Public dialogue

Usually, the dialogue is attributed to an undoubted positive connotation (dialogue is good, this is correct, it is the civilized behaviour) and a certain set of norms of etiquette that outwardly fix the behaviour of people during the dialogue. These etiquette norms include: the sequence of speaking (do not interrupt, speak by turn), the right of everyone to express their position and their opinion, the setup towards respect of interlocutors, the requirement for positions’ argumentation, as well as the minimization of personal emotional assessments and attitudes. These norms and attitudes, having been formed through the years of practice of conducting a dialogue, have become entrenched in the form of etiquette, but they often lose touch with the rational foundations which they have been grounded on. They continue to exist and regulate communication in an emasculated form and often become a means of manipulating and simulating dialogue. Thus, the above-described practices of the Belarusian authorities often use “chattering up” the essence of the issue, when, in accordance with the dialogue etiquette, each participant, regardless of their competence and their statements’ content, he or she is given a word with the condition “not to interrupt” and “let finish”. Thus, politeness begins to replace the principled encounter of different positions.

Public dialog in Belarus: from grass-roots democracy to civic participation (book)

The book continues the “Belarus for Beginners” series and deals with the problem of organizing political dialog in Belarus. The book studies successively a number of questions which lie in the foundation of this problem: from the differentiation of the notions “people” and “society” — to the specificity of public communication and dialog organization principles.Much… Continue reading Public dialog in Belarus: from grass-roots democracy to civic participation (book)

Книга: Общественный диалог в Беларуси: от народовластия к гражданскому участию (2012)

Цель книги — сформировать рефлексивное и разумное отношение к организации общественного диалога в Беларуси, предложить понятия, категории и схемы для деятельного отношения к этому процессу.

Публичная лекция: “Культурная политика”

Публичная лекция “Культурная политика” была прочитана 8 июня 2012 году в рамках серии лекций Летучего университета “Urbi et Orbi” в “Галерее Ў”.

Любіць і захапляцца Беларуссю мала. Трэба яе думаць!

“Культурная палітыка” – канцэпцыя спадара Мацкевіча, якую ён прасоўвае апошнія 18 гадоў. Пад культурай трэба разумець не толькі мастацтва ды літаратуру, але ўсё, што стварае чалавек. Таму культурная палітыка мусіць быць прадуманай. Як? Адказ у другой частцы назвы лекцыі: “…Думаць Беларусь”. Не проста любіць і захапляцца, а разумець, асэнсоўваць і разважаць.
Інтэрвью напярэдадні публічнай лекцыі ў Лятучым універсітэце.