Civita is a liberal think tank. Civita is privately funded and independent of all political parties, organized interests and public authorities.
Civita is dedicated to explore and strengthen the understanding and support of liberal ideas, institutions and policies to promote a society constituted on the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility.
Civita aims to realize its mission through research and analyses, educational programs, seminars, public meetings, publications and active participation in public debates.
Civita is currently engaged in debates on a range of topics, among them the debates connected to the rise of populism and nationalism in Europe and the USA, including Brexit and Donald Trump’s election victory.
Other running debates in which Civita are involved are topics such as tax reform, the sustainability of the welfare state, the need for cuts in public budgets, the importance of the private sector being part in solving the challenges of the welfare system, climate change, inequality, privacy, and the need for a more rational aid and development policy.
Civita uses a variety of platforms in our outreach, from a range of publications, blogs, bulletins, web site, newsletters, social media, op-eds and media appearances, to seminars, breakfast and evening events and participation in other public debates.
We have hosted 64 events, which includes 34 breakfast meetings with 250 – 350 participants at each meeting. We have during the last year held several breakfast meetings in cooperation with the political parties, and a breakfast meeting with Gordon Brown and Prime Minister Erna Solberg. All our breakfast meetings are livestreamed through our website and Facebook. Video and podcast are always available on our website after each meeting. In addition, we also host a number of smaller meetings for specially invited people.
We are delighted that an increasing number of Civita’s great team of economists, philosophers, historians, political scientists, and fellows contribute to the public debate.
In 2016, more than a hundred young people participated at our educational activities, our seminars Oscarsborg and Flesland and the Civita Academy in Political Science. Our alumni network now counts several hundred persons, where some are members of the current government.
None of the achievements above would have been possible without the financial support from all our contributors from the private sector.