Dialogos is an initiative based on experience gained through 18 years of teaching Greek to foreigners at the Ikarian Centre on the island of Ikaria in a multi-cultural environment.
Dialogos is also an action against fanaticism and intolerance based on prejudices and stereotypes that we hold of the “other” which eventually spread and grow stronger.
Therefore, Dialogos is an attempt to hear what the “other” has to say and not to simply reinforce what we already believe to be true. It is an effort to stop admiring our own reflections and to begin to understand how the “other” sees us and why. It is also an attempt to understand the differences that the “other” brings to the table and to consider these differences as things we can learn from and not as things that destroy us.
Dialogos is a nonprofit organization based on voluntary work for reasons of principle: interest in the initiative is what should mobilize people to get involved in it.
Dialogos offers its actions free. The initiative relies on donations from participants and volunteers in the form of voluntary work, materials, financial support and moral support from those who wish to provide it.
Dialogos has no political or economic dependencies from institutional or governmental entities, but calls for cooperation with any organization or person involved in opening channels of communication to work against fanaticism and intolerance.
But perhaps Dialogos is not just what is written above…As the famous Greek musician Dionysis Savopoulos would say, when he was younger: “Dialogos” is more an exercise in natural breathing.