Over 750 books
Open Lithuania Book series
350 new textbooks and educational publications
The first specialized Law Library
7,000 readers per annum
The first public centers for internet communication via telephone
A total of ~20,000 users
The first internet reading rooms
Partial support for 6,000 scholars, artists, educators, and cultural workers
Conferences and internships abroad
The first law clinics, the first public law firms, the first credit union
The first market economy basics education:
2,000-3,000 students per annum
19 non-governmental organizations still in operation
Over 50 realized projects and programs
Overall to create an open society in Lithuania in 1990-2008 – over
That is ~4 million per annum
- strives to create and enforce an open, polylogue-based society in Lithuania;
- defends human rights and liberties and supports separation of powers, judicial independence, and other democratic principles;
- promotes openness to diverse views as long as they do not contradict human rights and liberties;
- supports transparency, accountability, and civilian control of governmental institutions;
- strives to increase citizen participation in policy making and to create a socially sensitive state;
- unites people of diverse political views, joined by the idea of a peaceful and united Europe.
The notion of an open society is changing. It is flexible and incompatible with any kind of fundamentalism.
The idea of openness is based on the conviction that every individual action arises from incomplete knowledge, and that no one – no single individual or organization – creates or controls a monopoly on truth.
If a closed society is understood as a fortress – or more precisely, prison camp – of a singular truth, then an open society would be an impressive construction founded on the supremacy of laws, respect for minorities and vulnerable groups, inclusive economy and participatory democracy.
Perhaps the most important conditions for the mature expression of an open society are: critical thinking, freedom and exchange of ideas, freedom of creativity, and honest competition.
The Open Lithuania Foundation (reopened in 2017) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO) active in promoting progressive change towards an open society through joining forces and executing advocacy initiatives, visibility campaigns, joint projects, as well as monitoring and training programs. Our primary goal and objective for 2017 is to ensure the establishment and successful operation of the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis (VIPA), that will be a public policy analysis center.
The Open Lithuania Foundation is:
- An independent and objective partner of democratically elected government institutions
- A gathering point for formal and informal networks and like-minded NGOs
- A supportive assistant for local communities rather than only elites
- A center of attraction and self-expression for young intellectuals
- To encourage civil society activism and participatory democracy-friendly political decisions
- To upgrade the conceptual level of discussions on Lithuania’s future in the EU and to encourage political decisions that serve to consolidate an open society
- To achieve a long-term and large-scale impact on addressing social and political issues (Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis).