Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity

We are very excited to announce the merging of generation 2.0 and the Institute for Rights, Equality & Diversity (i-RED) into one organization--Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity!  Based in Athens, Greece, Generation 2.0 (formerly known as Second Generation) was a social and political group founded in 2006 with the goal of pursuing social justice for a new generation of youth in Greece. The group promoted their vision of Greece as multicultural, multiracial, and inclusive of all forms of diversity by bringing together people of Greek and migrant descent for social and political events. i-RED was established in 2008 as an independent research institute in Greece with a European and international orientation and building on EU and international networks.

We have brought the two organisations together to create an energetic and enthusiastic management team with diverse and innovative perspectives. Collectively, we have over fifteen years of experience in activism, social and legal research, program management, and cultural event planning, as well as vast social and political networks in Greece and Europe. Our new strategy combines the passion and motivation that drives social action with the academic rigor and detailed analysis of research in order to develop and implement the most effective programs for social change in Greece and throughout Europe.

Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity is an organization that combines research and social action to promote rights, equality and diversity and to combat racism, xenophobia, and discrimination. We identify social issues, develop culturally specific actions and promote social change in Greece and throughout Europe. g2RED gathers a multi- and interdisciplinary team of members and cooperating experts who are acclaimed scholars in social sciences (sociology, economy, law, anthropology, social psychology, pedagogy) and political activists on anti-discrimination, migration, social equality, human rights and political participation.

We also have a division that specializes in the issues facing youth in Greece and Europe, particularly those of migrant background. We use creative dissemination strategies that are based on the principles of participative democracy, in that we share our research outcomes through social action, capacity building, and knowledge sharing directly to the communities with which we work and to which we also belong. We hold the view that collaboration and collective engagement produces the best social impact for everyone involved; thus each program we develop is culturally, scientifically, ethically, and politically informed and grounded in the African ethical principle of Ubuntu—“the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.”