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A Post-Truth Political Storytelling Case Study (BBL)
Apr
23
12:30 PM12:30

A Post-Truth Political Storytelling Case Study (BBL)

The Many Lives of Lorenza Congo: A Case Study in Post-Truth Political Storytelling from the Bolivian Amazon


This brown bag presentation will explore how different – and mutually contradictory – versions of stories about Lorenza Congo (a heroic figure in San Ignacio de Moxos, in the Bolivian Amazon) circulate, and what the different tellings do for the people who are doing the telling.


Though the field where this is studied is far away from the political scene here, the topic relates to the “post-truth” moment that many are struggling to understand in the US today.

Looking at such a broad topic (the era of misinformation, etc.) in a narrow setting will help actors within the US and other locations outside Bolivia get a handle on it in their own work.


PRESENTER:
Chuck Sturtevant is a political anthropologist with ten years of experience working in Bolivia. His work focuses on the theories of knowledge that sustain “other” systems of political practice in the Bolivian lowlands.
After the presentation, discussion will focus on questions like:- How do we deal with the circulation of multiple contradictory stories?- Why do impossible stories circulate?- How does storytelling sustain political practice, in the Bolivian Amazon and beyond?

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Introducing Limitless: Saving Lives through Instant Messaging
Mar
18
12:30 PM12:30

Introducing Limitless: Saving Lives through Instant Messaging

Limitless is a foundation that delivers technology to others for the use of instant messaging as a tool to connect knowledge (doctors, psychologists, lawyers, etc.) with people who require that knowledge. On March 18th we will present two experiences where we use instant messaging for good in this brown bag lunch (BBL) session.

1) Prevention of juvenile suicide and homophobic bullying. With the Itgetsbetter.org" Foundation in Chile, more than 90 psychologists serve children victims of bullying via several chat channels. Today we are preventing 1 suicide a day for children and impacting on the public policies that the government is developing.

2) Legal support for immigrants and refugees. With the NGO Jesuit Migrant Service, a network of volunteer lawyers support migrants and refugees who could be deported. They use instant messaging channels to talk to migrants, lowering costs, geographical barriers and increasing the number of people served.

About the Presenter

Juan Jose Soto is the Former Head of Digital Government of Chile, was Advisor to the Minister of Economy, CFO of Ciudadano Inteligente Foundation and currently is the CEO of Let's Talk, and Director of Limitless Foundation.




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Addressing Emergencies: Data Governance Lessons From Hurricane María
Mar
11
12:30 PM12:30

Addressing Emergencies: Data Governance Lessons From Hurricane María

The lack of a robust and transparent address infrastructure affected the assessment, emergency preparedness, rescue and reconstruction operations efforts for Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane María. 

Please join us for a conversation on Puerto Rico’s address data governance issues. 

An address infrastructure is an essential public good; the establishment and maintenance of good civic addresses save lives, is critical for public and private services and an important tool for fostering overall social and economic development. 

While the focus of this talk will be about recent experiences in Puerto Rico, over half of the world's population still have problems with addressing infrastructure. Come join us for this lively learning opportunity and discussion. 

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to secure your spot. 



Raúl Ríos-Díaz - ZIPDatum LLC, Address Consultant, Digital Media Creations, Inc.

Mr. Ríos-Díaz has been involved with addressing and postal issues for almost 30 years, specializing in Postal Strategy Consulting and addressing solutions for the Caribbean. Mr. Ríos-Díaz brings expertise in the development of local solutions to handle Puerto Rican-style addresses. He worked on creating the addressing standards used in Puerto Rico and was responsible for data collection efforts in Puerto Rico to create the largest delivery point database available for the island. More recently, his work to validate and geocode address data for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) demonstrated the value of specialized software to handle Puerto Rico addresses. He is the former Address Management System Manager for the US Postal Service (USPS) in charge of PR and the USVI.

Jon Sperling, Ph.D., GISP GIS Specialist 

Dr. Sperling recently retired as a Senior Policy Analyst of Geographic Information and Analysis at HUD’s Office of Policy, Development and Research. Previously, he was a key player in the initial building of the Census TIGER database which helped jumpstart the GIS "revolution” that propelled hundreds of new businesses offering location-based services. He was responsible for overseeing the development of the first “intelligent” digital street map for Puerto Rico and its first inclusion of address information. Jon authored several papers on the census geography and addressing challenges of Puerto Rico for the 1990, 2000 and 2010 Censuses and was directly involved in enabling digital spatial data sharing capabilities and training workshops with local governments as well as efforts to enhance coordinate accuracy and address data quality. Dr. Sperling was part of a small research team that recently received the ACM SIGSPATIAL 10 Year Impact Award in 2018.

The Initiative for Civic Address Systems Assessment in Puerto Rico (iCASA PR) is an organization started after the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico in 2018, committed to help communities overcome the problems of “data invisibility” by evaluating and improving their civic addressing systems based on data-driven quantitative and qualitative assessments.

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 Fighting Corruption with Modern Tech Tools - a Political Approach
Jan
16
12:30 PM12:30

Fighting Corruption with Modern Tech Tools - a Political Approach

Rampant corruption can destroy public support for democracy. New technologies create opportunities for financial shenanigans on an unprecedented scale, but also provide powerful new tools for transparency, accountability, and grassroots citizen watchdogs. We’ll be hearing from National Democratic Institute and Center for International Private Enterprise.

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Building Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to Catalyze Governance Innovations
Nov
29
12:30 PM12:30

Building Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to Catalyze Governance Innovations

Led by new Hub member Blake Ratner of Collaborating for Resilience, join us for this BBL. Launching governance innovations and making them stick requires creativity, persistence, and a robust model for thinking about how multi-stakeholder dynamics work, how to navigate conflict, and how to catalyze collective action. Come for an introduction to principles for building effective multi-stakeholder dialogue, and share the challenges you or your organization face. Suitable for practitioners working on any dimension of civil society engagement, public policy, and governance reform.

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Beauty of Taxation
Nov
7
12:30 PM12:30

Beauty of Taxation

This discussion will share the success story of sustainable development through participatory tax governance in one of the provinces in Pakistan. At its core, it's about women's empowerment through educating beauty salon entrepreneurs, which resulted in boosting tax revenues. Though this project, the registered taxpayers increased by 137% and the tax revenues increased by 330% post the awareness workshops.

We'll be asking:

How social media can be helpful in effective good governance? What are the effective ways in which good governance can be injected into government departments?

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Engaging Everyday Citizens in Open Government: Stories from the Ground in Monrovia, Liberia
Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

Engaging Everyday Citizens in Open Government: Stories from the Ground in Monrovia, Liberia

Despite many advances the global movement to promote transparent governments and fight corruption has made in recent years, it seems that still too often, the issue of open government remains a niche realm limited to experts and technocrats.

How can open government advocates better explain what opengov is and why it matters to everyday citizens, and link this issue to their daily concerns?

Luther Jeke, head of the iCampus - Liberia's first innovation hub - will be visiting DC and sharing what his community is learning about how to encourage citizen participation and accountability, even in the midst of great challenges to basic education, health and economic development.

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Innovations for Addressing Corruption in Bulgaria and Jordan
Oct
10
12:30 PM12:30

Innovations for Addressing Corruption in Bulgaria and Jordan

Viktoria Dimitrova and Eyad Mahadeen have both joined the Partnership for Transparency this fall as fellows. They are both working on designing projects addressing corruption which they will implement upon their return to Bulgaria and Jordan respectively.

Eyad will present on the idea of using an awareness campaign to fight Corruption in Jordan. Viktoria will present on the challenges the Bulgarian higher educational system faces today including fraud and corruption in universities.

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The Leadership Partnership: How Boards and Executives Lead Together
Sep
13
12:30 PM12:30

The Leadership Partnership: How Boards and Executives Lead Together

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation with Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of BoardSource. Drawing from BoardSource’s signature study, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, she will share insights on trends, strengths and challenges that boards and executives are facing. Through an interactive conversation, she will discuss how – as executives – you can make high-value investments in your partnership with your board, and why it matters.

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V-Dem: The World's Largest Dataset on Democracy Offers New Insights for Open Government
Sep
5
12:30 PM12:30

V-Dem: The World's Largest Dataset on Democracy Offers New Insights for Open Government

The global trend of autocratization – the gradual or sudden demise of democratic regime traits – provides new challenges to the work of international actors such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Capitalizing the world’s largest dataset on democracy, the research of the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) can help OGP staff and partners and other advocates of open government to understand the current processes of backsliding and closing space better.

In this seminar, the Deputy Director of the V-Dem Institute, Anna Lührmann, who will be visiting DC from Sweden, will present the V-Dem dataset and lead a discussion.

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How Can You Measure Organizational Effectiveness? Linking Capacity Building with Performance
Jul
31
12:30 PM12:30

How Can You Measure Organizational Effectiveness? Linking Capacity Building with Performance

A challenge capacity building programs have longed faced is the lack of leading indicators for capacity building. In other words, the field has not been able to directly predict how or, even if, organizational and technical capacity development leads to improved performance or results.

The Cooperative Capacity Framework solves this problem. The framework consists of five, measurable organizational states that correlate to performance. Our experience with the framework tells us that as organizations move up to a higher state, their performance, by any stakeholder indicator, at least doubles. 

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Navigation by Judgment: A Discussion with Dr. Daniel Honig
Jun
12
12:30 PM12:30

Navigation by Judgment: A Discussion with Dr. Daniel Honig

Dan argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid. Drawing on a novel database of over 14,000 discrete development projects across nine aid agencies and eight paired case studies of development projects, he argues that aid agencies will often benefit from giving field agents the authority to use their own judgments to guide aid delivery. This “navigation by judgment” is particularly valuable when environments are unpredictable and when accomplishing an aid program’s goals is hard to accurately measure.

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What are Your Rights in the Digital Age? A RightsCon Debrief
May
31
12:30 PM12:30

What are Your Rights in the Digital Age? A RightsCon Debrief

Every year RightsCon brings together activists, technologists, policy makers, and business and government representatives to talk about the current state of human rights in the digital age.

Members from the Open Gov Hub community attended this year's RightsCon in Toronto on May 16-18, and we want to share all that we learned (or didn't learn) with you during this brownbag lecture.

Dhanaraj Thakur (Web Foundation), Kristi Arbogast (Open Gov Hub), and Ulrich Mans (Political & Legal Advisor on Human Rights and UN Affairs) will be presenting, so come eager to learn and ask questions about:

  • disinformation

  • algorithmic accountability

  • discussions between the AI ethics, open data, and privacy communities

  • data privacy

  • human rights defender technology

  • the digital divide and gender gap

  • artificial intelligence in low and middle income countries

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Integrity Idol Screening: South Africa Finalists
May
16
12:30 PM12:30

Integrity Idol Screening: South Africa Finalists

Integrity Idol is an innovative global campaign run by citizens in search of honest public servants.

Integrity Idol began in Nepal in 2014, spread to Liberia in 2015 and has now evolved into a global campaign that is currently in 6 countries and has been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.

Over the last year, Accountability Lab ran the first ever Integrity Idol Campaign in South Africa. After nominations were received from all of the country and nominees were thoroughly vetted, we are now in the final stage of the campaign where citizens get to vote for their favorite honest public official from 5 finalists.

There is no better way to get a feel for Integrity Idol than by viewing it firsthand, so bring your lunch and join us for a casual screening of 5 short films (about 5 min each) highlighting the work of the current Integrity Idol South Africa finalists. 


Cheri-Leigh Erasmus serves at the Accountability Lab's Programs and Learning Manager and will facilitate this event. She's a spent a decade in the higher education and nonprofit management arenas in South Africa and the US. The Accountability Lab supports change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities, unleashing positive social and economic change.

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Planning for Retirement: Lessons & Tips for the Non-Profit Sector BBL
May
2
12:30 PM12:30

Planning for Retirement: Lessons & Tips for the Non-Profit Sector BBL

Please join us for the second installment of our free workshop with District Capital Management's Alvin Carlos.

In this session, participants will learn the following things in regards to working in the non-profit sector:

1) Main types of investments in our 401(k)/ 403(b), and pros/cons of each.
2) Impact of 401(k) fund fees.
3) Benefits of a Roth IRA.
4) How to do basic retirement planning projections.

No need to have attended the first session to attend this session.

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Better Understand Your Data & Visualize It with Insights for ArcGIS BBL
Apr
26
12:30 PM12:30

Better Understand Your Data & Visualize It with Insights for ArcGIS BBL

During this workshop attendees will learn about Insights for ArcGIS, a web based platform that offers a data analytics workbench where users can explore spatial and non-spatial data, answer questions users didn't know to ask, and quickly deliver powerful results. It is a fusion of geographic visualization and data analysis that creates a new workflow for doing iterative spatial analysis and knowledge discovery. This session will show how Insights unlocks the power of data with a modernized user experience.

This session will address these and other questions: How can I visualize my data better? How I can integrate my data with data from other sources? How can I save the workflow and create different scenarios?

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Fourth Sector Development: Scaling Private Enterprise for Public Good
Apr
24
12:30 PM12:30

Fourth Sector Development: Scaling Private Enterprise for Public Good

Many of the social, environmental, and economic challenges we face are downstream consequences of outmoded economic systems and organisational models whose roots date back to the industrial age. The scale, urgency, and complexity of these challenges demand a fundamental upgrade to business-as-usual.

Over the past few decades we have seen many for-profit companies broadening their purpose to pursue social and environmental aims, while many nonprofits and governmental organizations have adopted market-based approaches to advance their goals. At the same time, a rapidly growing movement of “for-benefit” enterprises around the world have been leveraging the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. These pioneering for-benefits are challenging the traditional boundaries that separate the public, private, and social sectors, giving rise to a new, fourth sector of the economy. 

Join us with the CEO of Fourth Sector Group, Heerad Sabeti, and Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, Alan J. Abramson, to hear more.

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Open Contracting in Land: Finding a Way Forward BBL
Apr
23
12:30 PM12:30

Open Contracting in Land: Finding a Way Forward BBL

While transparency around land transactions has been clearly established as a best practice for responsible investment, land transparency is rare, and lags far behind transparency in the extractive industries. This brownbag lunch will explore how to advance land transparency, focusing in particular on ways to design initiatives or interventions that support project-affected people. After a brief set of remarks from discussants, and a short overview of the experiences of OpenLandContracts.org--the world's first repository of publicly available investor-state land contracts--participants will engage in a lively discussion and brainstorming session.

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Russians Tackling Corruption in Russia: Challenges and Opportunities BBL
Apr
9
12:30 PM12:30

Russians Tackling Corruption in Russia: Challenges and Opportunities BBL

This event will feature a discussion between Matthew Murray and Anton Pominov, to discuss the current state of play for Russian anti-corruption activists in Russia. It will explore what opportunities for progress in the fight against corruption exist in Russia and what strategic choices Transparency International’s chapter in Russia makes to address current challenges to the field in Russia.

Ample time for discussion with the audience will be made in order to ensure open dialogue with attendees.

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Advocacy Evaluation: Techniques to learn from & improve your advocacy work
Jan
31
12:30 PM12:30

Advocacy Evaluation: Techniques to learn from & improve your advocacy work

Join us as we hear from Innovation Network, an evaluation and research consulting firm that specializes in advocacy and public policy evaluation and maintains a diverse client portfolio in the areas of health and health equity, social justice, and theory of change and evaluation planning. Using cases from their work, they will share an overview of how advocacy evaluation is used within the nonprofit sector, introduce some key tools—along with their strengths and limitations—and open a discussion about how these tools and strategies may be used in different contexts.

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Advancing Transparency and Accountability: The Nigerian Perspective
Jan
25
12:30 PM12:30

Advancing Transparency and Accountability: The Nigerian Perspective

In the last decade, there have been significant numbers of civil society organizations working on ensuring the government becomes more transparent and accountable in Nigeria, while promoting a culture of citizen participation and engagement. This presentation will look at the metamorphosis of these organizations and how they have challenged the status quo using online and offline technologies. It will also look at challenges in the near future, and how international organizations can support their work.

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Following the Money: how to bridge the gap between citizens and subnational governments?
Dec
6
12:30 PM12:30

Following the Money: how to bridge the gap between citizens and subnational governments?

Recently the promotion of transparency, citizen participation and accountability has placed greater emphasis on the subnational level. This shift is based on the idea that local governments are closer to the citizens they serve, which means a better understanding of and greater potential for responsiveness to citizen needs.

At this event we will share reflections and lessons from two ongoing projects in open fiscal governance: Follow the Money in Mexico, implemented by Global Integrity, and Somos Chiantla in Guatemala, implemented by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI). 

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Promoting Youth Empowerment and Civic Participation Across the Balkans
Nov
16
12:30 PM12:30

Promoting Youth Empowerment and Civic Participation Across the Balkans

During this brown bag, Hub Fellow (through Atlas Corps) Edison will first highlight successful projects, accomplishments and lessons from his 10+ years working in the nonprofit and public sectors in Albania and across the Balkans. Then, he will share some key skills he has developed, examples of previous work, and his priorities for the coming year throughout his fellowship. After his fellowship, he is excited to advocate open government across his home region and learn from each of you throughout the year!

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Filling Data Gaps and Modeling Data for Education [BBL]
Nov
13
12:30 PM12:30

Filling Data Gaps and Modeling Data for Education [BBL]

The world is facing an alarming education and learning crisis, due in part to data systems unable to keep up the pace. The Education Commission’s costing and projection model uses the best data available today and employs advanced statistical methods to fill in data gaps and project into the future, creating the most complete base of data and analytical estimates for decision-making and advocacy around education.

This brownbag will unpack what this innovative model does, as well as goals to make it a global public good for achieving SDG 4 on education.

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What Can We Learn from Social Network Analysis about Program Sustainability? [BBL]
Nov
7
12:30 PM12:30

What Can We Learn from Social Network Analysis about Program Sustainability? [BBL]

How can you measure the strength and sustainability of your organization's programs, while also gaining insights into the connections within it?

Two of IREX’s US Government funded exchange and leadership development programs, the Community Solutions Program and the Mandela Washington Fellowship, conducted SNAs to learn more about how these programs build the networks of their Fellows (which Open Gov Hub members have hosted!) and what the secondary impact of these networks might be, especially for sustainability of the program's outcomes. They will share insights on how these fellowship programs can support social change agents to carry forth impact within their own communities once the fellowship has ended.

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How To Uncover Your Own Data for Organizational and Network Learning and Impact: Info Session for Data, Methods and Complexity Workshop Series
Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

How To Uncover Your Own Data for Organizational and Network Learning and Impact: Info Session for Data, Methods and Complexity Workshop Series

Policy makers, managers and others who work in complex organizational settings, partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts, face the challenge of gathering, analyzing and communicating complicated evidence and information across multiple linkages. Born out of need, people are recognizing that new skills and tools are needed o effectively work with increasingly complicated information ecosystems.

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Tell Your Story and Increase Your Impact by Using StoryMaps
Oct
5
12:30 PM12:30

Tell Your Story and Increase Your Impact by Using StoryMaps

Esri Story Maps platform allows you to easily and powerfully embed and combine dynamic web maps with audio, video, photographs, sketches, and text in a compelling framework. 

This BBL guides you through the steps to create a story map using the right application template for your purpose and audience. Whether your goal is to share information with the public, present research findings, showcase points of interest in your city, or something else, you will learn useful tips to create an engaging story map more quickly and easily.

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Implementing Open Data Strategies for the Non-Profit Sector
Sep
25
12:30 PM12:30

Implementing Open Data Strategies for the Non-Profit Sector

Two leading Canadian organizations will share their experiences of developing and implementing open data strategies for the non-profit sector. Using recent case studies, the presentation will cover opportunities for using open data and open licensing to increase impact within the sector by making better use of its information assets and resources, and the challenges encountered to implement these strategies.

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Corruption as an Operating System
Jul
26
12:30 PM12:30

Corruption as an Operating System

Corruption is typically seen as an amorphous force, or a sum of improprieties perpetrated by unconnected individuals, a supporting act to the depredations of, say, transnational criminal organizations. This talk with Sarah Chayes, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will explore how corruption is better seen as the organizing principle of sophisticated networks that tie together members in the public, private, and criminal sectors.

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Introduction to Esri and ArcGIS
May
17
12:30 PM12:30

Introduction to Esri and ArcGIS

In this brown bag lunch, Esri’s team will show you what AGOL is and how it interacts with your work. Learn how to host content and services in the cloud easily and securely. Explore content access and restrictions with named users. This event is rich with live demonstrations, so you’ll walk away more confident in configuring app templates, managing organizational tools, and conducting easy online spatial analyses. Reimagine what your GIS can do for you.

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NGOs and Power: Combining Policy, Advocacy, and Citizen Action for Transparency & Citizen Action
May
16
12:30 PM12:30

NGOs and Power: Combining Policy, Advocacy, and Citizen Action for Transparency & Citizen Action

This brownbag will be focusing on some of the following questions to inform the discussion:

- Why do INGOs (International Non-Governmental Organizations) and CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) need to think about power?
- Why are citizens critical sources of power, and what does this mean for INGOs and CSOs?
- What's the difference between sustainability and impact for CSOs?
- Is the "confrontation versus collaboration" dichotomy for citizen-state engagement misguided? What's the alternative?
- As civic space is under threat both in non-democracies and democracies, are such hybrid civil society organizations potentially better suited to "weather the storm"?

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