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May 2015: WeAreOpen @ Rehab Critical Mass

WeAreOpen joined Rehab Critical Mass, a parade that aims to celebrate the fact that “we’re all able in different ways”, and to raise awareness of the social exclusion of people living with disabilities. Below you can read the official press release of the organizers and here you can see photos that were shot at the parade.

Official press release of the Rehab Cricital Mass organizers:
 

Parade to call for an improvement in the quality of life of people living with disabilities
2nd Rehab Critical Mass – We’re all able in different ways

Those living with disabilities – people with impairments to their mobility, sight, hearing, speech or cognitive ability – and their friends, acquaintances and supporters will hold the second Rehab Critical Mass parade. The aim of the event is to celebrate the fact that “we’re all able in different ways”, and to raise awareness of the social exclusion of people living with disabilities and serious problems and failings that need to be tackled without delay. The participants will gather at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 17 May on Clark Ádám tér and then parade across Chain Bridge to Erzsébet tér at 3 p.m. Concerts and cultural and family entertainment will be put on at the venues. International companies and Hungarian businesses will take part in the event for the first time this year with the We’re Open initiative. For detailed information, please see the Facebook page of the event.

The initiative draws on recognition of the fact that people living with disabilities share the difficulty of asserting their interests. They lack equal opportunities to participate in day-to-day life, whether it be a question of studying, working or entertainment. Rehab Critical Mass is a grassroots event that sets out, among other things, to create a solidarity-based community that “able” members of society can also be part of, as an alternative to isolated, individual struggles. That can provide effective help to policy makers in creating a motivating environment and increasing social acceptance – with the involvement of those concerned.

Almost three thousand people celebrated and paraded cheerfully through the streets of the city centre at last year’s parade. So many people living with so many different kinds of disability had never gathered together in public before. The event succeeded in drawing attention to their social exclusion, and dialogue got underway with those concerned, their advocacy organisations and the social work profession. 

The participants (the organisers are expecting some 5000 people to attend) will gather at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 17 May 2015 on Clark Ádám tér for the 2nd Rehab Critical Mass and then parade across Chain Bridge together to Erzsébet tér at 3 p.m., where concerts and other entertainment will be put on. The performers will include Republic, Tilla, Dénes Pál, Söndörgő, Gentry Sultan, Bori Rutkai, Zoli Beck/30Y, Hősök, Eszterlánc, Kristóf Horváth “Actor Bob”, Imre Tunyogi, Nemadomfel and many more.

We’re all talented in something, regardless of whether we have a disability or not. By discovering the unique abilities of people living with disabilities (for instance, those with visual impairments have far more finely tuned hearing) we can personally experience the message behind the parade: “We’re all able in different ways”. The Rehab Critical Mass movement aims to integrate people living with disabilities into society and prevent them from being excluded.

The clips here and here provide insight into the everyday difficulties, struggles, desires and plans of people living with disabilities.

Internal companies and Hungarian businesses, including Prezi, espell, Google, Auchan, BP and IBM, will take part in the parade for the first time this year with the WeAreOpen initiative. They encourage other open companies to join the celebrations and raise awareness of the fact that “we’re all able in different ways”. By doing so they hope to inspire others too.

The organisers will provide marquees, barrier-free parking, barrier-free toilets and accompaniment for the duration of the event. The event itself and its communications will be barrier-free, child-friendly and family-friendly.

Those living with disabilities look forward to welcoming others in the same situation, as well as all those who would like to participate in order to draw the attention of policy makers to the serious problems faced by people living with disabilities.

All those who support the efforts of Rehab Critical Mass are also invited to sign the petition of the organisers.

July 2014: Survey about the openness of Hungarian workplaces by Gemius Hungary

Have you ever been discriminated against at the workplace?
Study on openness at Hungarian workplaces, the groups most rejected by colleagues, and employee happiness

Budapest, 04.07.2014 — 83% of future employees, namely pupils and students, would like to work at a place where there is no negative discrimination. By contrast, more than half of Hungarian employees have already encountered negative discrimination, according to a study by Gemius [1]. Only Roma people are less accepted by colleagues than LGBTQ people. The research also revealed that being open makes business sense for companies, since employees who work at open-minded companies where others are only judged on the basis of their actions and achievements are happier and more committed. More than 700 companies, organisations and communities have joined the We’re Open initiative over the last year, which was set up for communities that regard openness as a fundamental value. The initiative will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride too and invites everyone to join it.

One in two employees has encountered workplace discrimination
According to the research, which is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15, 52% of employees reported that they had encountered negative discrimination at the workplace, and of these one in two had personally experienced negative discrimination. The 52% figure is very high in European comparison; according to an international study [2] , the Western European average is around 35%.

A third of employers are not open-minded
While the vast majority of future employees, namely current pupils and students, said that they would prefer to work at an open workplace, according to current employees that is not true of a third of employers. 83% of pupils and students said that they would like to work at a workplace where it is regarded as a fundamental corporate value that employees and partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Roma and LGBTQ people are the groups most rejected by colleagues
The research also looked at the extent to which employees are accepting of one another at the workplace. The groups most rejected by their own colleagues are Roma and LGBTQ people (according to international research, the latter make up 5 to 8% of society) by a clear margin. Employees would least like to have members of these two groups as colleagues, subordinates or managers. More than two-thirds of employees (69%) said they would not accept an LGBTQ person as their manager. Even fewer employees (24%) would accept a Roma person as their manager. More than half of employees would not want to be the manager of a LGBTQ (56%) or Roma employee (54%). 

Being open makes business sense for employers
The research also revealed that being open makes business sense for companies and organisations. Those respondents who thought that their employer regards it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics were happier at their workplace and more committed.

Companies and organisations are standing up for openness with a float at Budapest Pride
As part of the We’re Open initiative set up for companies, organisations and communities that regard openness as a fundamental value, numerous companies and organisations, including Prezi, espell and Google, the organisers of the community initiative, and Gemius, which performed the research, will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride too. First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations and communities with a tradition of participating in Pride and all other supporters are invited 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. We’re Open also looks forward to welcoming many first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade. You can join the We’re Open 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.

About the research
The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15. The sample size was 2,500 people. The questionnaire survey was performed using the CAWI pop-up method between 20 and 27 July. The research was carried out by Gemius, a member of the We’re Open community, with the support of Index and Sanoma Media Budapest, which are also members of We’re Open.

 

PREZI REPORT OF THE SURVEY

 


[1] The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15.
[2]Kelly Services: Discrimination emerging in new forms in the global jobs market, 2006

 

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.