ipolicy

What is ìpolicy?

ìpolicy is a dynamic, residential course in the liberal approach to public policy. The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods, including dynamic games, talks, dialogues, and documentaries, designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas about policy-based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.

Course Objectives:

CCS believes that persistent and widespread social problems have their root cause in public policies that either interfere with or fail to support the operation of civil society—local communities and free markets. CCS Academy's mission is to inspire critical thinkers and thought leaders to pursue the vision of a free society by teaching a liberal approach to public policy.

The specific objectives of the course:

  • To create a fun, open, and respectful environment where everyone is encouraged to think critically about social, economic, and political issues.
  • To equip participants with fundamental concepts of political economy and sound public policy to enable them understand the root cause of current challenges and effectively advocate for policy solutions through their current work and future professions.
  • To provide a platform for participants to network and to connect with national and international opportunities to develop their grasp of public policy and idea leadership.

Example Sessions

Social Change and Public Policy: This session highlights CCS' belief that underlying every persistent social problem is either a bad policy or the absence of one. If public policy is the underlying cause, solving the problem effectively and for good requires policy reform based on an understanding of principles of sound public policy.

of Order in Society: In this session we explain the concept of "polycentric" or spontaneous order and that society is a mixture of planned and spontaneous orders. To make sound policy, policy makers must understand the nature of spontaneous order and the workings of the market. If they do not, public policy and the market economy will undermine each other.

Not a Zero Sum Game: This session explains that voluntary exchange is win-win situation and that freedom to choose, specialize, and freedom of exchange allows for wealth creation.

Private and Political Markets: This session introduces the field of Public Choice Economics which uses the insights of economics to explain political processes such as elections and bureaucracy. He explains that the probability of "market failure" must be compared with the probability of "government failure" in order to make rational choices about what should be done by governments and markets.

Environmental Problems: The Tragedy of the Collective: This session is based on Garret Hardin's concept of the tragedy of the collective and why it explains most environmental problems. The session presents policy case studies from across the globe that show how local, community and or private property management arrangements have successfully resolved environmental problems, given the right institutions of law.

In addition to talks, participants engage in regular participatory actives such as:

  • Dynamic games
  • Socratic, text-based dialogues
  • Working groups and peer-to-peer presentations
  • Documentaries and discussions

Provocative Talks

Working Groups

Dynamic Games

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Discussions

Peer-to-peer Presentations

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Application Process

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ìpolicy for Young Leaders

Eligibility: The program is open to all students and recent graduates. The course has been designed to make each session participatory and has been limited to 40 participants.

Registration Fee: The fee for the ìpolicy is Rs 2,000, which includes all meals and a three-night stay at the venue. This fee is payable upon selection, and payment can be made online or through cheque (Travel costs are not included – participants must make their own arrangements).

Application Form: Complete application form here.

ìpolicy for NGO Leaders

Eligibility: This course is targeted towards senior management professionals (Directors, Operational Heads, Program Managers) of civil society organisations who have experience in structuring, delivering, and evaluating scalable projects and schemes on various social problems principally in education, livelihood, and good governance. Heads of institutions could also nominate senior staff members to attend the course if they are unable to attend themselves. The course has been designed to make each session participatory and has been limited to 30 participants.

Registration Fee: The fee for the ìpolicy is Rs 3000, which includes all meals and a three-night stay at the venue. This fee is payable upon selection, and payment can be made online or through cheque (Travel costs are not included – participants must make their own arrangements).

Application Form: Complete application form here.

ìpolicy for Journalists

Eligibility: This course is targeted towards mid-level media professionals with some experience including senior correspondents, feature writers, beat reporters, assistant/sub-editors, producers, and anchors. Up to 40 participants are chosen through a competitive evaluation process.

Registration Fee: There is no fee for the ìpolicy for journalists, which includes all meals and a three-night stay at the venue. This fee is payable upon selection, and payment can be made online or through cheque (Travel costs are not included – participants must make their own arrangements).

Application Form: Complete application form here.

ìpolicy for Corporates

Eligibility: The course is open to professionals with a minimum of 5 years of work experience and who are probably at mid-management level positions or above in their companies. Up to 30 participants will be selected based on their application merit.

Registration Fee: The fee for the ìpolicy is Rs 5000, which includes all meals and a three-night stay at the venue. This fee is payable upon selection, and payment can be made online or through cheque (Travel costs are not included – participants must make their own arrangements).

Application Form:Complete application form here.

ìpolicy for Film Makers

Eligibility: CCS invites filmmakers interested in livelihood issues and public policy to participate in this workshop. The course is open to both professional and amateur filmmakers. Up to 30 filmmakers will be selected based on their application merit.

Registration Fee: The fee for the ìpolicy is Rs 3000, which includes all meals and a three-night stay at the venue. This fee is payable upon selection, and payment can be made online or through cheque (Travel costs are not included – participants must make their own arrangements).

Application Form: Complete application form here.