«Today’s societies are searching for models and practices that will permit them to live together in harmony. Despite the difficulty of the task, efforts continue to be made in this direction throughout the world. It is the combination of these efforts and a better knowledge of one another that will make this type of harmonious cohabitation increasingly feasible. This book takes stock of such efforts by examining the resources shared by a diversity of organizations from all spheres of society working to develop rapprochement, dialogue and social justice within a context of affirmed pluralism. Central to our reflection is intercultural dialogue, as it is shaped by the societies and cultures that implement it and disseminate its various manifestations through myriad-shared resources. Internet-based dissemination is part and parcel of contemporary cultures, and constitutes an extension thereof. Mapping shared resources also means looking at how cultures understand rapprochement and dialogue based on their own identities and actions. Contemporary cultural theories acknowledge the role of the internet in forming and renewing cultures. A few years ago, Ulf Hannerz2 ably showed how, now more than ever, we form a sort of interconnected network, a new ecumene, of which the internet is a key part. Studying the efforts made toward rapprochement and dialogue in various regions of the world via a tool such as the internet has everything to do with this ecumene to which we now belong. Although the priorities and concrete means implemented in different regions of the world are always subject to debate – as they involve ways of coming to an understanding together in order to ‘make society’ – beyond the debate there are experiments being made. It is to these experiments that we wish to draw attention in the following pages. The research presented in this book is based on a project initiated by UNESCO and by an international committee that examined the best resources created to foster cultural rapprochement and intercultural dialogue. The committee had two goals. The first was to collaboratively research the resources that best represent efforts undertaken by various regions of the world in these two domains. The committee was composed of Lupwishi Mbuyamba, Professor and Executive Director at the Observatory for Cultural Policies in Africa, in charge of Africa; Sélim El Sayegh, Professor at the University of Paris-Saclay and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Disputes and their Modes of Settlement (CADMOS), in charge of the Arab states; Qiao Wang, Consultant, in charge of Asia and the Pacific; Francine Saillant, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Laval University and Director of the Centre de recherches en cultures-arts-sociétés (Center for Research in Cultures-Arts-Societies) (CELAT), in charge of Europe and North America; and Lázaro Israel Rodríguez Oliva, Consultant, Transformatorio cultural para el desarrollo, in charge of Latin America and the Caribbean. This book is a reflection of their work. The second goal of the committee was to compile some of the best electronic resources available today, and to feature them on a dynamic and informative website platform3 that would make them easy to consult and maximize their potential for sharing knowledge on the most inspiring practices. (...). Continue a ler na pg. 10.