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There is always a possibility to take action…

By Naila Ismayilova from Azerbaijan who attended the CitizensLab network meeting in Brussels as a winner of the “shadow visit lottery” for MitOst members.

Who is an active citizen? What kind of action should be taken in order to achieve significant change in a particular society? How can people from different fields of activity get together and join forces for a common future? I had lots of questions in my mind when I received an email from the CitizenLab team stating that I would be invited to attend the programme’s second network meeting in Brussels. 
I would like to highlight that this experience has a special place in my life, starting with the fact that it was the first time I ever won a lottery. I took it as a good sign, because in my culture we believe that the way you start a year it will continue all along.  Continue reading

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„Katalysator für lokale Akteure“ – der MitOst-Festival-Effekt in der Ukraine

Interview mit Alona Karavai, von Darius Polok

MitOst ist in Ivano-Frankivsk – der Gastgeberstadt des MitOst-Festivals 2015 – weiterhin engagiert und entwickelt als Partner von
Teple Misto einen „trans-sektoralen Lernort“ auf dem Gelände der ehemaligen Fabrik “Promprylad”. Anfang März 2017 besuchten im Rahmen einer Kooperation des Bosch Alumni Networks Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus Athen, Lissabon und London das Projekt und unterstützten Alona Karavai (MitOst) und Yuriy Fylyuk (Teple Misto) bei einer Diagnose der Örtlichkeit als zukünftiges nachhaltiges „Ökosystem“.

Darius Polok, Koordinator des Bosch Alumni Networks, kam bei dieser Gelegenheit mit Alona Karavai über die Wirkung des MitOst-Festivals vor zwei Jahren ins Gespräch.

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Berlin mayor Michael Müller meets social entrepreneurs in Moscow

Event summary by Peter Correll
Photos: Yuriy Fokin

During his first three-day visit to Moscow in mid-March, the governing mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, wanted to refresh municipal ties with the twin city Moscow, but also explicitly wished to get in touch with civil society. On request of his office, MitOst and Impact Hub Moscow organised a Round Table with social start-up’s to which social entrepreneurs, politicians, independent experts as well as representatives of foundations and cooperations found their way. 

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Cycling in Moldova: a crazy idea or the only way to go?

The MitOst alumni project #BikesCrossBorders wants to foster cycling in Moldova. An article by initiator Julian Gröger about what it means to use a bike in Moldova.

When I was teaching at the ULIM University in Chisinau as a fellow of the Lectureship Programme of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (2007-2009), I used to come to work by bike. Many of my students were at least irritated, if not disappointed by this fact. They hoped that I would bring in modern elements from the promised West…and not cycling. In Moldova, cycling is still considered as something only poor village people use who cannot afford other means of transport. The bike arouses associations like dirty clothes, bad smell, alcohol, village road, mud and elderly people. In post-soviet societies, the bike, unfortunately, has an image problem: civilized people in modern towns and cities should at least go by trolley bus if not by car.
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The three grandmothers – or sharing “gifts” from the MitOst Festival

An article by Argyro Barata, FEAST Greece and CitizensLab member

When I attend a big international event, I always have in mind what the outcome of my participation will be. Will it inspire me? Will I be able to implement any new ideas back home? How could I spread the knowledge gained to my peers? And of course I had the same thoughts during the 14th International MitOst Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia, which I chose as one of my CitizensLab mobility grant hosts. The plethora of festival’s events drew my attention and my main focus was to explore successful examples of vibrant local communities, to understand the tactics around building them, and lastly to find new tools to empower them. Continue reading


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Das wandernde E von Ob_rhausen: Zugehörigkeiten neu denken

Von Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs

Seit vielen Jahren schon leuchtet über Oberhausen ein Leuchtschriftzug, direkt gegenüber vom Hauptbahnhof: „Oberhausen – Wiege der Ruhrindustrie“. Nur das E war schon eine kleine Ewigkeit außer Betrieb. Eine Lücke in der Selbstbenennung der Stadt, deren Entwicklung ohne Zuwanderung nicht denkbar wäre. In einem Projekt des Vereins kitev
 wurde die Neonleuchte kürzlich gemeinsam mit neuangekommenen Jugendlichen repariert – und auf Wanderung durch die Stadt geschickt.
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