Risk & resilience

Join us for a day and a half policy lab and lobby experience on finding and advocating policy solutions in times of crisis. Using data-based policy approach in the framework of research from the sociological (HRZZ-CORONA) project SOCRES “Resilience of Croatian society due to the COVID-19 pandemic” this policy lab will provide basic tools for young people to formulate their ideas for solutions and to activly participate in defining and advocating for the new normal they want. 

23.03.2022. - 24.03.2022.

“Stablo HUB znanja”, Savska cesta 25/1, 10 000 Zagreb.


Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Impact House and the Academy for Political Development



Risk & Resilience -finding solutions and creating policy in the context of crisis.

Dear All,

we are glad to invite you to join us for an interactive educational event – policy and lobby lab “Risk and Resilience” which will be held from 23 to 24 March 2022, as a unique collaboration between the International Sociology Symposium “Risk society: Rethinking uncertainties in a globalised world” and the largest research project on COVID-19 and social resilience carried out by the Institute for Social Research during the last two years.
We live in a time of crisis – economic, health, military, pandemic, climate – in the midst of which the matrix has fallen and new policies and systems must be designed, advocated and implemented.  The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed social reality and left a number of consequences at the economic, social and environmental levels. It is crucial to find new ways to rebuild and sustain social resilience, defined as a concept that encompasses individuals, organizations and communities (or society itself) and their ability and capacity to cope with and adapt to threats that may be social and/or environmental in nature. In the procedural (policy) sense, resilience is most often defined as three steps of applying capacities and resources in relation to the crisis, namely: endurance during the crisis, quick response to the crisis and recovery from the crisis. 
Policy lab is a day and a half workshop where you will have the opportunity to work in groups on conceptual solutions for a particular problem according to the topics that interest you, consult with experts in the field, present and lobby the idea for resilience within public policies in Croatia. Topics we will approach are green development and energy, mental health and human rights, security and food production. 
Please find the agenda below and join us in designing the new normal!

Questions and answers

What do we promise

Likeminded young people, think-tanks, policy labs with leading experts in politics, science, climate, mental health, green development and sustainability.

What do we promise not to do?

Lectures, presentations and round tables.

How old do I have to be?

18 +

Where do I have to be from?

Anywhere in Croatia.

How long does it take to fill out the application form?

3-5 minutes 

Application form – click here

By when do I have time to fill out the application?

The evening of the 22nd of March.

How much does the education cost?

We believe it is important to invest in young people who want to create change therefore the education is free.

In what language is the policy lab held?

Croatian and English (with foreign experts)

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?


Day I (23.03.2022)

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee for brainstorm orientation and division into teams

9:00 – 9:30 Discussion of fears and hopes according to thematic issues (Fear and Hope cards)
9:30 – 10:00 Utopian scenarios of change according to thematic units (everyone works in their own team)

10: 00-11: 00 Analysis of obstacles to change and problem definition
11:00 – 11:45 Questions and coffee with experts – consultations with Think Thank experts according to the selected problem area

11:45 – 12:00 Policy canvas
12: 00-13: 00 Lunch break
13:00 – 13:45 Questions and coffee with experts
13:45:00 – 14:00 Words of advice – experts give recommendations based on discussions with teams

14:00 – 14:15 Presentation of methods of identification of administrative action
14:15 – 14:30 Teamwork
14:30 – 14:45 Persona identification
14:45 – 15:30 Teamwork
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion of defined solutions with questions for innovation and change of perspective
16:00 – 16:30 Evaluation and final discussion

Day II (24.03.)

9:00 – 10:45 Working with lobbying experts on solution formulation

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 Advocacy for solutions

– Each of the teams has 15 minutes to present their solutions at each of the sectoral tables of decision-makers

13:00 – 14:00 How to take care of yourself while taking care of the world, psychologist Anamarija Vuić


Green development and energy:
Dunja Mazzocco Drvar, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development

Marija Brajdić Vuković, IDIZ

Mosor Prvan, WWF Adria

Mental health:

Anamarija Vuić, psychologist

Human rights and civic participation:
Marko Rakar, Mrak Services

Aleksandar Gavrilović, Gamechuck

Žarko Puhovski, analyst

Lobbying and advocacy:
Milly Doolan, Euronavigator

Ivana Novoselec, APR

Damira Gregoret Bobić, RTL

Constantin Azar, New Bakery

Marin Lerotić, MP

Tomislav Leko, Executive Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia

Dinka Živalj, Grad Zagreb

Luka Novosel, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds