Robert Brinkley, Ambassador of Great Britain to Ukraine (2002 – 2006)

 

- It seems to me that the word “reforms” has been so over-used that it has become meaningless – or is used to mean whatever the speaker wants. So I am going to focus on trust: the glue which binds humans together in society. We rely on our teachers, doctors, business people, journalists, police, judges, politicians and ministers to use their positions of power and responsibility honestly and fairly. In their decisions we expect them neither to fear the powerful nor to give special favours, but to apply one standard impartially to all, and to set a good example. But we are all human. As the English writer Lord Acton commented in the 19th century: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Given the opportunity, people everywhere take selfish advantage of power. The best means to counter this natural tendency –apart from formation of conscience and exercise of virtue - are accountability and transparency

Nina Hayduk, Chief of social work section, assistant professor of Sociology and Social Work Department of Lviv Polytechnic National University

- The issue of shaping of trust and mutual understanding in social relations is considered on the example of the social workers’ training program that has worked in Lviv Polytechnic National University since 1999. The program prepares specialists on mediation, an alternative way of conflict resolution. The process of mediation envisages positive personal changes of participants of a conflict, shaping of trust and mutual understanding on the basis of Christian values. An extensive introduction of mediation practice is a potential for social paradigm change, formation of a new social culture and transformation of the society in the period of social changes on Ukraine’s way of social development

Martin Raiser, chief representative of World Bank for Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus (2008-2011)

 

- The experience of countries around the world shows that so-called soft factors or informal institutions, such as trust, social norms and values play a significant role in allowing societies to develop economically and do so in a way that strengthens rather than undermines the social fabric. But the nature of this "social capital" changes as societies get rich and economies get more sophisticated. The trust in family and friends needs to be complemented by the trust in the rule of law. Where this exists, prosperity is possible for all, where it doesn't economic development often benefits only the rich and powerful

Lionel J. Quesnel, PhD, The Principal of HQS Consulting Services Inc. Supporting Organizations in Evolution,Winnipeg, Canada

- The need for leadership in our governments, our churches, our organization and our communities has never been greater and leadership itself has never been more challenges. The difficulty of engaging followers may however speak more to the leadership strategies employed by the leaders than the willingness of the followers to be engaged and to move forward. Our discussion will speak to a contemporary definition of leadership, to the challenges leaders must face, and offer a process for leading that may result in a much higher rate of engagement and movement forward