“Bakers without Borders” is a non-competitive educational game for all ages and different cultural settings, uniting people from all walks of life due to the unique power of bread as a universal symbol of sharing. With three sub-games, it can be used as a social business model and a guide for therapy and transformative life-long education. This innovative product has been developed by Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova the Founder of the Bread Houses Network.
Visit the game’s website: http://thegame.bakerswithoutborders.net for more information and order your copy today. Percentage of all proceeds from the sales of the game are donated to the Bread Houses Network (www.breadhousesnetwork.org) to support its social programs for free bread therapy sessions with people with disabilities and traumas in Bulgaria and other countries.
In September 2016, a team of experts in cultural policies for sustainable development from the global AGENDA 21 for Culture team visited the first Bread House in the world, in the town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The expert group included the current AGENDA 21 President, Catherine Cullen, and a few other international experts, among which Mr. Jordi Balta from Barcelona who had been cooperating with our network ever since its creation. At the Gabrovo Bread House, the diverse participants engaged in our Theater of Crumbs method and were thrilled by the way it unleashes creativity and helps bond people. Catherine Cullen also took with her our educational game “Bakers Without Borders” and shared how at international conferences she had already been presenting, and will continue in the future to present, the Bread Houses Network know-how as a good practice.
The city of Gabrovo has been selected together with other cities from around the world as pilot cities striving to promote cultural policies for sustainable local development. The Bread Houses Network is thus plannig cooperation projects with organizations in some of the AGENDA 21 pilot cities in Latin America, Europe, and elsewhere in this exciting field, where creativity becomes catalyst for social transformation.
A French family with 1-year old baby makes a round-the-world trip and meets the family of the founder of BHN, Nadezhda Grigorova, in Bulgaria and takes with them around the globe the game Bakers Without Borders to promote as Crumbassadors how we can build peace across cultures by breaking bread witch each other. Read more here: http://bebe-globetrotter.com/bulgarie/
One of our Bakers Without Borders and year-long Crumbassador, Yana Doncheva, had a recent project employing the Bread Houses Network methods in Romania in July 2016. During the course of Stella Leadership Programme, conducted by British Exploring Society, recent graduates from universities across the UK participated in a socially significant community project in the region around Sovata, Romania. One of the many activities during the Community project day was bread baking workshop for children with different social backgrounds, employing the “Theater of Crumbs” method. The aim was creating better conditions for community building through a shared activity and helping the establishment of long-lasting relations among the diverse children in the community.
The Bread Houses Network took active part in the international Tastes of the Danube Project and its final conference and public event “Breakfast on the Bridge” in Ulm, Germany, in July 2016. The project and the big international event, where BHN Founder Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova was among the keynote speakers, strengthened a network along the Danube of people and organizations working with bread as a tool for unity and community-building.
Nadezhda’s long-envisioned dream to create a European and then global Bread (for Social Change) Cultural Route attracted many more partners and co-visionaries, and thus BHN continues to work towards the realization of the Cultural Route, with concrete contact points, places to visit, and events and programs to take part in the currently 20 European countries where BHN has developed partnerships.
Watch a video of the final public event of the Tastes of the Danube Project, an international Breakfast on the Bridge with traditional breads,music, and dances from all Danube countries.
We are proud to share, that Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova, founder and director of the International Council for Cultural Centers (I3C) and the Bread Houses Network (BHN) has received the Iconic Innovative Trailblazers of the Decade award. It is bestowed by the Women Economic Forum 2016, which has taken place between May 16 and May 21 in New Delhi, India. The prize has been granted to Nadezhda for her contributions for the global development of social entrepreneurship.
Nadezhda, who holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology by Princeton University, is the creator of Bread Houses Network. It started eight years ago in the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo, and nowadays it spreads over five continents and in twenty countries. The Network develops socio-cultural centers, which function as bakeries at the same time. Their mission is to unite the local communities through bread making, and to revive the tradition to prepare authentic sourdough bread. The main instrument for social change applied by the Organization is community bread making that has social, therapeutic, cultural, and educational character.
The knowledge and the experience acquired through the years with Bread Houses Network are summed up in the game Bakers without Borders, created by Nadezhda and her husband. Recently the game has received the Intercultural Innovation Award by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. With the resources by the award Nadezhda plans to work on the global distribution of the game. This is the first of her priorities, and the second is to further develop Bread in the Dark, a program whose mission is to connect sight-impaired facilitators with sighted people in 100% darkened environment where the group engages in bread-making as a catalyst for dialogue on various existential questions, experienced tangibly through the processes of kneading bread as metaphors for life.
The award, a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. This year’s edition of the IIA was presented at a dedicated ceremony on 26 April during the 7th Global Forum of the UNAOC.
“Bakers without Borders” was selected amongst close to 1000 applications from more than 120 countries. In addition to monetary support, our project will receive mentoring from UNAOC and BMW Group to support its evolution. We will have the opportunity to participate in training activities and workshops, as well as to become part of the exclusive “Intercultural Leaders” network.
“Bakers without Borders” is an interactive, non-competitive board game which presents real cultural anthropology in an accessible way for people of all ages and backgrounds. Players unite in community bread-making events, mixed with artistic activities. They go through creative brainstorming sessions on social problems and social entrepreneurship, experiencing the transformative exchange of personal stories or dreams linked to cultures around the world
The Bread Houses Network is among the ten finalists for the Intercultural Innovation Award given by United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. By supporting sustainable and innovative, intercultural grassroots initiatives with the potential for expansion and replication, the Intercultural Innovation Award aims to contribute to peace and to building more inclusive societies.
Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the UNAOC and the BMW Group. This year the competition was very high – the ten finalists were selected among close to 1000 applications from 120 countries. The final rankings will be announced during the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 26th of April.
The awarded project “Bakers without Borders – Game and Network” is about replicating the 7-year long experience of the Bread Houses Network with community bread-making events as tools for intercultural dialogue and community cohesion, across more than 20 countries on 5 continents. “Bakers without Borders” (thegame.bakerswithoutborders.net) is an interactive, non-competitive board game which is the first to present real cultural anthropology in the format of a game for people from all ages and backgrounds. Playing the game helps people unite in community bread-making events and experience creative brainstorming sessions on social problems, social entrepreneurship, and the transformative exchange of personal stories linked to different cultures around the world. The project will support the adaptation of the game into Spanish and French (available in German) and its distribution in at least four new countries where cultural cohesion is needed.
During one year, the selected initiatives can enjoy invaluable expert know-how and resources from the BMW Group and UNAOC. In addition to receiving monetary support, the finalists will have the opportunity to participate in training activities and workshops covering diverse subjects such as strategy and planning, implementation analysis and media training, as well as to become a part of the exclusive “Intercultural Leaders” network.
In February, all people in the area are invited to attend the next Pioneer Valley Bread House gathering. Join the Bread House team and the cohost, the Performance Studies Graduate Student Association, for storytelling, bread baking and celebration: moving away from winter and toward summer solstice!. The event is free and open to all.
Write to us or directly to Lutz or Vasilena if you are interested in the game. The game has a primary social mission, because in addition to families, it is perfect for people with disabilities, traumas and depression, and various social institutions (orphanages, elderly people’s homes, hospitals, rehab groups and centers, etc.). Also, schools and kindergartens can greatly benefit from it.
If you are such organizations, networks, or know of networks that can be interested, we will be grateful if you connect us. Become with us and through the game better than changemakers – ChangeBakers! 🙂