Give Something Back To Berlin is urban integration project with it's aim promoting new Berliners as a positive energy for urban integration instead of just gentrification. We are connecting new Berliners with local social projects for mutual mixing, learning and sharing in neighborhoods in the process of gentrification.
Give Something Back To Berlin started as a grass root initiative with the aim to promote expats and new Berliners as a positive energy for urban integration instead of just gentrification. After massive initial interest the idea developed into an actual project. The project’s goal is to create new and positive examples of how different groups can learn, live and share in neighborhoods in the process of gentrification. The actual tool is as simple as it is effective - through social media and the Give Something Back To Berlin-online platform new Berliners and expats can easily share some of their time and skills to a social initiative that helps improve the city, their neighborhoods and the lives of people vulnerable for the consequences of gentrification. The new Berliners are not only often big fans of Berlin, but also open minded, creative and curious about getting to know their new city and neighborhoods. Through Give Something Back To Berlin they can canalize some of this energy for a social cause. This way, new and interesting collaborations can be initiated. It's urban integration at its best and a win win situation for everyone – the expat, the social organization and the neighborhoods!
The interest so far has been great. In the first four months since the launch in June 2013 we have connected over hundred expats with different social organizations and initiatives. GSBTB also won Montag Stiftung's Neue Nachbarshaft price as one of Germany’s 20 most innovative urban integration projects and have already been feautured on Deutschland Radio, in Berliner Morgenpost, on Deutsche Welle, in Enorm Magazine, in Neue Züricher Zeitung as well as in American and Swedish public television and radio. Journalists from Denmark, Italy, Chile and England have also written about the project.
Contact Person:Julia Baumhauer
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