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Prezi, espell, Google: Group initiative in Hungary to promote openness

Prezi, espell, Google: Group initiative in Hungary to promote openness

Accepting and tolerating diversity is not enough – it should be promoted and celebrated as a positive value that benefits all of us.

Budapest, 24/06/2013 – Launch of a community initiative – “WeAreOpen” – to promote openness in Hungary. We at Prezi, espell and Google are not doing this simply because we think it’s the right thing to do, but also because we know from experience that being open benefits all of us. 

Our openness – to new ideas, innovative solutions, to one another and to the world – is one of the keys to our success. 
As open companies, we regard it as a fundamental corporate value that our employees and our partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard for their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

We know that lot of people share our values, and we believe that it’s important to make this public. The “WeAreOpen” initiative, along with its webpage, have been created for those companies, organisations and communities that would like to join us expressing a commitment to openness. 

We are now welcoming all groups, companies and organisations who want to sign up for the WeAreOpen initiative because they believe openness is good and worthwhile. Joining the initiative is easy: the only condition that the groups must meet is that they see openness as a fundamental value and agree with the initiative’s mission. Anyone can sign up at the WeAreOpen website initiative. The names or logos of all the groups and companies who join then appear on the (WeAreOpen) website.

What have we done?

We have launched a joint platform and are looking for open communities. Our first step was to set up a website as a meeting place for those communities, organisations and companies who value openness. Our goal is to bring together those who want to contribute to openness. We believe that it’s important for these open communities to have a shared space in which they can show themselves.

On the first day, when we were presenting the We’re Open initiative to the public, already more than two hundred companies and organisations, including Morgan Stanley, several Hungarian start-ups, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and BAGázs (an NGO helping people living in Roma settlements) have joined us to express their shared commitment to openness. Their names and logos can already be seen on the website. 

Any group, organisation or company who agrees with our mission statement – that openness is not only a good thing but also worthwhile – can now sign up on the (WeAreOpen) website. We regularly update the website with the names and logos of the organisations, groups and companies who have signed up.

What else have we done?

Over the next weeks and months, we will be working together with the participating groups to show just how many of us in Hungary are open. We hope that this will inspire others as well. 

We’re going to the Budapest Pride Festival together 

The next step, which will also be our first common “off-line” event where we can all meet one another, will be the Budapest Pride Festival on 6 July 2013. This is a time for the celebration of diversity worldwide. 
While it is a novelty in Hungary for companies and groups to appear at the Pride parade in an organised manner, this is an accepted and common practice in the West. 
We – Prezi, espell and Google – will be there to show our support for equal opportunity. Several companies and communities have already joined us by signing up for the We’re Open initiative.
We want this to be the beginning of a new tradition in Hungary.

The organising companies will be sharing a float to celebrate diversity at the Budapest Pride parade. As well, we will help promote the visibility of any groups committed to openness who have not yet joint. 

We know that a company, group or organisation has numerous opportunities to display its openness. The WeAreOpen initiative is just one of many possibilities, but we hope that it will serve to inspire others, because we believe that being open is not just a good thing, but that it benefits all of us. (As an interesting side note: one study among many on the economic benefits of diversity.