So far this page is a subset of the summary points from the page AnglospherePrimer.

Properties of civil societies:

Things which may appear to be civic socities or civic states but are not:

Historic causes of civil societies:


The paper you’re citing is weird! I don’t recall where I found this, but the London School of Econ / Poli Sci has a really great (e.g. baggage-free) working definition of the civil society, which I’ll quote here:

“Civil society refers to the arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values. In theory, its institutional forms are distinct from those of the state, family and market, though in practice, the boundaries between state, civil society, family and market are often complex, blurred and negotiated. Civil society commonly embraces a diversity of spaces, actors and institutional forms, varying in their degree of formality, autonomy and power. Civil societies are often populated by organisations such as registered charities, development non-governmental organisations, community groups, women’s organisations, faith-based organisations, professional associations, trades unions, self-help groups, social movements, business associations, coalitions and advocacy groups.”

Also, I believe this is my first edit to CommunityWiki, please advise on any matters of style etc.

Hi Brian, welcome! Thanks for the alternate defn.

I guess the alternative defn says all that is really agreed upon, but I think that all it boils down to is “Civil society refers to the arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values.”. But I think AnglospherePrimer’s much more restrictive definition has some interesting points, such as its way of delineating the line between empowering groups and disempowering individuals and its discussion of civil society as a network of groups through which assent and power is transferred.

Relationship with OrganizedCulture

Is there a difference between this idea of an “OrganizedCulture” and the “Appropriate Civil Society” that the people at the "Appropriate Civil Society wiki"” are trying to build?

I honestly cannot tell!

I was looking through there pages, and have a hard time making out just what “Appropriate Civil Society” is..!

We’ve talked about CivilSociety here before, and I’m sympathetic to that vision.

But when I think of OrganizedCulture, I think I mean something a bit more sweeping – something enabled by HyperSocial technology, that makes group formation and group identification vastly easier than it is right now.

Imagine if forming a corporation (a “body”, as it were) were as simple as snapping your fingers. And imagine that tons of people were doing it, and the EcosystemOfNetworks became flesh. That’s something of what I envision OrganizedCulture to be.

CivilSociety works in that vision, but does not require it.

And I have no idea what “Appropriate Civil Society” is. does not exist..!