Too often, prejudices of various kinds invade our day-to-day lives and lead us to sweeping condemnations of cultural and religious differences. This negative inclination is fed by ignorance of others and overly simplified information conveyed by the media. It is further exacerbated by geopolitical conflicts and social tensions.
Our Foundations combat locked-in identity of any kind. We advocate the right to be different, the fullest expression of which is attained through respect for others. By promoting genuine dialogue, we aim to counter society’s malaise and intransigence. Outreach, greater understanding and a willingness to challenge preconceived notions are not only necessary today; they constitute a source of personal and collective enrichment.
At the same time, it is essential to remain pragmatic and set tangible goals that will have an impact.
Our models of action and prevention are based on a practical, forward-looking approach. The intercultural programs we support address the economic, family, cultural and social issues faced by so many communities: by forming a network for Jewish and Muslim social entrepreneurs from France, the United Kingdom and the United States; by developing an academic curriculum in London to study the tenets of the three major monotheistic religions; by organizing artistic expression workshops in Paris for women from disparate cultural backgrounds.
Seeking to overcome incomprehension and do away with preconceptions, we celebrate cultural mosaics and encourage them to flourish.
Different cultures, different religions and different experiences all contribute to creating a society based on vitality and fairness, the society in which we believe.