The Institute for Civil Society
by Eastern European movements that overthrew communism by the sheer force of
belief in freedom, the Institute for Civil society (ICS) holds that joint action
by people in communities is as important as the actions of government and
business in upholding democracy.
in 1995, and based in Newton, Massachusetts, ICS focused initially on forging
relationships with grassroots groups to reduce handgun violence and improve the
quality of life in Boston. In 1996,
it received an endowment of $35 million that enabled it to expand its reach, and
launched a national New Century/New Solutions project to renew civil society and
highlight community perspectives in other parts of the country. ICS currently works in four program areas.
Democratic Capitalism seeks
to bridge the gap between those who have access to the capital that can make
things happen, and those who do not.
Health and Science Policy contributes to new ways of thinking
about complicated issues, such as the relationship between biotechnology and
cures for disease. Culture and Creativity identifies ways in which institutions,
such as schools, can help to foster innovative thinking.
Violence works to change
the conditions that make violence possible.
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