Panorama is a resource offered by the Platform for Intercultural Europe, which was initiated in 2006 (as the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue) by Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), with the support of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) and on the occasion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in 2008.
This “Inventory of Resources on Intercultural Dialogue” is a first step in the attempt to set up a comprehensive hub of resources in 2009. Panorama is a collective work, which was guided by Lidia Varbanova. Panorama is structured in line with the Rainbow Paper’s approach to intercultural dialogue and its areas of recommendations. It is maintained and updated by the Platform for Intercultural Europe.
Phases of development
The first version of Panorama was developed in 2008. New content was commissioned in 2009 and delivered in December 2009. The upload of this content combined with technical improvements to the website, however, lagged behind due to human resource problems.
In the second half of 2010 technical development work was (re-)commissioned for an intermediate version, which is powered by a database, which allows for regular updating and will give us monthly site statistics. This version has just been finalised and 2009 content added.
Further technical development work is envisaged in 2011 as well as the appointment of an editorial team, i.e. a group of people who are charged with updating and adding content directly.
The context of Panorama
The core principle of the Platform is cross-sectoral engagement – connecting and bringing people together from all sectors of the Interculturalism debate, from arts and culture, to education, to social and youth policies, to human rights policies etc.
The Rainbow Paper “Intercultural Dialogue: From Practice to Policy and Back” (a policy paper dealing with the needs arising from cultural diversity and hence not covered by “white” or “green” papers) sets out the Platform’s approach to Intercultural Dialogue and delivers its recommendations both to its own constituency and to public authorities at all levels in Europe, using the European Union as the point of access.
It is important to emphasise that this paper is the result of a participative process in which many organisations came together to shape the voice of European civil society in the field of Intercultural Dialogue. You can still endorse the results of the process by visiting http://rainbowpaper.labforculture.org and sign up to the recommendations.
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