War is an event that leaves a deep wound in our collective consciousness. So how ready we are to work with our memory, turn our pain into our strength, determines our future.
There is a concept of "paid identity" - it's when the community realizes that its political independence has not fallen from the sky, but is paid for by the lives of the best members of this community.
However, the theme of death is tabooed, we do not know how to talk about it, and at the same time we desperately need this dialogue and search for our meanings in the process of honoring the dead. The Study "The Wood of Life" ("Mirror of the Week" 2018) notes: "It would be wrong to state that nothing has been done to preserve the memory of the fallen. But this work lacks systemicity, vision, concept.
That's why our mission is in cooperation with state institutions, experts and the public, to create a Vision of commemoration of fallen defenders and to promote the development of a systematic policy of remembrance,which is based on comprehensive analysis and extensive public discussion.
Our main principles are systematic work combined with a social dialogue, which involves all stakeholders. That is why we work with such tools as vision meetings, expert discussions, multidisciplinary research, creating recommendations and roadmaps, information campaigns and creating documentary projects.
Partners of the project "What is to remember": Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance. With the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation