GROW OUR HUMANITY

CAMPAIGN BRINGING HUMANISTIC INSPIRATION FOR OUR TURBULENT WORLD TO THE PUBLIC SPACE OF BRUSSELS

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” - Václav Havel

In 2020, the whole world faces a global challenge. While trying to combat the epidemy by all necessary means - scientific, social and economic – and while facing other urgent social issues, including racism that is still intrinsic in our societies, we are trying to come up with a meaningful vision of our future and the world we want to live in. A deeper understanding of our situation entails reckoning and transformation of the ways in which we interact with the world as a humankind. This response cannot be just in terms of numbers, statistics and charts - i.e just more of what we have been doing for the last several centuries.

Humanism highlights human beings’ responsibility to the world.

As a philosophy and a commitment, it has led the humankind from dark spots many times already. By bringing to the spotlight quotes by e.g. Václav Havel, Jan Patočka, Karel Čapek, T. G. Masaryk and J. A. Komenský – all of them humanists who were committed to political action, we want to stimulate a vision of future based on shared emphasis on humanity as a commitment.


  • This project is shared by other Czech Centres and embassies around the world - our colleagues at Czech Centres in Stockholm and Rotterdam has already launched the campaigns.
  • The project will continue throughout our programme of 2021-2022.
  • Visual style of the campaign by Dana Filipova, photo by Dagmar Knerova, (c) Czech Centre Brussels

Jan Patočka on Art and Literature (streamed on 10 Dec 2020)