Who we are

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The Labyrinth of Democratic Culture

The logo of Democratic Culture is based on a labyrinth, symbolizing what motivates our lives, through the path we walk in order to reach the heart of any situation and keeping in mind that, regardless of any tossing we may make, there is always an exit. This path is an invitation to meditate about the meaning of the one we have taken. This metaphor represents us because from our organization we are encouraging people to deeply reflect and examine before acting in any context that we may engage to contribute to democracy and to defend fundamental values.

If we have learnt from the wrong paths taken in the past, we may encounter the way to the heart and balance we are looking for.  Part of our philosophy is to reach unbiased conclusions about any reports of abuse of power, after considering every element and position. This way, we aim at depoliticizing human rights, after being distorted by governments as well as biased CSO.

Mission

To promote a democratic culture through research, training, and management of political, social and cultural projects based on humanist values.

 

Vision

To become an arena for political convergence, where particularly women, youths, artists and people in general are able to empower their voices in defense of democracy and human rights, both domestically and internationally.

 

Democratic Culture (Cultura Democrática) is a civil society organization (CSO) dedicated to training, supporting and carry out research in citizens’ initiatives that contribute to the strengthening of the humanist political culture. With the purpose of promoting democracy and defense of fundamental human rights, which are based on values such as solidarity and subsidiarity, we focus on the person, the organization of social life through middle groups like CSOs, and the state is guided by the common good. 

 

Democratic Culture has a number of different programs on matters such as political training for youths and women, federal democracy strengthening, transparency, anti-corruption efforts, and open government, as well as support programs for cultural projects that promote democracy and human rights through art.

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Why Democratic Culture?

Democratic culture is a continuing construction of all society. It is the attitude of the people towards a political system. It is the trust they put in institutions, as well as the beliefs and values of how a government works or should work. Calling for elections itself does not guarantee democracy stability. In order to achieve it, citizens are compelled to participate responsibly, educating themselves and reflecting on what affects their lives, family and community. 

Over the last decade, populism in Latin America caused division among society based on empty speeches and skewed ideas, damaging the democratic culture of those citizens that supported it unconsciously.

In Argentina, the open gap could be brought back together by investing in citizenship education focusing on youths and women, through media campaigns or art. This solution would send a message to society, and Argentina could be again a country with a high cultural and educational level, thriving on development and pooling together for fundamental human rights, just causes, in solidarity with those people who lack democratic regimes.

This desired Argentina and Latin America is the reason why the team of Democratic Culture work tirelessly, contributing to serving others and building a democratic culture of freedom, justice and truth.

Goals

To contribute to democratic culture as a path towards a developed, just and free society.

To promote the common good and defend fundamental rights by encouraging citizenship participation.

To strengthen the role of the civil society as a space of individual development in the community.

Declaración de principios

Democratic Culture is a humanist organization whose members promote democracy and defend fundamental rights, plurality and freedom of thought and opinion, and conflict resolution based on dialogue in a culture of life and peace. 

Accordingly, its members agree to the following fundamental principles:

 

The human person is at the center of all public policies.

The state shall be oriented towards the common good, respecting the principle of subsidiarity.

Education shall be the cornerstone of democracy and development.

There shall be solidarity, cooperation and interdependence between people and nations.