GPM Takes Root in Russia Amid Historic International Events

April was a busy month for all of us at GPM.  We have activity buzzing all over the globe which is exciting! In this post, which we would normally issue a press release for, I chose a blog format as I wanted to share some personal thoughts rather than a quote.

On April 16th, I flew to Moscow.  This was my first visit to Russia and first by anyone in my family since my Grandmother in 1982, as part of a delegation of educators.  I was treated to a tour of Red Square which was breathtaking and got to see the changing of the guard, and much more.  I was amazed at the beauty of the city which comes alive at night and the warmth of the people everywhere I went.

“PRiSM Lauches in Russia!”

MOU Signing

On Monday, we launched the inaugural GPM PRiSM Course with one to one translation from English to Russian.  We were also joined by new GPM partners from Poland, Ewa Bednarczyk and Dorota Budzińska-Wiska.   This course was different than most as it was also an introduction to our PSM3 Materiality Model and a way to see how GPM can support the needs of Russian academics and professionals.  We unveiled our P5 Standard in Russian Language (free for download) and had a wonderful time doing workshops and engaging in dialogue. The course resulted in the first GPM certified Project Managers in Russia!  Also, thanks to the hard work by our Executive Director Oxana Klimenko, we signed a memorandum of understanding with South Ural State University, and Omsk State University to integrate GPM courses focused on sustainabiltiy with an infusion of IPMA competence, the best of both worlds.

On Thursday the 21st, we attended the ECO Forum put on by PM Alliance.  Speakers form all over the world presented in a relaxed atmosphere that was brimming with youth.  I had the opportunity to present a keynote and focused on how sustainable development, using projects as a vehicle, could be achieved and the need for project managers to take on the challenge.

2017 “The Year of Ecology” and Paris Agreement signing

GPM and Russia's Ministry of Ecology

We later had dialogues with several leading figures including a representative from the Ministry of Ecology.  As 2017 has been announced by Russian President Putin as the year of ecology, our dialogue focused on how we could create shared value together.  This was symbolic as on the same day that all the nations of the world were signing the Paris Agreement.  As GPM is a partner of Caring4Climate, we pledged our support through our CIS/ Russian office to do our part and are working on a formal agreement with the Russian Ministry who will support GPM.  As founder, I can’t be more pleased to see our movement take up root in Russia. It is our goal to support sustainable development in every country in the world, one project at a time.

Dr. Joel Carboni

Dr. Joel Carboni is a highly respected expert in sustainable project management. He is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Environment. He has over 25 years of experience in project management, including government, finance, consulting, manufacturing, and education. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events related to project management and sustainability and has worked in more than 50 countries. In addition to serving as President Emeritus of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in the United States and being a member of the Global advisory board, Dr. Carboni is also the founder of GPM (Green Project Management) and a visiting professor at Skema Business School. He is also the GPM representative to the United Nations Global Compact, where he was a founding signatory of the Business for Peace Initiative and the Anti-Corruption call to action and a contributor to the development of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Dr. Carboni is the creator of the PRiSM™ project delivery methodology and the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management and has written training programs on Green and Sustainable Project Management that are offered in more than 145 countries through professional training providers, business associations, and universities. He is the lead author of the book "Sustainable Project Management."

One thought to “GPM Takes Root in Russia Amid Historic International Events”

  1. This is akin to Neil Armstrong’s leap for mankind endeavor. Congratulations Dr Joel. I believe sustainability initiatives should be run across the entire value chain of an organization. Its the C-Suite that can drive the show by coloring their organization Vision “Green”

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