Civic Education in Ukraine


30 March 2018

Lecture of the NGO OUM “Reforms – How to Rush Slowly”

On March 29, 2018, the lecture “Reforms – How to Rush Slowly” was held by the Open University of Maidan. The event was free and everyone willing to have the opportunity to join it.

The main purpose of the event is to discuss the reforms in Ukraine and the reasons for their ineffective and slow implementation. The creative and inspiring premises of the club “Nash Format” gathered activists, representatives of different communities, students and non-indifferent citizens. In total, the event was attended by over 50 people.

The main speaker was Yevhen Hlibovytsky. He is a strategic adviser to civil society organizations and business initiatives aiming to transform Ukraine into a sustainable democracy. He is the founder of pro.mova, an analytical center and a strategic consulting, which researches social values in Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries. He is a member of Nestor Group, an interdisciplinary group of 17 experts, working on long-term vision for Ukraine. In 2007-2011 he was one of the co-founders and a member of the Univska Group in Lviv, which was one of the first successful cases in developing a long-term vision in Ukraine. Yevhen Hlibovytsky graduated from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy majoring in political science. He also studied law at Lviv State University, and philosophy in Bluffton University, OH, USA.

During his report, Yevhen Hlibovytsky touched on the following issues:

  • for a more in-depth analysis of the problems, he analyzed historical ways of the Ukrainian society development;
  • he demonstrated how every next generation faced new challenges and problems that the previous generation did not know how to solve. So, problems and crises became the part of the culture of the society;
  • he paid attention to the importance of the period of Ukraine’s development after 1991. It was during this period that Ukrainians voted for Ukraine’s independence, but independence is taken for granted, not something that needs to be fought;
  • he reviewed the values ​​of Ukrainians and determined that people are concerned with the national security problem. Ukrainians are aware of the state’s insecurity, feel uncertain about tomorrow and the threat of external factors.

According to Yevhen Hlibovytsky, the analysis of these historical aspects can help in understanding the “point” where Ukraine is today and in choosing ways of the further actions.

Regarding the reforms, one important conclusion was made here: “Reforms should not be fast. Most importantly, they should be stable, and in the next 5 years, our main task is to promote the implementation of reforms that have already begun, ” said Yevhen.

At the end of the meeting, a discussion of the community role and the importance of the decentralization process in Ukraine took place.

The NGO OUM thanks Yevhen Hlibovytsky for cooperation and an interesting analytical report.

We also thank to the club “Nash Format” for the help in the event organization.