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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.
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


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.


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.


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 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

Paris Attack: Non-Violence is the only way out!

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Call to the people: Non-Violence is the only way out!

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After the last and lamentable events of Paris, Convergence of Cultures wants to make a call to the people to protect again the value of the human being beyond any difference. A call to preserving and promoting what always stimulated the peoples to look for others, to meet and to know each other throughout the times ….

Beyond the impact of these facts, we see how actually are reborn darkness and fanaticisms, whereas the most retrograde elements of every culture appear, as modern inquirers stoking to the masses.

Today more than ever "the religions have responsibilities that to fulfill for with the humanity. Today they have the duty to create a new psicosocial atmosphere, of going to its believers in educational attitude and eradicating any rest of fanaticism and fundamentalism. They cannot remain indifferent to the hunger, the ignorance, the bad faith and the violence. They must contribute strongly to the tolerance and tend to the dialog with other confessions and with everything that one who feels responsible for the destiny of the humanity. They must be opened, and I request that this does not take as a disrespect, to the God's manifestations in the different cultures. We are expecting from them for this contribution for the common reason in a moment of difficult. " (1)

Certainly, we hope that this call reaches also to governments and institutions. And, with special importance, to some people of the press, that so efficient have been in the last times in the generation of a climate of fear to the different ones, of prevention on the neighbor whose color, customs and beliefs maybe do not coincide with the own ones …

If they do not line up with the forces of the reason and the tolerance, they will be responsible for the violence and facilitate the things to whom press the trigger. Or perhaps they have not been feeding the ghost of the ones that "invade us "? Is maybe that they seek to join the population in front of an invented "common enemy ", in a time that Europe decomposes for its own contradictions?

And if so much they worry about the growth of the violent fanaticism, better they would do in controlling the arms market, which so juicy benefits leave to the European companies, instead of trying to increase the controls on the common citizens.

But we the people, the common persons, will be again the ones that have the opportunity to straighten the course of History. Are the good anonymous people to whom we throw our call to resisting the violence, not to leaving ourselves to drag on it… 

Will we all fight against all? Will fight some cultures against others, some continents against others, some regions against others, some etnias against others, and some relatives against others? Will we be drop to spontaneous action without direction, as wounded animals that shake its pain or we will include all the differences, welcomes are, towards the Universal Human Nation?

This is, therefore, a call to knowing, to protecting and to take care of our nearest ones, listlessly of their color, customs or beliefs. Like shows us the example of coherent action of the Moslem young person Lassana Bathily, who protected fifteen Jews from the attackers of Paris… simply risking himself for other human beings.

Finally, this is a call to all those who feel the moral responsibility of working for a world tailored for all the human beings. For them, we will remind what’s expressed in our Humanist Document (April, 1993) when it says:

"The humanists are internationalists: they aspire to a Human Universal Nation. They understand globally the world in which they live and act in their immediate entourage. They do not wish a uniform but multiple world: multiple in the etnias, languages and customs; multiple in the localities, the regions and the autonomies; multiple in the ideas and the aspirations; multiple in the beliefs, the atheism and the religiousness; multiple in the work; multiple in the creativity. […]

But a wall has arisen between humanist aspirations and the realities of today’s world. The time has come to remove that wall. For that there is necessary the union of all the humanists of the world."

Madrid, January, 2015

(1) Words of Silo in the Meeting for the Philosophical - religious Dialog, in Luz's Union and Force (BSAS. Argentina) 21/10/1995.

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