Goals – Vision – Mission
CulturePolis is a private non-profit organisation based in Corfu, Greece belonging to the Civil Society Organisations – CSOs). It operates mainly in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Its main aim is to contribute – through research, analysis, debate and dialogue, as well as targeted action in information / awareness raizing on issues related to:
(A) culture and the arts in the broadest sense
(B) intercultural dialogue and the promotion of different cultural identities
(C) sustainability in all its facets
(D) promoting innovative approaches and new technologies in society and economy
(E) the creative economy and entrepreneurship
CulturePolis was founded in Corfu, Greece in 2006 in the form of a private non-profit company with approval by the Court of Corfu 509 / 06.05.2006 with the name “Europe of Cultures Forum: Adriatic-Ionian Chapter” by a group of friends and associates who aimed to introduce to Greece the idea of different cultural identities and of creating Europe through cultures. By amending its statutes on 12.9.2013, the organization was restructured, as illustrated by the corresponding changes to its website culturepolis.org.
The private non-profit company CulturePolis operates in accordance with the provisions of Art. 741 et seq. of the Civil Code and in accordance with the rules governing the operation of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The organization’s activities are not dependent on any body associated in any way with the public sector, local authorities or any for-profit private organizations. The statutes do not provide for any relationship or involvement of CulturePolis in any kind of commercial activity except for the potential participation in Social Cooperative Enterprises (Integration, Social Care, Collective and Productive Purpose).
CulturePolis develops many of its own activities but also gives weight to the creation of synergies between initiatives and programs of other institutions which have distinct roles with corresponding obligations, duties and rights. For this purpose, CulturePolis encourages cooperation between citizens and bodies of self-administrative, governmental, scientific, political, cultural and other social groups, organizations and institutions as well as the private sector and the strengthening of their ties with other important advocates of cultures and societies around the world, with emphasis on South-Eastern Europe and the wider region, covering the entire Euro-Mediterranean space.
The various networks operating in the same region, such as municipalities, chambers, universities etc, play an important role in the above-mentioned cooperation. Within this framework, in recent years CulturePolis has expanded its activities both geographically, beyond the Adriatic Sea and in other countries and cities in neighboring countries of South-Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, as well as thematically, with important projects and initiatives under the various EU programmes e.g. in Research, Technological development and Innovation, transnational regional development, education and culture, youth and humanitarian assistance.
Towards this goal, all possible resources, both public and private, will be capitalized on, in order to create a platform – physical and digital- that can be used by any organization and individual or administrative institution to contribute to a better knowledge and protection of this unique heritage through cooperation in the region.
CulturePolis aims to create a single area of sustainable development and culture where citizens feel they have common references – especially for members to the European Union – and a European cultural identity, arising through common values, goals and commitments to the democratic process.
The aim is for CulturePolis to function as a catalyst in order for these ties to be strengthened, all the while respecting the concept of sustainability and the distinct cultural identities of citizens. Within this single area, there will be tolerance between cultures, which may be caused by differences between races, languages, religions, etc. This vision expands to embrace all neighboring peoples and countries, passing on the organization’s values and goals.
The CulturePolis mission – with an emphasis on the broader region defined by the European Union countries of South-Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean – can be defined as follows:
(A) to protect, promote and ensure the understanding and respect of sustainability and cultural diversity, wherein lies the wealth of Europe and its neighboring regions.
(B) to participate in surveys, studies, initiatives, projects and actions that are designed to highlight the sustainable development of the region, its common cultural heritage and the different cultural identities, and to create the networks and agencies of collaborating institutions to the benefit of local communities.
(C) to raise awareness, inform and mobilize stakeholders, governments and citizens to achieve the above goals, and to participate in the establishment of partnerships among civil society organizations.
More details on the goals and means to achieve them can be found in the following excerpt of the organization’s statutes (in Greek): Απόσπασμα καταστατικού 13-μέρος 1
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