Good Governance and Community Building Training (26 September, 2015)

The first event from the “Dialogue” series was organized on the 26th of September in the premises of the America House in Kyiv. There were 30 participants and they had a chance to talk to the experts in community building, FLEX alumni — Oleh Nesterenko, head of NGO Urban Forms Center, and Iryna Bursuk, events coordinator at www.startus.cc.

The concept of “good governance” often emerges as a model to compare ineffective economies or political bodies with viable economies and political bodies. The concept centers on the responsibility of governments and governing bodies to meet the needs of the masses as opposed to select groups in society. Oleh Nesterenko presented the examples from the USA, Germany and Ukraine. For example, he compared the work of the web-sites of city councils in other countries and Ukraine. Moreover, he talked about how the different stakeholders participate in the city planning in small and large cities.

Community building is a field of practices directed toward the creation or enhancement of community among individuals within a regional area (such as a neighborhood) or with a common interest. It is sometimes encompassed under the field of community development.

A wide variety of practices can be utilized for community building, ranging from simple events like potlucks and small book clubs, to larger–scale efforts such as mass festivals and building construction projects that involve local participants rather than outside contractors.

Iryna Bursuk shared two cases with the participants:

  1. Community building by the Ukranian diaspora in Austria
  2. Community building for startups in Europe by the www.startus.cc

We would like to thank everyone who came to the event and the America House for hosting the event!