About the Association of Bridge Builders

We are a voluntary association, which basically believes that we as people have more in common than that which divides us. Therefore, we are working to bridge the growing divides that threatens the social cohesion of Danish society.

Our society is affected by terror, economic crisis and lack of social cohesion. This feeds fear and prejudice, which in turn is amplified in a heated debate climate, where one’s own opinion is elevated to a piedestal of absolute truth, while the opponents’ views are knocked down hard; a tendency that is dominant in the Danish parliament as well as on social media.

The result? Prejudices, demonization and increasingly deeper divides between populations whose cooperation is a crucial prerequisite for solving our societal problems.

Therefore, we need more bridge builders: Individuals and groups who will meet with other peoples, exchange views with people of other political beliefs, and speak against any emerging demonization and hatred.

We need people to have courage and willingness to speak against expressions of hatred and to speak people up. And in particular, we need the adults of the future to learn about their own prejudices so that they realize that we we as people have more in common than that which divides us.

The purpose of the Association of Bridge Builders is to prevent hatred, promote dialogue and strengthen the cohesion between population groups in Denmark. We strive to promote a democratic conversation that is neither demonic nor hateful, but both critical and constructive.

Specifically, our association will make our mark through actions as well as attitudes:

  • We want to inspire, support, encourage and educate citizens to be bridge builders
  • We want to help schools put bridge building on the curriculum
  • We want to intervene in the debate to ensure a democratic dialogue with room for differences and disagreements

The vision is a society with room for differences and disagreements, where everyone feels welcome in a democratic conversation that is both critical and constructive.

The Association of Bridge Builders is not affiliated with any political parties.

The Association of Bridge Builders is recognised by the Danish Business Register and has a Danish VAT-number (37747610).

Read more about our Board, Members and our Chairwoman, Özlem Cekic.