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2014: Companies and organisations at Budapest Pride — WeAreOpen will enter a float again this year

Companies and organisations at Budapest Pride — WeAreOpen will enter a float again this year

First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations, communities and supporters with a tradition of participating in Pride are welcome to join the WeAreOpen float

Budapest, 26/06/2014 – Just as they did last year, numerous companies and organisations, including Prezi, espell and Google, the founders of the WeAreOpen community initiative, will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride. First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations and communities with a tradition of participating in Pride and all other supporters are welcome to join the We’re Open float Last year’s crowd and festival atmosphere were a sure sign that this year’s Budapest Pride will prove even more popular. Many first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade – are also expected to attend. You can join the WeAreOpen initiative, which currently has a membership of nearly 700 companies, organisations and communities, on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website. We welcome all those companies, organisations and communities that regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics.

In the past year, nearly 700 companies, organisations and communities have joined the We’re Open initiative, which was launched in Hungary by espell, Google and Prezi a year ago to promote openness. In the weeks following its launch alone, it was joined by 400 hundred companies, organisations and communities, who entered a float in Budapest Pride. In addition, this spring saw the launch of a social media video campaign with the slogan “Being open is a good thing. Don’t succumb to prejudice”. Companies, organisations, celebrities and Internet users took a stand against prejudice, including towards the Roma, Jews and people with disabilities, by telling their stories in video messages. The videos posted on YouTube were viewed more than 200,000 times within just two weeks.

“Last summer we launched the We’re Open initiative because not only do we believe that being open is the right thing to do, we know from experience that it makes business sense. We know that there are lots of you out there who share our values. We think it’s important to demonstrate our openness and inspire others to do the same,” underlined the representatives of Prezi, espell and Google, the founders of WeAreOpen. “We know from experience that our openness – to new ideas, innovative solutions, to one another and to the world – is one of the keys to our success. Pride is a celebration of diversity all over the world. We believe it’s not enough to accept diversity; we also need to support and celebrate it, because of the benefits it brings. That’s why it’s natural for us to be present at Pride both in Hungary and abroad.”

Since last year the number of members of We’re Open has almost doubled. That, together with last year’s crowd and festival atmosphere, is a sure sign that this year’s Budapest Pride will prove even more popular. “We look forward to welcoming lots of first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade,” said Miklós Bán, CEO of espell, one of the founding companies of We’re Open.

“The companies and organisations of the WeAreOpen community played an important part in the success of the Budapest Pride parade in 2013. Since we know that LMBTQ people are regularly discriminated against in day-to-day situations, including at the workplace, we believe it’s very important for employers and employees to express their commitment to diversity, acceptance and solidarity. That’s why we’re glad the momentum hasn’t let up and We’re Open will celebrate again with us this year, on 5 July,” said Dominika Milanovich, spokeswoman for Budapest Pride.

The members of the We’re Open community initiative regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Members of the community include world-renowned Hungarian start-ups, big-name international companies, Hungarian press outlets, bloggers, festivals, higher education institutions, all kinds of companies from big to small, associations, foundations including human rights organisations, an organisation for the promotion of Roma culture, a foundation encouraging disabled people to engage in sport, a foundation helping homeless people and many more organisations, foundations and communities working for many different causes.

At nyitottakvagyunk.hu everyone can make a commitment to openness, which the founders of the initiative believe is a simple, but important gesture. Please send an email to info@nyitottakvagyunk.hu if you would like to attend Budapest Pride as part of the WeAreOpen community. You can find out what’s new in the WeAreOpen community on its Facebook and Google+ pages.

Musicians, actors, celebrities, companies, organisations and Internet users (including students, doctors and teachers) are expressing their commitment to openness.

Musicians, actors, celebrities, companies, organisations and Internet users (including students, doctors and teachers) are expressing their commitment to openness.

By sharing their own experiences, they are taking a stand against prejudice, including towards Roma people, homosexuals, Jews and people with disabilities. Their videos have been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube.

Budapest, 02.04.2014 –  The #nyitottakvagyunkvideos in which more than 80 musicians, artists, television personalities, celebrities, companies, organisations and Internet users (including students, doctors and teachers) express their commitment to openness as part of the social media campaign launched in mid March under the slogan “Being open is a good thing. Don’t succumb to prejudice” have been viewed more than 200,000 times. By sharing their own experiences in these video messages, they are taking a stand against prejudice, including towards Roma people, homosexuals, Jews and people with disabilities. We’re Open is still welcoming new videos and personal stories. The video campaign was launched by Google, espell and Prezi as part of the WeAreOpen community initiative set up last year. More than 650 companies, organisations and communities committed to openness have already joined We’re Open.

The people, companies and organisations posting #nyitottakvagyunk videos on YouTube as part of the social media video campaign have shared their experiences about the benefits of being open and not succumbing to prejudice. Musicians, actors, directors, doctors, teachers, television celebrities, journalists, artists, YouTube hobbyists and bloggers, sportspeople, writers, students, and many others, including companies and non-profit organisations have all made videos. The stories range from the world of work through the nursery and school years to family relationships, friendships and chance encounters.

Among those sharing their personal experiences are Mariann, a 13-year-old girl, theatre director Róbert Alföldi, András Sütő and Ádám Varga, the stars of the recently premiered film “Land of Storms” directed by Ádám Császi, television presenter Kriszta D. Tóth, actress Szonja Oroszlán, an 18-year-old student – YouTube video blogger “FollowAnna”, retired boxer István Kokó Kovács, television presenters Nóra Teszári and Krisztina Máté, singer Gabi Tóth, the members of Quimby, singer Péter Sziámi Müller, Dániel Hamar from the Muzsikás folk ensemble, teachers, doctors, Fanny Mosolyka Hozleiter, author of the “The World in a Wheelchair” blog, Sziget, LogMeIn, Auchan Hungary, Microsoft, Amnesty International Hungary and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. The managers and staff of the organisers, Google espell and Prezi, have also posted video messages.

“We launched the WeAreOpen initiative last summer because not only do we believe that being open is the right thing to do, we know from experience that it makes business sense. We know that there are lots of you out there who share our values. We think it’s important to demonstrate our openness and inspire others,

So in mid March we asked the companies and organisations participating in WeAreOpen and everyone who agrees that being open and not succumbing to prejudice is a good thing to make video messages and share their own experiences online. We believe that these stories will inspire others. The videos and messages about openness and acceptance are up on YouTube. We hope the videos will reach people who may be feeling alone or anxious, who perhaps have the greatest need of messages of acceptance,” said the organisers.

Short #nyitottakvagyunk videos, which can even be made using a device such as a webcam or mobile phone, are still being welcomed by the organisers, who are collecting them on the We’re Open YouTube channel. Tips on making your own video are available on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website.

The social media video campaign was launched with a WeAreOpen week. During that week several companies and organisations participating in WeAreOpen offered to put on their own programmes. Thanks to Cirko-Gejzír Cinema and Cinema City, there were a total of 100 screenings of 14 films related to openness and prejudice in two cinemas over 7 days. Budapest Underguide and Hosszúlépes organised thematic walks in Budapest, while the Aum Yoga Studio offered the chance to meditate.

The members of the WeAreOpen community initiative regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Last year, as the first step of the WeAreOpen initiative, the founders and many of the participating organisations had a joint float at Budapest Pride to celebrate the world’s diversity together. Companies, organisations and communities are still welcome to join the WeAreOpen community initiative at nyitottakvagyunk.hu. At nyitottakvagyunk.hu everyone can make a commitment to openness, which the founders of the initiative believe is a simple, but important gesture.

The stories about openness on WeAreOpen’s YouTube channel include:

  • Róbert Alföldi speaking about his experience with “skinheads”.
  • Stories posted by Internet users. The 13-year-old Mariann, who was teased because of her weight, appeals to her peers to be open and not hurt one another. She sends a message in her video to the people she has hurt, as well as to those who hurt others.
  • The stories of András Sütő and Ádám Varga, stars of the recently premiered film “Land of Storms” directed by Ádám Császi.
  • A Hungarian YouTube star, an 18-year-old secondary school student, made an animation film in which she talks about her hearing impaired classmate.
  • István Kokó Kovács, who has struggled for years with people thinking that boxers are stupid and aggressive.
  • Kriszta D. Tóth’s story about hearing as a child that “there are too many stinking Gypsies around here”.
  • Television presenter Nóra Teszári’s story about her younger sister having to use a wheelchair and the lesson they learnt about openness from five-year-old nursery school children.
  • Péter Sziámi Müller’s stories about his lesbian daughter, times spent together with and performing with actors who have intellectual disabilities, and differences in values.
  • László Arató, president of the Association of Hungarian Teachers, speaking about how “Every teacher of Hungarian needs to be open. You need to be open to read literature, and it also leads to openness.”
  • Dr. András Spányik, doctor, speaking about first impressions that can be misleading in the casualty department.
  • Szonja Oroszlán speaking about a meeting that began awkwardly with a “crazy” guy covered in tattoos and piercings who was feeding pigeons.
  • Krisztina Máté’s story about the editor’s dilemma of whom to show in the programme: “the blonde, blue-eyed little girl that the TV viewers are happy to help, or a young Gypsy boy from a deprived background that leads to viewers sending in comments littered with obscenities”.
  • Dániel Hamar from the Muzsikás folk ensemble speaking about a trip to America that began with mutual prejudice and then took an unexpected turn.
  • Bori Péterfy, singer and actress, speaking about an experience from her school days that she has never forgotten – an “invisible classmate”, who was ignored by teachers and students alike until the girl actually disappeared. It’s a story about the responsibility of teachers and schools.
  • Tibi Kiss, in a joint video with Dódi Kárpáti from Quimby, explains: ”Black or yellow, Jewish or Aryan, it’s all the same to me…”
  • Livius Varga from Quimby speaking about a working relationship that began with mistrust.
  • The story of Fanny Mosolyka Hozleiter, author of the “The World in a Wheelchair” blog, about the 20-year old job-seeking Roma men, who asked not to have a photo of themselves on their CV because they think they won’t stand a chance then.
  • Gabi Tóth’s story about a friendship with Oszkár Kinter that got off to a difficult start.
  • Éva Fejős’s story about being led down alleyways by three unknown Cuban men.
  • The videos of LogMeIn, Microsoft, Sziget, LOffice, Amnesty International Hungary, and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

Launch of a community initiative – “WeAreOpen” – to promote openness in Hungary

Launch of a community initiative – “WeAreOpen” – to promote openness in Hungary

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 – “We’re Open” – 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 “We’re Open” initiative, along with its webpage nyitottakvagyunk.hu, 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 We’re Open 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 We’re Open website initiative. The names or logos of all the groups and companies who join then appear on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu (We’re Open) 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 nyitottakvagyunk.hu (We’re Open) website. We regularly update the website with the names and logos of the organisations, groups and companies who have signed up.

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 nyitottakvagyunk.hu, 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 nyitottakvagyunk.hu (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 nyitottakvagyunk.hu (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.