Since 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and
the BMW Group have engaged in a historic partnership geared towards
creating a new model for collaboration between the private sector and
the UN system. To that end, the two organizations have established The
Intercultural Innovation Awardwhose mandate is to
select highly innovative grassroots projects that promote dialogue and
intercultural understanding and make vital contributions to prosperity
and peace in global societies. The most outstanding projects receive
award money as well as consulting services from the BMW Group and the
UNAOC. Ten finalists will present their projects at the Viennese
Volkstheatre on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. President Nassir
Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Incoming United Nations High Representative for
the Alliance of Civilizations, and Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President
Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications, BMW
Group, will chair the ceremony, in the presence of UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. High-level representatives of the UNAOC
and the BMW Group will give the award to the five top organizations.
“The Alliance is more than a platform for dialogue; it is also a tool
at the service of the international community to prevent conflicts,
especially those that are identity based. The Intercultural Innovation
Award is a unique example of this mandate.” stated Al-Nasser.
In addition to offering a monetary prize, the UNAOC and the BMW Group
are committed to helping these projects expand and replicate in other
settings where they may be useful. Winners will become members of the
World Intercultural Facility for Innovation (WIFI). WIFI is a platform
for winners to connect with potential donors and mentors and to enter
into a dialogue with other awardees. Under the coordination of the
WIFI team, the winners of the Award will:
Participate in conferences, trainings and workshops;
Be connected to policy-makers and funders;
Become active members of the WIFI community of practitioners and
experts who help each other in achieving their particular goals;
Receive customized project support based on the individual and
Bill McAndrews from the BMW Group said: “As a company with associates
from around the globe, intercultural understanding is an essential
part of our daily work at the BMW Group. It is because of this that we
are so proud of our strong partnership with the UNAOC. This
collaboration and the Intercultural Innovation Award enable us to
highlight some of the wonderful cross-cultural work being done
worldwide. BMW Group’s commitment to the awardees extends beyond
financial support to include every relevant resource we can offer.
This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a
practice that enriches peoples’ lives.“
This year’s finalists include:
Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group – Recycling as
Bridge and Binder (India) Through recycling, Chintan's project promotes
understanding between poor migrants and the middle class and wealthy
residents of New Delhi.
Cultural Infusion – Sound Infusion (Australia) Cultural
Infusion is an innovative digital learning platform which utilizes
music from all over the world to build intercultural understanding.
FilmAid – Filmmaker Training and Screening Program for
Refugees and Host Communities (Kenya) FilmAid is screening series and
filmmaker training project creates opportunities for refugees and
their host communities in refugee camps and urban areas across Kenya
to share their stories.
IDResearch Kft. – Immigropoly (Hungary) Immigropoly is a
unique Internet-based character-game to increase the understanding of
migration and integration in our global world, and targeted towards
Kapamagogopa Inc.(KI) Volunteers – Muslim Youth Volunteering for interfaith
dialogue and understanding (Philippines) Local young
Muslims are mobilized to work as volunteers in non-Muslim
organizations to promote dialogue, understanding and development to
non-Muslim and Muslim communities in Mindanao.
Plain Ink – When change reads like a book (Italy) Plain Ink is a pioneering,
non-profit social venture harnessing the power of stories, comics and
children’s books to help children and communities overcome the
stumbling blocks of poverty and social exclusion.
Puerta Joven – Languages of Youth
(Mexico) Lenguas Jóvenes is a project that fosters
indigenous migrant youth cultural expressions through mobile phones
for intercultural dialogue. Puerta Joven, a
youth-led organization teaches the use of arts and new technologies as
a way to promote cultural interaction and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Search for Common Ground Morocco – Multimedia &
Intercultural relations in Morocco SFCG–Morocco brings together young
Moroccans and sub-Saharan migrants in Rabat and Casablanca to learn
about video & multimedia and break down cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
TakingITGlobal – TakingITGlobal Online Community (Canada) TakingITGlobal works to empower
youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. It
serves youth worldwide through a multilingual online learning
community and innovative education programs geared towards fostering
active global citizenship.
The Parents Circle – Crack in the Wall (Israel/Palestine) The Crack in the
Wall is a neutral social network platform on Facebook with more
than 10,000 active users. CITW allows Palestinians and Israelis to
communicate with one another and express themselves on various topics
through video, pictures, and posts with provided translation to the
For further questions please contact:
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs Milena Pighi,
Social Responsibility tel: +49-89-382-66563 email: Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de