2007 Policy #11 Society Top Centers

EIN Starting Points/Rank

CIVICUSexternal link
CIVICUS is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people. It recognizes that for effective and sustainable civic participation to occur, citizens must enjoy rights of free association and be able to engage all sectors of society. The health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society. 1

Essential Informationexternal link
EI is involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities. EI provides provocative information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policy makers. Featured sites include HalliburtonWatch, SprawlWatch.org, Autosafety.org and Center for Corporate Policyl. 2

Earthville.orgexternal link
The Earthville Network is an evolving global community of caring people and organizations working creatively to improve our lives, our communities and our world through innovative altruistic action, holistically supportive environments and courageous inner development. We envision a harmonious and sustainable global village comprised of a diverse constellation of interconnected communities (urban, rural and virtual) built upon caring relationships, win-win economies, kindness toward all living beings, and responsible stewardship of the planet we share. 3

Witness for Peaceexternal link
WFP is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. WFP’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the years, WFP has answered prophetic calls to accompany people most affected by harmful U.S. policies and corporate practices. WFP documents the human costs of unfair trade and military policy, transforms U.S. citizens who travel with WPF to their sites, and mobilize a motivated grassroots network of nonviolent, faith-based activists who hold policymakers accountable and work for positive change. 4

Bretton Woods Projectexternal link
The BWP works as a networker, information-provider, media informant and watchdog to scrutinize and influence the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Through briefings, reports and the bimonthly digest Bretton Woods Update, it monitors projects, policy reforms and the overall management of the Bretton Woods institutions with special emphasis on environmental and social concerns. 5

Urban Instituteexternal link
The UI mission is to promote sound social policy and public debate on national priorities. The Urban Institute gathers and analyzes data, conducts policy research, evaluates programs and services, and educates Americans on critical issues and trends. 6

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistanceexternal link
International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes. IDEA’s work covers five themes: democracy assessment; democracy building and conflict management; electoral processes; political parties; and women in politics. 7

Stayin’ Aliveexternal link
Discussion of public health and health care policy, from a public health perspective. The U.S. spends more on medical services than any other country, but we get less for it. Major reasons include lack of universal access, unequal treatment, and underinvestment in public health and social welfare. We will critically examine the economics, politics and sociology of health and illness in the U.S. and the world. 8

Open Society Instituteexternal link
OSI is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses. 9

National Social Norms Resource Centerexternal link
The NSNRC is an independent center that supports, promotes and provides technical assistance in the application of the social norms approach to a broad range of health, safety and social justice issues, including alcohol-related risk-reduction and the prevention of tobacco abuse. It is the only national center devoted exclusively to the understanding and use of the social norms approach. Site features case studies, research, resources and a press room. 10

Utopia on the Internetexternal link
This web page consists of a listing of web sites with content on the subject of Utopia. Site includes definition of Utopia, announcements, organizations, communities, papers and essays and links to related sites. 11

Global Action on Agingexternal link
GAA, based in New York at the United Nations, reports on older people’s needs and potential within the global economy. It advocates by, with and for older persons worldwide. GAA carries out research on critical emerging topics and publishes the results on its website. GAA staff and interns research aging policy and programs, both in the US and worldwide. Programs include elder rights, health, pension watch, rural aging, and the armed conflict and emergencies project. 12

The New Atlantisexternal link
A Journal of Technology and Society – The magazine has two basic sections: a series of critical essays and in-depth reporting pieces, and an ongoing survey of technology and society that provides brief commentary on the major scientific advances and political debates as they happen. 13

United Nations World Heritage Centreexternal link
What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. WHC’s mission is encourage countries to sign the World Heritage Convention and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage. Site includes news & events, list of sites, activities, publications and information on involvement. 14

Space Hijackersexternal link
Space Hijackers is dedicated to battling the constant oppressive encroachment onto public spaces of institutions, corporations and urban planners. SH oppose the way that public space is being eroded and replaced by corporate profit making space. SH opposes the way that users of space are being put under increasing scrutiny and control by those who own or run it. Through various, SH attempts to raise awareness of issues within spaces and change how these spaces are used and perceived in the future. 15