Civil Society as Public Conscience

In June 2018, Independent Sector and Stanford Social Innovation Review launched Civil Society for the 21st Century, an article series featuring some of today’s leading thinkers and practitioners exploring current issues in civil society.

The Civil Society for the 21st Century series is designed to ask really big questions – and they don’t get much bigger than this:

Does civil society address questions of values in ways that government and business cannot? 

That’s the unflinching question proposed by Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. We don’t want to spoil the answer – nor could we fairly represent the nuance of his thinking – but his exploration of civil society’s role is as fascinating as it is unexpected.

For example, did you ever consider that the nonprofit sector is an “irritant to systems that need to be irritated”? Neither did we!

Read the article.

Learn more about this series.

Types: Blog
Global Topics: Civil Society, IS Member, Organizational Relationships, Public Policy