Civil Society Workshop Series are organized by the European Institute of the İstanbul Bilgi University, in partnership with Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA).
More concretely, this program aims that at the end of this program the corresponding NGOs will;
- Share information and knowledge on the civil society of Turkey, France and Europe,
- Build bridges of network and communication,
- Increase the capacity of working with each other,
- Strengthen the already existent relations,
- Use ‘strategic mapping’ as a method for building strategies
Concept Note on Strategic Mapping *Strategic Mapping is a method of first visualizing the relationships and institutions which surround, receive benefit, and sustain the issue we are dealing with. The emphasis is on relationships between people and/or institutions (rather than concepts or “causes” of let’s say human rights violations) as it is through these relationships that decisions are made, incentives are given or taken away, and actions are taken. The relationships are carefully diagrammed to create a picture that represents a social space.
When this diagram is sketched out, it then becomes possible to use it to select appropriate targets for intervention for actors who can initiate forms of pressure or change, and to map the tactics that actors could choose to influence selected targets. In this way, a process flow can be created to plan and monitor more precisely how the tactic might function and which relationships it should alter or affect in order to create an effective intervention. As multiple groups can use the same diagram to map their respective targets and interventions, the tactical map converts into a coordinating tool to create a more comprehensive and useful strategy than obtained from groups acting independently and without coordination.
* This concept note is taken from the article “An Overview of Tactical Mapping” (http://www.newtactics.org/sites/newtactics.org/files/resources/8-page_TacticalMapArticle_2008.pdf ) at the webpage of “New Tactics in Human Rights” webpage (http://www.newtactics.org/main.php/TrainingTools) of Center for Victims of Torture.
During and after the workshops the process of information production and sharing will be carried out through this blog website. Participants will upload and download documents and post comments on this blog.