Events

  • Berlin
    17
    Jun
    20
    Jun
    2018
    8th Global Diplomacy Lab

    Strategies for Overcoming Urban Violence

    The Incubator Lab of the 8th Global Diplomacy Lab focuses on gaining a better understanding of the issues of violence and segregation that affect the urban youth globally. Examples from Berlin will be contrasted with those from other regions of the world, allowing members to gain a global perspective and connect to the global landscape to identify common trends before delving into the particular context of Chicago.

    The Incubator Lab also focuses on strengthening members’ skills (e.g. mediation, problem analysis) and developing ideas to be further explored during the Impact Lab. By the end of the Incubator Lab, members will have identified concrete questions to be addressed in depth in the Impact Lab.

  • Munich
    11
    Jun
    2018
    Impact Investment Program

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    We are looking forward to the second Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch this year. Nina Freudenberg, Invest Manager of Sonanz, will give a presentation on the topic of „Private Equity Fonds in underserved markets“.

    This time, we will be guests of the Siemens Foundation (Kaiserstraße 16), which offers an ideal setting for lively networking and interesting discussions. The event will start at 6.30 p.m., refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please sign up until June 6 with David Eckert.

  • Rio de Janeiro
    02
    Jun
    06
    Jun
    2018
    Regional Network Activities

    Network Driver Retreat

    Once a year, we bring together the Network Drivers of our Responsible Leaders Network to look back on the worldwide activities of the past year and plan the next steps for the global as well as regional networks. The meeting presents an opportunity to assess the need of the different regions and compare experiences. Representatives of the foundation are there to offer tools and support to guarantee a sustainable growth of the network.

    This year, the meeting will take place in Sinal do Vale, a pristine location in the middle of nature near Rio de Janeiro.

  • Kaliningrad
    31
    May
    02
    Jun
    2018
    German-Russian Dialogue

    X. German-Russian Dialogue’s Alumni Meeting

    This year’s 10th edition of the German-Russian Dialogue’s Alumni Meeting will be held on May 31– June 2, 2018, in Kaliningrad. This time, some 20 former participants of the annual Baden-Baden Dialogue from both countries will participate in a site visit to two Russian social start-ups and the BMW production plant, discuss the future of the Kaliningrad region with its Vice-Governor, and explore the Curonian spit.

  • Cape Town
    17
    May
    20
    May
    2018
    BMW Foundation Global Table

    Leading towards Equal Opportunities

    The BMW Foundation Global Table in South Africa deals with the question of how to create equal and fair opportunities for all. A question that has not lost its urgency in the anniversary year of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

    In keeping with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Africa aspires to fulfill major development objectives in the coming years to reduce poverty, transform its economies, improve governance, and create the conditions for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. Africa has unparalleled growth prospects. It is resource rich, has a young population, and is predicted to outperform all other emerging economies, with its GDP expected to rise by an average of 6 per cent per year.

    For any progress towards a more equal growth path, good governance is key. After colonialism, most countries focused on self-determination and indigenous leadership. But far too often, the new generation of leaders has not served the well-being of the majority of citizens. Truly accountable leadership breaking the vicious cycle of nepotism and corruption can positively transform Africa into an economically, politically, and socially competitive region while serving its citizens’ key interests.

    In this spirit, the Global Table takes a global perspective to explore opportunities for change in Africa and beyond. It will facilitate an open dialogue to identify new frameworks for collaboration between local, regional, national, and international actors. Our partners for the 11th Global Table are the Nelson Mandela Foundation and LifeCo UnLtd South Africa.

  • Menaggio
    03
    May
    06
    May
    2018
    BMW Foundation European Table

    Europe for Citizens – Rebuilding European Identity

    In the light of Brexit, democratic backsliding in formerly stable democracies, and the rise of nationalism and populism in Europe, the European Table in Italy focusses on citizens’ trust and identification with the EU. It aims to develop ideas of how European citizens can re-engage with the European idea and the European project.

    To this end, we bring together distinguished leaders from politics, business, culture, and civil society. We aim to share new insights and develop perspectives for a stronger connection between the European Union and its citizens.

    The European Tables, a series of dialogue events, is part of a program cycle entitled “Refocusing Europe,” which the Foundation launched last year. The series aims to present and discuss new concepts and initiatives addressing the enormous challenges that Europe faces both from within and from the outside.

  • Chicago
    25
    Apr
    29
    Apr
    2018
    Transatlantic Core Group

    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.

  • Munich
    12
    Apr
    2018
    Global Talk

    Do We Need a United States of Europe?

    In 2018, the European Union continues to face major challenges: the Brexit negotiations, how to deal with refugees or the topic of security call for decisions which will fundamentally impact the future of Europe. All reform proposals notwithstanding, the ultimate goal continues to be controversial: the concepts range from making institutions more democratic to mutualizing finances, from a Europe of Citizens, of Regions, of Nation-States to a centralized Euro state.  Martin Schulz, the failed SPD candidate for chancellor, recently reintroduced the idea of the United States of Europe, which goes back to Winston Churchill, into the European debate. Is Europe ready for such bold plan?

    We will discuss this question during our Global Talk at BMW Welt with two representatives of the younger generation of politicians: Kevin Kühnert, federal chairman of the JUSOS, and Dr. Christoph Ploß, CDU Member of the Bundestag.

  • Bonn
    21
    Mar
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

    The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is an event designed to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community that is committed to furthering the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

    The festival is organized by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and takes place in Bonn once a year. It provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.

    We are a supporting partner of this year’s festival. Responsible Leaders from our network will be part of the three-day program featuring inspiring talks and workshops.

    Read more about the program here.

  • Munich
    06
    Mar
    2018
    Impact Investment Program

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    Together with BonVenture, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt co-hosts the Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch. We are happy to welcome a representative of BlackRock. Carlo M. Funk, Vice President ETF & Index Investment, will give a kick-off presentation on the topic of “Sustainable Investing in the Portfolio Context – Much Ado about Nothing?”

    This time, we will be guests of the Social Impact Lab (Balanstrasse 73 / Bldg. 21A / 3rd floor), which offers an ideal environment for lively networking and inspired discussions. The event will start at 6.30 p.m., refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please register until February 26 with David Eckert.

  • Paris
    01
    Mar
    04
    Mar
    2018
    BMW Foundation European Table

    Migration, Security and European Citizens

    Migration is one of the three main security concerns of European citizens, besides terrorism and extremism. Across Europe, populist politicians are polarizing societies and spreading fear among citizens. Tensions between the EU countries are rising.

    At the European Table in Neuville-Bosc, we want to analyze how the EU can make its citizens feel more secure and what role national governments and civil societies can play in this process. Together with leaders from business, politics, and civil society, we will explore migration not as a security threat but as an opportunity for economic and cultural prosperity. Finally, we want to encourage participants to take concrete initiatives to support this process.

  • Berlin
    20
    Feb
    2018
    Fishbowl Discussion

    One Year of President Trump – Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Affairs

    Germany and the United States share an unbreakable bond of friendship. A year after the inauguration of Donald Trump, this post-war certainty is increasingly put to the test, as both the United States and Germany are facing a variety of domestic and foreign-policy challenges. It is for this reason that the Transatlantic Core Group, initiated by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, aims to revitalize the relationship with new actors and through innovative approaches.

    In a Fishbowl Discussion with Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, we would like to explore the role that civil society and citizen diplomats can play in bringing new stakeholders and voices into the conversation and in co-creating a new playbook for transatlantic engagement and cooperation.

     

  • Munich
    16
    Feb
    2018
    Global Dialogue at Munich Security Conference

    Transforming Fragile Societes – What Role for Economic Elites?

    Collaboration with local partners, for example partners from the private sector, and civil society actors has become an undisputed part of comprehensive and effective international development cooperation. However, the question of how to deal with the old economic elites in the process of society transformation has not yet received necessary attention. On the one hand, post conflict changes in government often fail to affect the dominant role of a country’s business elites, which is considered necessary for the preservation of a functioning economy; on the other hand, old elites are often replaced with new corrupt ones. The issue of transitional justice is as complex as it is unresolved. The fundamental problems of corruption, lack of transparency, and entanglement of public and private interests often remain untouched.

  • Mumbai
    09
    Feb
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Regional Network Activities

    Responsible Leaders Meeting in Mumbai

    Committed to promoting Responsible Leadership worldwide, we will put special emphasis in 2018 on widening our activities in India and strengthening the Indian community of Responsible Leaders. The meeting aims to deepen relationships and trust, get new partners involved in the network, and explore tools and plans for collective action in 2018. The meeting will be held back to back with the Global Pro Bono Summit in Mumbai in order to allow leaders to attend both events and to encourage the exchange between both communities.

  • Mumbai
    06
    Feb
    09
    Feb
    2018
    Pro Bono

    Global Pro Bono Summit 2018

    The Global Pro Bono Summit 2018 in Mumbai is hosted by iVolunteer, with support from the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, the Taproot Foundation, and the Global Pro Bono Network.

    The annual Global Pro Bono Summit is an exclusive convening of global pro bono service leaders who come together to share insights and develop strategies to further drive the pro bono movement. Participants from corporations, foundations, the public sphere, NGOs, and intermediaries will gather to discuss innovations and, together, explore the global potential of the pro bono movement.

    Topics will include cross-sector partnerships and their impact on community challenges, the growing use of technology in the pro bono movement, the leadership development potential of pro bono for NGOs and corporations, and other innovations in the movement.

  • Santiago de Chile
    09
    Dec
    12
    Dec
    2017
    Responsible Leaders Forum

    Responsible Leaders Forum Latin America

    Through our work in Latin America during the last five years, the Responsible Leaders Network in the region has grown to 100 members, and we have established partnerships with 40 organizations in 13 countries. We want to further strengthen and expand this network through our Responsible Leaders Forum in Chile. Therefore, we have invited leaders from around the world to experience tools for leadership in Latin America and explore the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals for responsible leadership. The Forum will put each participant’s personality, skills, and creativity center stage and by doing so create an environment for mutual learning and networking. Furthermore, we are partnering with the International Festival of Social Innovation (fiiS) that will take place prior to the Forum and provide an opportunity to get to know innovators from all over Latin America.

  • Munich
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Global Talk

    France and Germany: Does Europe’s Motor Still Have Power?

    In France, the voters have provided the new French President Macron with a broad political base. In Germany, where Chancellor Merkel was given the mandate to build a new government, the situation is still unclear after the failure of the Jamaica coalition talks, but another grand coalition seems highly likely. It appears that the course is set for France and Germany to again become the motor of the European Union.

    This could be an important precondition for a realignment and necessary reform of the EU. But the starting positions – such as increased security policy cooperation or a common European minister of finance – are highly controversial and require both the will to reach agreement within and the ability convincingly argue its case vis-à-vis others.

    Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and former French Minister of Defense Sylvie Goulard will discuss the current situation at the Global Talk.

  • Munich
    27
    Nov
    27
    Nov
    2017
    Impact Investment Program

    Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch

    Together with BonVenture, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt hosts the Munich Impact Investing Stammtisch. Dr. Bernd Klosterkemper, from Ananda Ventures, will kick off the event with a brief introductory talk on the topic of “Opportunities and Obstacles for Impact Investing in the European Market.” The talk will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity for discussion and networking.

    The Stammtisch takes place on the premises of IBPro e.V. (Lindwurmstraße 129 E). Please confirm your registration by November 13 by sending an e-mail to Katherina Schweitzer.

  • Munich
    27
    Nov
    2017
    Panel Discussion

    One Year into the Trump Administration: America’s Changed Role in the World

    One year after Donald Trump has emerged the winner of the U.S. presidential election, Germany and Europe are still concerned about their transatlantic ally. True, the Europeans’ worst fears – that the United States will turn its back on the global free trade system and the Western system of alliances – have not come true. But the willingness to engage in multilateral cooperation seems to be dwindling rapidly in the Trump era. There is still no clear foreign policy vision of the Trump administration. One year into the Trump presidency, we want to discuss the altered global role of the United States.

    Therefore, we have invited Dr. Christoph von Marschall, the Washington, D.C.-based chief correspondent of the Tagesspiegel and first Helmut Schmidt Fellow of the ZEIT Foundation and the German Marshall Fund, to the BMW Foundation’s Munich office. The discussion will be moderated by Stephan Bierling, Professor for International and Transatlantic Relations at the University of Regensburg.

  • Berlin
    24
    Nov
    2017
    Berlin Global Forum

    Restoring Public Trust

    Our BMW Foundation Global Table series concludes every two years with the Berlin Global Forum. In the heart of the German capital, we present results, cross-sector initiatives, and political recommendations for action that have emerged during the Global Table process to an international public.

    During the last two years, our focus has been on good governance in fragile societies. Five BMW Foundation Global Tables took place in the Netherlands, Tunisia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, and Greece. Topics included the lack of trust in state institutions, the radicalization of youth, and the difficulties of achieving reconciliation and transitional justice in post-conflict societies.

    The Berlin Global Forum is about an equal exchange, convening leaders and decision-makers from all walks of life and world regions for a strategic dialogue. We believe that global challenges can only be solved collectively and especially by bringing together different perspectives. This way, we want to contribute to the development of concrete solutions in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Berlin
    19
    Nov
    22
    Nov
    2017
    Global Diplomacy Lab

    Memory, Truth and Justice

    The overarching theme of the 7th Global Diplomacy Lab is the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. The Lab builds upon the previous Incubator Lab in Buenos Aires, where GDL members engaged with the complexity of the former Argentinian military dictatorship and its ongoing political and social consequences. At the upcoming GDL Impact Lab in Berlin, GDL members will draw on their experiences and insights from the Incubator Lab to address a concrete challenge relevant to the field of diplomacy.

    In a joint endeavor with the ESMA Memory Site Museum, a key Argentinian institution devoted to promoting memory, truth and justice, GDL members will focus on the following challenge for which the museum is seeking creative solutions:

    How can the ESMA Memory Site Museum – a former clandestine center for detention, torture, and extermination – attract mass audiences while maintaining quality and effectively serving its main purpose as a historic tool to say “Never Again”?

     

  • Paretz
    09
    Nov
    11
    Nov
    2017
    Transatlantic Core Group

    Thinking about German-American Relations in an Innovative Way

    The Transatlantic Core Group (TCG) is a network supported and shaped by American and German leaders. During a workshop in Paretz, Brandenburg, it will reflect on German-American relations in an innovative way and rethink public-sector collaborations.

    The workshop aims to develop, together with leaders from government, business, the cultural and the civil-society sectors, a comprehensive vision of transatlantic cooperation to be able to meet social and political challenges.

    The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt founded the initiative in 2015 together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Atlantic Council.

  • Berlin
    06
    Nov
    06
    Nov
    2017
    Discussion

    Fighting Human Trafficking in the Philippines and Beyond

    Together with Maria Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, freedom fighter and internationally renowned social entrepreneur, we want to talk about the topic of “Modern-Day Slavery: Fighting Human Trafficking in the Philippines and Beyond.” Through her organization Visayan Forum, Cecilia has rescued and transformed the lives of thousands of victims and systematically changed the awareness and legal prosecution of human trafficking in the Philippines.

    The event will be in English. For more information and to register, please click here.

  • 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.

  • Baden-Baden
    08
    Oct
    12
    Oct
    2017
    German-Russian Dialogue Baden-Baden

    The World in Transition: Globalization, Digitization, New Media

    This year’s 10th edition of the German-Russian Dialogue Baden-Baden, which will be held on October 8–12, 2017, is themed “The World in Transition: Globalization, Digitization, New Media.” Once again, some 30 young leaders from both countries will gather at Palais Biron, where they will participate in different discussion and workshop formats to engage in a close dialogue with experts, politicians, and business leaders and develop new ideas on economic and social issues.

  • Tallinn
    28
    Sep
    01
    Oct
    2017
    BMW Foundation European Table

    Digitization – A Job Creator for Europe?

    Global digitization is leading to far-reaching changes in many areas of social life and work. Automation, artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things are just a few of the buzzwords that describe this worldwide process of digital transformation. At the 1st BMW Foundation European Table in Estonia, international decision-makers will discuss whether digitization can also serve as a growth and job engine for Europe.

    What exactly is the added value of the digital single market for creating new or transforming existing job markets? How can the EU shape the digital transformation and involve all segments of the population? How can EU citizens actively co-create this process?

    With a view to Europe’s continuing identity crisis, we want to look at what institutions and citizens can do to shape these developments in accordance with European values.

  • Casablanca
    11
    Sep
    14
    Sep
    2017
    Responsible Leaders Forum

    Unlocking Knowledge Economies – Enabling Inclusive Societies

    At the Responsible Leaders Forum MENA, we want to explore opportunities for promoting knowledge economies in the Middle East and North Africa region. For the region’s big informal sector impedes the transformation towards a forward-looking knowledge-based economy.

    We want to find out how improving the transfer of knowledge and expertise across professional and national borders can help promote a more resilient and socially inclusive society. Thematically, the Forum thus builds on the eighth Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth.

    The Forum brings together leaders from all sectors and all parts of the world. They will discuss concrete measures that can help close the skills gap and enhance employment opportunities. These include educational offerings, improvements in research, and innovative ICT technologies. During local site visits to innovative organizations, the participants will get to know existing solutions and approaches.

  • Athens
    08
    Jun
    11
    Jun
    2017
    BMW Foundation Global Table

    From Alienation to Social Inclusion

    The 10th BMW Foundation Global Table, held in partnership with the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, explores opportunities for re-engaging the disenchanted and neglected members of society in order to promote a more inclusive model of civic participation. The Global Table facilitates an open dialogue to identify new frameworks for collaboration between local, regional, national, and international actors. It seeks to unlock possibilities for improving governance and restoring public trust.

  • Bogotá
    04
    May
    07
    May
    2017
    BMW Foundation Global Table

    Responsibility, Trust and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies

    The 9th BMW Foundation Global Table, to be held in Bogota, Colombia, in partnership with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, seeks to examine factors that are important to lead post-conflict societies into a peaceful future. It facilitates an open dialogue to develop frameworks for collaboration between local, regional, national, and international actors. It explores possibilities for reconciling former conflict parties, taking responsibility for committed atrocities and government failure, and building trust in each other and the state.

  • Hamburg
    26
    Apr
    30
    Apr
    2017
    Transatlantic Core Group

    Connected Cities

    Cities and communities in the United States and Germany are confronted with similar challenges. They play a pivotal role when it comes to finding solutions to global problems, such as, for example, climate change, digitization or migration. Additionally, cities serve as laboratories for social innovation and testing new approaches. This is why the Transatlantic Core Group (TCG) has created the concept of “Connected Cities” – to establish a transatlantic dialogue and to foster an exchange of best practices and ideas between professionals and municipal-level officials on both sides of the Atlantic. The first starting point of the concept is building a dialogue between the cities of Hamburg and Chicago on migration and social inclusion.

  • Lisboa
    07
    Mar
    10
    Mar
    2017

    5th Global Pro Bono Summit

    Together with the Taproot Foundation and the partner in Portugal, the Social Entrepreneurship Agency, the BMW Foundation invites to the 5th Global Pro Bono Summit in Lisbon. The Global Pro Bono Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only convening of global pro bono service leaders who come together to share insights and develop strategies to further drive the pro bono movement, building the ethic of pro bono worldwide.

  • Munich
    17
    Feb
    2017
    Global Dialogue at Munich Security Conference

    Establishing Governance in Fragile States

     

    Europe is surrounded by unstable neighbors: The conflict in Ukraine, authoritarian developments in Turkey, and extreme corruption and increasingly illiberal tendencies in the Western Balkans are proof of an unsettling trend at Europe’s borders. At a time when the EU is struggling to prevent its further fragmentation, the accession prospects of the countries in Southeast Europe are receding, exacerbating brain drain, political apathy and reform bottlenecks in Europe’s neighborhood. Not surprisingly, the approval rates of the EU are declining dramatically in these countries. Powers like China, Russia and (in the case of majority Muslim societies such as Bosnia and Herzegovina) Saudi Arabia are stepping into the growing political vacuum in Southeast Europe, potentially threatening to undermine EU security interests. This would become even more obvious were the US to withdraw from the European theatre.