Events

  • San Diego
    11
    Apr
    14
    Apr
    2019
    BMW Foundation Global Table

    Transcending Borders

    In 2019, the BMW Foundation will continue its Global Table leadership series in San Diego, California (USA). Entitled “Transcending Borders,” the program will bring together leaders from all walks of life in the U.S.-Mexican border region.

    At a time when walls and borders dominate the news cycle, the BMW Foundation’s Global Table aims to create a space in which leaders can come together and build bridges. We believe that the San Diego-Tijuana region offers us an extraordinary opportunity not only to illuminate the realities of division and polarization but also to showcase innovative approaches to weaving the social fabric. Together we want to develop ideas and inspiration on how to lead responsibly in divided societies and move toward a peaceful and sustainable future.

    The current Global Table cycle will conclude in October 2019 with the Berlin Global Forum, which will present ideas and initiatives that have emerged from these leadership events.

  • Chicago
    18
    Nov
    21
    Nov
    2018
    9th Global Diplomacy Lab

    Strategies for Overcoming Urban Violence: Exploring Global Perspectives & Engaging for Local Prevention

    The 9th Global Diplomacy Lab aims to create a toolkit that will help reduce inequalities and youth violence in cities. The Impact Lab in Chicago builds on the Incubator Lab in Berlin, where the GDL members got to know each other, exchanged experiences, and tested out methods such as mediation, adaptive leadership, and forum theater.

    The GDL wants to involve all relevant stakeholders in its working process. These include big public and private institutions such as the Chicago Mayor’s Office and the Obama Foundation, as well as key partners of the GDL and several small and medium-sized local initiatives that deal with youth violence on the streets of Chicago.

    During the upcoming lab, the working groups will test their projects locally. The Impact Lab will conclude with a presentation of the results of this year’s work and gather the necessary feedback to ensure sustainable impact beyond the Impact Lab.

  • Chicago
    25
    Apr
    29
    Apr
    2018

    Connected Cities

    In the USA and Germany, cities and communities face similar challenges, for example in connection with integration and migration. Global problems are often solved at the local level, and cities often act as experimental laboratories for social innovation and new approaches.

    For this reason, the Transatlantic Core Group has established the bilateral working group “Connected Cities“. Leaders from both countries want to exchange best practices and ideas in a transatlantic dialogue. The starting point is the cities of Hamburg and Chicago, which are linked by a town twinning. The Connected Cities team will first create a digital overview of civic projects in both cities and then use a tandem project to bring together people with similar interests and professional experience.

  • Baltimore
    26
    Oct
    29
    Oct
    2017
    Responsible Leaders Forum

    Inclusive Societies for Stable Democracies

    The BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Forum North America aims to inject new ideas into the public debate about elites, solidarity, and social inclusion. To this end, we bring together leaders from all walks of life on the American east coast.

    The Foundation’s work is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The Forum focuses specifically on the tenth Sustainable Development Goal: Reduced Inequalities. Along with the participants, we will discuss how to make societies more inclusive and just as a precondition to stable democracies.

    Baltimore is a vivid example of a metropolitan area confronted with deep structural changes, racial divisions, and poverty. We have chosen the region as a case study to analyze how these changes alienate large parts of the population – especially those with a high dependence on traditional industries. We will focus on developments that are seen by many people all over the world as a threat and that cause societies to drift apart.