Fundacja TechSoup is working towards the time when every civil society organisation on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge it needs to operate at its full potential.
Fundacja TechSoup was established by TechSoup Global in 2009 as an independent Polish foundation with Public Benefit Status, with the focus of supporting the development of civil society in Poland, Europe and across the world.
Acting as the global operations hub for the TechSoup Global Network and the European regional delivery centre for TechSoup Global, Fundacja TechSoup employs a staff with fluency in nine languages and is part of a family of brands that includes GuideStar International, NetSquared, TechSoup.org, and the TechSoup Global Network.
A locally staffed and led organization, Fundacja TechSoup benefits from regional expertise and knowledge combined with the international reach and resources of TechSoup Global.
Fundacja TechSoup delivers a range of programs and services, including:
· Community Driven Innovation – Programs focus on building sustainable communities whose contributions use technology to develop innovative solutions for social impact. An example of this is the NetSquared Local event held in over 50 cities around the world including Warsaw, Poland (NetWtorek).
· Technology Product Donations – Building NGO capacity through technology access and enablement. Product donation service serves organisations with support, content, webinars, interactive forums and technology products. We work with partner organisations in over 40 countries to provide these services. In Poland the program is run by Fundacja TechSoup and provide donations via technologie.org.pl portal.
– Apart from being a donation platform, Technologie.org.pl serves as an educational portal about technology in a Polish and European non-profit work. In this project we create and share knowledge about new technologies as well as be a platform for information and knowledge exchange in this area. Technologie.org.pl supports local organizations, their workers and volunteers, members and social activists in using technology and making it available.
· Information services – Building NGO capacity through visiblity and transparency (Guidestar International) , easier access to United States based funders (NGOsource) and through specialised data designed for institutional stakeholders.Organization website
Apps4Warsaw (in PL: “Dane po warszawsku”) is more than a competition for the best city apps built upon City of Warsaw publically available open data. Apps4Warsaw promotes open data and engages people in creating civic technology tools for their city.
Throughout the project we selected the data sets to be open, designed and built a unique technical environment where data is stored and published, planned and conducted the open data contest, developed all the necessary procedures within the City for the opening process to be continued.
The 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum will serve as a platform of idea and experience exchange for people working for civic participation and transparency in public life with the help of new technologies in Central and Eastern Europe.
The jubilee edition of Personal Democracy Forum will take place on April 6-7, 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. It is planned for two days of both experts’ presentations and several interactive workshops. Keynote speeches will be interpreted and recorded in order to be published online for further use. The conference will be streamed on the conference related websites.
At this year’s PDF will be concentrated on diagnosing the democratic system – what went wrong? Did the system fail us or did we fail? What are the next steps? Find more background for this year’s main theme. This year organizers of PDF see the need to focus around the following areas:
Democracy as a Buzzword
It seems that democracy is being defined in contradictory ways. Although people keep using similar words to describe it. Perhaps they do not mean anything anymore?
Revolution | Evolution | Stagnation
From enthusiasm through grassroot work to powerlessness. How can citizens learn from experiences of introducing the change?
Creation | Manipulation | Responsibility
When states are ineffective, citizens take matters into their own hands. What sort of challenges do they have to face in contemporary politics?
Maintenance | Sustainability | Innovation
Hopelessness and insecurity are becoming the most popular companions of CSOs. What environment should be created to expel those words from their vocabulary?
The special guest this year will be Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and Associate Professor of the practice in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
During PDF PL CEE 2017 we will listen to 3 talks, 2 panel discussions and 14 presentations during three sessions on Day 1 and participate in 12 interactive workshops and 10 world cafe sessions on Day 2. On that day the participants will also have an opportunity to listen to a keynote speech by Ethan Zuckerman and “Lessons from the Region” closing panel held by TransparenCEE.
This year TechSoup will organize two side events in the framework of TransparenCEE project around PDF CEE. Workshop “Communications and Advocacy with Data” will focus on the ways to communicate findings from data analysis and making audiences engaged in order to make change possible. During 8 hours of work, participants will prepare their strategies for Data Advocacy and Communications in their data projects. Workshop will take place on Saturday 8th of April.
In parallel the first offline meeting of two (out of three) TransparenCEE cross-sector Working Groups will take place in Gdańsk. The groups were formed early this year by TransparenCEE community members to work together on finding practical solutions for the most vital issues related to corruption, transparency and good governance across the region.
The first Working Group is focused on Public Procurements and Corporate Registry and facilitated by Sandor Lederer CEO of K-Monitor. The second Working Group on Decision-making processes is facilitated by Iurii Lisovskyi Project Manager in OPORA.
You can register today! To do so, go here.
Between August 2014 and May 2015 we run a project called Data Academy. The goal was to teach transparency and accountability organizations in the region how best use data in their work. We embraced the learning by doing approach. Meet-ups and workshops we organized were tool-centric with a different tool and work methods chosen for each organization and data they had access to. Data Academy was conducted by ACTION SEE network (Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in South-East Europe) composed by UG Zasto Ne from BiH, CRTA from Serbia, Metamorphosis Foundation from Macedonia and Center for Democratic Transition from Montenegro in partnership with Techsoup Europe. Among other regional projects we have collaborated on the truth-o-meter project, annual POINT conferences and most recently with TechSoup Europe’s www.communityboostr.org program. Data Academy project along with the data-thon is supported by the US Embassy in Sarajevo.
Community boost_r camp was a participant driven event which happened at the University of Sarajevo’s Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies on November 7-9 2013. The camp brought together over 150 participants from 5 Western Balkan countries (BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia). During two days of the camp we focused on DATA: how to use data in accountability work, strategies for corruption monitoring, open (government) data and how can ICTs help in advocacy efforts.
The camp was organized by Fundacja TechSoup (TechSoup Europe) and Zašto ne (BiH) in partnership with Dokukino (Serbia), IPKO Foundation (Kosovo) and thanks to support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy and the United States embassy in Sarajevo. It formed a part of a bigger project called community boost_r, which inspires, enables and promotes technologies for civic participation in transparency and accountability initatives. The event was a follow-up to the Balkan Challenges and last year’s TechCamp.
On October 18-19 2012, local NGO representatives from the Western Balkans (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) came together with local and international activists who already use technology in their work in order to exchange their experiences, share ideas and incubate new projects for civil society, particularly with a focus on government accountability. The two-day meeting used the TechCamp “unconference” format an interactive, hands-on event, which is part of the “Community boost_r Tech for high impact” initiative. Topics varied from how to use mobile technology for effective election monitoring (Amy O’Donnell from Frontline SMS led this discussion), all the way to “how to educate people to protest” – a very grassroots workshop.
Demagog is a Polish fact-checking association devoted to monitoring politicians’ public statements.
Demagog is a non-profit organization formally launched on 29 April 2016. Our work started two years earlier, in April 2014. Since the beginning we’ve been checking the statements of decision-makers on a web-site demagog.org.pl. Being pioneers in using the fact-check method in Poland, we are part of the International Fact-Checking Network, a informal network of initiatives from five continents set for cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Our mission is to create a bias-free, high quality discussion between the society and the decision-makers. Our objective is to empower the citizens to critically choose and understand the news in the times of information noise. So far we checked more than 2800 statements of 316 politicians. We create not only short analysis, but also bigger reports on political situation in Poland, e.g. on electoral system or mining industry. Our work is quoted in press, radio and TV and during numerous conferences.
Acting for transparency in public life and for civic access to public information about citizen’s representatives.
Developing a tolerant, active, creative, self-organizing society