Alumni Projects

Alumni Projects

On this page, we will talk about projects and alumni initiatives in which other Shaninka residents can take part and about those which need your support. If your project needs volunteers, interns, experts, financial assistance, information support, or something else - write to us! We will definitely publish information in this section, announce your project on social networks and tell about it to students, alumni, and friends of MSSES. Send your suggestions to


ECOCUP is an annual international green documentary film festival. Since 2010, the ECOCUP festival has brought to Russia and the CIS countries the most interesting documentaries from different countries about what is happening on the planet and with the planet, about people and projects that are trying to make the world a better place. Over the years, ECOCUP was held in more than twenty cities of Russia, as well as cities of Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. Since 2012, ECOCUP Festival has been a member of the Green Film Network, an international network of environmental film festivals. The festival began as a volunteer project with the journalistic principle “A problem cannot be solved if we don’t talk about it”. Documentary films are one of the best alternative sources of information and a reason for discussion. After each film, discussions with local and international experts take place, and within the framework of the festival - meetings, panels and round tables on topics of ecology, environment, sustainable development. In addition, the festival regularly conducts documentary workshops for Russian filmmakers. Young directors, photographers, writers, journalists are simultaneously included in the global environmental movement. Even such a serious topic as ecology can be interesting to talk about. Films don't just tell stories, they inspire. Every year viewers leave the shows with glowing eyes.

How to support:
If you want to become a project volunteer, please fill out the application.
If you want to become a partner of the project, please fill out the application.

Anastasia Laukkanen, a graduate of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Project Management

School of Local Government

The School of Local Government is a volunteer project that aims to increase the popularity of local government among civic activists and people who are simply not indifferent to the life of their district and city.
I am glad to see people of different views in the project. The main thing is not party affiliation, not what separates us, but the desire to improve our village, city, region and country. The pool of project experts includes specialists in municipal management, political technologies, legal support for political campaigns, current and former deputies, and heads of municipalities.

 Within the framework of the School, lectures, training and workshops are held on the topics:
  • "Leadership and Motivation"
  • How local government works in Russia. Levels. International experience and history. Powers, rights and obligations of the deputy. The legislative framework.
  • Municipal finance
  • The powers of the deputy. The tools of the deputy's work.
  • District development plan. How to work with locals.
  • Community campaign strategy at the local level
  • Deputy work: expectations and reality
  • Residents, region, city, country. Experience in aligning interests. The practice of world capitals
  • Regional newspaper. How to make your own media.
  • The motivation of the candidate in the elections. Elections as a tool to strengthen the local community

If you would like to organize a seminar of the School of Local Government, write to the organizers.
To become a member of the school, fill out the form

Yulia Galyamina, a graduate of the Faculty of Management in Education

The Internet and Society Fan Club

The Internet and Society Fan Club is an informal association of researchers who work on the Internet. Academic scientists, artists, journalists, students, IT specialists and activists participate in the work of the club.

Since 2015, the club has been holding seminars, conferences, organizing translations of English-language articles, books, educational programs about Internet research. The club has several educational projects and research projects. So, the club organized research about:
- the Internet in different cities of Russia
- how officials understand the internet and its regulation
- expertise in YouTube and other sites.
The club's website has a lot of educational materials on how to study the Internet, what basic methods and approaches can be useful.

Every year the club holds the Internet Beyond conference, in 2020 it is dedicated to changes due to the Internet, changes in the Internet itself and the methods of its research.

Become a member of the club and follow the events.

Polina Kolozaridi, a graduate of the Faculty of Sociology

Healthy Cities Project

The Healthy Cities project explores the role of health and physical activity in the lives of urban planners.

The urban environment is created by architects, planners and builders. Thousands of people participate in projects, investing their professional experience and a significant part of their lives in their creation.

What is the role of personal experience and lifestyle in the process of shaping the essence of the project? What approaches are taken by authors who have different views on the role of health and physical activity in their lives? How does personal experience affect work results?

The founder of the project, Artem Gerasimenko, together with sociologists, is looking for answers to these questions and invites everyone to take part in a study that will clarify the picture.

The first stage of the research consists of two elements - an express questionnaire and a series of interviews. The first one will take from 20 to 30 minutes - and the more people of different ages, specializations, income levels and physical activity from different regions answer the questions, the more objective the picture will be. The second part, the interview, will be conducted selectively based on the results of the survey and will take about 1 hour.

To take part in the study, please follow the link. You will be offered two options - filling out a questionnaire and passing an interview. You can choose both options if you want.
Artem Gerasimenko, Urban Studies Program

Analytical Reading Club

The Shaninka Analytical Reading Club and the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology (FSF) was established in 2014. The primary goal of the club is to support FSF bachelor students in their (text-centered) dialogue with social science theorists. The discussion format is designed to develop students' skills in working with the entertainment inherent in a particular text, to master the skills of problem statement and argumentation.
Since the founding of the club, its goal has remained unchanged, but the audience has become much wider. Today the Shaninka Analytical Reading Club and the FSF is a community of people interested in serious, consistent work with concepts. During its existence, the club managed to change several ports of registration and find a permanent moderator - Svetlana Bardina, a graduate of the Faculty of Sociology.
Meetings are held every 2-3 weeks at the Shaninka base.
We will be glad to new participants.

Join the club

Natalia Lebedeva, a graduate of the Faculty of Sociology

Public History Portal

The Public History Portal scientific and educational project was invented in the summer of 2015. RU Public History is a place where different points of view on historical events are presented, united by the desire for objectivity and the use of scientific methods in working with the past. The focus of attention is such approaches as historical memory, historical politics, trauma studies, culture studies, etc.
Natalia Lipilina, a graduate of the Public History program and the founder of the portal, says: “The purpose of the portal is to popularize Public History in Russia. Over the past five years, it has been possible to create a useful platform for researchers of public history and a friendly community on social networks on the Portal. We consider it very important to promote public history as a direction of training in Russian universities and to popularize this approach in teaching history in schools and in extracurricular activities. We pay special attention to historical expertise and consulting support in working with the past, city branding, tourism, etc. "

We invite for cooperation Shaninka residents developing cases on public history, as well as journalists, representatives of local government and business.

Project site

Natalia Lipilina, Public History alumnus

Safe House Foundation

The Safe House Foundation is engaged in helping socially vulnerable groups of the population, as well as preventing human trafficking through education and raising awareness about the problem. It provides assistance and training and gives its wards the opportunity to become independent and independent.
Our alumnus, co-founder of the Foundation, Veronica Antimonik, says: “Now we provide psychological, legal and social assistance remotely, we help our wards with products, and we also develop and publish preventive materials on the network to reduce risks.”
How to help the Safe House Foundation:
Share the Foundation's activities by sharing links:,
Become a volunteer by filling out the form
Become a psychologist or social worker for the Fund (this is a paid piecework, send your resume to
Become a business partner for the JewelGirls charity program, the purpose of which is to support the wards through the sale of jewelry and souvenirs (they receive 50% of the proceeds). Details by mail
Help with the dissemination of relevant preventive materials during a pandemic. Details by mail

House of mercy of blacksmith Lobov

The house of mercy of blacksmith Lobov is a small rural hospice in the village of Porechye-Rybnoye, in which 18 people live permanently, the coordinator of which is our graduate, Nezhdana Rexton. The hospice was opened 2 years ago by Nyuta Federmesser for residents of the Rostov district of the Yaroslavl region. This project is charitable and completely free for patients.
Nezhdana talks about the difficulties we face now: “Due to the remoteness, unstable epidemiological situation and a decrease in donations, we need information support, help in the form of food parcels for residents. We need people who will make monthly small donations in our favor. We need media volunteers who will talk about us and support us. Due to the fact that the project is not federal, small and located in the region, we simply fail in the information flow, although we only have elderly people, the group that is most confirmed at risk + palliative status ”.
How to help:
1 / Information support. Subscribe to the hospice newsletter to stay informed about how you can help. Tell about the hospice on your pages and share the links:
2/ Support hospice residents with food parcels. You should ask Nezhdana about current needs, as well as the delivery address, by writing to her at As treats, chocolate and nut-free sweets, marshmallows, fondant, marshmallows, gingerbread cookies and waffles, cookies, sugar, black tea (without flavors) and instant coffee, jam and honey in cans are used. And also you can and should send postcards for birthdays or holidays. For special needs - Seni diapers (2, 3, 4 sizes) for adults are always very necessary. At the moment, due to the pandemic, the post office in the village is closed, so orders can be placed through the Beru, Ozon and Wildberries marketplaces.
3/ Financial support. You can make monthly or one-time donations for the benefit of the hospice (in the comments to the donation, indicate “Porechye” - the village where the hospice is located).
4/ Media volunteering. You can support the hospice by talking about it and recording video greetings. For details - it is better to write to Nezhdana directly


The #MutualAid project connects people who need help with people who are ready to provide them with this help. It was launched as a reaction to the rapid changes in the life of Muscovites.
A first-year undergraduate student, Stas Toporkov, one of the founders of the project, talks about how the project started and what support is needed now: “On the first full day of launch, April 10, we delivered 31 individual sets, on April 11 - 50 sets, 12 April - already 90. We need both informational support of the project to attract volunteers, and support in the form of donations to buy food for those who need it. "
How to help:
1. Become a project volunteer by writing to the telegram bot @mutualhelp_bot
2. Make donations to buy food for those who need it
3. Tell about the project by sharing the links:

Lighthouse Charity Foundation

Lighthouse Charity Foundation helps to pick up terminally ill children from hospitals by organizing the necessary assistance at home. The founders of the Foundation are convinced that children with incurable diseases should not spend their entire lives in intensive care. Marfa Lekaya, a student of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Projects Management and an employee of the Fund's PR department, tells how you can help:

Information support. We regularly hold events, publish fundraising texts, as well as materials about the work of the hospice - information about everyone appears on our Facebook page: and on our website: /

Participation in events. We hold major fairs, literary evenings, lectures - you can become a guest, speak as a speaker or propose a joint event. For example, we are planning to make a series of online lectures on various topics with some Shaninka alumni.
Pro bono help. Tutors, musicians, presenters of creative workshops, artists, confectioners, florists, designers - at the Lighthouse Charity Foundation, we are always very glad to specialists who can share their professional skills pro bono. To become a member, fill out the form:
Organization of corporate events. If you want to support us on behalf of the company, then we can help in organizing a corporate race or bowling (or any other game), for participation in which employees make contributions, and the company doubles or triples them and sends the amount received to the account of the Fund. In addition to a one-time event, the company can hold auctions and fairs (where they sell, for example, books or their own handicrafts), and corporate gifts can be purchased in our online store:
Organization of personal events. Whether you're moving or just looking to update your wardrobe, host a garage sale! Set the amount of donation for participation and transfer the proceeds to the Lighthouse Foundation.
Participation in partner promotions. If you need to buy dishes, textiles, jewelry, flowers or chocolate, you can do it from our partners: a fixed percentage of sales goes to the fund: If you make the product yourself or you provide a service and would like to become a partner of the Lighthouse Foundation, write to Marfa at
Volunteering. To become a volunteer, write a letter to
Make a donation
If you have any ideas for cooperation, write to Martha e-mail:

Public History Laboratory

The Public History Laboratory is engaged in projects and research in the field of Public History - a problem field that includes the theory and practice of the existence of the past in public space.
The laboratory was founded by the graduates of the Pubic History program of the Moscow School of Economics and Social Sciences Andey Zavadsky, Artem Kravchenko, Varvara Sklez, Yegor Isaev, Ekaterina Suverina.

Conferences were held:
"Public history in Russia: performances of the past in the theater and beyond"
"Public history in Russia: museums for the past or the past for museums?"
"The market for historical (co) knowledge"
“Is the past a foreign country? Public history in Russia "

Donatetoartists project

Donates During the Plague is a platform created to support artists during a pandemic. The portal presents lots of contemporary artists, prices for which start at 200 rubles. Among the participants are Irina Korina, Pasmur Rachuiko, Vasya RUN, Liza Bobkova, Pavel Soloviev, Rina Efanova, Mika Plutitskaya and many others. Lots are updated every 2 weeks.

Our graduate, Anna Bralkova, the co-founder of the project, says that, according to the idea of the creators, the platform will allow you to get to know contemporary artists better, become co-authors and be involved in the process of contemporary art.
You can support artists by purchasing works (money is sent directly to artists), making a donation for attending lectures, reading clubs and telling about the project on your pages.
Anna Bralkova, a graduate of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Projects Management

Children's foresight

 - a program to involve schoolchildren in the development of their cities through the design of the image of the future and the implementation of socially significant projects.
While implementing projects for the development of their cities, schoolchildren meet interesting people, try on new roles and try new professions. Project activity develops in schoolchildren such as personal qualities as independence, responsibility, communication skills, initiative, the ability to work in a team and entrepreneurship. The use of the Children's Foresight technology creates conditions for effective career guidance work, expanding the space of social and professional trials for adolescents and youth.

The main activities of the Children's Foresight project:
  • foresight sessions on designing the future of territories and developing their own social projects;
  • educational training seminar for teachers on the technology of children's foresight;
  • implementation of social projects by school project teams accompanied by adults and expert support from the Social Investment Fund;
  • Exchange of social projects - a city-wide event for the presentation of project ideas and the search for partners by project teams;
  • trainings on personal effectiveness, master classes with leaders of social change;
  • presentation of the results of projects within the framework of city-wide events - fairs of social projects "Do-it-yourself City"

 How graduates can participate:
  • Become a program expert - travel to cities and conduct master classes for teenagers;
  • Become a mentor for school project teams - helping teams implement their projects that make their cities better, brighter and more interesting
  • Tell about the program's activities by sharing links:,,

To cooperate with the Children's Foresight, you need to send information about yourself to
Program website:
Sergey Golubev - Head of the Children's Foresight project, graduate of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Projects Management, 2006

Museum of Soviet slot machines

  is a cultural and educational project that was created in 2007 by three engineering students. For 13 years, the amateur project has grown to a successful non-state museum. Today, the unique collection of the Museum includes about 300 slot machines that were produced in the USSR for just 15 years - from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. We are still engaged in the search and restoration of slot machines, saving a huge layer of the multifaceted and complex engineering culture of the USSR.

Now non-state cultural institutions need support more than ever. And this can be done in several ways:
subscribe to Patreon
propose a partnership and write to Maria.

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Maria Skripalshchikova - curator of the museum, 2012  graduate of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Project Management