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Convergence of Cultures
CdCThe Convergence of Cultures is one of the organisms of the Humanist Movement. It was established in May 4th, 1969 with a public exposition of its founder, Silo, known as “The Healing of Suffering”, in a mountainous spot in the Andes, named Punta de Vacas, next to the border between Argentina and Chile.

The Humanist Movement is based on the current of thought known as New Humanism or Universalist Humanism, developed in Silo’s works and in the work of the various authors who inspired in it.

This thought also implies a feeling and a way of living, it influences numerous fields of human activity, giving rise to diverse organisms and actions fronts. All of them act in specific fields of activity with a common goal: Humanizing the earth, thus contributing to increase human freedom and happiness.

Other organisms of the Humanist Movement are the Humanist Party, The Community for Human Development, World Without Wars and without Violence, and The World Center of Humanist Studies.
Areas of dialogueAmbitos de diálogo

What is crucial is the encounter and dialogue between human beings of different cultures who can look at each other and say: "I exist because you exist."

Nevertheless the intention to appropriate the whole by a minority and the intolerant proposals of some leaders that take advantage of the lack of future of individuals and peoples, continues to justify and feed the clash between cultures, discrimination and violence..

Today it is necessary to generate settings, ambits, to preserve the ideas, beliefs and humanist attitudes of each culture which, beyond all differences, can be found in the heart of the every community and individual.

The Mundializaction

In today's society, coexistence among different cultures is a daily event. But what is extraordinary of the current historical time is that it is a period of globalization where all cultures are approaching and influencing one another, as it had never happened before.
mundializacion
We are not speaking only about the fact that today people all over the world can be in contact with each other thanks to the advancements of communication technology. But rather, apart from the historical accumulation of phenomena such as colonialism and imperialism, the enormous inequality in the living conditions and of survival in different areas of the world, and the resulting massive migration, multi-culturality exists in the interior of territories that are still considered as "national states."

Mundialization and Globalizationglobalizacion

It is important to distinguish between this process of growing mundialization, and globalization.

The often mentioned globalization is just the traditional behavior that imperial centers have adopted. As it has repeatedly happened in history, these empires install, develop and make other communities revolve around them, trying to impose their language, customs, clothing, food and all their codes.

These imperialist structures finally end up generating violence and chaos, as a result of his naive outrage and cultural confrontation.

Our Proposals
  1. Encourage the relationship among different cultures.
  2. Denounce and struggle against all forms of manifest or disguised discrimination.
  3. Spread its ideas and activities
propuestasConvergence of Cultures is a global organization. In this respect its members, regardless of where they operate, they feel part of the same humanizing global action that is expressed in a diverse but convergent way.

Participation is open to everyone, without discrimination. Anyone who agrees with the basic objectives of the Convergence of Cultures can join the organization, joining as an active member or adherent. It is a human-based organization where each person takes responsibility for that which drives and build.

Relationships and personal and group behaviors are based on the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you want to be treated".

The humanistic attitude

When referring to a humanistic attitude, we refer to the following six points:

  • The location of the human being as central value and concern.
  • The affirmation of the equality of all human beings.
  • The recognition of personal and cultural diversity.
  • The trend towards knowledge beyond what is accepted or imposed as absolute truth.
  • The affirmation of the freedom of ideas and beliefs.
  • The repudiation of violence.

It is possible rescue in history, in thought and spirituality of each culture these elements. They crave more than a nostalgic return to a golden past, are inspired future aspirations and best represent the possible convergence between different cultures

Activities

The Base Teams meet regularly for exchange, ideological clarification, and organization of diverse activities.

Basically, Base Teams are in ongoing contact with communities of different cultures, associations and individuals, with the aim of spreading and organizing the joint activities of the organism.

Tenerife

The most important activities include the following:

Organization of conferences, exhibitions, forums, cultural and artistic meetings with the participation of members of different cultures. Involvement of members in activities organized by other entities, concerning issues related to the organism's (e.g. lectures, conferences, exhibitions).

Participation in international, regional, national and local campaigns launched by the Convergence of Cultures.

Organization and participation in denouncing demonstrations against discrimination. Specific denouncing Campaigns to spread the conflicts and arbitrariness that communities of different cultures may undergo.

Sending and distribution of informational material to cultures in different countries, with the aim of diffusing and assembling individuals and organizations around the study and activities of the Convergence of Cultures

Information on different cultures in schools with the participation of members of various cultural communities.

Publications production, focused on the ideas and activities of the Convergence of Cultures. Production of TV programs, radio, videos, Web sites, papers, bulletins, etc.

Organization of seminars, lectures, presentations on topics which the Convergence of Cultures consider important for its members and for the public in general.

Make available to its members, materials for personal work based on the Manual of Personal Development for the members of the Humanist Movement.

Organization

Convergence of Cultures is a world organization; in that sense, its members, regardless of the place where they act, feel that they take part of a common humanizing world activity expressed in a diverse but convergent way.

Partaking is open and flexible. We are talking about a human-based organization, in which each person becomes responsible for what he sets in motion or builds.

The basic (and main) structures of the Convergence of Cultures are “base teams”, which develop their activity in neighborhoods, schools, universities, workplaces, via internet, etc.

Any group, organization or association that, without losing its own identity, manifests its adhesion to the principles that inspires the C.C., may ask for its inclusion as an "adherent" of the C.C. and maintain with it, relationships of mutual collaboration.

*For more information, see "Handbook of Convergence of Cultures"

The “Convergence of Cultures’ teams”
(base teams)

It is essential to encourage the implementation of three main mechanisms or functions for development of the organism:

  1. Growth: its action is directed to other people, to other organizations with the aim of spreading and implementing the ideas, proposals and tools of the Convergence of Cultures.
  2. Communication: it has a fluent Communication and interchange with other base teams of CC and other organizations related to the goals of CC.
  3. Formation: It concentrates on progressive formation of members providing them with tools for personal, cultural and social development. These studies and practices can be found in its official materials.

These teams of the Convergence of Cultures generate ties with other group and organization of its surroundings, but under no circumstances should they establish an organic relationship with any of them.

Documents
Documents as resource and reference Author Format
Handbook of Convergence of Cultures Team work 1download
Manual of Personal Development for members of the Humanist Movement. Team work 1download
Selfliberation L. A. AMMANN 1download
Collected Works I SILO 1download
Collected Works II SILO 1download
Documents of the meeting Punta de Vacas Author Format
Presentation Convergence of Cultures L.Milani 1download
Notion of Culture C. Miconi 1download
Power Point about organization E. Perez 1download
Text of the Guided Power Point E. Perez 1download
Joint Asking N. Myers 1download
Documents of difussion Autor Format
Logo Convergence of Cultures R. Edwards 1download
Logo Convergence of Cultures R. Edwards 1download
 

6ª Marcha dos Imigrantes en Sao Paulo

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Sao Paulo (Brasil). El 2 de Diciembre se celebró en Sao Paulo la 6ª Marcha dos Imigrantes. Jobana Moya, del equipo de base Warmis de Convergencia e las Culturas, fue la encargada de hablar en nombre de la comunidad boliviana.

Palabras de la representante de la comunidad boliviana Jobana Moya (Warmis-Convergência das Culturas) enocasión de la 6°Marcha dos Imigrantes

São Paulo, 2 de Diciembre de 2012

El momento de Bolivia esde un despertar social, una inquietud generalizada por hacerse cargo de sus destinos, los discriminados, los pobres, los campesinos recuperaron su dignidad.

Dignidad, algo que como imigrantes se nos niega cuando se valoriza más a los productos que a los seres humanos al atravesar las fronteras, cuando nuestra vida se ve determinada por ser “ilegales”, cuando somos discriminados por nuestra apariencia y nuestra cultura, cuando nos niegan nuestros derechos politicos; nos quitan la oportunidad de tomar nuestros destinos en las manos.

Nosotros que aquí trabajamos, construimos nuestras familias, nuevas amistades, que echamos raices en esta tierra que escogimos, queremos construir tambien junto a nuestros hermanos brasileros un mejor país para todos, inclusivo y participativo, dónde los derechos humanos se cumplan en la realidad y no queden sólo en los papeles.

Hay una sentida necesidad humana de encuentro de culturas y de paz alrededor de un destino común que supere la violencia, la injusticia, el dolor y el sufrimiento. (1)

La Globalización es el control social a través de la banca y el capital financiero multinacional; la Mundialización en cambio, es la búsqueda de las culturas y pueblos por encontrarse en un destino común de respeto a los derechos humanos, de igualdad de oportunidades y de equilibrio con el medio ambiente. (1)

La Mundialización es una aspiración de los pueblos por el respeto de las distintas costumbres y creencias, es la aspiración de eliminar la guerra y mirarnos a los ojos sabiendo que podremos resolver nuestros conflictos y diferencias como seres humanos y no como animales que se despedazan unos a otros. (1)

Antes que ser boliviana, paraguaya, peruana o de cualquier otra nacionalidad, somos seres humanos y el ser humano no es ilegal, y las fronteras que cierran su paso deben ser eliminadas. Esto es posible y debe ser una exigencia de los pueblos para humanizar los estados. (1)

Hemos sido explotados pero no explotaremos, hemos sido discriminados pero no discriminaremos, hemos sido maltratados pero no maltrataremos.(2)

Nos pondremos en pie en frente a la injusticia, la explotación y la discriminación.(2)

Afirmaremos la valentia, la compasión y la solidaridad; despreciando la cobardía, la insensibilidad y la violencia de los poderosos.(2)

"La fuerza no proviene de la capacidad física sino de la voluntad indomable".(Gandhi)

Y las mujeres inmigrantes tenemos una voluntad indomable, que a pesar de las distancias mantiene familias unidas, mantiene la Fe en el futuro abierto de nuestro hijos.

Queremos estar lado a lado con nuestros compañeros en esta lucha y no detrás.

Es el momento de las mujeres imigrantes tomar el espacio que muchas veces se nos ha negado.

Me despido pidiendo a todos mis compañeros y compañeras que tratemos a los demás como queremos ser tratados.

 

(1)Extraido de :Una propuesta política para la Nueva Civilización (Tomás Hirsch) Segundo Simposio del Centro Mundial de Estudios Humanistas, Punta de Vacas, 29 al 31 de Octubre 2010

(2)Extraido de: Propuesta del Nuevo Humanismo a las Naciones Originarias de América (Autores: Nestor Elias y Javier Tolcachier)

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