Our team has a tradition to move to vacation places for a different style of working during the summer time. Harmonising holiday everydayness with work duties is where we are heading for the rest of this summer. It has proved to be productive, interesting and inspiring.
Comprehensive Plan of the Territory of the Republic of Lithuania is the fundamental document shaping nation's development. Our team was working on culture sector definition - making sense of the data and interpreting patterns.
Here is a brief about our involvement.
Photo credit: Romanas
Klaipeda region has been a good example of regional development in Lithuania for some time. Nevertheless, the move to reveal their own identity based on values acted out is the next level of conscious growth.
Our team was honoured to navigate this fundamental process.
Summary in English.
As Vilnius is getting back to rethink P. Cvirka square activation plan, we are revisiting our perspective on the place and situation. We have identified that adapting J. Galtung conflict transformation model and understanding that all infrastructure objects are at the same time functional solutions and socio-cultural domains enables the process to have a sustainable long-lasting result.
The end of the previous year suggested certain important elements impacting the upcoming year. Our team analyzed and interpreted them to guide organizations into a better future. Then the pandemic happened and trends became irrelevant due to their internal structure - the fundamentals defining them changed. Therefore, now our team is diving deep into the shifts shaping the longterm behaviour of ours.
Almost a year ago our team decided to research trust manifestations and principles in organizational culture. The process is still on going yet certain insights are revealing itself. As the topic is very relevant to virus-defined environment our partners have asked to share the findings this time with the executive branch of all Lithuanian libraries.
Preparing the keynote and waiting for quarantine to end.
We had been working on National Comprehensive Plan of the Republic of Lithuania 2030 for quite some time. Focusing on culture and its further development nationwide. The results were recognized by the LR President’s cabinet underlining that this document will be the core in shaping the welfare of the country. The next step for the researching and recommendations to materialise is to concentrate on actionable solutions. Together with a new team we are starting this process now.
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We do acknowledge the seriousness of the situation COVID-19 has created. We also know it is temporarily. Therefore, our team is encouraging initiatives directed at making our livelihood better.
Streets are calm, time is defined by home - there is some spare time to answer few questions helping us to live in a more sustainable city.
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The ground is shaken and uncertainty is the only thing certain, we need to stabilise the situation. Being social animals people seek the other to reestablish their own. Relationships create resilience, meaning and growth. We have been forgetting it and moved towards transactional way of being: calculating everything on the basis of what this action will give me. Now it is time to focus on doing anything one can to improve the current. Together. It will bring us stronger.
Currently majority of organizations are moving to remote work. We know how unusual the practise is when applied on a such scale. Therefore, our team is giving some anthropological insights on how to make this transition more convenient and keep the process going.
The insights here.
Drawing by Charlie Mackesy
Every decision is rooted in a particular spot with its according context. Our work on sustainable urban mobility has revealed car-centric perspective being such a spot. It drives all the decisions and values by which the impact is measured.
For this reason working on humanizing Vilnius old town we decided to focus on few actions: involve related communities into a mobility reflective process, publicly reveal the contagious mental spot defining the issue.
Integral strategy development invites decision-makers to asses resources at hand, identify relevant trends and understand the human context that they are dealing with. It is the path in order to start moving in sustainable direction. Yet the goals are only solid if they stem from an authentic ground. Therefore, localized values are crucial when dealing with a sustainable development.
As we have started working on Klaipeda region strategic matters, our team had gathered relevant political stakeholders to reveal region's identity from their perspective, identify values through the Sustainable Development Goals model and define their possible applications in the region.
More info is here.
Today community has become a trendy word to describe healthy attitude towards real estate development projects, mass marketing campaigns and product innovation cycles. Unfortunately in many cases we recognize a word without true action. In order to understand the reasons behind this situation we could outline variety of cultural aspects, yet this time our recent experiences underline one.
We have an honour to work with Vilnius municipality on connecting communities with infrastructure development projects in their domains. As people there are the main users and primary source of information we encourage different dialogues with appropriate groups. In 2019 our team had a lot of such encounters and have learnt a transformative principle. Community engagement and building requires accepting vulnerability. This principle is not a mere word, but a model forming an important axis in a whole action plan. Acknowledging prejudices, reframing problems and truly engaging are few elements at work there. It is difficult, yet one has to go there and sit down with eyes fully opened in order to create a sustainable future. Otherwise it is just us and them.
Various organizations having a relationship with people outside of their common domain (usually a big city) is arrogant in the approach. It is easy to get lost and start thinking that what you see from your glass tower is what actually happening on the ground. Then you start talking to people without knowing the language they use. We have a different perspective. We go there and we stay there till the place starts talking to us.
This time our team provided a workshop in remote Silai in Lithuania town to encourage regional growth in Lithuania. We are taking the first steps in implementation of Comprehensive Plan of the Republic of Lithuania 2030 in the cultural sector nation-wide. Our goal was to pack it into the meaningful stories that reveal patterns for next steps to be taken.
Interview about the event (in Lithuanian).
Creating often implies some kind of destruction. Therefore, choosing what, where and how to create has to be a conscious and thought-through decision. Otherwise, it takes more than it gives.
Actors of Urban Change programme is promoting conscious creativity as they put it: “To tackle today’s complex urban problems more effectively, we need a new way of acting: collaborative across sectors and borders; bringing local culture and local voices into the processes shaping the future of communities – for collective, lasting change.”
We are proud to help Actors of Urban Change in choosing the right projects for further growth and funding. Here in Berlin one of our partners Zemartas Budrys together with acclaimed urban theorists and practitioners Charles Landry, Clothilde Sauvages, Matthias Einhoff, Marta Klepo and Agnieszka Surwillo-Hahn has been working long hours to make the right decisions and pick the most exciting and dedicated projects for the implementation.
With digital tools expansion and virtual worlds extension people start to loose sense of what is happening around. Suddenly all that was connected become fragmented. This feeling skaters trust into many pieces. We identify such phenomenon in variety of cases starting from financial services going to the realms of public sector.
As a practical example of this situation, the government of Sweden has created the Trust Agency. The move defines Nordic countries doubling down on their real gold - trust. We where invited to moderate an event on trust-based public management and share our insights about trust creation based on four principles: familiarity, vulnerability, openness, consistency.
Photo: Annie Spratt
Internship is an interesting concept going back to the subject of craftsmanship. Mastering an art, which required time, specific know-how and tools was a dream come true for many young people. Unfortunately today quite few organizations perceive it as cheap labor or one-way process. Nevertheless, “Bring Together Lithuania” is an exception that creates platform for young people to grow and help companies improve.
We had an opportunity to participate in the program. Ula (from Chicago) joined our team to create a strategic model with conceptual mind-set change for urban gardening application in Vilnius. She told us that this internship pushed her to think of the ways coming back to Lithuania.
More information about the program is here.
Photo: Caroline Attwood
We are working on urban gardening strategy for Vilnius! Urban gardening embraces social, cultural, economic and environmental practices. Each single place might have a different approach towards urban gardening, however, every single city must have a working structure in order to boost communities and their gardening practices since these give local fresh produce, better access to good food, but also help to connect people with people and people with nature in cityscape. We are figuring out what the purpose of urban gardens in people's minds in Vilnius is.
Photo: Markus Spiske
Driven by the need to understand the upcoming trends in various markets we went to one of the best events about the future there is - the Wall Street Journal “The Future of Everything” conference in New York. The participants consisted of ESPN President, Warby Parker co-founder, Washington Wizards owner, Reddit founder etc.
Underlying insight connecting all dots emerging from keynotes and conversations is that innovation (as a goal by itself) is losing value, whereas culture (as a framework for creating benefits) is becoming the most used word from the Daily Show creative team to the Slack co-founder.
More about the conference is here.
Libraries are the cradle of culture within communities. Everything that is happening there has an immense impact on regional development. We went to share our experience in researching and working on a national strategy for culture at the international conference “The possibilities and potential of integrating sustainable development goals to libraries.”
The information about the event is here.
In March of 2017 we decided to share our thoughts about the usefulness of purpose-driven-model within the business context. Two years has passed and ‘purpose’ is still being aliented from the business language. Therefore, we invite you to find this text again.
The article is here.
Photo credits: Reuters
Money digitalization and technological advancement in society changed people's relationship to money. One generic strategy to make everything easy and fast does not grasp the real issue. The need to fulfill slow and fast money cultures has to be met.
"Red associates" perfectly defined the situation in this video.
An article published three years ago today hasn't lost its relevance.
True innovation is born and not manufactured. It is sustainable because it is alive. It cannot be replicated but it can be anticipated. It all goes back to Socrates - "Wisdom begins in wonder".
The article is here.
Photo credits: Wikipedia
Statistical significance has been the most important way of determining the value insights for a very long time. Evaluating if something is important or not. However, the dark side of statistical significance has been ignored. This dark side also is known as the categorization process that pushes crucial and real facts to the non-existence.
Now the prestigious science magazine is strongly questioning the need for statistical significance in general.
The article here.
Illustration by David Parkins
Our consortium has attracted 3 million EUR investment to create Stasys Eidrigevicius Arts Center in Panevezys.
Usually, infrastructure activation starts with finding the right financial resources. When applying for funding, standard projects require common writing practices. On the other hand, there are ones in need to reveal the identity of an idea within an interconnected context. Then a different kind of perspective in communication and writing has to be applied.
More about it is here.
Photo credits: Administration of Panevezys city municipality
Our company was founded by three unalike people. All of them studied philosophy together yet later on explored different interdisciplinary paths. Seeing the need of contextual deep thinking in business Eugenijus, Zemartas and Dominykas decided to act together. The process took various shapes and forms till the boundaries were established. Such momentum required new identity. That's how and why Xwhy was born.
Big market volatility, fast-pace innovation, Artificial Intelligence, globalisation, Big Data, emerging middle class in developing countries, robotisation, trust issues and many more tectonic moves are creating market for proper understanding of happening phenomenons. Therefore, our advisory agency is heading towards helping various organisations to make sense of the worlds around and finding the best paths to move forwards.
Vasario 4 - 9 dienomis Rygoje, LatConsul vyko ketvirtasios sociSDG projekto kūrybinės dirbtuvės. Kartu su mumis jose dalyvavo dar septynios su darnaus vystymosi įgyvendinimu dirbančios organizacijos: The Croatian Institute for CSR (koordinatorius, Kroatija), Global Impact Grid (Vokietija), LUM University (Italija), Pontis Foundation (Slovakija), Materahub(Italija), LatConsul SIA (Latvija), Datamaran(Jungtinė Karalystė), Kaleidoscope Futures (Jungtinė Karalystė).
Siekiant padėti kompanijoms ir prisidėti prie DVT įgyvendinimo, Jungtinės Tautos sukūrė DVT kompasą (angl. The SDG Compass). Ši iniciatyva pateikia 5 žingsnius, kurie maksimaliai padidintų kompanijų įsitraukimą, kad būtų pasiekti DVT. Vis dėlto, tai tik pradžia ir daugumai vis dar trūksta daugiau žinių šioje srityje. Dėl šios priežasties, vienas iš pagrindinių mūsų konsorciumo uždavinių yra informuoti ir šviesti plačiąją visuomenę, viešo ir privataus sektorių atstovus.
SociSDGs - tai projektas, siekiantis didinti žmonių, kompanijų bei atsakingų institucijų sąmoningumą DVT bei jų įtraukimo į verslo strategijas srityje, o taip pat skleisti bendrą suvokimą apie darnų vystymąsi.
Rygoje buvo surengtos penkių dienų kūrybinės dirbtuvės su tarptautiniais pranešėjais pristatančiais savo idėjas ir siūlomus sprendimus skurdo mažinimo (DVT1) bei sveikos gyvensenos užtikrinimo (DVT3) klausimais:
Latvijos Respublikos socialinės apsaugos ministerijos socialinės įtraukties departamento direktorė Elina Celmina pristatė 2009 metų administracinės reformos Latvijoje rezultatus bei šios sistemos naudą Latvijai. Skurdo rodikliai Latvijoje 2013 m. sumažėjo iki 21,2%, palyginus su 2008 m. 26,4%. Didžiausia skurdo rizikos grupė pagal šeimos ūkį yra vieniši tėvai bent su vienu išlaikomu vaiku (41,1%), o mažiausia skurdo rizikos grupė yra dviejų tėvų ir vieno vaiko šeimos.
Inese Vaivare, organizacijos Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) direktorė, pristatė pavyzdį, kaip valdžia gali bendradarbiauti su nevyriausybine organizacija ir įtvirtinti darnaus vystymosi tikslus į nacionalinę struktūrą 4 etapais (integravimas, šokas, nesėkmė ir “mums pavyko”). Darnaus vystymosi tikslų įgyvendinimo Latvijoje rezultatai yra paskelbti ataskaitoje Sustainable development of Latvia.
Martins Valters projektas Age is not an Obstacle (Metai ne kliūtis) paaiškino, kas yra absoliutus ir santykinis skurdas bei pateikė būdų, kaip valdžia galėtų spręsti šią problemą.
Kūrybinių dirbtuvių dalis buvo ir Free Riga turas, tai projektas siekiantis atnaujinti apleistus pastatus Rygoje, vadovaujamas Jazeps Bikse.
Dominykas Karpovič pasakojo apie krepšinio klubą Palangos kuršiai ir bendruomenės stiprinimą pasitelkiant sportą.
Jugnė Jonušaitė iš Healthstate kalbėjo apie sveiką mitybą ir įrodė posakio “esi ką valgai” svarbą.
Justas Kučinskas ir Severas Švedas iš Movement Vilnius priminė žaidimo ir judėjimo būtinumą šiuolaikiniame gyvenime.
Artiomas Šabajevas iš Teenshapers supažindino su holistiniu metodu sprendžiant nutukimo problemą.
Anton Nikitin iš Vilniaus susisiekimo paslaugų atkleidė ryšį tarp miesto infrastruktūros ir miestiečių sveikatos.
Kristina Medžiausytė iš Lietuvos Respublika sveikatos apsaugos ministerijos pabrėžė psichinės sveikatos svarbą bendrai žmogaus sveikatai ir savijautai.
Dirbtuvių metu įvyko ir internetiniai seminarai apie geriausias iniciatyvas DVT1 ir DVT3 srityse:
• DVT1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAmHEcPLAbg
• DVT3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDJZnsJC6WI&t=1s
Kitas partnerių susitikimas vyks Bratislavoje (Slovakija), 2019 m. birželio 3-7 dienomis. Jei turite klausimų dėl konsorciumo, galite kreiptis elektroniniu paštu email@example.com. Daugiau informacijos apie projektą galima rasti svetainėje www.socisdg.com arba Facebook ir Twitter paskyrose.