USPS School of Community Leaders – 2017

On July 27, the Ukrainian School of Political Studies launched the School of Community Leaders. 70 representatives of local self-government, heads of united communities, representatives of civil society and volunteer initiatives joined the USPS community.

Opening of the USPS School of Community Leaders

At the opening of the USPS School of Community Leaders, the participants were welcomed by Ihor KOHUT, Founder and Honorary Director of the Ukrainian School of Political Studies, Svitlana MATVIIENKO, Chairwoman of the Board of the NGO Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Stanislav LIYACHYNSKYI, Director of the International Renaissance Foundation’s Program Initiative “Civic Initiatives of New Ukraine”.

In her welcome speech Svitlana MATVIIENKO, Chairwoman of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, stressed the critical importance of values in the process of shaping the leader. Svitlana emphasized that we should be ready for the future with new knowledge and new values, which can be achieved only through critical thinking, reading and constant self-development.

Human Rights Defense. Legal Humaneness. Legal Solidarity

Human rights are an integral part of the philosophy of law, and human rights protection is an instrument that everyone can and must be able to use, regardless of whether they have legal education or not. How can ordinary people protect their rights? How can we defend the rights of vulnerable groups? How can we change laws and influence legislation? These are the questions raised by Larysa DENYSENKO, human rights activist, lawyer, media personality, and author, in discussions with the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders.

Medical Decentralization: Reformation of the Healthcare System of Ukraine

Ukraine medical reform is an important component of decentralization of power. The old model of operation of medical institutions, especially in villages and regions, is extremely ineffective. Therefore, it needs to be reorganized through the adoption of appropriate decisions by local communities. How can we make the healthcare reform effective at the local level? How shall we provide communities with access to a high-quality healthcare system? The participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders discussed these questions with Uliana SUPRUN, acting Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine.

Yurii DZHYHYR, advisor to the Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine, a USPS alumnus, told the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders how much money the government would spends on Ukrainians’ healthcare and how the money would be distributed.

Legal Capacity of Territorial Communities and Responsible Citizenship

What is responsible citizenship? What is the significance of satisfying legal needs for the implementation of responsible citizenship? What are the individual and social consequences of a failure to satisfy legal needs? What is the consolidation of the legal capacity of territorial communities and why is it important? Why is the position of local self-government bodies unique in strengthening the legal capacity of communities? What are the technologies for strengthening the legal capacity of communities? The participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders debated on these issues with Andriy VYSHNEVSKYI, Director of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision in 2012-2017, a USPS participant.

Responsible Judgments

What is the basis of any responsibility? When and why do we start asking? Why cannot we use ad hominem arguments and why do we have to address the subject matter? Who thinks abstractly? What is the role of common sense in constructing responsible judgments? What are the essential components of critical thinking? These questions were answered in the conversation of the members of the USPS School of Community Leaders with Yevhen BYSTRYTSKY, PhD, Head of the Department of Philosophy of Culture, Ethics and Aesthetics of the Institute of Philosophy of NAS of Ukraine, Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Town Hall Meeting: Public Participation in Decision Making

A Town Hall Meeting is a competent and effective discussion of any specific issues of public interest and an instrument for ensuring citizens’ participation in governance. The key benefits of this format are its clear structure and efficiency.

Victoria BAKLAZHENKO, Program Coordinator, Agency for Legislative Initiatives, told the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders about the benefits of Town Hall Meetings, as well as the successful experience of their organization by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives.

Participants of the USPS School for Community Leaders tested the effectiveness of town hall meetings.

Human Centered Design

Why do all bureaucratic decisions regarding urban design come under criticism for poor quality? The methodology of Human Centered Design yields sustainable results and is accessible to all decision makers. The methodology is absolutely universal, based on Design Thinking and suitable for finding solutions to any problems related to human interaction: from the design of a “No Smoking” sign to projects of entire city districts. How can one make a city comfortable? How can you make changes in your city? The participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders discussed this topic with Ihor SKLYAREVSKYI, Art Director of the initiative “Agents of Change”.

Creative City

The Creative City is a concept of urban development pioneered by the British author Charles Landry at the end of the 1980s and later developed by sociologists and economists from around the world. The concept has been implemented in more than one hundred cities around the world; for example, Dublin, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, Katowice, etc. This approach is gaining popularity in Ukraine. What should a creative city be like? How can we devise a strategy for a creative city? These issues were discussed by the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders with Pavlo SHEREMETA, Managing Partner at the PRORYV Strategies Workshop, Supervisory Board Member of the City Institute (Lviv), Minister of Economic Development and Trade (2014).

How can we achieve a GDP of $ 1 trillion by 2030?

What makes a country successful? What should you do to make an economic miracle happen? How can we attract investment? Which sectors of economy are most promising? The participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders discussed these topics with Anatoliy AMELIN, Director of Economic Programs, Ukrainian Institute for the Future, a USPS alumnus.

Successful City

How can you make your city successful? What are the effective city development strategies? Why is it necessary to develop a general plan of the city? What unites communities? How can you effectively attract investment? Hanna HERASHCHENKO, Head of Vvedenka Village Council, an alumnus of the USPS School of Community Leaders, Yuriy BOVA, Mayor, Trostyanets Town Council, a USPS alumnus, and Oleksandr KORINNYI, Mayor, Novoukrainka Town Council, Head of the Associations of Local Communities, a USPS alumnus, discussed these issues with the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders.

Presentations of the Home Task “City Development Strategy”

At the beginning of the training, the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders received their home task, i.e. they had to collectively develop a strategy for the development of a city: to reason out ways to use its strengths, to attract investment, and to unite the community of the city. At the end of the training, they presented their designed projects.

Past and the City: Between Memory Spacing and Visualization of History

Modern urban communities find themselves in an ambiguous situation: between cultural amnesia and hypermnesia. On the one hand, we are losing ground under our feet feeling that the past and memory are almost tangibly slipping away from us; on the other hand, we have an unprecedented memory boom. How can we preserve the “past” in the city and do we have to do it at all? Doesn’t it hinder renewal? How is it possible to develop a “conservation concept” and apply the practice of “using history as a discourse to find identity”? The participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders conversed about these topic with Svitlana SHLIPCHENKO, PhD, theoretician of urbanism, Docent of the Department of Cultural Studies, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture.

Scenarios of Territory Development

To create and implement a policy, the most interesting resource is an image of the future that it offers. The methods of political forecasting are applicable at the local level in the process of creation of scenarios for city and village development. What is the difference between a development scenario and a strategy? What are the methods of political forecasting? Mykhailo KOLTSOV, PhD, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, discussed these issues with the participants of the USPS School of Community Leaders.