On November 23-24, we convened a strategic planning conference on the topic of “Sustainable
Communication System in Altai Republic,”
at Gorno-Altaisk State University, using Open Space
Technology format and facilitated by Marina Tyasto.

The conference was initiated by Altai Mir University and Siberian Academy for Public Administration
to begin implementation of the findings from the GUS/Altai Mir Fact-Finding Mission in September,
2006. It was sponsored by the Republic of Altai Governmental Committee on Entrepreneurship,
Industry, Transport and Communication, Gorno-Altaisk State University, Novosibirsk State Medical
University, and NCP Siberian Educational-Consulting Center Connect.

About 80 people participated, with 31 working groups producing 27 reports. These were combined
into five working groups which produced action plans. We finished with great excitement, and with
people wanting more of such conferences.

Proceedings (in Russian)

This conference was followed up by a second one in Novosibirsk in December: Leadership
Role of Universities in the Development of Altai Republic