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Festival pre-event. Countering toxic narratives about grassroots activists

Join us at the inspiring pre-events of the Partos Innovation Festival. This year, we start with a range of online pre-events on October 6 and 7 to get you in the festival mood! The main programme of the Partos Innovation Festival is on October 14th at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. This year the festival focuses on inclusive civic power as an essential force for social change. We unite national and international voices to share innovative ideas, best practices and stories that matter.


  • Date and time 6 October 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 CET
  • Where Via ZOOM
  • For whom Everyone who's interested

Countering toxic narratives about grassroots activists

Despite their critical contributions to civic power, grassroots activists are labelled by many as less skilled, capable, accountable, and stable than large and professionalised NGOs. They are also portrayed as victims, martyrs, heroes or villains, depending on who you ask. Let’s discuss how these toxic narratives limit grassroots activists’ impact and access to funding, partnerships and decision-making spaces and how we can and should collectively counter them.

This meeting is hosted by CIVICUS. CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.


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