Initiative “Give Something Back to Berlin” wins initial place in a Intercultural Innovation Award 2016. Die BMW Group and a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) honour German initiative.

Posted on 27. Apr, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich. The German beginning “Give Something Back to
Berlin” (GSBTB) had a honour of winning initial place in the
Intercultural Innovation Award 2016 this year. Ten amicable projects
from all over a universe were nominated for a endowment with that the
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and a BMW Group
support innovative intercultural concepts. In a participation of H.E.
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (High Representative of UNAOC) and Bill
McAndrews (Head of Corporate Communications Strategy, BMW Group
Corporate and Market Communications), a esteem was awarded yesterday
dusk on a arise of a 7th Global Forum of a United Nations
Alliance of Civilizations in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Berlin initiative
emerged as a leader among roughly 1,000 field from 120
countries, convincing a six-member eccentric jury consisting of
member from internationally eminent intercultural
educational institutions.


German plan wins a Intercultural Innovation Award 2016

On interest of a vast “Give Something Back to Berlin” community,
owner Annamaria Olsson supposed a initial prize, that is endowed
with 40,000 US Dollar. In 2013, a Swedish publisher and
New-Berliner had a extemporaneous thought that grown into a project
height and network that mobilises and enables Berlin’s newcomers
from all over a universe to channel their time, appetite and imagination in
amicable projects and village work. The idea is to emanate meeting
points for communities that would routinely not rivet with any other.
In use GSBTB works on 3 levels: they send fervent volunteers to
internal NGO´s all over a city, act as a matter where people come
together to rise new ideas and they trigger possess GSBTB projects.
GSBTB supports and realises countless projects with Berlin’s refugee
communities, thereby creation a poignant grant towards
tolerable formation and intercultural understanding. Those who
have fled their countries are not usually beneficiaries, though also become
an constituent partial of a Give Something Back to Berlin community.

“On interest of GSBTB’s community, we would like to appreciate a BMW Group
and UNAOC for this special award. Thanks to their multifaceted support
we are means to sustainably professionalize a height and projects.
This esteem is also approval of a tough operative volunteer’s
unrelenting effort. Without them and many others ‘Give Something Back to
Berlin’ would have not turn such a essential assembly place for so many
people from all over a world,” says an eager Annamaria
Olsson, owner of GSBTB.


Intercultural Innovation Award supports sustainability of
amicable projects

Each year given 2011, a BMW Group and UNAOC have bestowed the
Intercultural Innovation Award to 10 innovative amicable projects that
foster intercultural discourse and understanding, so creation vital
contributions to wealth and assent in tellurian societies. This unique
mild indication existent between a private zone and UNAOC has a
inclusive impact, as interjection to their competences, both partners are
means to safeguard a sustainability of their selected projects.

For a duration of one year, a group from “Give Something Back to
Berlin” and a 9 other finalists accept endless consulting
services from a BMW Group and UNAOC: In further to a training and
ability building programme covering topics such as plan or
planning, they are supposed into a disdainful network of
“intercultural leaders”, thereby profiting from a dual global
partners’ endless networks.

“We are gratified that an beginning from Berlin will accept a first
esteem of a Intercultural Innovation Award this year. Together with
UNAOC we will offer ‘Give Something Back to Berlin’ a specifically
targeted support in a growth of a business model. The
team-work with a future-oriented amicable start-up plan is an
honour for a BMW Group and we demeanour brazen to a mutual sell of
knowledge,” explains Bill McAndrews, Head of Communications Strategy,
BMW Group Corporate and Market Communications.



This year’s finalists are (in alphabetical order):

The Blessing Basket Project
– ArtisanYou (USA)

The Coexist Initiative –
Girls Education Equity Project (Kenya)

Give Something Back
to Berlin e.V. – Give Something Back to Berlin (Germany)

International Council
for Cultural Centers – Bread Houses Network (Bulgaria)

On Our Radar – From a Margins
to a Front Page (UK)

Red Dot Foundation – Safecity (India)

Routes 2 Roots – Exchange for
Change (India)

Shine a Light – CanalCanoa (Brazil/USA)

SINGA – SINGA Kiwanda (France)

Unistream – Educating Tomorrow
Leaders Today (Israel)



In a eventuality of enquiries greatfully contact:


Corporate Communications


Milena Pighi, BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs,
Spokesperson CSR

Phone: +49-89-382-66563,


Sabrina Artmann, BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs, CSR

Phone +49 89 382-21248,






BMW Group Social Commitment


Social joining is an constituent partial of a BMW Group’s corporate
culture. The categorical importance is placed above all on apparatus efficiency
as good as intercultural creation and amicable inclusion. In the
process, a association gives vital priority to projects and concepts
where it can use a core competences to grasp a discernible and
quantifiable improvement. The joining focuses on long-term solutions
that can be practical internationally and beget a noticeable
long-term outcome formed on a element of “help for self-help”.







United Nations Alliance of Civilizations


The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative
of a UN Secretary-General that aims to urge bargain and
mild family among nations and peoples opposite cultures and
religions, and to assistance opposite a army that fuel polarization and extremism.

The Alliance was determined in 2005, during a beginning of the
Governments of Spain and Turkey, underneath a auspices of a United
Nations. On 28 Sep 2012, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser was
designated UN High Representative for a Alliance of Civilizations by
a Secretary-General of a United Nations. UNAOC is upheld by the
Group of Friends, a village of over 100 member countries and
general organizations and bodies.

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