Dialogue 2.0

Article published on Oct. 29, 2008
Article published on Oct. 29, 2008
''“Dialogue without learning is not dialogue, it is merely discussion.” -- European Youth Forum'' Dialogue is more than a conversation or a discussion, it is a powerful and interdisciplinary element with the ability to open minds and promote tolerance through many media.
2008 has been, and continues to be, an active year for those interested in the promotion of intercultural dialogue and, generally speaking, of languages. Through a series of successful campaigns such as the “All different-All equal’ and “For Diversity- Against Discrimination’, the European Union has done much to promote cross-cultural understanding in its European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

At TakingITGlobal, we believe that celebrating cultural diversity through intercultural dialogue fosters a greater understanding of other lifestyles, thoughts, traditions, behaviours, and personal beliefs in a way that challenges our received opinions and prejudices toward other, ‘different’ peoples. With dialogue we are constantly reminded that through understanding we can achieve cooperation and open-mindedness, which in turn lead to greater harmony and peace. This year, youth have been actively involved in many intercultural initiatives: by engaging in inspiring educational sessions, by traveling abroad on exchange programs, and by discussing how intercultural dialogue intersects with migration issues, different religions and even our everyday lives.

Europe is a culturally rich and diverse community, and it is important to have young people involved in its cultural processes. The Web is definitely a great ally in the spread of youth-led initiatives aimed at promoting cross-cultural awareness and personal exchanges. To read more about Intercultural Dialogue, check out the European Culture Portal, the Euromed Café’s portal, the European Association for Education of Adults, or download UNESCO’s International Year of Languages Tool Kit.

You can also use TakingITGlobal to communicate with the world in over 12 languages, and can use our Country Pages to explore the world and make connections with youth from around the world who are involved in making a difference.