Who We Are?
Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion via(through) personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership.
Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. By this mission IDI aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism throughout Canada.
How did it began
IDI was formed in 2010 as a joint effort of several organizations and currently have 11 chapters* and regional office in major cities of five Canadian province.
It was founded by Turkish Canadians inspired by the teachings and example of Fethullah Gulen. The Institute is not a religious or ethnic organisation. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.
At the IDI Ottawa, we understand dialogue to consist of meaningful interaction and exchange between people of different groups (social, cultural, political and religious) who come together through various kinds of conversations or activities with a view to increased understanding.
Overall, the IDI Ottawa’s target audience is a proportional cross-section of people from different backgrounds living and working within the regions in which we operate.In addition to bringing people together across cultural and religious lines, we are concerned to bring together people from the following sectors: academia, stakeholders, community and media.
IDI Ottawa tries to connect communities by bringing people, communities and different sectors together.• IDI Ottawa empowers the engagement by building capacity for dialogue. • IDI Ottawa inspires new ideas by developing new ideas through discussion panels.
IDI Ottawa is interested in facilitating dialogue on the following areas of interest: Peace-building and conflict resolution, Community cohesion and multiculturalism, Dialogue theories and practice, Family, education and youth, Human rights and civil liberties, Theology and religious studies and World cultures and societies.
What does your organisation stand for?
Specifically, we stand for promoting dialogue, firstly as a natural and basic expression of the human person and secondly for overcoming pressing social problems through open, honest, candid and critical engagement.
More generally we stand for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech. We oppose undermining democratic values and human right norms in the pursuit of any political or religious ideology and discriminating against others on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age.
At IDI Ottawa, we understand dialogue to consist of meaningful interaction and exchange between people of different groups (social, cultural, political and religious) and individuals who come together through various kinds of conversations or activities with a view to increased understanding.
We try to ensure that we have an impact on wider society above and beyond those already interested in dialogue through the following means. First, we have an ongoing awareness of the need to reach wider and deeper into society which informs our ongoing evaluation and planning processes. Second, we ensure that our events are formulated in such a way as to ensure maximum attendance, be that through publicity, accessibility or topic selection. Third, we focus on systematic and continuous outreach through our community co-ordinators whose sole role it is to reach the grassroots by being out in the community. Fourth, we realise that one of our greatest means of having an impact on wider society is through empowering existing structures, organisations and mechanisms to be more dialogue oriented. We achieve this kind of empowerment through our community co-ordinators who support existing projects and organisations to be more dialogic and through our community publications which provide motivation, guidance and resources for groups and organisations to adopt a more dialogue oriented approach or to maximise the dialogue output of their existing activities.
IDI Ottawa combines the features of a number of types of organisations. Through its discussion forums, community co-ordinators and outreach it seeks to connect communities and people by targeting the grassroots of society. Through its courses and community publications it aims to build capacity for dialogue by empowering engagement. Through its research fellows, academic and community publications and workshops and conferences it develops and proposes new ideas for meaningful dialogue.