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The Far East is Changing: Benchmarks in the Youth-Led Transformation of the Far Eastern Territories
4 September 2021
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Business plays an important role in the transformation of the urban environment

Entrepreneurs express their expert opinion because it is small business that is service-oriented. They create comfort: sell water, organize some kind of leisure, and people feel good about it. If these people [entrepreneurs, Ed.] do not participate in shaping the environment, then very often it becomes unwanted. There are benches, litter bins, but there is nothing to do. <…> Sometimes we forget an important part, and immediately something feels wrong. To make things work, you need to bring everyone together. I like it a lot that almost all the projects that are being implemented in Russia already start talking to local communities, which helps create a comfortable environment. Also, people start using the territory, even at the design stage — Artyom Androsov, Chairman of the Federal Committee on Youth Entrepreneurship, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA.

An urban environment must be requested by someone. At the moment, when a number of technology companies are developing, and some Far Eastern companies are quite successful, they create demand for the urban environment. It is possible to build a Yandex campus in the middle of nowhere, and the urban environment around it will change. I believe it is a medical fact, since there will be a large effective demand — Yuri Sibirskiy, Head of Regional Development Department, Skolkovo Foundation.

It is impossible to create a comfortable environment without participation of residents

Participatory projects are now a central topic throughout Europe. And a resident-oriented approach is becoming a priority. This means that opinion of residents must be taken into account in urban planning and city development. The same applies to entrepreneurship. <…> Another topic that is on the table <…> is the introduction of a natural component, natural solutions into the life of individual regions. That is, people are beginning to realize the importance of taking action to combat climate change — Milena Ivkovic, Member, Board of Directors, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).

In order for young people to choose the Far East as a place where they will live and grow, it is necessary that they participate in the creation of these opportunities, that they suggest and design them. <...> Our hypothesis is that a series of events can also be used as a tool for activation of territories and manifestation of additional value for youth, and a way for city authorities to keep the best and talented people from leaving — Vadim Kokorev, Director, Centre for Youth Tourism.

When we shape the space, we already know who will use it. We are looking for a community that will use this space, we talk to them, we identify their values. So the space is created for certain people. Maybe this is not entirely correct, but in this way the spaces begin to come alive. <…> The brand will emerge a little later, when the space is alive and is working. The brand will be formed by the residents, they will come up with some kind of comparison, and it will be associated with some event or brand <…>. That is why for now the Far Eastern public spaces probably cannot stand out with branding and identity. They just need to be comfortable and fulfill the functions of the area where they are located — Anastasya Razmahina, Deputy Director for Event Content of the Municipal Autonomous Region, Directorate of Public Spaces of the City of Vladivostok.

In Soviet times a good foundation was laid, which now needs to be modernized

Over the past 10 years, many experiments have been carried out concerning what creative communities should be based on. <…> There are already 42,000 cultural centres in Russia, this is a huge base. <…> The main task for managers and architects is to direct and bring this Soviet base back to life, use it and transform it — Alexey Boyev, Founder, VISOTA Architectural Research Bureau.

ISSUES
Entrepreneurs do not want to create communities and share experience as they are afraid of competition

“<…> there are almost no such practices in Russia when a joint project with the participation of both the business and the state changes the whole image of the city. <…> The problem here is <…> that it is difficult to find any associations. Entrepreneurs in our country have just recently started to form different communities, business clubs, and so on. They [young entrepreneurs, Ed.] still have a basic distrust or an opinion that this is some kind of pseudocompetition. But in the European part of Russia, the Volga Federal District is the most active one, it is represented almost in every region. They visit each other all the time, share experiences and seeing how they can scale their business to this region — Artyom Androsov, Chairman of the Federal Committee on Youth Entrepreneurship, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA.

We are witnessing an outflow of young people who can initiate the transformation of territories

We decided to focus on the problems and challenges that are facing the territory <...> of Sakhalin. <…> The first problem is that young people in Sakhalin Region do not see their future here. It is not trendy to study at the Sakhalin State University, people leave, and what is worse, they do not return. And the second problem is that the Russian youth has a very vague idea of where Sakhalin is located and does not consider moving there — Vadim Kokorev, Director, Centre for Youth Tourism.

The outflow of the young population is not connected to the lack of opportunities here – the opportunities are always there, <...> there are a lot of them in the Far East, they need to be seen. And people do not want to notice them, they tend to go where it is easier. <...> Many of them go to the central regions of Russia, because there you can choose where you can move further — Kirill Potapov, Chief Specialist and Expert, Housing, Utilities, and Energy Department, City of Birobidzhan Municipality.

SOLUTIONS
Future users of an environment must initiate its transformation

The main problem of сultural centres in Russia is that they are very slow, they cannot quickly adapt to the needs of the modern society. <...> When young people want to organize some kind of community, they go to a centre, they are listened to, maybe some stage of approval is underway, and then they come there. Now it works the other way around: the state provides services and looks at how the community reacts to them. This paradigm needs to be changed. <…> We must work simultaneously. We cannot create a centre and then let people in there, everything must be developing at the same time — Alexey Boyev, Founder, VISOTA Architectural Research Bureau.

What is needed for the changes to take place? First of all, we need a customer, some kind of driver who has the energy and desire to change things. The second component is <…> young people who are trusted. It means that young people should be treated as experts, as they have their own vision, their own understanding, their own idea of what the city should be like, what the place where they live and want to continue living should be like. Expertise is needed, <…> expertise then turns into competence, if a space and an environment are created where this interaction becomes possible. <...> In order for a shift to occur, it is important that there is synergy and joining of efforts of local authorities, the regional level authorities, and the expert community — Vadim Kokorev, Director, Centre for Youth Tourism.

Creation of comfortable conditions for youth to live and grow

I believe we need to try to keep young people here based on their competencies, provide them with opportunities to get education and grow here. <...> We must [keep, Ed.] those passionate people who can lay that foundation. <…> Young people need to be involved so that they see that their voice is important here. And also the Far East should be accessible — Kirill Potapov, Chief Specialist and Expert, Housing, Utilities, and Energy Department, City of Birobidzhan Municipality.

We are concentrating state resources, creating infrastructure, attracting people, and ecosystems are being added to that: companies, corporations, academic and educational environments, investments. In one case, <...> in the Valley, it happened due to a combination of circumstances. But it took much longer than, for example, at Skolkovo. <...> This all happens due to the concentration of resources, a conscious decision made by the state and investment in infrastructure — Yuri Sibirskiy, Head of Regional Development Department, Skolkovo Foundation.