CCS Academy functions on the conviction that persistent and widespread social problems have their root cause in public policies that either interfere with or fail to support the operation of individuals, civil society, community and free market based solutions.
We seek to inspire future leaders and change agents to pursue the vision of a free society by championing a liberal approach to public policy.
CCS launched its first training seminar for college students in the fall of 1998 called the Liberty & Society Seminar, a four-day residential program on liberal principles and policies.
We have connected with thousands of talented and enthusiastic students, journalists, activists, and young leaders to introduce them to, and increase their understanding of, liberal principles. We do this through policy trainings, certificate courses, research internships and outreach programs of Centre for Civil Society.
Tomorrow's political possibilities will depend upon the ideas we cultivate today. If we want a more prosperous,free and peaceful world,ideas matter.
In his essay The Intellectuals and Socialism, one of the greatest philosophers of liberty, F. A. Hayek, argued that, in the long run, the world is governed by the ideas that people hold. To achieve social change, it is crucial to influence the public intellectuals who disseminate ideas to society.
One way to visualize Hayek's philosophy of social change is a model designed by Joseph Overton of the Mackinac Centre for Public Policy called "The Overton Window of Political Possibilities"
(For more about the practical success of Hayek's ideas, see John Blundell's Waging the War of Ideas. )