PHILOSOPHICAL GARDEN
SOCIAL ACTIVITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Talk abstracts of conversation with Irina Solovey and Demyan Om
There are two interesting idioms in English: sharing is caring (sharing means caring) and cooperation instead of competition (cooperation instead of competition). These concepts convey social importance, and their ethics are adhered to by activists who achieve high goals.


Irina Solovey, the founder of the Garage Gang NGO, once set the rhythm for crowdfunding in Ukraine. And also — the formation of the so-called future making skills (skills of the future). If 5 years ago people asked who needed it, why pay their own money for other people's ideas?.. Now many people understand that crowdfunding does not just help an individual to realize his ideas, but also improves the well-being of each of us.


The author of the "Philosophical Garden" Demyan Om spoke with Irina Solovey about social innovations and culture as a trigger of the economy.
Why is social innovation so relevant?


It's hard not to notice that the whole world is at the stage of dizzying changes. Such processes are the norm for society. They occur throughout the history of mankind. It is important to know and talk about this, then the lessons that this period gives will bring maximum benefit.


If the processes of change and development are more or less successful, this is called transformation. If the society gets stuck, it is called a crisis. Choose for yourself.


Ukrainians understand that it is necessary to change, but they realize that it is extremely difficult. That is why the demand for the ability to generate knowledge and apply it is so high now. At this stage, social innovators appear who practice other ways of interaction, strengthen existing relationships and even form new ones.
About innovation


In order for innovations not only to enter society, but also to take root in it, activism alone is not enough. As in any case, the key will be understanding for whom, why and how you want to do good?


There are community development strategies and relevant experts for this. The latter sort out what exactly will be useful and relevant for a certain group of people. Whether this strategy will be appropriate for the internal and external moods of the subject. No matter how well concepts, models, hypotheses and methods appear, everything in the world works only when there is an understanding of what you want to create for society.


Subjects are individuals, groups of individuals, and even networks of organizations.


A person is first of all a person. With certain skills and a level of literacy. The level of development is the level of elementary expectations of a person from himself, the presence of a desire to join certain processes.
In 30 seconds in the supermarket, you can have time to smile, joke, wish a good day, in a word, bring the traditional purchase design to the level of dialogue. It is worth collecting and storing such moments

Demyan Om
Support for a crowdfunding project, mentoring, cleaning the park — all these are peculiar forms of participation. The network can also be a subject of social innovation. In this case, we are talking about a certain number of organizations that have agreed on joint actions among themselves. Then everyone does their own piece of work. That's the difference.
About crowdfunding


Crowdfunding has become a global phenomenon, almost equivalent to culture. Earlier installment (important installment!) The development of culture was primarily done by the government or business with the help of lobbying tools. Now every citizen has an opportunity to improve the world. After all, crowdfunding was essentially created to unite the community, this is its uniqueness.


When forming a development strategy, we start with what we don't have. Oddly enough, this is a pretty correct decision. After determining what is missing, we become creative and resourceful enough to get it.


There is another trend. When active, thinking people with a certain degree of influence stop the process at the stage of idea formation. They seek first to get the support of the public through media tools. But they don't go any further than promises. That is, every time we enter a new case, we find ourselves in... terra incognita.
Crowdfunding forms the philosophy of the culture of giving

Demyan Om
For example — an example!

Let's consider a separate case. Let's take the Dnieper and the region as terra incognita for the formation of a visionary group and a cultural strategy. What steps do we need to take and what knowledge do we need to acquire in order to get a result?
Culture is the trigger of the economy

Demyan Om
Let's start our movement by modeling the desired goal. To come to a certain clarity, you need to understand the relationship between the members of the group. Do not forget that violent communication has not yet given anyone positive results, so we focus on dialogue. The subjects of our idea in this situation are residents of the Dnieper and the region. They not only want to be heard, but can also make a big contribution with their direct participation. In fact, throughout the entire period of vision formation, we learn to cooperate and remember the idiom cooperation instead of competition.


Another magical element of positive impact is the question. Questions can stimulate the work of the human brain and logic. When creating a strategy, it is worth asking the residents of the Dnieper and the region their own opinion about the state of culture. This is a wonderful recipe against stagnation.


You will go to do your job further, and the person will think: did he say everything correctly? How are things really going? What could be added? All this mental flow affects a person, his brain begins to work in the right direction.
Children are the starting point in the education of society


Children teach their parents, not the other way around. Adults help children master technical skills, but it is children who teach adults philosophy. They are much more insistent in teaching adults how to sort garbage than adults are in teaching them how to write and read. Children are a kind of system that lives in dynamics. They absorb knowledge like a sponge and carry it through time.


The Soviet model: "the state is a teacher, and citizens are students" stops working. Parents also revise their worldview and learn to communicate with children on an equal footing, respecting their subjectivity and identity.


In the future, it will be children who will change the rules of the game. They will act not just as performers, but, first of all, as creators.
Finally, we wish each of us to develop the skill of self-empathy. When a person knows how to appreciate himself and his creation, he acquires the ability to recognize and appreciate what others bring to this world.
The only resource way to benefit is to be in agreement with what you are doing

Irina Solovey
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