Civil Society in EU: Prospects and Challenges - international conference


October 16, 2019 - 1 pm -  5 pm + networking

October 17, 2019 - 9.30 am - 3 pm


Where: Prague, CERGE-EI, Politických vězňů 1/936/7, 110 00 Nové Město


Organizers: Environmental Partnership Foundation, Spiralis and OSF Prague.


Please note: Registration is open until October 10, 2019, or until full capacity is reached.




Speakers on Wednesday, Oct 16: 

12.30 - 13.00 - registration

13.00 - 13.30 - introduction, Vera Mora - Ökotárs Alapítvány (Hungary)

13.30 - 14.15 - Alexandrina Najmowicz, European Civic Forum (Belgium)

14.15 - 15.00 - Vladimír Hyánek, Nonprofit Sector Research Center

15.00 - 15.15 - break 

15.15 - 16.00 - Aleš Chmelař, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

16.00 - 16.45 - David Ondráčka, Transparency International

17.00 - 19.00 - follow-up networking dinner



Speakers on Thursday workshops, Oct 17:

You can actively participate in different workshops with various representatives of the following organizations and institutions:

Petr Hlobil, CEE Bankwatch 

David Stulík, Former Press Officer of Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

Lenka Karvayová, Awen Amenca, Association of Roma Parents

Julia Sokolovičová

Rekonstrukce státu (State Reconstruction)


9.00 - 9.30 - Registration 

9.30 - 9.40 - The start of the Second Day

9.40 - 10.30 - Presentation of Individual

10.45 - 12.15 - First Series Workshop (3 Cases)

12.15 - 13.00 - Lunch

13.00 - 14.15 - Second Series of Cases (2 Cases)

14.15 - 14.45 - Sharing from the Workshops

14.45 - 15.00 - Closing of the Conference


The event is suitable for people active in civic initiatives, non-profit organizations, but also public institutions interested in the development of civil society in the Visegrad countries. Furthermore, entry to the conference is free of charge for those who are pre-registered thanks to the support of the Europe for Citizens Program. 


Online Registration →⏩ http://bit.ly/Občanská_společnost

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/462155161052844/

ℹ️ Hanka Černáková:  +420 774 505 902, Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.


The event takes place as part of the international project Reclaim our civic space! supported by the Europe for Citizens program. Partners are CERGE-EI and initiative Posilujeme Česko




Leadership Forum on the Social Economy
International Conference for Social Business
Date: 2 May 2018
Time: 9:00 – 17:30
Location: Schebek Palace, New Town, Prague
More than 100 leaders across private, non-profit, and public sectors will join to discuss the state of the social economy in the Czech Republic.
  • Who are the leaders of today's social / solidarity-based economy
  • How to build awareness and support among the public and media
  • How to establish goodwill towards partnerships between business and society
  • Why more women are leading social benefit ventures
  • What are the barriers, challenges and support for women's leadership
  • Examples which can be a source of inspiration and energy for everyone
Czech and American representatives from companies, non-profit organizations, government, and philanthropic entities including:
  • Kristyna Pellouchoud Driehaus, Vice President, AFOCR; President, KMD Foundation (Chicago, Illinois USA)
  • Jolana Turnerová, Executive Director, Spiralis
  • Miluše Horská, Vice-President of the Senate PČR, Czech Republic
  • Michal Broža, Officer-in-Charge UN Information Centre Czech Republic
  • Gail Naughton, Director of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA)
  • Jan Dobrovský, Entrepreneur, Journalist, Philanthropist; bpd partners, Post Bellum
  • Tomáš Salomon, Board Chair, Ceska sporitelna
  • Patricia Stack, Vice President, AFOCR (New York City, New York USA) 
  • Jan Školník, Co-owner of HOBRA Školník and Printer Broumov; and founder of Agentura pro rozvoj Broumovska
  • Dagmar Císařovská, Communications Manager, ExxonMobil; Co-Founder of Exchange for You
  • Martina Břeňová, Program Director, Avast Foundation
  • Stasha Milovanovic, Marketing Director, AVON
  • Eva Knappová, Director, Women's Breast Cancer Alliance
  • Tomáš Ervín Dombrovský, ‎Head of Analysis, Communication & Relations, LMC
  • Linda Hurdová, Director, Nadání a dovednosti
  • Alena Líškay Králíková, CSR Manager, Byznys pro společnost/Business for Society, 
  • Barbora Komberec Novosadová, Co-founder Impact Academy, Consultant Ashoka
  • Kateřina Jonášová, dramaturgy, narrator, founder of Učíme se příběhy
  • Miriam Vránová, zakladatelka platformy Spektrum rozvoje žen, Spiralis
Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová journalist, founder of Elegantní Česko
Moderator: Alica Sigmund Heráková, editor, Museum of Romani Culture
Time listening and discussions 9:00 – 13:00 (translated eng-cz)
3 panel discussions and 1 break
Recharge Time and Networking 13:00 – 14:00 (not translated)
Break for Lunch
Time work and debate 14:00 – 16:00 (not translated)
4 parallel thematic workshops, media, business-partner, story, impact
Summary of the Day and Closing Remarks 16:00 – 17:30 (not translated)
  • You have established or are leading a socially beneficial organization.
  • You are interested in the social economy or social innovation. 
  • You want to support socially beneficial activity
  • You are looking for inspiration on how to systematically improve the world.
  • You are a fan of social entrepreneurship.
  • You want to meet great personalities.
Organized by Spiralis and the "Spectrum for Women's Development" platform.
RSVP Required. Entrance is free, thanks to the support of the European Social fund and other partners. 
Sign-up: send us your name, surname, name of your organisation and a few sencences why you would like to participate at Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript. 
Registration opens on Wednesday 4 April 2018.
Registration closes on Friday 24 April 2018.


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Spiralis is a Prague-based non-governmental organization that develops collaboration opportunities in the Czech Republic for a strong, vibrant, healthy, and sustainable democratic civil society.

The quality and viability of civil society depends on the ability of people and capacity of institutions to contribute and to collaborate. Spiralis believes in the importance and power of non-governmental organizations to channel community potential for social good.

Since 1999, Spiralis has provided civic, social, educational, cultural, and economic opportunities to more than 10,000 Czech citizens. It is also serves as a trusted partner to successful local, regional, national, and international initiatives.

Operating from core principles of transparency, accountability, good governance, and collaboration, Spiralis has grown to become one of the most respected non-governmental organizations in the Czech Republic.

Capacity Building for Non-Governmental Organizations: We help non-governmental organizations, through training and technical assistance, to improve their strategic planning, fundraising, operations, management, public relations, marketing, and technology support. To date, more than 5000 Czech NGO staff members have benefitted from our learning opportunities.

Leadership: We strengthen the core competencies non-governmental organizational leadership in the Czech Republic. To date, more than 500 NGO leaders and executives have improved their professional effectiveness and advocacy influence through our training activities and resources.

Partnership and Networking: We cultivate partnerships for social good among the non-governmental, public, and private sectors in the Czech Republic. To date, an active community of more than 600 advocates, policy experts, researchers, funders, public officials, and business leaders have continued to build a supportive community of knowledge sharing and leadership support for local, regional, and national coordination.

Policy Advocacy: Spiralis is a catalyst for policy  advocacy affecting the Czech non-governmental sector. From our initial convening of NGO representatives to shape the legislative and regulatory framework for our sector, we have expanded our scope to reflect the broader theme of social responsibility and social entrepreneurship  to build stronger communities.