Foreword

In ‘The Hedgehog and the Beetle’, Burkhard Gnärig draws on his extensive practical experience in leadership positions at Save the Children, Greenpeace, terre des hommes and the International Civil Society Centre. As the founder and Executive Director of the Centre Burkhard has brought together many of the leaders and pioneers in our sector to exchange information, experiences and ideas. This book is a product of this dialogue and cooperation – and it is a landmark on the way ahead. Burkhard’s critical appreciation of global social affairs and his passion for the contribution of civil society to social justice are both a challenge and an inspiration.

The challenge to our sector is simple: without very rapid and far-reaching changes, many great organisations will become irrelevant over the next decade. At the same time, the ever-changing geo-political, socio-economic and technological land-scapes also provide the sector with many new and exciting opportunities to contribute even more significantly to shaping a world in which every human being can live a life in dignity. In its clear analysis of these opportunities, this thought-provoking book provides a basis to embrace the future without fear.

Whilst the opinions expressed do not necessarily represent that of an agreed International Civil Society Centre position, Burkhard’s personal contribution to this debate continues to enrich the work of the Centre. ‘The Hedgehog and the Beetle’ makes an important contribution to our thinking about the future of civil society. As such, I hope that it will further stimulate lively discussions and will help our common quest for fit-for-purpose and time-relevant solutions in the civil society sector.

Cobus de Swardt
Chair of the Board, International Civil Society Centre
Managing Director, Transparency International