In the vision of the Academy dialogical relationships do not only appear between individuals, groups and cultures but also within the self of the individual person. The self is seen as a multi-voiced “mini-society” with democratic relationships between various parts of the self.
Dialogical relationships between people and within a person go hand in hand. They stimulate each other mutually. The development of the self and of society are not seen as separated trajectories but as expressly mutual implicating and stimulating processes. The person is thereby seen as a ‘part-whole’, in other words: as a whole people position themselves as autonomous individuals, as part of parcel of nature, as one of a group, organization, culture and boundary-crossing society. As an expression of that, we see Dialogical Self Theory (DST) as the foundation of the Academy.