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Encyclopedia > Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute (OSI) is a coordinating body, started in early 1994, of the national Soros Foundations, especially in Eastern Europe, which spends money donated by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Open Society Institutes were forcibly shut down by the governments of Croatia (at one point, not at this time), Belarus and Yugoslavia, and singled out by former Slovakia Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar.

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Open society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (255 words)
In open societies, government is responsive and tolerant, and political mechanisms are transparent and flexible.
Democracies are examples of the "open society", whereas totalitarian dictatorships and autocratic monarchies are examples of the "closed society".
An open society also has to be pluralistic and multicultural, in order to benefit from the maximum number of viewpoints possible to the given problems.
Frequently Asked Questions - Open Society Institute-Assistance Foundation (1887 words)
Open societies are characterized by a reliance on the rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a diverse and vigorous civil society, respect for minorities and minority opinions, and free market economy.
The Open Society Institute (OSI) is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that seeks to promote the development and maintenance of open societies around the world by supporting a range of programs in the areas of educational, social, and legal reform, and by encouraging alternative approaches to complex and often controversial issues.
Simply stated, an open society is a form of social organization based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow them to live together in peace.
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