Archive For The “Engagement” Category
Refugee Open Cities (ROC21) aims to turn emergency shelters into thriving environments. It begins in Berlin: In the midst of Berlin-Neukölln approximately 600 refugees live on four vast floors in an abandoned warehouse. Together with the inhabitants of the emergency shelter, Refugee Open Cities redesigns and reshapes a full floor of the warehouse according to inhabitants’ needs and wishes. Based on the layout of a village, a central market place for public events, spaces for leisure and work, as well as safe zones for kids and sport activities have been set up. Refugee Open Cities eventually takes the Berlin experience to other places to implement its best practices elsewhere. politglott is supporting Refugee Open Cities as one of its partners.
All politics is local: Social processes always have a local dimension. This is why many citizens are particularly interested in shaping such processes where they live. They are regularly supported by local agencies that encourage voluntary work. As one of fifty towns labelled “Engagierte Stadt” in Germany, Königswinter also benefits from the activities of the local Forum Ehrenamt, stimulating voluntary engagement and establishing it as a central pillar of local life. Based in the same district, we support Forum Ehrenamt in planning processes and moderate dialogues in order to strengthen voluntary engagement at home.
Dietmar Telser and Benjamin Stöß travelled along Europe’s external borders for three months. In their reportage “Der Zaun” (“The Fence”), they relate their encounters with refugees, border police and human rights activists. The multimedia reportage, realized in cooperation with Süddeutsche.de, highlights the hopes, frustrations and fates of refugees beyond Europe’s borders. politglott supported prior research and co-funded the reportage.