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I Have a Place to Live, Therefore I Am – How to Ensure Dignified Housing for People in Distress

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 17, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The panel discussion will explore the issue of how to increase access to social housing for people in distress. Among the matters discussed will be the experience of the Rapid Re-Housing project in Brno, which was set up by the Žít Brno movement with the aim of giving families with children the hope of dignified housing. We will evaluate the project and look at whether the ambitious project is influencing Czech practice in other cities and towns.

Confirmed guests: Jan Čižinský, mayor of Prague 7, Jan Snopek, representative of Platform for Social Housing, Martin Freund (Žít Brno), informal member of the Brno local authority, member of the Commission for Housing of the Brno city council and chairman of the Committee for National Minorities ZMB and Adam Fialík, head of IQ Roma servis programme.

The evening is being co-organised by the Václav Havel Library and the Committee of Good Will – Olga Havlová Foundation.

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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994