Gatmi.gr is the Greek social network for those who love Greece or want to get to know her better. It is the networking tool for people united by their common interest in Greece and was born of the need to assist the emergence of something new in our land.
Greece possesses merits which deserve to be showcased. Gatmi.gr aspires to highlight our achievements, initiatives, plus points and drive. It will serve as a rallying point for people with something to say, pioneering scientists and companies, teachers who have taught around the world. Gatmi.gr aspires to promote the special features and personality of this country, through narratives, places of interest, recipes, books, art, jokes and photos. Networking, communication and positive energy are, after all, more important now than ever before. We will promote ourselves directly by showcasing personalities both present and past, who will serve as a “point of reference”, but also indirectly. Because by networking extensively we will show that we have started to change, to speak with one voice for a common cause- that of setting our country back on its feet. Countries are moved forward by the people that live in them and we at Gatmi.gr want to show that there’s something about us here in Greece.
Any Greek living in Greece or abroad can and should create a profile on the Greek social network… for Greece! And the same goes for those non-Greeks who love Greece, have visited our country and feel moved to share their positive impressions, those who already have or wish to develop business interests in and connections with our country. To that end Gatmi exists in both Greek and English, although users are free to post in whatever language they like.
The Gatmi.gr social network aims to connect Greeks around the world, whilst also connecting them with the rest of the world. It would in any case be unthinkable in the absence of the Greeks abroad- there could be no Greek social network without them, a priceless asset for our country. Right now it is crucial that we succeed in this genuine desire to communicate and link up with the Greeks abroad.
We at Gatmi believe that countries are not products that will sell better if their packaging is changed. Rather, we believe in the enormous intellectual capital of Hellenism and in the sound, highly dynamic Greek entrepreneurship which must be showcased. We believe that we need a determined, long term effort to reverse the negative image being portrayed by the foreign media. We believe that our TV screens have been swamped by negative pictures of our country, maybe because we ourselves have closed our own eyes to any good being created.
All of us, Greeks and Greeks abroad, are potentially ambassadors for our country. We need to use our stories, values and successes to get a different message across. On Gatmi.gr we will give voice to people who have something to tell us- scientists, writers, artists, politicians (yes, why not?), teachers, businessmen, company executives, actors... We will systematically showcase those who form part of the new Greece: the young generation, the educated, cosmopolitan, polyglot Greeks, the proactive, socially aware, pioneering, successful Greeks... Greeks with guts, the trailblazers, not the fire raisers. In organised, systematic fashion we intend to turn the spotlight on those people, businesses, museums and ideas missing from the image of Greece and Hellenism projected abroad.
At the same time we will also promote the classical, enduring values of Hellenism, which have stood the test of time. The great philosophers of Antiquity, our orators and historians, whatever makes us proud to be Greek will all be there.
The name “Gatmi.gr” is an anagram using the first letters of the expression “It’s All Greek To Me”, i.e. «I just don’t get it». It is our hope that it will, on the contrary, be instrumental in helping people to “get” and understand us better. We believe in the positive action which will in the long run unite us and astonish everyone, as has so often happened in the past. We believe in the widest possible networking of Greeks amongst themselves and with the rest of the world, because we still have plenty to give and plenty to do.