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Open Spaces – Open Society

An initiative within the framework of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network.

A project by Yvonne Meyer, Ludwig Henne, Julia Owtscharenko, Ewa Romanowska and Matthias Einhoff.

September 2016, Olsztyn, Poland

The support and strengthening of European civil society actors is of high significance to the RBCM Network. Smaller NGOs are often working under tenuous conditions; the economic perspectives for the actors are limited. At the same time, they are doing important work for their cities and local areas and are a substantial factor for young, well educated people to stay in their region. This is why NGOs are having a crucial impact on their surrounding society with regard to innovation and/or political as well as cultural stability.

Based on two former meetings with delegates from European NGOs and RBC Managers from Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany, and Slovakia that dealt with structural and cooperational questions about contemporary NGO work, the actual workshop will ask for the societal impact of cultural workers and their strategies for stabilising their working conditions. The flexible and nonetheless self-supporting structures and working modes of smaller NGOs will be tested and looked upon with special attention to social innovation, participation and the development of an open society.

In terms of a transfer of knowledge between the network and society, a key feature of the project is the cooperation also with partners and participants beyond the RBCM Network.

Further sponsors and partners: Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Freunde der Borussia Olsztyn/Allenstein e.V., Fundacja Borussia Olsztyn, Goethe-Institut Warsaw

pictures: Yvonne Meyer und Jacek Sztorc