PHILOSOPHICAL GARDEN
THE COMMON GOOD OR WHY BECOME A LEADER
Talk abstracts of dialogue between Denis Poltavets and Demyan Om
All progressive communities and scientific institutions are now concentrating on leadership. Different generations are learning how to lead, how to be leaders.


Why is this skill important? Because only a society open to new knowledge will want more, which means it will act more actively.


Demyan Om, the author of the Philosophical Garden, the founder of Universal Open University, and Denis Poltavets, an expert on the development of civil society, recorded a podcast about this and much more.
About leadership


After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Soviet citizens discovered that people in the world live very differently. Collectivism and the equalization of all under one comb is not the only form of social coexistence. For many, it turned out to be a discovery that leadership and initiative can be encouraged.


Not everyone accepted the new information. Many still consider leadership skills superfluous. Although the habit of following the lead forward has remained.


This is not about a political initiative. We are talking about a person who is able to do something important for society, guide others with his actions, unite people, and lead.


What traits and skills make a person a leader?


Let's start with the ability to implement an idea holistically. A person with a three-dimensional vision does not stop at obstacles in the way of project implementation.


He has a holistic idea of what the project should be. Therefore, he purposefully finds something with which to replace elements that he does not have.


The second criterion is the ability to help others understand how a particular person's idea can be useful for them.


And the third important characteristic is the ability to go beyond routine work. That is, a person, being a school teacher, can advise something even to the head of an enterprise, an artist.


Thus, a separate element of one's activity can be significant for many people.
About business and culture


Business, among other things, is part of the culture. We pay attention to the way the office is decorated, how people are dressed, how they talk, how senior managers support certain projects. Ukrainian businessmen also support culture.


It should be understood that compared to Western entrepreneurship, ours is far from abundance. Usually, the bigger the business, the more "abstract" cultural projects are. For example, not many undertake to support domestic cinema. After all, this is a rather risky investment, you must agree.


At the same time, people who can be called patrons usually refuse this title. There are a lot of actual patrons among Ukrainian businessmen, but they don't like to talk about it. Why do entrepreneurs engage in patronage? What, besides money, can you get from this?


Now we are approaching the concept of the common good, which we used to perceive quite abstractly. Nevertheless, it is important to convey the idea: the common good is also my good! You can also paraphrase it like this: "I live in my country, among my culture, so I put something into it." It's a good life. And a good life is not equal to profit.
Uniqueness of Ukraine


How to explain to a foreigner what Ukraine is? There are a number of things that society agrees with in its majority. For example, we recognize the freedom of Ukrainians. Freedom is regarded as a value even higher than justice. It is more important for Ukrainians to be free than, for example, to have equal opportunities.


Another interesting feature: underestimating your own level of development. There is a stereotype that Ukrainian society is not progressive enough, poor. People are used to comparing themselves with others. This is an artifact left over as a result of a serious historical trauma received in the twentieth century. Ukrainians consider themselves to be a "strong middle man", although in many aspects we are a fairly progressive nation. Even the level of education is still not bad, although it requires improvements and improvements.


Our society is secular, mobile, clearly inclined to values such as freedom, democratic way of government, and so on. Ukrainians, one of the few in the post-Soviet space, managed to achieve the changeability of power. And a change of political leadership is a very expensive pleasure.


However, underestimating yourself affects the way of life. For some reason, most progressive nations do not have thoughts: "we are some kind of wrong Austria/France/Germany." They solved this issue for themselves a long time ago.
Child and Gadget


The younger generation has stopped reading books, writing in a notebook with a pen. In general, many useful things have disappeared from their lives. Perhaps irrevocably. Writing by hand may soon turn into an art form. But as a means of self-expression, it will be used less and less.


It is almost impossible to imagine the modern world without gadgets. After all, humanity is moving towards an even greater informatization of life. Therefore, the contact of the younger generation with so far rudimentary forms of digital reality is quite a positive phenomenon.


The problem is not to limit the child's use of gadgets, but to give these classes meaning. It is important that gatherings with the phone turn into a form of play and communication with parents and friends. Elementary Instagram contains a lot of useful information: seminars, educational tasks, activities for self-development.


A dialogue is needed, teaching parents how to properly motivate children to develop and study. To do this, they will have to start with self-development, because without learning to manage themselves, you cannot motivate others. This is how we return to leadership again.
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