Berlin 8 June 2018 – The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) Annual Report for 2017-2018 outlines the achievements of DOC over in 2017-2018 in all areas of operations: research, publications, events, fundraising activities, and the Institute’s financial performance for this period.
Publications and research produced by DOC explored what ‘humanity’ means, examining what it means to be human and how we relate to the multifaceted world around us. Authors explored crucial issues such as migration, identity construction, and the rise in nationalism.
DOC publications and research throughout 2017 outperformed expectations in terms of number, impact, and reach (citations, media mentions, and online engagement).
DOC’s research strength lies with both our internal researchers and the wide range of international experts and key institutions with which we collaborate. Institutional partnerships are developed in line with the DOC’s strategic partnership initiative, and in 2017 DOC engaged with educational and research establishments in Belgium, China, Greece, Iran, and Russia.
DOC’s events drew experts from diplomatic, business, and academic circles. These events aim not only to bring together senior figures to explore complex issues and share differing opinions, but also to develop future-oriented solutions that can be presented to decision makers.
Over 2017-2018, DOC saw an increase in the number of attendees to these events – including an increase in high-level attendees – which it indicates that its research and event operations are resonating with a broader audience.
As DOC’s Chairman Vladimir Yakunin notes, “It is clear that there is a growing recognition across the globe that dialogue offers humanity its best chance of halting the trend towards increased polarization and marginalization […] We are right to take the lead here, as our capabilities to identify global trends have been proven, including forecasting the global financial crisis back in 2005, or alerting the world to the coming refugee crisis in Europe three years before it became apparent”.
A particular success in terms of global reach and engagement came in the form of the 15th Anniversary Rhodes Forum –involving participants from over 30 countries. The event was covered in over 400 articles by the international media, drew more than 5,000 followers on social media, reached over 1,000,000 people, and an estimated 200,000 viewers watched the Forum’s opening panel on livestream.
DOC understands that there are no easy or quick solutions to the issues the world currently faces. However, all of the Institute’s work is predicated on the view that dialogue offers the best path to solving today’s problems, and that building a future based on principles of mutual respect and understanding is required.
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