Youth as a Major Rallying Catalyst for the Discorded Society

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Youth as a Major Rallying Catalyst for the Discorded Society

Georgia
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The drastic decrease of inter-cultural tolerance during the last decade before collapse of Soviet Union has been one of the very factors which contributed to the development of ethnic conflicts in multi-ethnic Caucasia and in Georgia particularly. The lasting ethnic conflicts and the hard post-soviet economic conditions contributed to the decrease of the social tolerance. These factors remain the impeding ones at present as well. The main carrier of charge of intolerance is the middle-aged generation. The idea is the development of a communication bridge between the younger and oldest generations with the aim to revive the best traditions of inter-cultural and social tolerances, which were the distinctive features of Caucasians.

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Individualism

Principle

Developing self-awareness and interconnectedness

Innovation
Idea:

The drastic decrease of inter-cultural tolerance during the last decade before collapse of Soviet Union has been one of the very factors which contributed to the development of ethnic conflicts in multi-ethnic Caucasia and in Georgia particularly. The lasting ethnic conflicts and the hard post-soviet economic conditions contributed to the decrease of the social tolerance. These factors remain the impeding ones at present as well. The main carrier of charge of intolerance is the middle-aged generation. The idea is the development of a communication bridge between the younger and oldest generations with the aim to revive the best traditions of inter-cultural and social tolerances, which were the distinctive features of Caucasians.

How do you do it:

Establish the round tables in the special homes for the aged persons with the participation of the marginalized social groups especially suffering from lack of both cultural and social tolerances in the society - the elderly people and the street children who are gathered together in the recently established Street Children Shelter. The main purpose of these discussions should be sharing of information about how our multi-ethnic society had been and how it could potentially be. Step by step the profile of young participants will become more diverse: the volunteer students from different educational institutions. Also many older people living in their own homes could show the interest for the round table meetings.

Innovation:

The idea is innovative because for the present there is no strategy for the remove of the gap between the generations and to revive the basic humanitarian values such as kindness to the people in need, consideration of another?s trouble as own one, cultural and social tolerance . It is worthy of note that these values are especially important for Georgia taking into account the number of ethnic groups living here ( ca.150).

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Impact:

Increase of consciousness of the youth taking part in round tables; development of Islands of Integrity for cultural and social tolerance in the universitary and high- school population; growth of Islands of integrity; establishment of real basis for the ethical society. Taking into account that the problem field is more or less common for the a great many of post-soviet states the idea could become a good basis for the international collaboration of the social entrepreneurs including the representatives of younger generation.

Ethical Action:

The old people placed in the special homes are remoted from the society and very rarely somebody is showing the formal interest to them. The same applies to the street children. They are considered as inferior ones, with confused moral and scanty skills. These children will become the first interested listeners for the aged persons. On the other hand the young people are communicating among them when they are in one close compartment. So, the participation of the students will contribute to the better socialization of the street children and create the good contacts with the persons of the same age. On a whole the round tables agenda will support to establishment of yout?s forum contributing to development of more ethical society

Replication:

The idea could be implemented first of all in capital- city, then in different parts of country and finally could receive an international response.

Sustainability
Sustainability:

The major pre-condition of the sustainability is the moral investment into the young generation and so in the society as a whole.

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