/ CIVIL SOCIETY TOOLBOX
Civil Society Toolbox: A Do It Yourself toolkit for capacity building, collective action and organizational development.
Toolbox aims to support civil society actors, initiatives and civil society organizations who are facilitating organizational development in initiatives, civil society organizations or informal groups who want to develop their working structures to act, collaborate and create impact in times of complexity and uncertainty.
The Toolbox focuses on 13 selected themes, which deal with some of the most frequent challenges of civil society organizations. In order to prioritize which theme(s) to work on, your team can use the toolbox to find your specific capacity building need.
The Civil Society Toolbox is available to order (hard copy) or download in English, Greek, Turkish, French, Russian, Arabic, Hungarian, Polish, Bulgarian. It will soon be available in: Ukrainian, Romanian, Albanian and Serbian
SUPPORTING THE TOOLBOX COMMUNITY
We are an international self-organized partnership and hosts of a community of practitioners who continuously improves and further develops the methods & tools of the Toolbox on a voluntary basis. In parallel, our team organize workshops and trainings in order to engage and support others to use the Toolbox.
The Civil Society Toolbox is a DIY toolkit that can be used by any team without the support of an external facilitator. In the case where a team needs external support, our team offers facilitating servises uppon request.
how can a team work
with the toolbox
There are different ways to work with this Toolbox.
Use what you need!
You can implement a tailor-made workshop to address and solve your capacity building need. These workshops are called “Paths”. Each Path outlines a recommended sequence of activities, discussions, and exercises to guide you through a fruitful development process, all of which can be adjusted to your team’s specific needs. Most Paths assume that you will invest a day to work on a theme. You can also create your own Path from the Toolbox Library or try out individual methods one at a time.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND
IN THE TOOLBOX
(with step by step process)
(exercises & templates)
(linked to thematic areas)
Toolbox thematic areas of work:
Internal Communication & Decisions | Working with Volunteers | Roles & Responsibilities | Vision & Mission | Strategy | Risk & Resilience | Financial Model | Knowledge & Learning | Collective Impact | Crowdfunding | Working with Funders | Evaluative learning | Community Engagement
TOOLBOX COMMUNITY STORYTELLING
The Civil Society Toolbox is the outcome of Tools for Citizens program that was developed within the cooperation of MitOst (Germany), Anadolu Kültür (Turkey), Socius (Germany), COMM’ON (Greece) and AoHAthina (Greece) with the consultancy of Laden Yurttagüler and Yörük Kurtaran (Turkey), the contribution of HIGGS (Greece) and Impact Hub Athens (Greece) and the support of Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany).
The core team of the Civil Society Toolbox community today is supported by:
MitOst (Germany): Marischa Weiser
Socius (Germany): Andreas Knoth
COMM'ON (Greece): Stelios Voulgaris
iIIDEBATE (Tunisia): Elyes Guermazi
INTERRA (Russia): Elena Bobrovskaya
Insha Osvita (Ukraine): Alona Karavai
FOR CIVIC EUROPE
COMM'ON collaborates with Civic Europe Program (round I) as a facilitator and mentor in their Idea Challenge program that funds and mentors up to 20 ideas per year from 12 countries!