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, CIES, Kadir Has University (Moderator)

pThe current context in Europe, and the United States, is one where the health dimension of the pandemic has compounded the economic context with increased uncertainty while a new sort of civil engagement is emanating from the protests in the United States, with global repercussions. This online discussion, thus, aims to explore the intersection of politics and civil society mobilization and the possible emergence of a new social consciousness.

The second installment of Social Consciousness Unchained initiative focused on "The role of Politics and Civil Society in the Post COVID19 Era".

It took place as a virtual Zoom event on Monday, 22 June at 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT +3). You may also see the event video on the CIES Youtube Channel 

Speakers:

  • David Wisner, Executive Director, Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center, American College of Thessaloniki
  • Hannes Swoboda, President, International Institute for Peace, Vienna
  • Athanasios Grammenos, Scientific Advisor, Young Liberals of Greece, Athens
  • Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, CIES, Kadir Has University (Moderator)

yThe third meeting of the initiative focused on CSO strategies both at national and international levels in terms of their priorities in the post-Covid19 era. What should their focus be? How can they enhance their sustainability? What is their responsibility in managing the social consciousness that is, in part, expressed in terms of anger? What practical, impactful strategies do they need to implement?

The Webinar was part of the "Social Consciousness Unchained" project that was launched in May 2020. This initiative is meant to explore and debate how society can and has changed as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. The idea is to explore whether a new type of social consciousness has been emerging where different societal actors (CSOs, businesses, academia, regional and local administrations) interact with each other to contribute via debate and/or action to the new normal that the pandemic has forced upon us. In fact, the existing SDG framework with its actions, targets, and priorities provides a point of reference which could reinforce some of the debates and trends that have been emerging since the pandemic has become part of our lives.

Speakers:

  • Cristina Rigman, Secretary General, ChildPact – The Regional Coalition for Child Protection, Turda
  • Aspasia Kakari, Head of Communications, Policy, & Campaigns, ActionAid Hellas, Athens
  • Serdar Dinler, President, Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR Turkey), Ankara
  • Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, CIES, Kadir Has University (Moderator)
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