ChampionsCreative Cities champions are people who play an important role in promoting and disseminating innovations and ideas that make cities a better place to live, work and play. They can be individuals, or work within or across organisations. They involve in adopting or changing current ideas, practices or policies, as well as take lead in introducing new ways to address urban challenges.
I am in love with cities that radiate energy and blossom. Cities where you get a feeling that locals truly care about where they live, work and enjoy the everyday pleasures of life. Every time I find myself in a new place, I spend hours walking streets and searching for an accurate soundtrack for the city. I realise that this grand impression I get as a traveler is not something that comes easy, it's a lot of work done and thought put into it. It's somewhat ridiculous how little we do in Russia about our public spaces, how grey and flavorless most of them are and how strong the fear of change is. Having said that, I need to emphasise that I do believe in a very different scenario. Being involved in Creative Cities for almost 18 months so far and having conducted 3 games I'm proud to say that I’ve met a lot of people committed to the very idea of collaboratively making our cities liveable and attractive (and this idea sounds almost ground-breaking for my country). The Future City Game is one of the steps (and a thousand mile road starts with one step!) on the way to become more of a doer and positive thinker and much less of the one who complains and puts the blame on the government. I'm very thankful for the project to have taught me to see potential in people, stay open-minded no matter what and overstep my personal boundaries of comfort.
Helena Dienstbierová Šimicová
I work as a manager of community planning and public participation programmes in the Centre for Community Organising of West Bohemia (from 2007). From June 2009 I cooperate with The City of Pilsen within the preparation for the City of Pilsen candidature to the Europian Capital of Culture in 2015 as a production manager. From the beginning of my activity in the Centre for Community Organising of West Bohemia I participated on the community planning of social services projects which were realised in many municipalities in the Pilsen Region. I also acted as a moderator of working and control groups proceedings and of public meetings. I cooperate with the British Council organization on the Creative cities – Future City Game project since April 2008. The Future City Game was, within the preparation for the City of Pilsen candidature to the Europian Capital of Culture in 2015, held in the centre of the city and several urban neighbourhoods. I participate in this project as a trained gamemaster. I also realized the Future City Game in České Budějovice and I will participate in its realization in other Czech cities. Now I work as project coordinater for the City of Pilsen candidature to the Europian Capital of Culture in 2015.
2011- Community Planning Course – Eötvös Lorány University, Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences
2009 Krakow (PL) Future City Game Gamesmaster Training (British Council)
2007 Tour Guide course in English
1998-2003 Corvinus University, Budapest, Landscape Architecture, specialisation in landscape planning and city development
1999-2002 Corvinus University, Budapest, English language professional translator course
2008-2011 Studio Metropolitana Not-for-profit Ltd. City Marketing Workshop
Project Manager of Public Space Programme – public space development programme based on community participation
Programme coordination and management, marketing and communication tasks, generating ideas and projects, event management, city actions, organising cultural events, compiling studies, publications, writing texts, creative proposal writing, publicising the programme on Hungarian and foreign platforms, building partner networks, community forum moderation, team work coordination.
2003-2007 BFVT (Budapest Municipality City Building and Planning) Ltd.
- PROSIDE (Promoting Sustainable Inner Urban Development) European Union project coordination, organising international conferences, presenting project outcomes at international fora
- Writing city development and environment protection studies, landscape planning
2004 Nantes Municipality, France: Rotary Scholarship (2 months internship)
2000-2003 IAAS International Student Association, organising international conferences
- Community planning, landscape and city planning
- Project Management
- City marketing
- Civil culture, community participation, volunteering
- Event management, moderation, community development
- EU proposals, international trends
PERSONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- Good managerial and coordination skills, reliability, good communication and organisational skills, creativity, openness, team working
- Budapest Shop Window” art project concept planning and organising, 2010
- 7ed7 civil art and city festival planning and organisation 2010
- 30 T (30 places) programme society and professional engagement, survey, final study and exhibition, 2010
- „Our Little Town” TV series – Future City Game Gamesmaster in 16 cities, professional and community moderation, 2009
- Community planning, community engagement process coordination in Budapest and countryside action areas, 2008-2011
- Thematic map for Király street in Budapest, 2009
- Future City Game Gamesmaster in Szentendre, Danube, Jewish District, Budaörs, Gheorgheni (Romania)
- City-Space-Management International Conference organisation, 2009
PUBLICATIONS, PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS
- EPOMM conference professional special prize – engaging the community, Graz, 2010
- Secretary of the City-Space-Management Association, 2010
- MFT, Geography Publications 2009/4 – Developing Green Community Spaces in Larger Cities
- Methodology Handbook, community planning in public spaces, 2009
- Terézváros Integrated City Development Strategy, 2009
- Hungarian Urban Society diploma prize, 2003
I’ve been working for youth as a volunteer since 1995, and became a professional youth worker in local municipality, later on I was working at national level on youth work quality, also as a national coordinator of Council of Europe’s campaign “All different – All equal”. I’m a trainer in non-formal and in formal education (colleges of University of Tartu), finished studies of educational sciences. I’ve got the main experience on working with people in Estonian Guides Association. Now I’m working for Integration Foundation on youth field.
Bohdan Shumylovych has a Master degree in Contemporary and Modern History from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary, History Department, 2004-2005), an Art Historian's degree from the Lviv Art Academy (Department of the History and Theory of Art, Ukraine, 1993-1999) and has also taken classes at the Department of Project Management of George Washington University (Washington, USA, 2001-2002).
He has studied and taught cultural and visual studies at Ivan Franko University in Lviv (Master Program in Cultural Studies) and has given lectures both in Ukraine and abroad. He has been awarded several grants and worked in audio-visual archives in Washington (Archive of the Department of Visual Arts of George Washington University) and Budapest (Archive of the Open Society Institute).
Having developed a course in cultural urban industries and special expertise in the cultural regeneration of cities, Shumylovych has also headed the Division of Marketing and Cultural Industries at the Department of Culture and Tourism at the Lviv City Government.
At the Center for Urban History, he directs multimedia library and is in charge of the development and organization of public events, leads media-library. He delivers lectures and teaches and also responsible for research projects.
- ‘Cultural Industries in Contemporary City’ (in Ukrainin), in Sociaologia Mista (Urban Sociaology), Donetsk, 2010
- "Vizualna ironia ta "ukr-such-mystetstvo" (in Ukrainin), IRONIA, Zbirnykstattei, Ed. Olena Haleta, Evgen Hulevych, Zoriana Rybchynska (Center of Humanity Studies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv), Lviv: Litopys; Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 2006. p. 238.
- "Do We Really Need Methodology from the West in Ukrainian Art Education?" (in English), Contemporary Change in Ukraine. Baltic and East European Studies, Vol.5, Sodertorns Hogskola, 2006.
- "Istorychna model formuvannia muzeiv v Spoluchenych Shtatach Ameryky v drugi polovyni XIX-pochatku XX stolittia" (in Ukrainin), Narodoznavchi zoshyty, № 3, 2003.
- "Paradyhma pizniogo modernizmu v amerykanskomu mystetstvi 1930-40 rokiv", Mystetska krytyka, Zbirnyk statei LNU, lystopad, 2003.
- Translation from English a book of Hiep Hahort’s "Art Management" ("Litopys" Publishing House, Lviv, 2008)