The Order of the Teaspoon’s work is based on the motto: A voice for diversity. We work to prevent people from being discriminated because of political or religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
The foundation is the result of a cooperation between Amos Oz’, Swedish publisher Wahlström & Widstrand and the quality magazine Vi (founded in 1913 and owned by the Swedish cooperative movement). The magazine wrote about the idea, published a long interview with Amos Oz and distributed, free of charge, the Swedish translation of “How to Cure a Fanatic” to all its 40 000 subscribers.
Our values are based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Order of the Teaspoon’s values are based on the conviction that all people have equal value and equal rights, that children have special rights and that States have specific obligations to ensure and protect these rights. UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.
On the 17th of August 2006, in Stockholm, Sweden, The Order of the Teaspoon was launched with enthusiasm and festivity in the presence of its spiritual originator, Amos Oz. The organisations motto and message is “Together for diversity and tolerance” and was inspired by the following words by Amos Oz from his book “How to cure a fanatic”.
“I believe that if one person is watching a huge calamity, let’s say a conflagration, a fire, there are always three principle options:
- Run away, as far away and as fast as you can and let those who cannot run burn.
- Write a very angry letter to the editor of your paper demanding that the responsible people be removed from office with disgrace. Or, for that matter, launch a demonstration.
- Bring a bucket of water and throw it on the fire, and if you don’t have a bucket, bring a glass, and if you don’t have a glass, use a teaspoon, everyone has a teaspoon. And yes, I know a teaspoon is little and the fire is huge but there are millions of us and each one of us has a teaspoon. Now I would like to establish the Order of the Teaspoon. People who share my attitude, not the run away attitude, or the letter attitude, but the teaspoon attitude – I would like them to walk around wearing a little teaspoon on the lapel of their jackets, so that we know that we are in the same movement, in the same brotherhood, in the same order, The Order of the Teaspoon.”
To reach children and young people The Order of the Teaspoon turns to students at various levels of education and their teachers around the country. Below you will find our management report for 2017 where you can read about our work the past year.