A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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The Forces Driving Change in Society: How to Create Effective Social Communication
11 September 2018
Government, business and society work together to develop regions

In such a global, grand project as the development of the Far East, social communication is the cohesion of people: the residents of the Far East, and those working here, building their own business, and government representatives of all levels – the keystone to success, the pledge of the immediate development of this region. In the changing world we face, it is already impossible, and there is no need to keep the distance between government and the society — Anna Akparova, Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District.

Based on the exchange with people, we make the government more accessible, more transparent, people understand that they play a significant role in the management of the city — Yuri Grishan, Mayor of Magadan.

Trust and communication are essential for implementing social projects

Initiative is not enough. Trust is the key factor that makes the initiative sustainable — Anton Dolgov, Executive Director, Presidential Grants Foundation.

Perhaps, we need a sustainable social communication in return for trust. How to convey why one should finance a project — Sophie Shevardnadze, Journalist, Anchor.

The issue of trust in the communication medium becomes one of the most essential. The more we immerse ourselves in the digital world, the more significant is the trust in the communicating brand — Alexey Malinovskiy, Chief Executive Officer in Russia, Mastercard.

Social communications should have clear objectives

Each communication should have a set goal, a formulated task, KPI, what is it you want to achieve as a result of your social communication. <…> Non-profit organizations and foundations can state these goals, measure their efficiency, not necessarily monetary efficiency — Ekaterina Son, General Director, Effie Awards Russia.

If there is something essential, it needs to be measured. This is the mantra of maintaining business efficiency — Ian Colebourne, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte CIS.

Sponsors lack the information about authors of social projects

Leaders and authors of social projects hesitate to talk about themselves. It is for sure the case with a considerable part of our partners that we finance with grants. Quite a few of them do not know how to do it in a professional context. We live in an era of electronic communications, and many of our partners do not have time to learn the basics — Anton Dolgov, Executive Director, Presidential Grants Foundation.

Weak link between the authorities and the producers of social content

To our great regret, today nobody sets objectives on what kind of cartoons the country needs today and what topics they should cover. Today, we set our objectives under social competencies and social responsibility that we bear as cartoon makers — Yuliana Slashcheva, Chairman of the Management Board, Soyuzmultfilm Creative Production Association.

Promotion of community development projects

Over a year we’ve received more than 19 thousand projects for two tenders. <…> Almost every such project is about the development of the community. <…> We assume that it is communities that can create these social values. Almost five thousand of supported projects of the last year are on the development of communities — Anton Dolgov, Executive Director, Presidential Grants Foundation.

The use of innovative technologies in social communication

P2P payments through social networks are on the rise. It is quite an interesting phenomenon that the Russian Federation is the world leader regarding the number of such payments — Alexey Malinovskiy, Chief Executive Officer in Russia, Mastercard.

Targeting generation Z

Remember that generation Z is not for sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, but for honesty, neighbourliness and environmental protection. These people choose and support the brands that are in sync with their core values — Ekaterina Son, General Director, Effie Awards Russia.

We live our lives looking at the world through the rear-view mirror: here I do not mean that we are geared towards the past, but that we can envision the immediate future, therefore today’s future. If we work with those who are referred to as generation Z today, most likely, we can quickly and dynamically change the world for the better, which is being discussed today — Alexander Alekseev, President, Art Directors Club Russia; Creative Director, Serviceplan.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS