These three cross-cluster projects were selected to take place in 2019

When starting our first cross-cluster call within the Bosch Alumni Network at the beginning of this year, we were looking for network strengthening projects that would involve members from different sectors and clusters and address issues in one of the following topic areas: migration, social cohesion, sustainable living spaces. The diversity and quality of the more than 40 submitted proposals was stunning, the choice therefore extremely hard to make but 12 project teams were asked to elaborate a more detailed proposal.

In March, a jury of five network members coming from different regions with expertise in one of the main topic areas had the difficult task to evaluate the remaining ideas and we are now very happy to announce the three projects that will be implemented in 2019.

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New Work for the Common Good

A three-day-workshop in Hamburg will bring together local and international experts in new forms of work, cross-sectoral collaboration, urban commons and the transformation of (former) industrial areas. These topics are going to be discussed based on the redevelopment of a heritage protected power plant and local work spaces in the East of Hamburg. As a result of the workshop an appropriate spatial, organizational and economic model for the place should be conceptualized and an international network initiated to ensure ongoing knowledge exchange and mutual support in working for the common good in new, collective ways.

Contact Person: Dorothee Halbrock

The Inclusion Dividend: Increasing Economic Growth and Social Cohesion in U.S. and European Cities

Since the 1980’s, income inequality has increased in almost every OECD country and has significantly worsened following the 2008 economic crisis. Typically, city leaders think about improving economic growth and improving inclusion and social cohesion as two separate challenges; however recent research shows that they are linked. The Urban Institute will host a one-day workshop to explore inclusive economic growth strategies with Bosch Alumni Network members from various European cities and backgrounds. The goal is to introduce American strategies to European stakeholders and determine their resonance and validity to European cities and to spark innovation for U.S. participants by exposing them to new strategies from a European context.

Contact Person: Kathrin Reynolds

Migration in Balkans - before and after joining the EU

The project deals with one of the biggest challenges in the Balkan region, which is migration, more precisely, brawn and brain drain. Many Balkan countries are constantly facing the problem of outbound migration and none of them has a plan to overcome the issue. Several challenges are brought about by the migration phenomenon: Slowdown in development, expanding depopulated areas in countries of origin and pressure on social services in western EU member states, amongst others. Through this project, we aim to open the discussion and look at the problem of brawn and brain drain from a regional perspective with two events. The first is a lab in Făgăraș (Romania) in which the potential of digital tools to support shrinking communities will be practically explored. The second is a workshop in Tirana (Albania) which will discuss regional responses to migration challenges.

Contact Person: Stefan Cibian and Majlinda Aliu

We would like to thank all members who submitted an idea and hope that you will find alternative ways to realize them!

Jury members:
Deepak Ashwani
Ann-Kathrin Ebinger
Silvan Hagenbrock
Zoya Lukyanova
Kim Ochs

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