Monday, September 5, 2011

Bluestocking annual general meeting and discussion on the future of NGOs

Bluestocking Institute members and anyone interested in joining are invited to attend our annual general meeting on 9 October from 5-7 pm at The Moon CafĂ© at 323 William St, Northbridge, WA. We’ll provide an overview of our activities over the last year, vote on new Management Committee members, and discuss future plans. If you would like to nominate for a position on the Management Committee, please send an email to indicating your interest. Following the official business, we’ll have a brief discussion on the political, economic and social role of nonprofit organisations in Australian society, how those roles are changing, and comparisons with other countries.

RSVP to the annual general meeting via email or via our Facebook page.

For everyone outside of Perth, you’re always welcome to participate in our ongoing discussions via the Bluestocking blog or our Facebook page. We’ll post new information in both places about upcoming topics for discussion, events, and new publications.

Here are a few links for our discussion on the future of NGOs:

Click here for an article in The Economist that highlights the changing relationships between NGOs and businesses, and the problems arising from those changing relationships: Reaching for a longer spoon: The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is straining ties between companies and activists.

Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project
analyses the scope, structure and financing of the nonprofit sector around the world.

The Australia Institute’s report Silencing dissent, which highlights the ways NGOs in Australia are constrained through their relationships with the state.

Numerous articles can be found on the website of The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.

Photo by David Neubert