Pioneering knowledge and understanding
The Creative Practices program aims to encourage a more sustainable approach to social
initiatives, creative projects and entrepreneurship in Russia.
Creative Practices is a project studying the nature and development of the creative economy in the Russian regions through field research, data analysis and events. The Creative Practices program was launched with the aim of encouraging a more sustainable approach to social initiatives, creative projects and entrepreneurship in Russia, synthesising creative best practice from around the world and applying it in Russia, informed by in-depth research and local expertise.
Creative Practices is generously supported by Dear Cities/ Hometowns, a social investment programme by Gazprom Neft PJSC.
Creative Capital Index
In 2016 experts from Calvert 22 Foundation, in partnership with PwC Russia, began to develop the large-scale Creative Capital Index . The practical purpose of the Index is to evaluate and compare the potential of Russia’s most dynamic cities in terms of their prospects for economic modernisation and their investment appeal.
The index is a system for assessing the realised and hidden potential of cities within the sphere of the new economy and the pilot version of the Index, launched in 2016, included nine Russian cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Tyumen.
In 2017 Veliky Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Vladivostok, Perm, Ufa and Omsk were added to the Index. In 2018, the number of cities reached 20 with the inclusion of Krasnoyarsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ulyanovsk and Chelyabinsk.
Synthesising creative best practice from around the world and applying it in Russia, informed by in-depth research and local expertise.
Calvert Forum is the in-house think-tank of Calvert 22 Foundation, a British non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the culture and creativity of the New East – eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. The organisation aims to bring the best creative practices from the region to an international English-speaking audience via its online platform the Calvert Journal.
2017 | Strengthen human capital through innovation and creativity
The 2017 Calvert Forum conference was held in Tyumen, the unofficial capital of Siberia. The conference explored how to and strengthen human capital in Russia’s largest and most resource-rich region, pursue new ideas on innovative and creative development and facilitate knowledge exchange for budding creative entrepreneurs, cultural activists and state representatives. The Calvert Forum Siberia will gather both Russian and foreign experts in the fields of architecture, urbanism, IT, investment, economics, entrepreneurship, culture and education.
2015 | Technology as an enabler
The third forum took place in Kazan in 2015. Backed by the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minikhanov, the conference was focused on digital initiatives and the further cultural development of Kazan. The conference was hosted by IT-Park, the biggest technological institution in the region.
2014 | Urban development
In 2014, Calvert Forum held a conference in Voronezh in partnership with the government of the Voronezh Province, which brought together experts from as far afield as Manchester and London. The forum was supported by a number of Russian institutions, including Voronezh State Academy of Arts; Strelka Institute of Media, Design and Architecture; ArchPolis Centre for Territorial Initiatives; online media outlets UrbanUrban and Downtown, and the Committee for Civil Initiatives.
2013 | Who is building the new economy of Russia?
Calvert Forum was launched in St Petersburg in 2013 by Calvert 22 Foundation and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St Petersburg State University, supported by the State Hermitage Museum and Leontief Centre. The forum’s inaugural discussion event, titled «Creative industries: who is building the new economy of Russia?», took place in the General Staff Building of the Hermitage.