Smart Talk: professional discussions on acute social topics


All issues of online-discussions Smart Talk are published.

In March-April 2017, the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), in cooperation with the IA “Ukrinform” and the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center, launched and conducted five expert online discussions Smart Talk in the format of the talk show. The innovation of the Smart Talk format consists in holding an open discussion in a clear language with the participation of legislators, officials, independent experts and the public. The main goal is to provide the public with understandable and reliable information on the most important social topics that will allow understanding problems and not become a victim of manipulation and populism.

A series of Smart Talk meetings devoted to the communication of the main aspects of social sector reform in Ukraine covered such topics:

  • Pension reform in Ukraine
  • Benefits, payments, subsidies
  • Decent work
  • Social housing
  • Quality social services

“Discussion of the most painful social issues for Ukrainians in the format of Smart Talk is the answer to the demands of the times. During the public discussion, we shifted the focus and talked about the fate of a person in Ukraine, not about theoretical problems. We set new standards for communicating with the public about reforms: accessibility, clarity, constructiveness and efficiency,” – comments on the project the Chief of Social Programs of ISER, Head of the study team of the “Policy of Social Pragmatism” Marianna Onufryk.

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