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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, and 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 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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

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Lev Jakobson

Lev Jakobson

Vice President, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Quotes
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Network Communities and Institutions in a Glocalizing Society: Power Struggles Over Socium
A community is defined [by trust]. People may not know each other and may not even always [...] act together, but these are the ones who trust each other properly. This is a feature in our society […] [where we see] a high level of interpersonal trust in acquaintances by world standards and a very low level of trust in strangers. The gap [...] in our country is very high […] And this is precisely the diagnosis of what is happening with our communities [...] The situation that is developing now alongside the communications revolution is inevitably causing people to find the most comfortable niche for themselves [...], but it’s very important at the same time that society does not disintegrate into groups that are not only hostile, but also indifferent to each other. Building these very bridges [...] is the key task of working with communities,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Network Communities and Institutions in a Glocalizing Society: Power Struggles Over Socium
The Public Chamber [...] wants to influence the state. Business also wants influence. And institutionalization is needed in order to influence, and not only to influence, but in general to deal with something somehow. You need a subject with whom you can agree on something and who will responsibly fulfil some obligations. Non-institutionalized networks can only be influenced negatively. Here you can prohibit something […] And it’s only possible to have a positive influence and to provide some kind of resource or some kind of support where there is an institution […] Therefore, […] in terms of having a positive impact on these collective actions […], institutionalization should be encouraged here,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Network Communities and Institutions in a Glocalizing Society: Power Struggles Over Socium
In this situation, self-sufficient people [...] who are capable, firmly on their feet, and even psychologically stable have enormous advantages. And in a much worse position – in a worse situation than before – there are other people who really need support and some kind of joint identification […] There is the problem of integrating […] people who, for various reasons […], without support, without help, cannot realize [their abilities] […] Networking today makes fragmentation very easy […] The bond between people who are potentially strong and potentially weak […] has diminished,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Network Communities and Institutions in a Glocalizing Society: Power Struggles Over Socium
What’s changed? Why do we talk about communities so often nowadays? They have become cheaper. The cost of entering the community market has declined dramatically with the communications revolution [...] Of course, you can’t get by without the phenomenon itself. It has taken on completely different scales and a completely different influence,
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Partnerships Between the State and Society to Provide Social Guarantees
The first and the main impediment is that it is uncustomary. We are now surveying different businesses on their potential involvement in impact investing. The most important thing is the lack of experience. <…> Now we are at the early stages. It is still seen as something exotic
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Developing Socially-Oriented Education in Russia’s Universities
Russia is far from leading in terms of student involvement in volunteering, in socially-oriented activities. I see the second issue in the fact that volunteering has little effect on career prospects,