Learning & Exchange
What is CIVIC SCOUTS AT WORK?
CIVIC SCOUTS AT WORK is a capacity development programme for citizens working in enterprises in Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary to become so called CIVIC SCOUTS. The training modules include elements of civic education and focus on developing different competences such as critical thinking, tolerance or transformation skills. At the same time the modules are meant to raise the awareness for wide range of topics and phenomena such as discrimination, sustainability, and disinformation. By taking part in this programme companies have the capacity to lead by example and become active drivers of change within their sector and region. The individual employees – CIVIC SCOUTS – will be empowered to be agents of transformation at work and within their community.
See the interview with Anja Ostermann, co-founder & managing partner of THE CIVICS Innovation Hub, explaining briefly what the programme is about!
Who is the target group of this programme?
We are targeting companies with up to 1000 employees. Through a public call, nominations, and an application process, we will select 6 enterprises per country to take part in the CIVIC SCOUTS AT WORK programme. The call for applications will be open to all business sectors. We plan to develop the capacities of up to 8 employees per business.
Why do we need such a programme & what are our long-term goals?
We spend a lot of time of our lives at work and our working environment is not isolated from developments in our societies, Europe and the world. These developments have an impact on who we are as human beings, professionals and colleagues, regardless of whether we produce parts for cars, coordinate logistics or welcome clients. Therefore, we see work as an avenue of civic education with great potential. Empowering citizens at work and with a skillset and competences that correspond to the challenges and opportunities they see in their working environment, has the potential to help tackle them on the job and in society.
How do SMEs and CIVIC SCOUTS profit from the programme?
By taking part in this programme companies enhance their capacity to lead by example and become active drivers of change within their sector and region. This in turn will have a positive impact on the working environment, contributing to a more inclusive, tolerant, democratic, and sustainable workplace. Better working environment means more motivated colleagues and a more attractive company profile for future employees. Participating companies will stand out in their respective sector and can lead the way in supporting a more democratic environment at work.
The individual employees – CIVIC SCOUTS – will be empowered to be agents of transformation at work and within their community. The SCOUTS will develop various competences that will help detect and address issues at work early on such as susceptibility to disinformation and conspiracy theories, lack of dialogue and cooperation, or lack of care for the environment to take only few examples.
CIVIC SCOUTS AT WORK will be implemented in Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary. The programme starts in Germany in 2022 and follows in the other countries in 2023. All country related details will be published in the local language (see country pages). In addition, cross-national results will also be provided in English as soon as they are available.
The programme CIVIC SCOUTS AT WORK is supported by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
If you are interested in the programme or have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org