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, institutions, and free market-based solutions.
We believe that liberty and prosperity are inseparable from the practice of free enterprise and adherence to the rule of law. 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. It would include less government regulation, control, privilege, and sectional interests. A liberal society is tolerant of different philosophical and ethical doctrines - allowing individuals to freely form and express their convictions and opinions. Individuals must be free to make decisions about their own lives and engage in meaningful pursuits without threat of violence. Governments must not provide services that can be better delivered by competitive enterprise. To achieve social change, it is crucial to influence the public intellectuals who disseminate ideas to society. Through a proactive approach and sustained engagement, we create spaces for intellectual discourse to take place.
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 which underline the fact that fair, open and competitive markets provide the best means of ensuring an open, dynamic, prosperous and equitable society. Government needs to ensure that markets are, indeed, fair, open and competitive. We do this through policy trainings, certificate courses, research internships, colloquiums, and outreach programs of Centre for Civil Society. These provide a fundamental understanding of political economy and public policy so that participants are able to better understand the pressing challenges facing our society and come up with solutions and alternatives.
Once you attend any of our course, you will be a part of a strong and diverse community of 8000+ alums. Our alumni have gone on to work in different sectors of policy space and other fields. We are proud of a growing network of policy intellectuals and change agents.
We welcome you to be part of this change.
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. )