First insights into modern Ukrainian identity: Aspen Institute Kyiv met with moderators of the Reinventing National Identity Project

On September 7th, 2021, the Aspen Institute Kyiv team met moderators of the Reinventing National Identity Project. The participants talked about joint interpretation of the modern Ukrainian identity in the light of divisive national narratives, summed up the past 5 seminars, and brainstormed ways to improve teamwork.

25 participants of the event also discussed the application of the results of the project to challenges that Ukraine faces right now.

Natalie Jaresko, head of the Board of Directors of Aspen Institute Kyiv, highlighted the possibility for change that arises through Aspen dialogues, and the key role of moderators in this process:

“Aspen Institute Kyiv transforms our country step by step, person by person, dialogue after dialogue. It is an opportunity to find common ground, despite the differences in opinions. It allows leaders to be ready for challenges and react to them”.

Afterward, the participants discussed the main risks that face leaders: pandemic, accelerating change, and populism. 

Institute’s Director of Program Development, Denys Poltavets shared plans for future seminars in the “Dialogues on identity” series. Another 5 events will take place till the end of this year. He also reiterated the main principles of moderation at Aspen events: conciseness, respect for time limits, and neutral position of the moderators. 

Therapist Viktor Hrechanovskyy led a discussion on best moderating practices. He talked about phases of group development and handling group dynamics. 

Reinventing National Identity Projec increases tolerance to the diversity of views and values in Ukrainian society by creating a platform for dialogue.

The participants of the seminars are members of parliament, civil servants of the highest levels, influential regional politicians, leaders of big business and business associations, public intellectuals, scientists, artists, and representatives of the media. 

The project was initiated by the Ministry of Culture and Information policy of Ukraine and is implemented with financial support from the European Union