Discussion from Various Experts and Leaders on Current Challenges and Development of Ukraine during Ideas Days

This year, Aspen Institute Kyiv, Impact Hub Odesa, and its co-founder Yegor Grebennikov plan to continue the Ideas Festival as a series of online events in a new format — Ideas Days. Ideas Days will consist of 6-hour panel discussions broadcast online. Registration is open.

— One of the essential components of the mission of Aspen Institute Kyiv is to facilitate the exchange of ideas among leaders from different fields for the development of Ukrainian society. Now, more than ever, our country needs a concerted effort from communities and individual professionals in the face of existential threats. With tremendous gratitude to our defenders on the front lines, we, in the rear, must act no less dedicatedly for our common goal, — says the Aspen Institute Kyiv Executive director Yulia Tychkivska.

Identity as the basis of stability and new priorities in volunteer activities: discussions of the first Ideas Day

The first-panel discussion, scheduled for July 17, will be dedicated to transforming Ukrainian identity and its role in shaping a resilient society.

Speakers will include Oksen Lisovyi (Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine), Oleksandra Koltsova (public figure, singer), and Andriy Zelinsky (political scientist, UGCC military chaplain).

Participants in the second discussion will seek new meanings and priorities in volunteer activities. They will also discuss the role of leaders in community self-organization.

Speakers of the discussion include Vitaliy Koval (Head of Rivne Regional State Administration), Ihor Pashchenko (Rector of the National University “Ostroh Academy”), Mykhaylo Veselskyy (author and patron of the “Radovel” Project), Iryna Ivanchyk (founder of the charitable fund “Believe in Yourself”).

Discussion of the second Ideas Day: Strategic Security and Local Development

The second Ideas Day, scheduled for July 20, will begin with a panel discussion dedicated to the main directions of changes necessary for effectively ensuring stability and security in Ukraine, both now and in the long term.

Speakers will include Oleksandr Kamyshin (Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine), Lana Zerkal (Project Manager for Critical Infrastructure Damage Assessment and Recovery Preparedness at UNDP), and Pavlo Kazarin (publicist, journalist). 

During the second discussion, they will talk about the role of various stakeholders in the restoration of urban space, mechanisms for citizen influence on city development, and the proactive role of business in city life.

Discussion participants include Borys Markov (CEO of ATB Corporation), Yulia Pishchanska (Director of Dmytro Yavornytsky National Historical Museum of Dnipro), Shmuel Kaminsky (Rabbi of Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk Region).

The third Ideas Day: Ways of Business Revival and Entrepreneurial Identity

Participants in the first discussion of the third Ideas Day will analyze the challenges facing Ukrainian businesses on the path to revival from various perspectives: entrepreneurs, potential investors, and risk management.

Speakers include Oleksii Sobolev (Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine), Iryna Horova (CEO and owner of POMITNI), Dmytro Stryzhov (founder of the security holding “SHERIFF”), Kyrylo Kryvolap (Executive director of the Center for Economic Recovery, adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine).

The second discussion will focus on the differences between entrepreneurs from different regions. Speakers will talk about the role of business in city development and building its image. They will also discuss the future, including changes in the education system that will allow the upbringing of influential entrepreneurs.

Discussion participants include historian, tour guide, and volunteer Dmytro Kazavchynskyy (co-founder and owner of GST Group), Kateryna Balyutova (CEO of “Marin Container Service”), Oleksandr Babych (historian, tour guide, and volunteer).

Co-founder of Impact Hub Odessa Yegor Grebennikov emphasized that the organizers of Ideas Days seek a broad dissemination of voiced thoughts and insights:

— These one-day events allow us to inspire participants with new practices and jointly find answers to important questions and today’s challenges. Moreover, we strive for new ideas voiced during panel discussions to spread in society actively. We hope that soon the Festival will return in its original format, and even more Ukrainians will be able to enrich themselves with new ideas and meanings.

Additional Information:

Since 2017, Aspen Institute Kyiv and Impact Hub Odesa have jointly organized the Ideas Festival — a dialogue platform for leaders of society, thinkers, and practitioners who seek to contribute to developing their communities and Ukraine. In 2021, the Ideas Festival invited 120 speakers to participate in 46 panel discussions. For safety reasons, this year’s festival is held in an updated format — Ideas Days.

Aspen Institute Kyiv is a Ukrainian non-partisan public association supporting value-oriented leadership formation. As a platform for leadership dialogue, Aspen Institute Kyiv also promotes the development of a culture of dialogue and creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas. Aspen Institute Kyiv is part of the international network of Aspen Institute partners (USA).

Impact Hub Odesa is part of the global Impact Hub community. All Hubs share a common desire for people to act for a positive impact. Impact Hubs inspire and unite people for collaboration and entrepreneurial innovation around global sustainable development goals. One focus of Impact Hub Odessa’s activities is supporting social entrepreneurship.