In his 1994 New Year's speech, Václav Havel said, "A modern democratic state cannot consist - to put it simply - only of the state administration, political parties and private enterprises. It must open up a diverse range of possibilities for citizens to engage not only privately but also publicly, to develop various types of civic coexistence, solidarity and participation. In a layered civil society, not only local authorities and non-profit organisations, of course, but also churches, trade unions, various civic associations, clubs and societies have an indispensable role to play." Civil society is therefore an essential tool for communication, problem solving and de-escalating tensions within society.
What is the current situation and state of civil society in the 21st century? Who makes it up and what are they doing specifically to develop and promote it? What is the role of NGOs themselves? What do NGOs actually address, where do they help, who, how and above all why? Should we want to be more involved in the work of NGOs and in supporting the development of civil society? What does this bring us back? What is their relationship with other civil society actors - do they complement each other? Do their activities lead to the sustainability of our society? What role does each of us have?