The Quest for wisdom foundation (QFWF) aims to stimulate the intercultural art of living.
In doing so, the QFWF wants to contribute to a culture of openness, inclusion and cultural diversity: inter-esse or ‘being in-between’ as the basis for the intercultural art of living by tapping into one’s own and shared historical inter-cultural roots and wisdom traditions.
The QFWF has visualized its vision in the Wheel of intercultural art of living in order to achieve its mission through three Quests.
Three Quests of the QFWF
In order to achieve its mission, the QFWF shapes its objectives as three Quests for wisdom.
With the three Quests, the QFWF sets the Wheel of the intercultural art of living in motion:
- Quest 1 — the Wisdom Web collects and elaborates wisdom from all over the world as a digital spider web and platform for exchange.
- Quest 2 — the Golden Ratio develops wisdom from all over the world into educative materials, such as (digital) forms of play and dialogue, and storytelling.
- Quest 3 — Life Encounters by organizing the annual QFWF Meeting Day, workshops and masterclasses; and capturing it on the QFWF video channel.
The Need of an Intercultural Art of Living
Being able to deal with differences in an ethical way is a delicate matter of our time.
The objective of the foundation calls for an intercultural art of living as an answer to the appeal of ‘the multicultural society’.
Dealing with differences
Dealing with differences has been discussed as a social issue by Paul Scheffer in his controversial article The multicultural drama (2000). Before that, the international debate had already been sharpened by Samuel P. Huntington’s frightening vision on the Clash of Civilizations (1996). Since then, loud tones have been heard in a heated political debate and people express their harsh opinions in social media.
The QFWF wants to tilt the debate
The QFWF wants to turn the debate about migration, refugees and religious fights from a ‘political issue’ to an ethical appeal to everyone: from administrators to the neighbours in the street.
How do we deal with, or how do we want to deal with ‘the strange other’?
That strange other can be the foreigner, the outcast, the fringe figure, the refugee…
Tilting the debate from an issue to a question, the QFWF sees it as an urgent theme to be approached as a quest, developing an intercultural art of living: to recalibrate our inter-cultural identities as citizens of the cosmopolis.
Especially in times of geopolitical landslides, this issue affects all of us as inhabitants of the planet earth.
As QFWF, we encourage dialogues with each other about the following questions:
How not to exclude others and otherness ― ‘strangers’, ‘nature’ ― but to see them as part of us, as ‘the strange other’ in ourselves?
How to co-create inter- and transcultural connections instead of divide and rule, group-think and aggression, like the phrase “who does not belong with ‘us’ (culture, people, religion, ethnicity) is against us?”
By showing the beauty of differences instead of fear of ‘strangers’.
The world of art and (inter)cultural expressions creates space in and between people and shows connections between cultures!
Inter- and transcultural connections
The QFWF aims to collect artistic, philosophical and practical forms of cultural wisdom from East and West, North and South and to develop them further into educational forms of the intercultural art of living, so that people encounter each other in a shared space in-between, (as Hannah Arendt underlined) and share the world with each other in a spirit of hospitality.
Hospitality and other shared values of humanity connecting people as sisters and brothers open a common playing field!
Cultural ANBI status
The QFWF is a non-profit organization and has the Dutch cultural ANBI status.