Civil society starts early here. Our plenary and workshops got off to a rousing start at 8.30 with a speech from the Secretary General of CIVICUS ( the world alliance for citizen participation ) Ingrid Srinath, who spoke on the global context of civil society. And a great contribution it was!
She spoke about the downside of 9/11 and the worldwide restrictions on civil liberties and restrictions on freedom of information that have been the consequence.
There has been a subversion of democracy, and worse; a "take over of mindsets" with the reduction of people to economic units.
She said we had fallen into what Gandhi had so eloquently described as the 7 social sins. These are;
# Wealth without work
# Pleasure without concience ...more