Trainings

CCS Austrian Economics Seminar, Surat

Event Date: 23 Jan To 25 Jan 2015; Time: N/A
Venue: Department of Human Resource Development (Veer Narmad South Gujarat University), Surat

WHAT IS CCS Austrian Economics Seminar?

CCS Austrian Economics Seminar is a residential course designed to introduce participants to a rigorous, understandable, and reality-based way of thinking about the causes of prosperity, social order, and freedom.

Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding social reality that dissents from mainstream method, theory, and policy.

Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than focusing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.

GOALS OF CCS Austrian Economics Seminar:

  • To create a fun, open, and respectful environment where everyone is encouraged to think critically about social, economic, and political issues, with a focus on understanding Austrian school perspectives.
  • To introduce participants to elements of the Austrian approach to social science and to demonstrate why these elements are essential to promoting widespread prosperity, social order, and individual freedom.
  • To plug participants into a global network of opportunities to propel their intellectual growth, make personal connections and access resources to help them advance their vision of a free society.

EXAMPLE SESSIONS

Ludwig von Mises & The Science of Human Action: This session introduces von Mises’ insight that economic understanding can be derived from the axiom that all human beings act and that, as a consequence, they cannot avoid conforming to certain formal “economic laws” irrespective of their ends, values, or decisions.

From Marx to Menger: The Labor vs. the Subjective Theory of Value: This session describes how the subjective theory of value and marginal utility disproved the theoretical foundations of Adam Smith and Karl Marx and created a scientific basis for understanding economic affairs.

Comparative Advantage and the Failure of Protectionism: This session explains the fundamental cause of trade and association in modern societies and why free trade is more conducive to prosperity, peace, and freedom than economic protectionism with reference to the failures of protectionism in India.

The Socialist Calculation Debate: This session demonstrates why general prosperity under central economic planning is strictly impossible.

B. R. Shenoy: India's Experience with Central Planning: This session shows the explanatory and predictive power of the Austrian approach through the work of India’s preeminent Austrian economist, B. R. Shenoy and his critiques of India’s economic policies since Independence.

Keynesian vs Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle: This session explains the Austrian theory of economic cycles and points in the direction of how to end them.

  • Students registration fees: Rs. 250
  • Teachers registration fees: Rs. 500

Total available seats: 30.

Registration for this event is closed now.

ìpolicy for Young Leaders (St Xavier's, Mumbai)

Event Date: 05 Nov To 08 Nov 2014; Time: N/A
Venue: St Xavier's, Mumbai

ìpolicy for Young Leaders aims to reach out to undergraduates, graduates, post graduates and recent graduates who have just started working. CCS believes that such individuals hold the power to change the future, and because they are currently in a space where their belief and knowledge could be channelized and strengthened through exposure to ideas of a free society.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To create a fun, open, and respectful environment where everyone is encouraged to think critically about social, economic, and political issues.
  • To evoke in participants a passionate inquiry into their own values and role in creating a good society.
  • 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 plug participants into a global network of opportunities to propel their intellectual growth, make personal connections and access resources to help them advance their vision of a free society.

ìpolicy for Journalists (2014)

Event Date: 18 Sep To 21 Sep 2014; Time: Check program details for complete schedule
Venue: Jim Corbett

To secure freedom, prosperity, and good governance, a democratic society requires a high level of ethical and informed reporting. Centre for Civil Society in partnership with Atlas Network offers ìpolicy, a three day residential course for journalists to equip them with tools to better understand and evaluate the effects of public policies in our day to day functioning. This award winning course focuses on issues in the key areas of education, livelihoods for the poor, and good governance.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To equip participants with analytical tools to better understand and evaluate the effects of public policies so as to better distinguish between objective facts and merely subjective opinions and intentions of policies from their actual results
  • To offer unconventional angles and story ideas, information sources, and expert perspectives

ELIGIBILITY: This course is targeted towards media professionals with some experience including senior correspondents, feature writers, beat reporters, assistant/sub-editors, producers, and anchors. Up to 25 participants are chosen through a competitive evaluation process.

REGISTRATION FEE: The fee for the ìpolicy is Rs. 500, which includes all meals and a two-night stay at the venue. This fee is payable upon selection, and payment can be made online or through cheque.

ìpolicy for Young Leaders (IIM Kozhikode)

Event Date: 06 Sep To 07 Sep 2014; Time: Check program details for complete schedule
Venue: IIM Kozhikode

ìpolicy is a life-changing four-day certificate course on public policy and liberal philosophy.

Through dynamic games, talks, dialogues and documentaries, participants will have the opportunity to explore and share ideas about policy based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.

ìpolicy for Young Leaders is a great opportunity for you to meet and network with fun, like-minded individuals, eminent speakers and access resources that will help you advance your vision of a free society.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • Get exposed to a range of topics such as livelihood, governance, education and politics
  • Working groups, discussion and debates enhance analytical, public speaking and presentation skills
  • Join and interact with a network of more than 7000 talented individuals coming from top tier international and national colleges and organisations from around the world
  • Engage with other CCS initiatives, campaigns and learn of exciting internship and volunteering opportunities

Researching Reality Internship 2014

Event Date: 04 Jun To 18 Jul 2014; Time: N/A
Venue: CCS Office, New Delhi

Researching Reality Internship is for college students and researchers who wish to apply social and economic principles to real-life problems through in-depth research projects. It provides interns with valuable training in areas of research, analysis, writing, and above all critical thinking. Interns study various agencies, boards, corporations, departments, schemes and programs of the state governments and Municipal Corporations; evaluating existing systems to recommend sustainable and long-term policy improvements in the functioning of government structures. The objective of the internship is to further citizens’ understanding of the workings of the government and encourage greater independent fact-based qualitative and quantitative research so that the next time citizens demand better governance, they can back their claims.