“Enlightenment, Synergy, and Responsibility: Aspen Institute’s Kyiv Seminar on “(Re)thinking the Social Contract for Ukraine”

On November 25, the Aspen Institute Kyiv held a seminar on “Rethinking the Social Contract for Ukraine.” Members of the Ukrainian parliament, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers, the judiciary, business, charitable foundations, PR and public relations, military personnel, and senior government officials attended the seminar.

In addition to the significance of the concept of the social contract, participants discussed:

  • The need for enlightenment at all levels: upbringing, formal and informal education.
  • Moral and ethical issues in times of challenges, their impact on the institution’s reputation, and the ability to take responsibility.
  • Society consolidation and (de)centralization and their assurance/support.
  • Implementation of the request for security while respecting all fundamental human rights.
  • The economic component of the social contract in the context of ensuring economic freedoms, tax policy, and support for the private sector.
  • Investments in the development of human capital.
  • Strengthening the prestige of public service and attracting new personnel through decent wages and respect for public servants.
  • The role of the state and interaction with society with an emphasis on models of a service-oriented state with a people-centric system.

Due to air raid alerts and the threat of shelling by Russia, part of the event occurred in shelters.

Nataliia Kryvda, a Taras Shevchenko National University professor and the academic director of MBA programs at the Edinburgh Business School in Ukraine, and Andriy Kulakov, Program Coordinator of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Community, moderated the seminar. 

The “Social Contract for Ukraine” project is implemented with the support of NED (National Endowment for Democracy).