Corona crisis hit us all unprepared, but some where in worse position than others. How did the Roma communities in the heart of Slovakia coped?  

This video is part of a Project Grey that aims to oppose online and offline polarization by amplify opinions of the ‘grey middle’.  Funded by the European Union (Internal Security Fund – Police)

They have their families, their hobbies, their jobs but the voluntary fire brigade in small Slovak village runs to help at any time to anyone. As they say, it does not matter whether you are catholic or muslim, we are there to help. This video is part of a Project Grey that aims to oppose online and offline polarization by amplify opinions of the ‘grey middle’.  

Funded by the European Union (Internal Security Fund – Police)

His father and his grandfather both built bridges. He tries to do the same, but with a different type of bridges. Meet Benjamin Uhrin.

Talking about mental health may be a challenge. Another participant of our educational program Open Up for Dialogue brought together ethnic Hungarian and ethnic Romanian high school students, to talk about mental health issues using analogue photography. Captures of home became the subject of a talk about feelings of loneliness or anxiety. Through the photography, participants came to understand each other better.

One of the participants of the Open Up for Dialogue project has organized an intergeneration musical event to bridge the gap between different age groups. Both young people and elderly can learn form each other. Plus, in music, a wonderful harmony can be created regardless of how old the musicians are, if they cooperate.

Great idea how to learn more about other religions. When you don't know someone it is easier to find the others strange or even to be afraid of them. A participant of our educational program Open Up for Dialogue brought the members of a Catholic community she is a part of, together with members of Jewish and Muslim community in her hometown. Would you believe how pleasant and enriching was this experience for all the participants? Get inspired.

Youth radicalization is an emerging phenomenon across Slovakia, with more and more young adults joining extremist groups due to the lack of positive role models or extracurricular activities. During this training, social workers from across different fields shared their experience and learned new strategies.

Have you heard about the Aarhus model? It is a deradicalization program developed in the city of Aarhus, Denmark, which aims to prevent homegrown terrorism by various social services. Using positive group dynamics and promoting identity complexity has proved to be effective!

The documentary captures a common 8-month “journey” of young people to promising dialogue in their own communities in the V4 countries, Romania and Bulgaria. The main protagonists are participants in the training program, who have learned information and new insights from community mapping training, community-building tools and dialogue on polarizing topics. On their way, they visited inspiring local initiatives in Slovakia, Germany, Denmark and Bulgaria. The film also captures projects in their home communities on topics such as interreligious and intergenerational dialogue, prevention of youth radicalization or integration and empowerment of minorities, disabled and disadvantaged groups. At the same time, the film documents the interaction of young people, the joy and the challenges they face when working with the community in their countries.#BuildSG 

PDCS 2019 Jakub Kratochvíl, J. Horváthová, 2019, 35 min, ENG

Experienced social workers from Slovakia have looked at young people in a complex way. They have attended football matches and observed the behaviour of young people. Their observations bring on a fresh look at the youth around us.

Fierce debates about immigration, racism, and the place of minorities in our society have become an everyday reality. The Grey Middle Ground with all the countless personalities, worldviews, and nuances is being drowned out by the extremes. Dare to be Grey aims to put a stop to the polarization that is dividing our society by promoting an open debate. We have created a platform with room for personal stories and refreshing perspectives. Anyone’s opinion can become the focal point of tomorrow’s debate. Dare to be Grey invites everyone to share their story and join us in going beyond simple black and white thinking.

June 20, Museum Quartiers in Vienna, press event. 

Peace Sofas is an initiative to decrease polarization by inspiring people to engage with other viewpoints. We found four pairs who were passionate about a particular topic. They had never met their counterpart before. We cut their real, personal sofas in half, merged them together, and sat them down together for the first time. Their sofas were on exhibition in the Museums Quartier. 

We value the trust that can be built between people, constructive and open exchange of ideas based on mutual recognition, respect and solidarity. We believe dialogue is a nonviolent path to dealing with conflicts and differences as well as an effective instrument to achieving consensus.

If you are a minority, it is always better if you have a friend among majority. The Christians for Gays aims to show and provide support for homosexuals and to initiate an open dialogue between Christian and LGBT community in Hungary.

An art festival has shed light on networks and structures of neo-Nazi group National Socialist Undergorund (NSU) which murdered 10 people. However, the situation was not really discussed in German society and therefore activists wanted to address the topic through art.

#somtu enables everybody to join a hateful discussion that is going on on Facebook and to actively stand up against people who spread hatred. By discussing with facts, decency and humanity it tries to change an often rogue online space.

MultikultiMap in Sofia, Bulgaria lets you travel around the globe without leaving the city. It presents migrants through food of their restaurants, shops, bakeries and sweet shops and pulls them away from secrecy to a positive public spotlight.

Watch a story of a laundry service in Valaská, Slovakia that employs low-skilled Roma people and gives them an opportunity to build their working habits.

Anna Lénárd founded the Budapest Walkshop which offers alternative walking tours and provides different perspectives on the city's past and present.


Dušan Ondrušek, expert on conflict transformation, about the main guest of the International Conference FACE TO FACE (26-27th of April 2018) in Bratislava, Slovakia

Dusan Ondrusek, psychologist and internationally acclaimed expert on conflict transformation invites you for a FACE TO FACE conference in Bratislava

Mike Haines’ (Scotland) brother David Haines was a British aid worker who was beheaded by ISIS. David had been working for the international relief agency, when in March 2013 he was ambushed and kidnapped on the Turkish border and held captive in Syria for 18 months. In September 2014 a video of his murder was released.

Mike Haines talks about his personal story of how he has been influenced by his brother’s life and death. Instead of calling for hatred and vengeance, Mike has decided to spread the message of tolerance, understanding and non-violence.