From Reliable Prosperity:
Civic society is that component of social life that falls outside the domain of governments and commerce, yet is concerned with building community. In order to flourish, civic society requires informal "third place" meeting spaces (outside both home and work), non-governmental organizations, and independent media.
Reliable prosperity promotes civic society through its emphasis on local control and accountability and society. Capital that is rooted locally is responsive to local concerns. Citizens with a sense of security whose fundamental needs are met are more likely to shape civic society. In turn, reliable prosperity depends on an ongoing transformation in values that can only result from meaningful public debate.