By Halyna Klymuk Chomiak, Maidan citizen journalist
Now that Yanukovych has fled Ukraine, one might ask who is running the country. The answer is simple the Ukrainian people are. The people who ran an organized Maidan since November 2013. The people who barricaded themselves for protection, who bore no arms, and who asked for Yanukovych to please leave. The people who organized themselves in the “Hromadesky Sector” or The Civic Sector and ran Maidan in an orderly manner.
There are many people who stood by and carried the Maidan on through the day and night, through the frost and cold and ice. They were the opposition, the volunteers, the captains of the brigades and the leaders of the various divisions of the civic sector. What better group than this to take charge of their own country. There is not one dictator among them.
While attending a meeting of one of the above mentioned groups, I noted that an organizational chart was presented in the form of a butterfly. On one wing there was a specialist/expert in his or her field. There was at least one and hopefully two. These would be experts in tax, health, social services, education, legal, economic, construction, city planning etc. Each expert would have a manager. The managers would be mobile while the experts stayed put. The managers would jump over the body of the butterfly and meet regularly on the other wing. Then they would jump back and report to their experts. In this way there would be communication and directive in a cooperative manner. I found this to be incredibly interesting.
The education level of the people who want to take charge of themselves is high. Many of the people in camoflauge in helmets and masks had advanced degrees and professions they were not able to use, because of the corruption. The mutual respect and willingness to work together made a deep impression on me. In today’s world with so much information flooding the media, sometimes correct but very often wrong, it is difficult to define oneself and find a way to operate that will be for the good of all citizens. Ukrainians are trying.
The national models of the EU , the Americas and the commonwealth are not necessarily the best models for Ukraine. After learning from all these horrific experiences, and having a revolution on a city square, maybe we need to trust the brilliant willful people, and let them build their own nation for the first time since they owned and operated Kyiv Rus’.