One of the priorities of the Aspen Institute Kyiv is program for young leaders. The annual program aims to develop the potential of people aged 25 to 35 years who have achieved significant professional positions and obtained remarkable results in their own and public activities.
Socrates seminars enable participants to explore current, pressing leadership challenges. Discussions are built around contemporary texts, and are led by expert moderators who engage and encourage participants to share their views. Seminars are designed to be value-based Socratic explorations to facilitate an exchange of ideas. English is a main language of the program.
Aspen Seminar on Value Based Leadership brings together leaders for lively roundtable discussions led by skilled moderators. Classical and contemporary texts by Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Tolstoy, and Havel, reflecting the broad sweep of human civilization, formed the starting points of enriching conversations in which the questions posed by the group were frequently just as illuminating as the timeless wisdom of the texts. The Seminar is organized in cooperation with Ukrainian Aspen Alumni Association.
Todd Breyfogle, Director of Seminars for the Aspen Institute, on Aspen seminars perspective in Aspen Idea Magazine
Pursuing long-term goals Aspen-Kyiv will start policy programs to support leaders of sectors, which performance is of pivotal importance for the country sustainable development.
For 2016−2018 “Education” and “Justice” domains were selected as first priorities for the policy programs. A number of other programs is being developed, including “Technology and Society”, “National Identity” etc. Policy program will include mapping of a respective sector, provision of venues for open and honest dialogue on the challenges within the sector, public events (public forums), thematic (policy) seminars, policy lunches and round tables, publications.