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Seminar on intercultural dialogue: "Days of dialogue, everywhere in Europe..."
29-31 May 2008, Utrecht, The Netherlands
In the present climate in which the distance between citizens is increasing and the growing diversity in our society is looked upon more and more in a negative way, there is an urgent need for a powerful instrument that can help decrease the distance between social groups and individuals. In this framework it seems of great importance to increase the knowledge people have of each other and thus, to foster a positive attitude towards “the other”.
The “Days of Dialogue” are such an instrument that can be used in a relatively simple way for people of different ages with diverse cultural backgrounds and ethnic identities to talk to each other about living together in a city that can draw from its diversity. They stimulate cooperation between citizens, non-governmental organisations, institutions, religious organisations, schools, companies and in this way create a stronger civil society and reinforce social cohesion. The project “Days of Dialogue” has been taking place successfully for several years in Rotterdam, Berlin and Amsterdam.
This seminar introduced the idea and concept of the Days of Dialogue to participants from different EU member states and informed them about the dialogue method and the necessary steps to organise a Day of Dialogue.