A manifesto

Waking up to the breaking news of the US election results, once again this drives the point home that it is essential to stand up to intolerance and bigotry in whichever guise they may manifest themselves. Sadly, today such tendencies can be observed in many countries all around the world.

Every country seems to have its own breed of these groups, UKIP in the UK, SVP in Switzerland, Front National in France, FPÖ in Austria, Jobbik in Hungary, NPD and AfD in Germany, Donald Trump’s vitriolic anti-immigrant positions during his campaign – and so the list goes on… these groups feed off – and at the same time nourish – the disillusion and fears regarding the future of parts of the populations, serving them with populist, simplistic slogans and apparently easy solutions, baiting them with empty promises and identifying scape goats and legitimate targets for people to vent their frustrations and anger on, e.g. immigrants, Jews, Roma, homosexuals etc., who supposedly are to blame for all of this.

We understand that it is not possible to dissociate oneself from these developments, no one is on the sidelines and there is a necessity to take a clear stand in these matters. It would be deeply wrong to believe that a professional life can be split off from a private, emotional or political life, as we see this as all being an integral part of the definition of one’s self.

treemagineers stand for a belief in certain core values, such as mutual respect, inclusion and tolerance. For this reason we cannot accept attitudes or ideologies that are racist, fascist, homophobe and/ or sexist.

Another world is possible
Another world is possible

We believe that by creating strong networks based on these values – mutual respect, inclusion and tolerance – , a better world can be achieved, step by step, starting in small, every-day matters such as how we interact with our families, co-workers and people around us.

We believe these are strong, affirmative messages to send out to all who preach intolerance and hatred by standing up to them and by answering their simplistic, populist slogans with a firm, resounding “No!”.