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Adligat

Adligat is a civil society organization which operates in the area of culture, arts and furthering the international cooperation of Serbia and the rest of the world. Based in Belgrade, It operates one of the largest privately owned libraries in the Balkans with more than 1 million titles, as well as the Museum of Book and Travel and the Museum of Serbian literature.

                                               

Civil society

Civil society can be understood as the "third sector" of society, distinct from government and business, and including the family and the private sphere. By other authors, civil society is used in the sense of 1) the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or 2) individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. Sometimes the term civil society is used in the more general sense of "the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc, that make up a democratic society" Collins English Dictionary. Especially in the discussions among thinkers of Eastern and Central Europe, civil society is seen also as a normative concept of civic values.

                                               

2014 UN Climate Summit

The Climate Summit 2014 was a meeting on climate change in New York on September 23, 2014. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced it in September 2013 and invited leaders of governments, the private sector, and civil society to unite in taking concrete action towards a low-carbon emission world. The Climate Summit 2014s focus was on initiatives and actions rather than on negotiations between countries. It was seen as a milestone towards closing the emissions gap between reduction pledges and the necessary emission cuts for the 2 °C scenario with "pursue efforts to" limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C. It was also seen as a key step towards a new legal agreement on climate change, the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by the COP21 in Paris in December 2015 and became effective in November 2016. Another direct product of the Climate Summit 2014 was the New York Declaration on Forests.

                                               

Better Together: Restoring the American Community

Better Together: Restoring the American Community is both a book and website published as an initiative of the Saguaro Seminar conducted at Harvard Universitys John F. Kennedy School of Government. The initiative is aimed at facilitating rapid and extensive community development, particularly within the United States and uses a book with the same title by Robert Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein as its primary reference text.

                                               

Charrette

A charrette, often Anglicized to charette or charet and sometimes called a design charrette, is an intense period of design or planning activity. The word charrette may refer to any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem. While the structure of a charrette varies, depending on the design problem and the individuals in the group, charrettes often take place in multiple sessions in which the group divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for further dialogue. Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. Although the structure of charrettes may vary, the general idea of a charrette is to create an innovative atmosphere in which a diverse group of stakeholders can collaborate to "generate visions for the future". Compare this term with workshop.

                                               

Civicus

CIVICUS is an international non-profit organisation, which describes itself as" a global alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world." Founded in 1993, the organisation today counts more than 8500 members in more than 175 countries, with its headquarters in Johannesburg and offices in Geneva and New York.

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