The presentation delivered by Mrs. Anna Poltkovskaya (Moscow) dealt with the
actual state of facts in Chechnya. A history of the conflict was presented and
references were made to the situation of the journalists in this conflict area
and to the European Union’s reaction towards the situation.
“In Chechnya”, she said, “cultural values were not able to prevent a
catastrophe. All the systems collapsed in these years. Chechnya is part of
Europe, but it is a very big wound, a burnt land where there is no economy, no
social life.” A suicide movement is increasingly present in Chechnya.
Following the presentation, several remarks and questions were expressed:
The Chechen war does not have a social
importance in Russian society. They are all victims of this absolute lie.
European Union knows about the situation, but governments are indifferent or
have other political priorities or interests.
Anna Poltkovskaya’s answer:
It is convenient for Europe
to pretend they believe what’s happening. The governments don’t want to get
involved because actually they don not understand what’s going on. And, of
course, they may have the interest to see their companies on the Russian market.
The Chechen war was similar to the war in
Algeria. During 20 years the French tried to “forget” what had happened (and
they were in the middle of Western Europe). But in the end, everything came out.
That’s why, France is now more democratic, but it took 20 years. What can be
done? Don’t stop talking! Time will come for the future generations and maybe
one day, Russia will be democratic.
Anna Poltkovskaya’s answer:
I thank you for your support.
But I can’t follow your advice and wait 20 years. Every time I’m travelling to
Chechnya, people ask me if anything has changed? I can’t tell them: “Wait 20
years!” Politicians don’t have to look in the eyes of those people and the
Algerian experience doesn’t mean anything to them. I really have to tell them
that something concrete has been done for the peace. My advice: Stop believing
both sides! There should be International observers in the conflict area, but
the Federal authorities prohibit their presence.
Question: How many journalists work in the conflict area?
Answer: There are not many journalists, and most of them do not stay there
on a permanent basis. My newspaper is almost the only independent newspaper
Karl-Erik Norrman’s general conclusion:
The advice from
the floor could be a motto for the whole ECP: “Don’t stop talking! Don´t stop
writing! Don´t stop playing! Don’t stop painting!
Questions formulated by minister Pär Stenbäck to
be taken into discussion during the Senate meeting
- What direction for the European Cultural Parliament?
- What kind of impact do we want to have?
- What’s the media coverage?
- Influence on which institutions/organisations?
- Is the ECP the lobby for cultural issues in Europe?
Professor Pierre Guillet de Monthoux presentation in the plenary –
“Bridging Art and Management”
He presented a proposal for the creation of a Nomadic University offering a
Master of Business Art.
As an increasing number of management teachers in Europe show a strong
interest to team up with artists and art institutions (cases: Centre for Art and
Leadership in Denmark, Project Flow at Stockholm University, Royal Institute of
Technology and Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, Bedriftsöknomisk
Institute in Norway, Sibelius Academy in Finland, Humanist University in Utrecht
in the Netherlands, Essex University in the UK, ECAM in France, Witten Herdecke
University in Germany, Trento University, Domus Academy and Cittadellarte in
Italy, and even the American Academy of Management has a special group looking
into the issue). A committee of the European Cultural Parliament should engage
in the creation of a European Centre for Art and Management.
This Centre should design their MBA program in close cooperation with
European corporations (many of which like Daimler Chrysler, Volkswagen, Lego or
Siemens already run established cultural programs that now need redesign to be
adapted for efficient education of responsible managers)
The committee should in addition list small and middle-sized firms having
e.g. an enlightened leadership, owners or product range. These smaller firms,
often family owned enterprises constitute the main actors in European
development and may have sensitivity to the importance of cultural element in
high quality and performance.
The Art and Management committee of the European Cultural Parliament should
stimulate and support flows between art and management also by master classes
and artists and managers in residence programs (the latter meaning having
managers visit and learn work at an art institution).
The MBA offered by the European Centre of the Cultural Parliament should
however not offer a regular master of business administration, but a rather a
Master of Business Art.
Questions and commentaries:
Invitation to join a group
that already exists and it is involved in the creation of “The European MBA for
Cultural Arts and Management”.
The research activity related on the inspirational side – “we should change
the leadership from economy to inspiration”.
“The arts can inspire the leadership of the world”.
“We should no longer entertain, but create cultural environments”.
“We should create responsible visions, which bring together the aesthetics
and the ethics”.
Why enter this business? – “This is a new audience (the business world) and
they are open”.