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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.
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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.

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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
 

STOP MARE MORTUM [Barcelona - Spain]

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In Barcelona, ​​the public platform "STOP MARE MORTUM", in which is included the team FUTURE - Convergence of Cultures, held a rally to demand the creation of a real network of welcoming refugees municipalities in Catalonia.

The rally on Friday, September 4 was held before the meeting of Cities for the Common Good, organized by the city of Barcelona, ​​with the presence of mayors from other Spanish cities who had declared their willingness to act as "cities of refuge" .

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In the press call it was said:

Thousands of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, or even die on the road, fleeing armed conflict and instability that exist in their countries of origin. This reality, however, is not new but a trend that since 2013 has been increasing fruit of the conflicts of the countries on the Mediterranean and Europe itself: Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine ... For the platform, refugee is anyone who is forced to leave their country by war, economic reasons of sexual orientation or any other infringement of rights that endangers his life. Currently the situation is critical and therefore we urge governments to put solutions.

Stop Mare Mortum calls for citizen mobilization as a tool of political pressure and that's why convenes a concentration with candles under the slogan "Here yes, Catalonia is home".

After the meeting with the City Council on 1 September, where Sto Mare Mortum participated, we welcome the decision of the city to lead the process can become a real network of cozy municipalities in Catalonia and provide more budget heading for the reception. Civil society requires municipalities around the country to fulfill their responsibility to protect human rights and as citizens closer to the administration, to undertake to guarantee the right to asylum and to provide solutions to the vulnerable many people regardless of their administrative status. We want more of the same populations that have, for the moment, Sabadell or Sant Feliu de Llobregat to join.

From the platform we ask the Government and the municipalities:
- Coordination between all the authorities responsible: Councils, Generalitat, Spain and European Union.
- Increase the number of places for asylum in Catalonia. 28 offer is a ridiculous number to more than 7.5 million people and more than 1,600 applications that are expected this year.
- Raise the quality of the square host.
   1. Currently asylum time is 6 months. We believe this is insufficient time for a person to overcome the traumatic experience of exile and to be autonomous (to learn the language, know the country, finding work ...). After these six months the person is unprotected. So we think it should be a minimum of two years.
   2. Create a proper reception facilities and support needs (psychologists, social workers, interpreters, lawyers ...) and individualized.
- Universal access to public services (health, education, social services, housing, employment services ...).
- Create a network of cozy Catalan municipalities. - We want other people to follow the line of Barcelona, ​​Sabadell or Sant Feliu de Llobregat.
- Create a network of host families the resources and the necessary guarantees. Provide adequate to the organizations working with the refugees to meet them with guarantees resources.
Initiate policies and ensure municipal development cooperation with transforming vocation.
For all this we think that the budget of 100,000 euros that the Government has allocated to International Protection Plan of Catalonia 2014 is inadequate and therefore requested a budget increase of urgency.

Moreover, Stop Mare Mortum develop a proposal that will reach all the political groups to bring their town meetings.

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Newsflash

Convergence of Cultures takes leave from Silo, the inspiration for New Humanism.

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Convergence of Cultures reports the death of the philosopher Mario Luis Rodríguez Cobos (Silo), founder of "Universalist Humanism" or "New Humanism", school of thought that inspires this international organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating dialogue between cultures and combat all forms of violence and discrimination.

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