The political vision of an open and peaceful plural society can only be realized if it is inscribed in people’s consciousness. For federations, multi-ethnic countries, and plural communities from Europe to the Americas, from Asia to Africa, need not only efficient laws but also the unrestricted support of their citizens in order to resolve political, social, ethnic, religious, and cultural conflicts. Moreover, the preconditions of peace, including the receptivity to other cultures, mutual respect, and humaneness are not givens, but the outcome of both personal work and a collective effort to build bridges between heterogeneous cultures.

The international research network City for the Cultures of Peace brings together scientists and scholars from many different disciplines, artists, musicians, and other professionals who wish to study key conflicts and problems in contemporary societies, develop new solutions, implement them, and motivate other people to take an active part in the peace building process. In light of numerous past and present wars, such endeavors, along with the work of many other associations devoted to peace, resemble drops of cold water on glowing hot stones. Yet every single drop counts, for many drops make a rain. And rain can make a difference.

The French term Cité denotes a city, a community, and a center of intellectual activity open to the public. The City for the Cultures of Peace is a Cité in the French sense of an open intellectual community. It keeps its gates wide open in order to encourage people to participate in its activities. It is a City without walls in the service of peace.

Amy Colin, Founding President