Talk Politics #10: Critical NGOs and Civil Society
PLUS: the soft launch of Singaporeans for Democracy (SFD) website
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Post Museum, 107 Rowell Road - MAP
One defining feature of the civil society is the autonomy of social actors to shape, criticize and reproduce essential social and political norms, values and identities through communicative - as opposed to coercive interaction. (Habermas).
In this session we will look to discuss:
(1) The role of constructive criticism in civil society - in shaping political discourse and social sensibilities
(2) Importance of a democratic space in which actors can articulate possibilities of social betterment. What chance for Global Civil Society?
(3) The gap between civil society and the state machinery - where does the NGO fit in? and should NGOs influence top-down policy making?
Also, for the first time, Dr James Gomez of the newly created NGO Singaporeans for Democracy (SfD) will share his thoughts and conduct a question-and-answer session on the newly formed SfD, and how SfD can contribute to the current political climate.