Carlo Lettieri, Italy - Together Ambassador in Brussels | Silver Rose Awards
SOCIETY OR POLITICAL SOCIETY
Can civil society to be independent from political life? I think that there is a moral distinction between social and political action. Social action is something altruistic, whereas, political action is something that is supposed to contribute to help social actions. However, in my opinion both dimension are tied to each other, it's not realistic to imagine political and social action separately. Civil society in many places plays the role that politics should play, namely listening to the real problems of citizens. Therefore, in this context the involvement of young people becomes fundamental. The opportunities for young people to participate in communities may influence their behaviour and development, contributing to increase their active participation in the community and in politics.
On a global scale, civil society organizations play an incredibly important role and NGOs are the main actors, doing a very hard job for instance after natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes they intervene to serve people affected and help them return to normal. In order to have a strong social impact, civil society needs to be supported by institutions, in economic terms but also for the creation of networks connected that can become an added value on the different territories, boosting social impact. The creation of networks that share common values is a fundamental pillar for improving the involvement of associations in civil society. European and National Institutions, in order to involve as many people as possible have to promote action with the aims to increase young people participation in civil society and political life, including:
- National service programmes;
- Give more space to social movements, including those among policy promoters;
- Sport and no formal mechanism to encourage civic participation;
- Round table among the main actors of civil society;
- Enhance spaces where civil society is heard by politicians, including the problems that civil society brings into institutions on the political agenda;
- Strengthening European networks in order to share common ideas; Therefore Education and training are a fundamental pillar on which to aim to improve participation in civil society contributing to sharing commons value and contributing to create a European identity.