The "Project initiative" was established in May 2017 as the successor to the substantive and project activities of the Agency for Cultural Initiatives of the Volgograd Region.
The main mission of our organization is the development of public cultural diplomacy through the development, implementation and support of projects in the field of culture, as well as in any areas in contact with it, to create social horizontal structures and communities that could exist and develop independently, aimed at development of the best social qualities of a person: communicativeness, friendliness, solidarity, cooperation, participation, mutual assistance, creativity, the desire for self-realization with benefit for the society.
At the same time, under cultural diplomacy we mean public diplomacy (soft power) as a means of interaction, communication through the cultural activity between any subjects, including the disunited ones (individuals, communities, institutions, territories, etc.). This is different from the traditional view of cultural diplomacy. This type of communication, in our opinion, can exist both between cultures, large territories, and between neighboring yards.
The development and implementation of projects - from the idea to its actual implementation - is what we have been doing for the last eight years, and some of us even more. The main approach in the project activity involves the involvement of as many stakeholders as possible: representatives of government, business and culture, commercial and non-commercial, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The project activity of the organization is based not on the directive, but on the participatory approach to the project management.
Besides the project management, we create the concepts, strategies, programs, analyze the effectiveness of projects, programs and institutions.
Extensive practical experience, knowledge of the experience of the others, as well as understanding of the Russian and international context, allows us to carry out the expertise and monitoring of various sociocultural and interdisciplinary projects. In addition, we advise project teams and work with novice project managers to help them realize their ambitious ideas.
We conduct the educational and project seminars, trainings; we have the ready elaborations of workshops and lectures on the following topics: audience development, audience segmentation, museum project management, participatory design technologies, participatory art, feedback in cultural institutions, artistic design, disability awareness, SMM and others.
Director, specialist in cultural project management, the engine of work processes
Project manager and idea generator
Project manager, marketing specialist and multitask administrator
Expert of museum and project management