Why Dialogue Agents?
A Dialogue Agent is a person who promotes dialogue in her or his everyday life. In this youth exchange you get the possibility to become a Dialogue Agent – you will gain a deeper insight in the values and life stances of people different from yourself.
Dialogue is more important than ever, because we live in a more complex world with more global interactions between people. In order to secure a democracy where all people are included and a democracy that can handle the big society challenges, we need to listen to each other. If we in our democratic processes don’t listen to each other, we can’t solve our common problems.
In the youth exchange we will deal with different dialogue challenges that we face in Europe. These can for instance be:
- Escalating conflicts between people sympathizing with right wing parties and then people sympathizing with liberal or left wing parties.
- More segregated societies where people with different social position don’t interact with each other.
- Exclusion processes of ethnic groups.
- Conflicts between religious minorities and the religious majority.
These dialogue challenges are very different from each other but they share a common characterisation: A missing or not good enough attempt on mutual understanding. Of course we can’t in this youth exchange solve these dialogue challenges. But we can begin a process where the approach of dialogue can be spread in our local socities.
What will happen?
The youth exchange will take place in Erbaa, Turkey from Monday 18/8 to Monday 25/8 2014 with 24 participants from Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Denmark. During the exchange we will share our experiences and opinions regarding dialogue challenges, gain knowledge about how we can handle dialogue challenges and try out this knowledge in practice by interactions with the local society. We will also develop future dialogue projects and experience each other cultures through cultural evenings.
The project is financed with financial support from EU’s youth programme. Read more here.