Space for meetings and dialogue.
The Telegraph social and cultural space is a place for meetings, dialogue and joint activities of citizens, including entrepreneurs and activists, a platform for the creation and development of the local community, and a venue for various social, cultural and educational events. The activities of Telegraph are aimed at developing practices of public participation and involving citizens in solving issues of urban planning and improvement, developing urban culture, as well as providing cultural and educational services to residents and visitors of the city.
The main goal of the project was to create a social and cultural platform (community center) for various events and dialogue, including the authorities. It was supposed to develop competencies among citizens through educational events and expert advice.
Created space was supposed to strengthen local activists' community to prove that they can have an influence on the processes of urban planning and development through participatory design of public spaces in the municipality.
The Telegraph project aimed also at revitalisation of this part of the city and – as a consequence - stimulating Small Business Development, attracting attention to Svetlogorsk and increasing its tourist attractiveness which gives opportunity to get profits.
The project involved the community into the processes of design and development of public spaces in the city: inventory of municipal territories, creating and updating design projects for park zones, transfer (under pressure from the community) of urban territory from the category of zones intended for development, into the zone of public spaces where sports ground will now be established. The Telegraph identified active citizens who are ready to work in the community and to volunteer in the event (conducting classes, etc.). The project strengthened cultural activity in the city and expanded educational and leisure opportunities - holding educational and cultural events for children and adults, educational and other events. In the end the project developed the city into a comfortable, environmentally friendly, slow city.
One of the obstacles in organising such events is absence or lack of financial resources. The other problem is the lack of volunteers and the underdevelopment of volunteer consciousness in a society - regarding own willingness to participate, criticism and condemnation addressed to activists. Responsibility was shifted to the administration.