We invite you to submit an ONLINE workshop proposal that responds to the three main conference sections (find out more about the conference at the end of this document):
Trust and depolarisation
Trust in the times of Corona
Other topics related to the theme and aim of the conference.
We invite individuals or teams interested in organizing interactive workshops related to these topics to submit their proposals by filling this formbefore June 13th, 2020.
Please fill in the workshop application form and submit the Workshop proposal before June 13th, 2020.
We will notify successful applicants latest by June 23th, 2020. Applicants may submit more than one proposal. In case of any questions please contact Lukas Zorad Lukas@pdcs.sk.
Depolarisation: Road to deeper trust
September 29 – October 2, 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia
Not to divide is one of the most crucial challenges of the present day. The Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová, has recently warned against the divisions in our society. She also advised against irresponsible rhetoric, that “divide our society and slowly relativizes, questions or directly attacks its values and rules”. Europe’s strength lies in our joint determination to protect freedom, democracy and mutual respect. The mission of political leaders is not to divide. They have a responsibility to unite, not to divide societies into “us” and “them”, “east” and “west”, “north” and “south”, “city” and “countryside”, or “elites” and the “people”.” The president stated this in her speech at the Munich Security Conference 2020 in front of 50 heads of states.
Well, that should be the role of politicians, but it is often not.
In our conference we aim to explore what tools and methods we as civic actors can use that can help us build deeper trust among people hence depolarise divided societies in challenging political situations.
We will also look into trust in the times of Corona. How can the civil society respond to the new situation and how can it mitigate polarisation?
There are multiple roads that one can take on this journey. How to decide which ones to take?
Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS) is organizing the international conference of “Civic Actors in Conflict” for the fifth time and this time it is organised by consortium of partners (Movisie, Dare to be Grey, Textgain, Verwey-Jonker Institute) within an European funded project Project Grey.