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.
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