IASEM is promoter of MEDITERRANEAN COMMON HOUSE project, that aims to make public opinion and authorities aware of the need to rethink and re-launch the Mediterranean integration process.
The project means to promote a network of cultural centers, called Mediterranean Common House Units, solid spaces for dialogue and reflection throughout the Mediterranean, with the final intent of building a common sensibility by setting up an atmosphere of peace, respect and reciprocal knowledge, fruitful exchanges, stability in relations and mutual cooperation.
A community of women and men who share the same values.
The project aims to involve civil societies and authorities of the countries involved, in the process of “living” in a common house, to create a space for discussion at multiple levels, with the intent of creating ideas and exchange intellectual and human experiences continuously.
Deciding to live in “common houses” means operating a true cultural leap. It means choosing intentionally respect instead of contrast. It means choosing to share rather than single interests. Cooperation to antagonism. Personal and social responsibility instead of surrender to already predestined planes.
It means choosing a specific vision of the world.
The Mediterranean has always been “a common house”, where goods, books, ideas and visions have circulated. This small sea is depository of knowledge and practices that come from the most amazing civilizations of the world, from the Egyptians to the Phoenicians, from the Greeks to the Romans, and then the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, the Italian maritime republics, the great European empires and then the national states, and so on. In these millenniums of history, an immense scientific, philosophical, educational, religious and spiritual, legal and political environment of incomparable prosperity has been established, which has to be reclaimed, harmonized and adapted to modernity to offer extraordinary foundation for a new civilization.
Hence the idea of re-thinking a new Mediterranean civilization, based on the deep understanding of our own system of values and principles that we call “Mediterranean Awareness”.
The first step is therefore to establish a community of women and men looking for a new vision of the world, founding a “MEDITERRANEAN COMMON HOUSE.”
Intellectuals, designers, scientists, politicians, business leaders, local government officials, professionals, men and women committed in social issues: a community that can communicate and know each other, that can share experiences and researches, reshaping scenarios and value systems. Men and women who, as Mediterranean citizens, can recognize themselves in the “Manifesto of the Mediterranean Civilization”.