It's time for summer holidays. Right now, in the middle of the year, when the institutions, civil society and other public actors operate with reduced intensity, is a great time not only to rest, to take a breath, to gather strength for continuing the struggle with the challenges of these difficult times, but also to think, to recapitulate what has been done, time to plan further actions for all those who want to contribute to the advancement of our society. How did we spend the first half of 2012, and who was the response of civil society? We had a really turbulent and difficult beginning of the year. The various negative events, incidents and fights, murders of young people, struck hard on the delicate interethnic and interreligious relationships. Media environment and economic conditions deteriorated further, the political discourse is burdened with everyday unconstructive bickering among politicians, the authorities are far more preoccupied with creating a rosy picture of themselves in public and unproductive spending, and fail to address real and pressing citizens’ needs. However, despite of the all these negative shocks, a huge majority of our citizens, besides their traditional endurance and patience, showed incredible cautiousness, prudence and calmness, and did not get in various grim scenarios for destabilization of the country and manipulating with their political, religious or ethnic feelings. Finally, can we talk about increased awareness of citizens, or we are simply of a need for change, caused by the saturation with the repetitive everyday life, news and topics in the media which also repeat, the crisis that lasts for decades and never finishes? The answer is not simple. Civic movements, as the informal movement against police brutality, or the movement Together for Peace, showed that within the citizens of Macedonia a new kind of awareness and articulating of their demands is born. The results are obvious and undeniable: one movement contributed to prevent the hiding of the murder of a young man and the chaos and anarchy of certain structures and heads of the Ministry of Interior, the other has done much to reduce tensions in the most difficult months for Macedonia in this year, and perhaps in the last decade.