Competition and/or collaboration? Comparing and contrasting digitally enabled and “brick and mortar” NGOs in a real world scenario at CSIS

The Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

and the Transnational NGO Initiative invite you to

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Competition and/or collaboration?

Comparing and contrasting digitally enabled and “brick and mortar” NGOs in a real-world scenario

Transnational NGOs increasingly work across a continuum between fully digitally enabled forms of action and the activities of traditional, “brick and mortar” NGOs. Digitally enabled campaigning as well as fundraising are particularly attractive to younger generations of civic actors. What are the comparative advantages, strengths and weaknesses of various forms of civil society across the spectrum, where do they compete and where is there scope for collaboration?

Based on a real world scenario, NGO leaders across the spectrum as well as academics will compare their Theories of Change, goals, strategies, tactics, organizational and leadership characteristics in an exciting debate.

April 2, 2015

1:30 pm • 5:00 pm

Please RSVP Here

All are welcome. Please invite others who would enjoy this free event.

CSIS Headquarters

1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Can’t join us?
The event will be streamed live on Ustream and archived on the Maxwell School  YouTube channel


Debate participants will include:

Michael Silberman, Global Director of the Digital Mobilization Lab, Greenpeace

Jason Kowalski, Policy Director,

Ben Wikler, Washington Director,

Jason Cone, Communications Director, MSF USA/Doctors without Borders

Robtel Neajai Pailey, Academic/Activist/Author, SOAS, University of London (TBC)

Blair Glencorse, Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Lab

Andrea Koppel, VP of Global Engagement and Policy, Mercy Corps

Mark Smith, Senior Director for Humanitarian Emergencies, World Vision US

Steven Livingston, Professor, George Washington University

Dave Karpf, Professor, George Washington University


 Sponsored by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University and organized by the Transnational NGO Initiative

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