Polyphony combines separate, independent melodies in a harmonious mixture. In society, it means diversity that is seen as a chance and used as a resource for development. In order not to misunderstand diversity for artificial division of society, this diversity has to be experienced within democratic rules. In order to avoid polyphony transforming into a cacophony, the former requires effective communication formats. After all, every voice of polyphony occasionally leads the main theme, while the others create harmonious background for it. This requires trust – trust to the difference, to each other and to the process.
In recent months and years, both Ukraine and the European Union felt the powerful energy of a new wave of civic participation, which occurred in context of both similar and dissimilar crises. At the heart of this wave, we can find the diversity of personal stories of compassion and polyphony of views on the future course of the society development. However, today both Ukraine and the EU raise the question of (new) limits of diversity and (new) boundaries of identity: How much difference can we “bear” and how to transfer its potential into real innovations? How to stabilize communities and unite society around democratic values and the right to diversity? And last but not least: what is the common denominator of European identity for all of us – including Germans, British, Greeks, refugees in the EU and Ukrainians?
We invite you to discuss these issues and seek common but at the same time individual answers, share best practices and forge quality partnerships both within Ukraine and at the European level. For the first time we travel abroad with the Forum UkraineLab. This Forum is a mosaic of personal stories of community activists, cultural innovators, educators, social entrepreneurs, journalists, academics and civil activists who implement the innovative and important initiatives for the development of a diverse European society in Ukraine.
If you recognize yourself in the description above, apply to participate in the Forum till 1st (including) of June, 2016 through the following link application.
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