Even though the topic of the discussion was supposed to focus on aesthetics and forms of street protests, the speakers laid more emphasis on their content and talked about the goals of youth movements, the purpose of their formulation, and their future plans. Even the audience’s questions concerned the content of protests, the goals of youth movements, and their activeness and passiveness.
Karen Bakoyan – Head of the Division of Coordination of Local Self Governance Affairs at the Ministry for Territorial Administration; Edgar Ghazaryan – Marzpet (Governor) of Vayoz Dzor; Armen Galstyan –Deputy Director of International Center for Human Development (ICHD); Moderator: Luisa Ayvazyan, Civic Program Coordinator, NDI
On the ninth anniversary of the Rose Revolution, the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a discussion on the “The Legacy of the Rose Revolution: Retrospective analysis and prospects for future developments.” The fact that the discussion was held in a semi-empty hall and the lack of questions asked could be indicators that Georgian society is not interested in the Rose Revolution any longer.
What should the format of cultural policy be? What are the key issues that could be referred to as defining the cultural policy field? Sopo Kilasonia and Niko Nergadze, journalists, Guram Odisharia, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, and Nini Sanadiradze, Project Manager for the National Museum of Georgia, raised these issues during a discussion on cultural policy hosted by the HBF.
Representatives of NGOs, government, and the public gathered at the Press Cafe in Batumi on October 31 for a discussion organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. They met to discuss the public and politics after the October elections and the public’s expectations for changes.
Tamar Gurchiani began her speech at HBF with a quote from the American Declaration of Independence, emphasizing the importance of life, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness of people, and the state enabling people to have access to these rights.
Almost 45% of the Georgian population has access to the Internet. In the capital, 60% of the population has access, while the rate in towns is 51%. Villages have much less coverage, with fewer than 20% of people able to access the Internet. More than 50% of Internet users seek information, 40% use social networks, while 26% use Facebook.