On November 29, the 7th Civil Society Organizational Development Forum was held in Kyiv. This is the most important and largest event of the year in Ukraine for the representatives of non-governmental organizations. The team of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) also participated in thematic panels and meetings. During the closing of the Forum, there was an awarding ceremony of the best educational provider of the year. ILM won the first prize. What made this year's Forum special – read in the article.
The event, for which the community of active citizens has been waiting for a year – Civil Society Organizational Development Forum in Ukraine. This year, the event gathered 2,186 participants to discuss professional standards, problems and challenges in the public sector, to share experience and find new friends. The theme of this year's Forum is "Dream 3.0 Projected Impact." One of the goals of the event's organizers was to inspire participants to dream, not to be afraid to plan ambitious projects and attract even more citizens.
The participants of the Forum listened to some well-known speakers. During the opening, a guest speaker Osnat Lubrani – humanitarian issues coordinator and coordinator of the United Nations system in Ukraine – called on the representatives of the public sector to unite and cooperate with the authorities, as this is the way to create qualitative changes in the country. In her opinion, it is important to engage young people in social activities because they are a great potential for the development of the future.
"This Forum is the driving force that reminds us of the special places and platforms for spreading public opinion," said Martin Hagström, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Ukraine, during the Forum opening. According to him, despite the fact that society is experiencing difficult times today, the Forum's participants are the strength of this society.
The Forum participants are representatives of non-governmental organizations, media, government, business and donor organizations, among which there are many partners, friends and graduates of the Institute of Leadership and Management. At the Forum, there were ten locations where discussions, lectures, trainings, presentations and exhibitions took place.
The ILM team represented the Institute at an exhibition fair of organizations. Liudmyla Levcheniuk, Communications Manager, and Anna Mota-Shnaider, coordinator of ILM partner programs, presented information about programs and learning features to all interested, as well as provided them with information on the development and enhancement of the skills needed to achieve the goals of their projects and organizations.
Lina Polykhata, Coordinator of the Master's Program in Management of Nonprofit Organizations, and Artem Kornetskyi, a teacher of social entrepreneurship at ILM, conducted a training session on social entrepreneurship. "We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people at the training. Obviously, this issue is topical and important for many people. There were a lot of questions from the participants regarding the choice of organizational and legal form of an enterprise, about the culture of consumer loyalty. Artem Kornetskyi emphasized the mission of social entrepreneurship and how it is different from charity," says Lina Polykhata.
Together with Vitaliy Rudenkyi, the head of "Managing Uncertainty" direction, the participants of the event had an opportunity to discuss the peculiarities of the complex nature of the world and why it limits our ability to predict the future.
The Forum also included an awarding ceremony of the winners of the contest for the best educational provider of the year, according to the "Marketplace" civil society development platform. The Institute of Leadership and Management won the first place in the competition.
"This is a sign that we are doing many right things and we need to go on working in the same direction. This is a big responsibility and a credit of trust from public organizations,” said Nataliia Bordun, the manager of UCU ILM. The ILM team has already been a prize winner in this competition before. In the previous two forums, the ILM was the second (2017) and third (2016). However, according to Nataliia Bordun, it is not the winning place that matters, but the trust of civil society.
In her opinion, the Forum is a platform for meetings, exchanges, and the birth of new partnerships and ideas. "Events like this are always necessary, so it is important to take part in them. We are especially pleased to be at the Forum because there are always a lot of our graduates, and this is a great opportunity to meet. And our award is a good motivation to celebrate together (we don't often get opportunities like this)," adds Natalia Bordun smiling.