The „Soul of Europe“ includes solidarity, respect and tolerance

bc2015-schulzStarted by a strong speech by European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the 2nd day of the conference about “Europe, its values, its citizens” continued to be an interesting collection of many initiatives, ideas and specific examples of citizen participation.

Now, with the current refugees challenge, Europe needs to prove itself in many ways and is forced to come to terms with its own identity. As Doris Pack, former chair of the cultural & education committee in the European Parliament – said: “…we are still working on […]

Discussing the European Soul 

A Soul for Europe conference 2015 – Day1

The Conference started today in Berlin with a special pre-conference with a focus on the current #refugees challenge in European cities.

Since over 10 years, this conference is a meeting point for initiatives working together FOR Europe while understanding that culture is a driving factor in the positive support of the European idea. This is an exchange of people, who are taking a stand against any nationalistic tendencies. We, who believe in the European idea are now required to speak out against the deniers of the benefits of open borders within the EU.

However – […]

2015-11-08T19:45:50+02:00Categories: Blog @en, Culture|Tags: , |

From cultural diversity to cultural pluralism

It became a habit of mine, to regularly re-read the „Declaration of Cultural Diversity“ every couple of month. While we all know, that politicians sometimes use a very vague language and that the UN – which is based on compromise – in particular has had the tendency to water down firm statements, the declaration is a clear notice of the importance of cultural diversity. Proclaimed by the General Conference of the UNESCO in November 2001, the declaration and its 20 points of the annexed action plan are still valid today and I wam […]

2013-10-22T14:25:34+02:00Categories: Blog @en, Culture|Tags: , , |

The Sacred Science

Just finished >skip-watching< the sacred science, a documentary about …“eight people from all different walks of life, with varying physical and psychological ailments, as they embark on a one-month healing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle.“ Having tried conventional western health science for years, the journey to traditional, indigenous, shamanic healing art is their last hope.
While filming, editing, sound etc. are not the very best and filmmaker Nick Polizzi could have let the healers present even more of their techniques, the subject of the […]

2013-10-18T12:06:37+02:00Categories: Blog @en|Tags: , |

this week…

It is UN week in NewYork. On the one hand, this means a multitude of security measures for the city, but on the other hand, NYC will still function as usual in its never-ending dynamic activity, which is accompanied by a unique buzzing sound. Whoever has lived in the city, knows, what I mean.

So this week will see some more discussions on possible peace talks for Syria, which will most likely not yet cover at all a protection of the countries rich cultural heritage. This is as much in danger, as it has been in Iraq or Afghanistan, only this […]

2013-09-23T15:38:41+02:00Categories: Blog @en|Tags: , |

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