Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Nominations invited for the 2012-2013 Communication for Sustainable Social Change Award

Communication for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC) is an independent organization that was created as a “Center of Excellence” within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  in response to an urgent need for close study of society and culture in formulating communication and media strategies in order to ensure that target audiences are reached in an appropriate manner that most effectively enhances knowledge transfer and brings about sustainable social change.

CSSC is currently inviting nominations for its prestigious 2012- 2013 Communication for Sustainable Social Change Award. This annual Award honors outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations to the theory and practice of Communication for Sustainable Social Change.
Inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, international, regional and national academic and professional communication associations, international media networks and communication and social change consortia are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for this Award.

About CSSC Awards and Selection Criteria
The Award comprises an artwork and $500, and winners are selected by an independent jury consisting of senior academics, media and aid and development representatives.
In selecting the Award Winner, the CSSC Jury will consider both significant contributions to the theory of CSSC, and notable achievements in applied communication practice. The theoretical and practical work of Award nominees should reflect and/or be directly relevant to contemporary international work being done in the field of CSSC.

The jury will also consider the pioneering contributions made by theorists and practitioners to CSSC. Nominations that demonstrate an innovative approach and a strong commitment to long-term sustainable development are also sought.
The CSSC Award:
  • Recognizes major theoretical innovation and knowledge generation in the field of communication for sustainable social change
  • Acknowledges innovative and practical communication and social change projects that have contributed to sustainable development, and
  • Appreciates the contributions made by individuals and organizations whose moral courage and extraordinary commitment to communication for sustainable social change expands the boundary of what is possible in this field.
Award Ceremony
The Award will be presented to the winner at an official ceremony to be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, hosted by the SBS Center ‘Communication for Sustainable Social Change’ (CSSC). The winner of the Award will be announced in the media prior to the formal Award presentation ceremony. The Award nominee will deliver a keynote address at the award ceremony. The Center ‘Communication for Sustainable Social Change’ (CSSC) will meet the Award winner’s travel and accommodation expenses to attend the Award presentation ceremony and deliver guest lectures.

Additional Conditions
Award-winners may also be:
  • asked to present a public lecture (or lectures) at the University of Massachusetts
  • expected to contribute the award ceremony address he/she delivers for publication,
  • invited to join CSSC as a Senior Fellow, and
  • prepared to be interviewed by the media.
Last date for submission of nominations is May 1, 2012
For more information, visit this link.

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