Foundation activities in 2005-2009
February 2009 marked four years since the establishment of the Non-profit Research Foundation “The Shchedrovitsky Institute for Development”.
The activities of the Foundation are mainly geared towards reviving and carrying on a unique Russian intellectual tradition linked to the name of Georgy Petrovich Shchedrovitsky and the Moscow Methodological Circle (MMC).
G. P. Shchedrovitsky Foundation is among few Russian institutions financing fundamental research and development projects directed towards promoting Russian philosophy and methodology, including projects in management, education, regional development, humanities, and humanitarian technologies.
Publishing projects rank high among the Foundation priorities.
More than twenty books on philosophy and methodology were edited and published by the Foundation over recent years, including three-volumes of “Sign and Activity” by G. P. Shchedrovitsky, a collection of his 1989 lectures on issues of science and man, a collection of memoirs “Faces of the MMC”, “Humanitarian Philosophy of G. P. Shchedrovitsky” by V. P. Litvinov, and many others. The Foundation conference proceedings are issued on a regular basis. Detailed information about publishing projects will be found on the publication Webpage of the Foundation Website at http://www.fondgp.ru.
Starting from 2006, the Foundation is engaged in a joint project with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy and Rosspen Publishing House to prepare an encyclopedia series of books, “Russian Philosophy of The Second Half of The 20th Century.” At the first stage the series will include 21 collections of papers, each collection devoted to one of the prominent Russian philosophers. All volumes of this first stage should be in print by the end of 2009. At the second stage a set of collections involved with the burning issues of Russian philosophy of the second half of the 20th century will be issued, and publication of Russian philosophers’ works that have never appeared in print before is planned for coming out at the third stage. Plans call for editing of a series of books under the title “Russian Philosophy of The First Half of The 20th Century”.
Publication of works by G. P. Shchedrovitsky, including his archive papers, is full underway.
Since the autumn of 2009, preparatory work to publish “G. P. Schehdrovitsky’s Collected Works” has been going on. The collection will comprise ten volumes embracing the period of 1952—1994 and exposing all key themes that were focal to the philosopher’s thinking.
Currently books by M. Rozov, A. Rappaport, and V. Dubrovsky touching upon the ideas of Shchedrovitsky are being prepared for publication. The books expose Shchedrovitsky’s input into the development of the world humanitarian thought as seen within the vast context of the 20th century issues.
Starting from 2005, the Foundation annually participates in the International Intellectual Non-fiction Book Fair where, apart from presenting the books published, the Foundation actively promotes philosophical literature by arranging roundtable discussions, presentations and other events within the framework of the Exhibition.
The Foundation pursues its work on the formation of the electronic library which is currently displayed at http://www.fondgp.org/library. Plans also call for creating within the next few years the largest Internet resource exposing texts by G. P. Shchedrovitsky and other MMC participants as well as texts on the history of the Methodological Movement.
Translation of texts by G. P. Shchedrovitsky into English and Spanish has started. In October 2007, the English version of the Foundation Website was launched at http://www.fondgp.org.
The Foundation keeps holding a series of methodological seminars aiming at revealing and formulating most topical themes and issues of modern sociocultural development as seen within the Systems of Thought-Activity approach.
Since the day of its establishment, the Foundation has conducted three competitions to award research grants to projects in philosophy and methodology. The competitions seek to support young researchers and to involve a new generation of researchers into Methodological Movement.
Every year on February 23, a traditional G. P. Schedrovitsky Memorial Conference is held that attracts internationally working professionals from multiple spheres of activities who all ground their research on the results achieved by the MMC.
The Foundation is a non-profit organization funded through private donations and enjoying support from institutions and organizations. We hope to succeed in engaging your support and co-operation to promote preservation and development of the ideas by G. P. Shchedrovitsky and the Moscow Methodological Circle.