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 https://www.pdcs-conference.sk/
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.