Envisioning a School for Civil Society

Events and Activities

On December 8, 2011, a meeting with 25 campus stakeholders from across colleges was held to encourage critical and rich discussion about opportunities and obstacles in the University responding to ideas around civil society.

Adam Sneyde presented an overview of perspectives on civil society including issues of definition, diversity, development, impacts, and legitimacy of civil society. A plenary discussion asked participants to reflect on the concept of civil society and consider critical questions about the actors involved in civil society, the focus in civil society, and the institutionalization of civil society.

Opportunities for civil society at the University of Guelph were explored by the group, including brainstorming sessions about where to focus this work and how civil society involvement maps on to the University Strategy plan. A second plenary discussion asked participants to explore the challenges and considerations for moving forward. Objectives, goals, and next steps were set.

Read the summary report here.


Re-imagining the role of the university bottom arrow

Dialogue goals

  • Broaden and deepen our and thinking on the meaning of civil society
  • Explore the linkages between the universities and civil society sectors
  • Engage university and civil society constituents in a process of imagining how the University of Guelph can move in a direction of greater engagement

Building Blocks of Civil Society