In March, young people from different parts of the world came together in South Africa for the last phase of the project "StartUpcycling" - an initiative on job opportunities for young people in the field of environmental protection, upcycling and sustainability.
25 young coffee fans from different countries among them also particpants from Honduras, Philippines and Paraguay, have been together for one week of professional training in the coffee business at Mannheim. In this context coffee expert Andrej Godina presented even his new book "Barista in a Book".
At the beginning of March 2018, 25 participants from Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine and Germany participated in the project "FutureLab" in Mannheim and Stuttgart. In this last stage, they took stock of their previous connections, looked beyond their own network and made plans for a future of good networks.
From 28th October to 2nd November Starkmacher has co-organized and participated in the international ‘Host-Spot’- conference on Conflicts and Peace, Human Rights, Intercultural Dialogue and Migration and Integration in Alexandria, Egypt. 22 participants from nine different European and Middle-Eastern countries came together to exchange their personal experiences regarding migration.
From November 6th to 12th, a German-Turkish meeting took place in Berlin. 10 young people from Germany and 10 from Turkey met in the project “GreenUp Bridges” and got an insight into the green professional world, especially in green start-ups. Together with its partner 'Konya Metropolitan Municipality Kilicarslan Youth Center' from Turkey, this week aimed at informing young adults about the basics of green entrepreneurship and sustainability.
A group of young Europeans went to visit two southamerican countries in October 2017. The coffee industry in Honduras and El Salvador developped quite remarkably regarding agricultural and production methods. These countries are on their way to become important commercial partners on the global market and have the chance even to improve their own living, educational and working conditions. To get a better idea of the actual situation of the coffee cooperatives and to analyse and discuss possibilities of cooperation and support a small group visited some of these cooperatives.
Three organisations have invited more than 100 young people from 25 countries to join a "Youth World Peace Camp" in the city of Madaba in Jordan. They spent one week in containers that before had been used as accomodations for refugees. They learned about the life and stories of refugees, worked together in different creative and crafts projects and discovered many possibilities to understand the feelings and needs of these people. For the conclusion they all moved to the American University of Madaba to join the internationale "Youth World Peace Forum" and met with 1000 young people form all over the world.
The entrepreneurial meeting of the international initiative „Economy of Communion“ in May earlier this year really initiated a powerful boost for the German community. As one of the hosts, the Starkmacher actively helped to organize and shape the meeting.
The NEST workshops in Budapest and Luxembourg taught participants to structure, organize and design projects for supra-regional institutions to possibly fund for completion. Representatives from 9 organizations met for a training workshop in September and November 2017 in Budapest and Luxembourg. The participants came from Italy, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Czech Republik and Luxembourg.
The chosen representatives of Starkmacher e.V., Viki Bock and Yannik Seelmann, took part in an international Media-Project „Breaking Rays“ close to Rome in July 2017. Twenty-two youngsters from all over the world came together to participate in a professional training regarding communication, audiovisual production and storytelling.
From the 21st to the 25th of August, 25 young people from Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany, Ukraine and Croatia met in Krizevzi, a small town 1h north of Zagreb. "One world. One Future! ": following this motto, the group was discussing and developing ideas of how to shape the world sustainably for a bright future.
From 11 to 19 February, the seven partners of the project "StartUpcycling" met in Berlin. During the first meeting, various upcycling methods were presented and the principles of waste management in the individual partner countries were described. The week showed how much know-how the partners can offer: from experiences in the sector of awareness raising on waste prevention to knowledge about upcycling design and entrepreneurship, as well as expertise in waste research.
20°15'18 ''S, 47°28'41''W. It is Brazil, the green lung of the world, hosting this time the Umami Coffee Camp in cooperation with Starkmacher e.V., German NGO and 6 other organizations, with a total of seven different participating countries.