Teenagers from different parts of Ukraine contemplated themselves through dialogues at the seminar “Horizons of the Future 8.0”

On October 26-30, the “Realms of the Future 8.0” Seminar took place. The event was organized by Aspen Institute Kyiv together with the Klitschko Foundation. The seminar was designed for teenagers to help them understand themselves as individuals and choose their life way.

For five days, 18 participants from different parts of Ukraine had dialogues based on texts by Rene Descartes, Walter Isaacson, Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant, Lou Andreas-Salome, Ashlee Vance, Elizabeth Noel-Neumann, Eva Illous and Erich Fromm. They comprehended the themes of creative mind, critical thinking, human place in society and in modern times, trust and love.

In addition to five seminars, the teens prepared their own Mars Expedition projects. During its preparation, they had the opportunity to practice teamwork and creative skills. One of the evenings was dedicated to the creative expression of the participants — they presented their hobbies, played musical instruments, sang, read their poems. It helped to get to know each other better and create an atmosphere of trust in the group.

The meeting with Dmytro Stryzhov, General Director of the Sheriff Security Enterprises Holding, a participant of the “Responsible Leadership-17” Seminar, was inspiring for the teenagers. Dmytro told about his life, and also shared his principles, which greatly interested and motivated the seminar participants.

The seminar was moderated by Anastasia Donska, founder and director of the educational platform Big Brother School, and Timur Demchuk, head of corporate programs at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School.

One of the important objectives of the “Realms of the Future” Seminar is to answer the question: “Who am I?”. We offer to talk about each of us in different perspectives to understand ourselves and our vocation, — says Denis Poltavets, Director of Program Development at Aspen Institute Kyiv.