Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa (IDI Ottawa) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to unite the global communities through intercultural dialogue by sharing the differences and similarities in cultures in an effort to achieve world peace in the foreseeable future. Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa (IDI Ottawa) grew out of the need to address the question, “How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?” From this question a conversation took root and began to grow. The founding members of the IDI knew from personal experience that a discussion on cultural differences did not have to digress into confusion, fighting, and anarchy. On the contrary the founding members understood that peace could be achieved by sharing different perspectives by listening to each other from the space of love, respect, tolerance, mercy, and compassion
Mission of the IDI
The Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit, charitable organization whose primary goal is to help bring communities together to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership and community service through intercultural dialogue and conversation. The IDI is dedicated to encouraging the study of the global communities’ cultural traditions from the vantage point of respect, accuracy, and appreciation.
Vision of the IDI
In its efforts to promote fully expressed dialogue within the global community and to maintain its objectivity, the IDI does not accept favours nor does it promote any political or government agency be it foreign or domestic. The IDI has made a commitment to maintain its stance for compassion and respect with regards to free expression of cultural beliefs throughout its activities.
Aims of the IDI
The IDI has taken a stand that peace on the planet can be achieved within the foreseeable future. The vision of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute is to unite communities in order that the culture of all individuals be heard in a space that is free of dogmatism, criticism, oppression, and fear.
Education and IDI
An intrinsic aspect of the IDI is to promote the study of world cultures in order to gain wisdom and knowledge so that people will have a renewed sense of gratitude, and respect for the beliefs they hold closest to their hearts. By being in constant communication with other people who have different traditions from their own, we each have the opportunity to refine and appreciate our own beliefs and traditions.