Towards a Dialogue

We will define key challenges in the 21st century’s global society and engage relevant approaches and core concepts, theories and methods to deal with the present and prepare for the future.

Our program aims to promote better mutual understanding and foster harmonious relations between people East and West and between our future leaders. Through workshops and discussions we will identify common challenges, explore the root causes of problems and provide creative solutions with cultural sensitivity. This work will be conducted in a spirit of cross-cultural dialogue and consensus building.

The Nordic countries transitioned from a history of warfare to a relationship with close ties based on recognition of not just the need for peace but also the importance of common aims, mutual empathy, global outlook, and respect for diversity - what we might call harmonious relations. These intra-Nordic relations can serve as inspiration for East Asian countries, where mutual respect and understanding is necessary in order to enhance harmonious and cooperative relations. Europe and the Nordic region can learn from East Asian cultural traditions, where collective needs and adherence to group harmony are emphasized to a greater extent. Cross-fertilization of Eastern and Western social morality and traditions has innovative potentials.

We will engage in critical cases and topical issue areas of our times: economic growth and increasing inequality, environment and climate change, quality of life, social and moral responsibility, education, media responsibility, and modes of governance.

A focus area to investigate and debate is the moral foundation of a good global society. Here we will revisit some fundamental concepts and variables that have been applied to cross-cultural understanding, social development and peace, and show how they have been manifested historically and how they can be transferred, developed and made applicable in the 21st Century.

The contemporary world needs open minds and innovative thinking, rather than dogmas and people with ideological blinkers. We believe that respectful cross-cultural dialogue is a necessary tool for creating international understanding and appreciation of differences. That is what we mean by Creating better relations by seeking mutual understanding and harmony in diversity.