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We are trying to keep up with a rapidly changing world. Every day, a new concept, a new method, a new tool enters our business life. There is a lot of information that needs to be learned in order not to lag behind the others… We try to keep up with the changing forms of socialization. To become a partner, there are so many events that must be experienced, services that must be subscribed to, and trends that must be followed!

Since we want a change, we must be stronger!

What a lot break ground of technology! On our work table, on our kitchen counter, in our wallet pocket, between our ears; a new technological marvel has appeared before you know it. User manuals have an eye on books in libraries... The great leap in communication technologies, which started with the Internet, is gradually passing through all channels of daily life, with the spread of smartphones that connect the online and the camera. Years ago, Y. Türker wrote: “Human has been absolute with a keyboard for a long time”; while the screens getting bigger and swallowing the keyboards, the hologram designs fill the screens, does he still agree by any chance? Maybe the human has been a “data-bearing” absolute for a long time!

The data we all produce at every moment dominates the data generator as a power subject or its tool. We are faced with a new problem of alienation of labor in which the data-bearer is the data object!

While the rate of change of the world widens the angle between each new generation and its past; on the other hand, it popularizes generational analysis. What hope is left that has not been burdened on the new generation? Generations born to digital technologies are expected to create major changes in the era of social media. For this promise to come true, perhaps the experience of the success and failure of the internet generation, which removed the limits in accessing information, and even the television generation, which broke new ground in mass communication, is needed.

In fact, keeping up with technological changes has always been easier than feared. It was enough for many of them to lower their costs to spread them to the public. However, the social changes that shape our daily lives have become digital and carried their impact far beyond. Perhaps, what is really new is that developing technologies have left people with more severe and fragile freedom and dependency & control tension than ever before. Between our wishes and desires, pulling in two opposite directions from our two arms, our conflicting consciousnesses, our lives turn into one long workday, tense and crisp. For those who earn their living with their labor, this tension forces them to give up an organ every day.

While we are amazed by the time and space expanded by the multi-tasking solutions rising as a magical technological opportunity, the increasing anxiety and intensifying exploitation under the shining light make us all exhausted. A relentless rush is infiltrating all the pores of daily life. The rush of messages with the rush of overtime is changing the guard.

Great population movements, climatic changes, increasing extreme weather events, pollution and depletion of air, soil, water; economic, political, military, social and cultural violence becoming every day, loss of welfare that has been going on for decades, increasing security concerns, poverty and hunger becoming ordinary... humanity looks stunned.

Therefore, we want to change the world. We want to change the rapidly changing world...And we start by asking: the world is changing for whom?

During the festival days, we shared our optimism that civil society can play a role in guiding this change. If the world is to be a better and more beautiful place, we have already seen, understood, and experienced that it will be with better participation. If participation will not be a new age credo echoing on empty walls, it will be made possible by the collective efforts of people who come together and organize.

To steer the course of the rapidly changing world, no other solution has emerged, other than being organized. To steer the course of the rapidly changing world, citizens need strong organizations.

Since the day it was founded, the Civil Society Development Center Association has continued its search to support the strengthening efforts of non-governmental organizations more effectively for its part. The pandemic that swept the world in March 2020 has made these empowerment efforts remotely feasible, not an option but a necessity.

The Civil Society Development Center Association added to the scope of the Civil Society Capacity Building Center project, which was initiated in February 2021 with the ongoing support of the EU, to develop a distance education platform, as well as hundreds of face-to-face civil meetings.

20 trainings were included in 5 main courses under the titles: "everyone needs back-up ", "everyone likes plans", "digital for everyone", "growing organizations" and "advocating organizations" which were gathered in this self-learning platform to meet the knowledge and skill needs of the members, employees, volunteers, supporters, followers, and activists of civil society organizations on basic issues.

We put a lot of effort into having an effective learning experience on this platform, which takes a long time to develop. The experiences of civil society organizations will guide us, as always, in moving us further.

We invite you to experience our civil society online courses, hoping for a small contribution from our team in the struggle to steer the course of the changing world that we see ourselves as a part of, for goodness, beauty, and greater participation.

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