Study visit to Hedmark/Värmland. Cross-border labor market and combating youth unemployment.
A study trip to Norway and Sweden dedicated to the cross-border labor market and combating youth unemployment took place from 27th to 29th of March.
Representatives from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Kaliningrad, Vyborg, St. Petersburg, Murmansk, and the Republic of Karelia took part in the trip.
A Norwegian evening was organized for the participants and partners of the project in the city of Hamar, which is the administrative center of Hedmark province on the first day of the study tour. The guests were greeted by the governor of Hedmark and he wished everyone fruitful work.
The group went from Hamar to Morokulien, where the information center on the Swedish-Norwegian border is located. Representatives of the information center spoke about cross-border opportunities aimed at the integration of Norwegian and Swedish businesses and the labor market.
The performances of representatives of the Norwegian Social Service (NAV) and the Swedish Employment Center were of great interest. They shared their experience of working with youth unemployment. Non-working young people receive high unemployment benefits and this leads to a lack of motivation from young people's side in some cases. They stressed that one of the main reasons why young people are unemployed is also lack of mobility.
The participants of the study trip went to Karlstad, a city in Sweden, the center of the province of Varmland at the end of the seminar in Morokulien. The Governor of Varmland greeted guests at his residence in Karlstad.
A study visit to the Karlstad Innovation Park at the University of Karlstad was organized on the last day of the program. Young entrepreneurs introduced the project supporting Start-Ups among young people in Varmland, and they also shared their business development experience among young entrepreneurs and students in their region.
April 21, 10:00-15:00
Training seminar for young people
in the Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences
International seminar «Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups. Flow of information and cooperation of public agencies responsible for youth unemployment across the border».
International seminar «Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups. Flow of information and cooperation of public agencies responsible for youth unemployment across the border» within the framework of the international project "ComUnYouth" (Combating Youth Unemployment) took place on the 16-17th of March 2017 in Daugavpils, Latvia.
The aim of the project is to improve the employment situation of youth in the periphery in Russian-Nordic-Baltic border areas and to empower youth to take an active role in the process of combating unemployment as well as in the implementation of concrete activities. Representatives of Estonia, Finland, the Republic of Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Vyborg, and Karelia took part in the seminar.
The international seminar was hosted by the Euroregion "Country of lakes", Latvian office. Three sessions were organized on various topics such as "Youth employment, social social affairs and inclusion", "The link between education and training systems and the world of work", "Social entrepreneurship in support of youth from social risk / vulnerable groups" within the framework of the seminar.
Tatyana Shatalova talked about the problems concerning the employment of people with disabilities and disabled persons on the example of St. Petersburg SBI Vocational and Rehabilitation Center. She stressed that 263 students were sent to work practice, 193 graduates were employed, 49 graduates were sent for training over the past three years.
Current situation of young people's employment in Finland and South-Karelia was shared by Helena Puustinen, Ville Kallio and Emilia Karhu. They told that the economic situation in Europe have had an impact on the employment of young people in Finland.
Employers hire less, for example, during seasonal work in summer.
It is difficult for young people to find a job in summer without good contacts, however, 53% of young people think that Finland is a good place to live.
Galina Unukovich shared her experience in youth employment, participation in the solution of social issues in the Republic of Belarus on the example of the Glubokoe district, Ekaterina Silyanova told about social entrepreneurship in the Kaliningrad Region. Six Kaliningrad projects received funding from the contest "Active generation". A methodology for teaching people the profession of a guide at the age 50 and over was developed within the project "People's Guide".
The experience of the Vyborg District was of great interest. Natalia Belenova, chairman of the Committee for Social Protection of the Population of Vyborgsky Municipality, Leningrad Region, spoke in detail about the individual rehabilitation program for disabled people. The individual rehabilitation program for disabled people contains the following activities: medical rehabilitation or habilitation activities; activities of vocational rehabilitation or habilitation; activities of psychological and pedagogical rehabilitation and habilitation; activities of social rehabilitation or habilitation; pphysical culture and sports.
At the end of the seminar the participants were able to enjoy the culinary heritage of Latgale in Kraslava
19-20 January 2017
The international seminar on "Business and the creation of new jobs and sustainable growth of businesses in the border regions" within the framework of the international project "ComUnYouth", the purpose of which is to improve the employment situation of young people in the border areas of North-West Russia, Northern Europe and the Baltic States was conducted on the 19-20th of January 2017 in Kaliningrad. The project is implemented by the "Karelian Resource Center of NGO’s'" supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The seminar was attended by representatives of Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Karelia.
The International seminar was organized by the project partner: the Charity fund community "Kaliningrad". Irina Melnichuk, deputy director of the Charity fund community "Kaliningrad", and the General Director of "KRC" Nikolai Oskin welcomed the guests and wished them fruitful work.
Participants talked about the companies that they represent and share their experience. Andrew Gromnyuk shared experience of charity shops «Danke shop», which set special containers in the city, where citizens can bring their unwanted things, and then things are sorted. About 90% is distributed to charitable organizations in different fields and distributed to needy in the station of issuance of things.
Nadezhda Venzhina talked about how they form a community of social entrepreneurs of Kaliningrad region «GOROD & MORE», conducting educational events, meetings, round tables, conferences of all sizes, as well as helping social projects to grow and develop, using entrepreneurial methods and business tools.
Six projects in Kaliningrad received funding in the contest "Active generation". Among them is the project "People's guide", within this project the methods of teaching people age 50+ the profession of speaking guide were established. Victoria Korneva said that people in this age who get additional profession of a guide, a conductor have a number of benefits: additional income, communication with different people, social mission.
Attracting young people to work in large enterprises is one of the most important areas of the fight against youth unemployment, as a whole, and we have successfully started to cooperate with brewery "Baltika" in St. Petersburg within this project.
In the session "Big business and personnel working with young people," Mikhail Plyukhin, Vice-President of Human Resources, Social Development and General Affairs "AVTOTOR Holding Management" told about the company's programs in the field of attracting young professionals. After the seminar a working visit to the company "AVTOTOR Holding Management" was organized. The participants had a small briefing, and then a training center was showed (a joint project with the technical school of branch technologies), then there was a small tour of the production (manufacturing and welding of the production of passenger cars (Hyundai, KIA).
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24 November 2016
Round table “Creative industries in the urban environment”
A round table “Creative industries in the urban environment” within the international project “Joining creativity” and the 40th anniversary of the twinning relations between Petrozavodsk and Umeå was conducted on the 24th of November in Petrozavodsk. The event was attended by architects and designers of Petrozavodsk, representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk City Administration, the National Youth Center, Tourist Information Centre, as well as by experts from Sweden, Finland, Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg.
During the round table the improvement of coastal areas of the city of Petrozavodsk was discussed. Participants got acquainted with the experience of other cities along the rivers - St. Petersburg, Umeå, Joensuu. Moreover presentations on wooden buildings, park areas, urban sculptures were presented. The main purpose of land improvement is to make the city attractive for citizens, for a family holiday, walking, playing sports. It is an opportunity to remain people in small cities.
In addition, social activists presented already implemented potential projects, including the creation of bicycle lanes in the city along the river and the rowing canal on the Lososinka. The chief architect of Petrozavodsk Evgeniy Frolov summed up that it is very important that there are active citizens with interesting ideas for the improvement of territories, and these ideas need to be implemented jointly with the city administration.
16 November 2016
Conference “Social and cultural adaptation of migrants in St. Petersburg: a partnership of public authorities, local governments, national and non-governmental organizations”
On November 16, in St. Petersburg there was the conference “Social and cultural adaptation of migrants: a partnership of public authorities, local governments, national and non-governmental organizations”. Organizers of the event - “St. Petersburg House of Nationalities”, the Charity Fund of support and development of educational and social projects “PSP Fund” supported by the Committee on Inter-Ethnic Relations and the implementation of the migration policy in St. Petersburg.
To share experience and to discuss topical issues the conference was attended by representatives of the relevant regional authorities, local authorities and public organizations from St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region, Arkhangelsk Region, Murmansk Region, the Republic of Karelia, as well as experts from other regions of Russia.
Participants were welcomed by the Head of the implementation department of the migration policy, the rule of law and inter-agency cooperation of the Committee on Inter-Ethnic Relations and the implementation of the migration policy in St. Petersburg S. Domnin, the Director of “St. Petersburg House of Nationalities” E. Kuznetsova, the Director of the Charity Fond of support and development educational and social projects “PSP Fund” B. Panich.
The conference raised issues such as the legal illiteracy of migrants, acute housing problem, and educational migration into Russian institutions of secondary vocational education. The director of the House of Nationalities E. Kuznetsova held a presentation of the institution, she spoke about the ongoing activities for migrants and cooperation with NGOs. The director of “PSP Fund” B. Panich noted that NGOs act as “the bridge” between migrants and government agencies.
The representative of the St. Petersburg Catholic charitable public organization “Maltese Aid Service” told about how they help migrants who have lost their documents. St. Petersburg Project Co-ordinator of the NGO “Children of St. Petersburg” Yu. Alimova shared experience of socio-cultural adaptation of migrant children in St. Petersburg. She spoke about the Russian language and school preparation courses for children of preschool and early school age with the participation of volunteers. The conference was attended by the representatives of national-cultural autonomies, societies and diasporas.
Also the director of “Karelian Resource Center of NGO’s” N. Oskin delivered a presentation “Experience and prospects of Centres of Inter-Ethnic Relations in the Republic of Karelia” and the head of Kondopoga Center of socio-cultural adaptation of migrants N. Tsykareva took part in the conference..
After the speeches, the speakers held a lively discussion. All participants thanked each other for the exchange of invaluable experience and agreed on further cooperation.
14 November 2016
Round table “Music, mass media and new technologies as creative industries: challenges and opportunities” 14th of November, Reykjavik
In July, at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (NArFU) the first round table within the project “Joining creativity” was conducted. It was attended by the representatives of Arkhangelsk, Karelia, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. During the event participants exchanged ideas, experiences and best practices in the development of creative industries and established new contacts. This discussion of the problems faced by creative industries and the opportunities for the territory development continued a few months later in Reykjavik. In Arkhangelsk crafts and museum business were in the focus of attention, but in Reykjavik the organizers chose such areas of the creative sector as music, mass media and new technologies.
The round table was organized by the project partner: the Centre “Innovation Iceland”. It aims to increase the competitiveness of companies through the introduction of new technologies, as well as the dissemination of information and support for entrepreneurs. The round table was attended by partners and experts from Finland, Sweden, Iceland, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk and Karelia. The director of the Center “Innovation Iceland” Professor Thorsteinn Sigfusson opened the event by welcoming the guests and wished them fruitful work.
First of all, the participants talked about their companies and shared their experience. Then there were several detailed presentations. Tatyana Melikova, the deputy head of the concert part of the Small Hall named after A.K. Glazunov, spoke about the bright and famous annual festival – “International Conservatory Week”, held in St. Petersburg. Emilia Shӧlund, manager of the project “Krenova” from the Swedish town Skellefteå, described the tools used to support business start-ups with interesting ideas. Anna Solovyova, the professor of NArFU, spoke about the creative industries of the Arkhangelsk region, especially about musical projects. The co-founder of the company “Novomatic Lottery Solutions”, which provides software for online games, Ólafur Ragnarsson made a presentation on the development of computer games and the advanced technologies in Iceland. After the presentations there was a panel discussion on the topic of identifying challenges faced by the creative industries and their solutions. The main problem is that the “creative industries” is a very broad concept with unclear meaning. In addition, each industry has its own problems, which confirms the need for a common approach to the definition and specialized to each particular direction. It was noted that sufficient government support exists: for example in Sweden there is a national strategy for support of the creative cultural industries, and each region makes its own proposals, and in Finland there is a document which is devoted to 100 years of independence, where the support of the creative sector is mentioned.
After the round table there was a meeting of the expert group of the project, where partners discussed issues related to the completion of the project and the ideas of its continuation.
In addition, the round table participants had the opportunity to see the innovative technology of Iceland. They had visits to the “CCP Game Company” - one of the most popular in Iceland company which produce video games based on virtual reality. They also visited Innovation house, where there are companies which elaborate the Internet browser and computer games.
Thanks to the project “Joining creativity” experts and representatives of the creative industries from the Northwest Russia and the Nordic countries convinced that Iceland is an amazing country that can surprise not only by its nature and football, but also by its high level of development.
12 November 2016
Round table “Creative industries as a business area” within the “Youth Economic Forum”
The VIII Youth Economic Forum “Investments - the resource of the future: new economy - new opportunities” was conducted in Petrozavodsk on the 12th of November. This year the forum gathered together 350 participants from six countries - Russia, Finland, Belarus, Poland, Canada, Estonia. About 1 000 people participated in the meetings.
Different plenary and breakout sessions, lectures, seminars, round tables and workshops were conducted in the capital of Karelia November 9-12. Participants discussed theoretical and practical aspects of regional development in the global economic environment. They paid particular attention to the investments as a resource of the future. During the forum there were three sections: science, education, and youth entrepreneurship.
As part of the section “Youth Entrepreneurship” a round table “Creative industries as a business area” was conducted. During this round table different areas such as handicrafts, photography, theater, museum were discussed. The coordinator of the project “Joining creativity” Ksenia Chumak told about the major activities and achievements of the project.
The organizer of the Youth Economic Forum is The Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Centre of RAS with the support of the Government of the Republic of Karelia. Co-organizers are Petrozavodsk State University, Karelian branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. The general sponsor of the Youth Economic Forum this year is “Russian Agricultural Bank”
Autonomous Noncommercial Organization “The Center for promotion of the territories” together with the “Karelian Recourse Center of NGO’s” in 2016 continued the sociological research within the project “Civil society of the multi-ethnic region”, which was a continuation of the project initiative in 2015 – “Public potential of NGOs”.
These initiatives are supported by the Ministry of the Republic of Karelia for National Politics, Relations with Public and Religious Associations at the expense of the federal budget subsidies to the Republic of Karelia within the subprogram “Support for socially oriented noncommercial organizations in the Republic of Karelia” for 2014-2020 and the government program of the Republic of Karelia “The development of the civil society institutions and the development of local self-government, protection of the rights and freedoms of man and citizen” for 2014-2020.
The research showed that the civil society of the Republic of Karelia is developing dynamically in line with the social policy and in the context of the current challenges facing the country. The noncommercial sector, acting as the institutional foundation of civil society grows gradually and takes its place in the structure of the economy and employment as well as in the system of social services. The most important resource to enhance the activity of noncommercial organizations is the activity of citizens. The updating the organizations with staff and volunteers are based not on their desire to make money, but on the desire of people to realize their creativity and their ideas to participate in public life and gain social significance.
An information website of the NCO of the Republic of Karelia was developed and launched within the project (www.nko-karelia.ru). The site is designed to exchange information and cooperation among NGOs, government agencies and local governments.
Another result of the project was the launch of the booklet “Instruction booklet for public figure” (http://nko-karelia.ru/file/522). It contains the most urgent issues of support NGO activities in Karelia.
Further development of the project is in the maintenance and development of the research part and monitoring the formation of civil society in the Republic of Karelia, development and active use of the website and the formation of recommendations for executive bodies and local authorities to improve the work with NGOs and increase their role in socio-economic development of the region.
26 October 2016
International topical workshop “The role of education in addressing the problem of youth unemployment” in the framework of the project “ComUnYouth”.
On October 26 in St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design there was an international workshop “The role of education in addressing the problem of youth unemployment” in the framework of the international project “ComUnYouth”. The aim of the project is to improve the employment situation of youth in the periphery in Russian-Nordic-Baltic border areas and to empower youth to take an active role in the process of combating unemployment as well as in the implementation of concrete activities.
The project is implemented by the “Karelian Resource Center of NGO’s” and funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. There were both project partners and invited experts among the participants. The workshop was attended by representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Norway, St. Petersburg, Karelia, Kaliningrad.
The main issues of the workshop were: the adaptation of young people to the labor market in the education system; professional self-determination of youth in accordance with the requirements of the labor market; experience and examples of successful employment, suggestions for solving the problem.
The participants were welcomed by the Rector of St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design Alexey Demidov and by the General Director of the “Karelian Resource Center of NGO’s” Nikolai Oskin.
Olga Lebedeva, the head of the department to attract talents of “Baltika Breweries” shared her experience of working with young professionals. During her speech, she spoke about the company's development programs for young talents, as well as the opportunities that they offer to students, universities and businesses. “As long as “Baltika” is focused on being and remaining the most successful, the most professional and the most attractive beer company in Russia, we are interested in attracting talented young professionals who have the ability to change quickly and are not afraid to propose and implement new ideas” - noted Olga Lebedeva.
All participants noted the relevance of the issues of youth unemployment, the adaptation of young specialists to the labor market and the complexity of professional self-determination. During the meeting, recommendations were made, which should contribute to solving the problems. The participants of the event expressed wishes to expand the number of topics related to youth issues, as well as to make these discussions regular.
The director of the Center of assistance to employment of graduates of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia Svetlana Vladimirova introduced an interesting presentation “Activities to promote employment center “Most” in adaptation of graduates to the labor market”.
After the workshop participants visited the factory “Baltika-St Petersburg”, where they could learn the process of brewing, as well as discuss the issues of cooperation on work with “Baltika” company personnel in an informal setting.
16 - 21 October 2016
Study trip for representatives of creative industries
One of the main objectives of the project “Joining creativity” is the establishment of contacts among representatives of creative industries in Northwest Russia and the Nordic countries. On the 16-21 of October a study trip to Finland and Sweden for representatives of the creative industries was organized. During this trip the participants got acquainted with the creative industries and shared experiences, as well as looked for new and interesting ideas and useful contacts.
Representatives of the Republic of Karelia, St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk took place in the trip. During the six-day trip they visited several universities, incubators and business centers, large and small enterprises, as well as workshops in Helsinki, Umeå, Skellefteå and Joensuu.
The study trip started with a visit to the Aalto University, where there are all conditions for students to develop at creative spheres. At the university there is a Media Factory (http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/for_media/) where the Fab lab situated. Fab lab is the laboratory or workshop for students and employees of the university, where they have the opportunity to use advanced equipment, as well as to receive consultation of professionals. In 2001, as part of social programs in the United States the first laboratory Fab Lab (abbreviation for fabrication or fabulous) was created in the MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. It included such equipment as milling machines, which allows produce material, 3D printer for plastic parts, a tool for creating printed circuit boards, plotter for vinyl cutting and other similar equipment of production. This project was very successful and the network of laboratories Fab Lab has expanded all over the world - today there are more than one hundred of such laboratory-factories around the world. Moreover in the Media Factory of the Aalto University there are a Web studio, rental of video and photo equipment, classrooms and workshops.
At the Aalto University there is the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Within this school different programs in the field of design, digital media, fashion, audiovisual presentations, architecture, art education and visual culture are offered. Students have the opportunity to practice skills in many workshops situated at the University.
From Helsinki our group went to the Swedish city of Umeå, which is the sister city of Petrozavodsk, and the capital of Västerbotten region. For two days members of the group had an opportunity to plunge into the creative environment of Sweden. First stop was a family workshop (http://www.bildhuggarn.se/), where Monica and Erik Nilsson work with glass, wood, iron and stone. The hosts gave a tour over their work place and told how they work with different materials. They shared their experience about whether it is possible to provide for a family only working in creative industry.
Then the group visited the Centre “Sliperiet” (http://sliperiet.umu.se/en) at Umeå University, where we also found the possibilities which students and employees have to develop their skills. There is the Fab Lab laboratory in the Centre with plenty of work places and premises, where students can use the equipment and get expert advice.
After that the representatives of creative professions headed to the North - to the city of Skelleftea, which is called the “younger brother” of Umea. In Skelleftea there is a Center “The great northern” (http://krenova.se/), where companies and organizations from the sphere of the creative industries can get work place, access to advertising site of the Center, and most importantly - they can ask for advice from more experienced companies placed in the same building. Another advantage of such Center is a creative environment, where representatives of different fields can communicate, share experiences and ideas and support each other.
The study continued in the Finnish city of Joensuu, which is also the sister city of Petrozavodsk. The group was able to visit places such as the Centre for culture and crafts, office of the light artist Kari Kola (http://karikola.com), SF Sound Studio in the Finnish forest (http://www.sfsound.fi/eng/), and also Joensuu Science Park (http://www.tiedepuisto.fi/ru/frontpage), where there is an incubator for companies, for the development of computer games and the advenced technologies (http://processgenius.fi/index.php). Joensuu, so familiar to citizens of Petrozavodsk, was opened completely from the other side. It is the city where people keep the traditions alive and at the same time develop the new technology, where people can engage in crafts and create computer games, where all creative people gain support.
During the week representatives of the creative industries of the North-West of Russia got acquainted with the experience of Finland and Sweden. They were able not only visit workshops, participate in workshops and ask questions directly to creative people, but also to learn how universities support students who have chosen the profession in the sphere of the creative industries, how a state provides support to the individual enterprises, and how different companies work together to help each other. This knowledge can be very useful both for the representatives of the universities and for entrepreneurs. In addition, during the trip direct contacts have been established, which is of prime importance to the project, because one of the main goals of the project is the help to internationalize the creative business.
11 October 2016
Section “Creative industries as an important resource for the territory development” within the project “Joining creativity”
October 11, 2016 an Interregional Scientific and Practical Conference “ETHNO-CULTURAL COMPONENT AS A SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF MUNICIPALITIES” was conducted in the Karelian branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National economy and Public administration (RANEPA). It was held with the participation of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Karelia.
The conference was attended by 93 people. There were the representatives of municipal administrations, heads and deputies of the education and cultural institutions of the Republic of Karelia and the Murmansk region, representatives of public organizations and others.
At the plenary session the spotlight reports were presented by Anna Tomchik (the Deputy Minister of culture of the Republic of Karelia), Elena Bogdanova (Vice-Rector of State Autonomous Institution of Continuing Professional Education of the Republic of Karelia “Karelian Institute of Education Development”), Irina Pavlova (Head of cultural and educational activities and external relations of the “Kizhi State Open Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography”), Ksenia Chumak (Deputy Director General of The Karelian resource Center of NGO’s), Tatiana Sachuk (Doctor of Economics, Head of the Department of economy and Finance of the Karelian branch of RANEPA).
The section “Creative industries as an important resource for the territory development” was organized within the international project “Joining creativity”, which has been implemented by Karelian Resource Center of NGO’s since February 2016. Participants learned about the implementation process, heard 9 reports about the experience of the creative industries development in the Republic of Karelia, Arkhangelsk region, St. Petersburg, as well as Norway and Sweden. Speakers talked about the support programs of the creative industries in their regions and shared the most vital and successful examples, as well as identified existing problems.
After this meeting it can be said that today the main problems is the lack of a unified approach to the definition of “creative industries” and a comprehensive statistical information on the companies and enterprises involved in this sector, as well as regulatory and legal support for the development of creative economy.
The collection of materials of the conference “Ethno-cultural component as a factor of socio-economic development of municipalities” will consist of reports presented at the conference, articles of absentee members, resolutions of each section and the speaker presentations.
4-7 October 2016
“School of social evaluation of accessibility of the urban environment”
On October 4-7 in Pskov there was an event “School of social evaluation of accessibility of the urban environment”. It was attended by Vorobyova Anastasia the specialist of project department of Karelian Recourse Center of NGO’s as well as representatives of NGOs, government, architectural and museum communities from Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Petrozavodsk and Pskov.
The event was organized in the framework of the project “Friendly Cities” by the Pskov regional NGO “Lake Peipsi Project” with the support of private educational institution “Intelkap”. The project is aimed at creating conditions for comprehensive development of the natural and cultural environment, accessible and friendly to people with disabilities in the cities: Arkhangelsk, Vladimir, Kaliningrad, Novgorod, Vladimir, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, St. Petersburg.
The main purpose of the event - to provide information on the creation and development of barrier-free environment, acquaint participants with the regulations governing the rights of people with disabilities, principles of providing physical and information availability, main approaches in the preparation of inclusive urban events, and the European experience of creating accessible public environment.
Within the first two days the participants listened to lectures of the school leading expert Evgeny Bukharov, the Advisor to the Chairman of the All-Russian Society of Disabled People, the director of ANO “Center for Disability Research “Society for All”, member of the Committee for the Paralympic Games of the International Paralympic Committee.
The third day of school was dedicated to the practical examination of 3 territories of Pskov for their accessibility to people with disabilities. It was the park and the entrance area of the hotel “Rizhskaya”, the park and entrance area of the hotel “Olginskaya” and Arboretum of Pskov. According to the results of examination, participants formed the reports and presented the results which were heard by Oleg Gerasimov the director of “Sotsturprof”, Valentina Kirichenko the deputy director of the hotel “Rizhskaya” and Valery Fedorov the secretary of the Public Chamber of the Pskov region. On these territories the participants identified more than 120 violations of accessibility requirements and provided their recommendations.
On the last day of school, the forum participants listened to the lectures of Friedrich Kuhlmann and Catherine Balitska, the professors of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Also, there was a round table on the results of the school where the participants expressed their views and shared their impressions.
At the end of the school, participants received letters of thanks from the “Lake Peipsi Project”, and Certificates of Completion “School of social evaluation of accessibility of the urban environment” from "Intelkap".
20-30 September 2016
September 28-30 in Marijampole (Lithuania) there was the International Youth Forum “Cross the border, grow your idea!”. It was attended by nearly 60 young people aged from 18 to 30 years old from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania and 5 regions of Russia (Moscow, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, St. Petersburg and the Republic of Karelia).
The forum was held within the framework of the international project «ComUnYouth», the purpose of which was to improve the employment situation of youth in the periphery in Russian-Nordic-Baltic border areas and to empower youth to take an active role in the process of combating unemployment as well as in the implementation of concrete activities.
The organizers and partners of the forum were the Marijampole regional development agency and the Karelian Resource Centre for NGOs. The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Youth Forum was one of the major events in Marijampole, and it wasn’t disregarded by the Mayor of the town Vidmantas Brazys. He and the director of the Karelian Resource Centre for NGOs Nikolai Oskin delivered a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony. The moderators of the forum were an expert of the Karelian Resource Centre for NGOs Pavel Petrov and Honorary Ambassador and the Director of International Relations of ARVI Enterprises Group Algirdas Kumža.
Within the two days the youth were actively working in small teams. They developed new projects (start-ups) and discussed the issues of the labor market in Europe and the problem of unemployment among young people. The main purpose of the forum was to develop and identify the best youth start-ups, which should help to improve the employment situation of young people in the periphery in Russian-Nordic-Baltic border areas. The director of the Youth Employment Center of Moscow Roman Shkut represented Russia with the presentation “Youth unemployment. The situation in Russia”. He shared his experience on the creation and functioning of the center headed by him, which is aimed on helping young people to find jobs.
According to the Commission and the participants of the forum, teams which developed the best ideas were awarded. Selected micro projects (“InterMent”, “SkillShop”, “Outfit Alias”, “Stickers”, “Flying Ad”)) received funding within the framework of forum in the amount of 10 000 euros.
The youth forum in Marijampole took a prominent place in a row of other events of the project “ComUnYouth”. There young people could share experiences and come up with ideas for the organization of a new business in their regions, acquire new knowledge and experience, receive helpful tips, as well as establish friendly and business contacts.
6 July 2016
ВOn 6th of Jule, 2016 in North (Arctic) federal university named after M. Lomonosov (NAFU) a round table was conducted. Representatives of Arkhangelsk, Republic of Karelia, Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Denmark, Sweden and Finland took part in the event. The event was organized as a part of the project ‘Joining creativity’ aimed at promotion of economic cooperation and trade among Northern countries and northwest Russian as well as promotion of successful integration of firms engaged in creative industries in the region of the Baltic Sea. The project is being implemented since February, 2016 by ‘Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations’ with financial assistance of Nordic Council of Ministers.
Among participants of the event were both project partners and invited experts as representatives of creative industries of northwest Russia and Northern countries. On behalf of the University Head of International Relations Department Lubov Zarubina warmly greeted participants of the round table and marked that the theme of the meeting is very interesting for the university in terms of initiating new scientific projects and engagement of entrepreneurs into elaboration and organization of such programs. Nikolay Oskin, Director General of NP ‘Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations’, thanked representatives of NAFU for warm welcome and assistance in organization of the event, then also expressed his opinion concerning the significance of development of creative industries.
The round table was divided on 2 stages. The first stage was devoted to internationalization of creative business, the second one to innovative potential of business in the sphere of creative industries, instruments of their revealing and support.
Report of Varvara Lebedeva, Head of Cultural Politics Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, contained very interesting information. She marked that till 2014 notion ‘creative industries’ was not noted in any strategic document of the Russian Federation. Today this notion is documented and implies industrial design, fashion industry, editorial, musical business, bookselling and many other areas.
However, currently there are no federal, no regionals programs which could support this field. As result, we can see underfinancing in the sphere of creative industries and absence of infrastructure.
Senior lecturer of NAFU and supervisor of project ‘Art-residency Zvozlandia’ Marina Debenkova told about history of development of creative industries in Arkhangelsk district. Among the most successful art-project implemented on the territory of Pomors she marked jazz-project of Tim Dorofeev and festival ‘ZVOZ-Vision’. Besides that, Marina Dubenkova noted work of center of creative industries of NAFU, which has organized a series of seminars in Arkhangelsk and Saint-Petersburg.
Anastasia Pacey, Head of Saint-Petersburg Art-Residency and Director General of Museum of non-conformist culture, told about evolution of creative industries in Saint-Petersburg and shared experience of art-center ‘Pushkinskaya-10’ as space of international cooperation. Marina Koluyartseva, Director of Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization on Individual art and creative spheres development ‘Creative projects Kaykino’ told how the things stand in the sphere of creative industries in Leningrad Oblast, shared experience of project activity of art-village ‘Kaykino-10; underscoring cooperation as a factor of creative development on smaller territories.
Colleagues from Northern Europe also shared interesting experience. Lantz Sussana, adviser of County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, regional manager of commerce chamber of Västerbotten told about creative industries in the region of Västerbotten, Sweden. Sculptor Nilsson Bengt Erik and his wife Rudehall Nilsson Rut Monica told about activity of their company and then presented educational program for youth.
Special attention was also paid to innovative potential of business in sphere of creative industries. Invited experts presented international grant schemes and funds, told about the system of support for small and medium-sized enterprises on the example of Arkhangelsk district. Head of the PR Department ‘CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP’ Haulund Karoline presented experience of business ideas contest where every entrepreneur could become a winner in case his\her idea is really innovative. So, Michael Bronsky, founder of brand ‘Bronski’ was the winner of Russian contest ‘CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP’. Another project and developed brand was presented by creative workshop ‘Mnozhestvo’. Its founder Ulyana Tyupysheva shared experience of creation of souvenirs aimed at increasing tourist attraction of the region.
Within the frameworks of the event participants managed to exchange ideas, experience and best practices in the sphere of development of creative industries as well as to establish new useful ties.
Right after the round-table there were meeting of expert and coordinating groups of the project during which partners discussed main questions concerning continuation of iproject implementation.
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12 May 2016
On the 12th of May concert-presentation of song and choral music book of Nikolai Mishukov ‘My lovely Karelia!’ has happened in Children`s music and choir school of Petrozavodsk!
Nikolai Mishukov is honored cultural worker of the Russian Federation, honored artist of Karelia, poet and composer. His poems emphasize beauty and greatness of Karelia. They won big respect and recognition among members of professional community and those who love musical art and became irreplaceable part of artistic legacy of the Republic of Karelia.
Prominent music-choral bands of the Republic of Karelia such as senior concert choir "LAULU", municipal chapel of boys and youngsters ‘Vivat’ of the Children`s music and choir school of Petrozavodsk, men`s choir of the Republic of Karelia under direction of art director and conductor Aleksey Naumov and other teams took part in the concert.
Release of the collection was dedicated to celebration of centenary of the Republic of Karelia and was carried out with the financial assistance of the Ministry of for national politics, relations with civil society, religious communities and media as a part of the project ‘Living in the world with peace: national politics, civil society and people`s diplomacy’.
Moreover financial assistance was provided by director of Karelian fund of educational development Saraev Genady and director general of historical cinema industry ‘FARAON’ Arhipova Irina.
The concert demonstrated big interest for song and choral art that was the main reward for our work!
12 May 2016
On the 12th of May NP ‘Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations’ in liaison with Choral Society of Karelia will organize concert-presentation of song and choral music book of Nikolai Mishukov ‘My lovely Karelia!’.
Author of the collection is one of the first graduates of Petrozavodsk College of Music named after K.A. Rautio, honored cultural worker of the Russian Federation, honored artist of Karelia, poet and composer. The collection ‘My lovely Karelia’ includes songs and part songs somehow connected with the Republic of Karelia. According to the composer Karelian nature, poems of Karelian poets and imperishable epos ‘Kalevala’ were the source of inspiration for him.
Collection ‘My lovely Karelia’ caught great buzz among musical public of the Republic of Karelia and about 200 guests planned to attend the concert. Beside that, among those invited to the concert were Minister for national politics, relations with civil society, religious communities and media A. Manin as well as Minister of Culture of the Republic of Karelia A. Lesonen.
Prominent music-choral bands of the Republic of Karelia such as senior concert choir "LAULU", municipal chapel of boys and youngsters ‘Vivat’ of the Children`s music and choir school of Petrozavodsk, men`s choir of the Republic of Karelia under direction of art director and conductor Aleksey Naumov and other teams will take part in the concert.
Release of the collection is dedicated to celebration of centenary of the Republic of Karelia and is carried out with the financial assistance of the Ministry of for national politics, relations with civil society, religious communities and media as a part of the project ‘Living in the world with peace: national politics, civil society and people`s diplomacy’.
18 May 2016
NP Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations continues to implement the project ‘Living in the world with peace: national politics, civil society and people`s diplomacy’ with the assistance of the Ministry of the Republic of Karelia for national politics, relations with civil society, religious communities and media.
Seminar ‘International cooperation of civil society institutes in the context of new geopolitical realities in Kostomuksha’ was held on the 18th of May, 2016 on the territory of Kostomuksha Urban District. Moderators of the seminar were Nikolay Oskin, Director General of the NP Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations, and Galina Potapova, Chief Specialist of the Department of Economic Development of the Administration of Kostomuksha Urban District.
Among those who took part in the discussion were heads of the centers of interethnic cooperation of Kondopoga, Medvezhegorsk, Belomorsk and Segezha municipal districts.
The Head of the Center in Kondopoga Nadezhda Tsykareva drew participants` attention to how important informational assistance is for migrants and to necessity of development of project activity in the determined area. The most active partners of the center are “Community of Tatar culture ‘Chulpan’, ‘Community of Ukrainian culture ‘Kalina’, ‘The Mari people of Karelia’, national cultural autonomy of the Lithuanians.
Lubov Rigoeva, the Head of the Center of Interethnic cooperation in Segezha, presented data concerning employment of participants of state-run program aimed at providing assistance to voluntary resettlement to the Russian Federation of compatriots living abroad. As a result in 2015 the participants of the program living in Segezha municipal district are now working as dentist, narcologist, fish-farmer, industrial seller, phthisiologist, gynecologist, traumatologist, engineer, chapel-master, teacher, foreman, practitioner, cook, orthopedists, dryer.
The Head of the Center takes part in meetings of coordination board of interethnic and interreligious problems under the Head of Segezha municipal district which also discuss problems of the civilians coming to the сenter and seeking help. There was an event on the base of the Center in 2016 as a part of project of national and cultural autonomy of the Armenians ‘Consent among friends’, which gathered together about 100 participants.
More than that, special meetings on the subject ‘Labor migrations and the youth’, ‘Can we get on well with people?’ were organized by the specialists of the Center with people studying in educational organizations of Medvezhegorsk municipal district’. National organizations of Belarusians, Poles, Ukrainians and Lithuanians are permanent participants of the events.
According to Irina Romanova, the Head of the Center of interethnic cooperation in Belomorsk, currently the center is ready to conduct thematic events aimed at forming interethnic and interreligious dialog for children and teenagers from summer camps under schools of the region. In additions, special events are planned to be conducted on the Day of solidarity in the fight against terrorism and National Unity Day. Great attention is also paid to familiarizations of these who apply to the center with culture of Pomors.
Among those who delivered their reports at the seminar concerning social and cultural adaptation of migrants and formation of culture of consent and peace in society were leading expert of the Ministry of the Republic pf Karelia for national politics Dmitriy Lyabegin, Deputy Head of the Administration of Kostomuksha urban district for social issues Natalya Matkivskaya, specialist of the ‘Karelian Resource Center of Non-governmental Organizations’ Gunay Mamedova, Head of the Tatar-Bashkir society ‘Firyza’ Ilfania Nafigina, director of Karelian autonomous non-commercial organization aimed at development of charitable, social, cultural activity ‘Pryalka’ Tatyana Dobrodeeva, chairman of local national-cultural autonomy of Ukrainians living in Kostomuksha Nikolay Bigun, members of University of Applied Sciences of Joensuu Paavo Raapana and Petri Muoe.
As result of the seminar a decision was made to continue intergovernmental interaction of state organs with the involvement of non-commercial organizations in the sphere of pursuing state national politics on the territory of the Republic of Karelia taking into consideration accumulated experience as well as using new forms of work.