Is there more to the current discourse on civil society than just fascination with the trendy? Since the 1980s, perhaps even earlier, people’s participation, people empowerment, NGOs and social movements, and the catch-all concept of sustainable development have been fashionable themes. Is civil society one more baloney in the shelf? What gives this notion its current forceful appeal? How relevant is it to the construction of the 21st century society?
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines