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Intergenerational Dialogue in Practice –
Citizens Initiate Sustainability

Intergenerational dialogue competition Prize winners honoured in Berlin

The Federal Government and the German Council for Sustainable Development held an awards ceremony for the 40 winners of the "Intergenerational Dialogue in Practice – Citizens Initiate Sustainability" competition in Berlin on 27 May 2009. Ten of the most outstanding initiatives from the field of entries were honoured as "lighthouse projects". To photo gallery of awards ceremony

The members of the 40 volunteer groups from across Germany are shining examples of how to promote interaction between the young and old. Thanks to their high degree of personal commitment in a variety of areas, including education sponsorships, intergenerational housing projects and neighbourhood networks, they enhance a sense of community within Germany’s changing social fabric.

"The competition shows how consciously and positively many people in Germany are dealing with the demographic transition in Germany," said Hans Geisler, jury chairman and Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development. The professionalism and, in many instances, the sense of environmental responsibility among the volunteer groups as they work toward intergenerational dialogue is "impressive and encouraging," says Geisler. Many of the award-winning initiatives are more than just socially exemplary. They also excel in terms of energy-efficient buildings, regional procurement and the use of renewable sources of energy. List of prize winners and photos

"Despite the differing nature of their commitment and regardless of whether the initiatives are launched by younger or older people, all of the selected projects have one thing in common: bringing people together and promoting shared experiences," said Gerd Hoofe, State Secretary at the Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. They prove that “everyone benefits from citizen’s commitment – individuals as well as society, says Hoofe.

A total of EUR 100,000 was awarded with the prizes, and 336 project groups took part. Entries were evaluated by a jury consisting of representatives of community umbrella organisations, the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), the scientific community, the German Council for Sustainable Development and experts on civil society involvement and local sustainability.

Background

"Intergenerational Dialogue in Practice – Citizens Initiate Sustainability" is a contribution to the national sustainability strategy made by the Federal Government which jointly sponsors the competition along with the German Council for Sustainable Development. The Government is represented by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the Federal Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Development. By staging this competition, the Federal Government and the German Council for Sustainable Development seek to honour and support the many forms of voluntary civil involvement.

Entrants

The competition is primarily aimed at civil society players dedicated to furthering intergenerational interaction. This may occur, for example, through private individuals, neighbourhood groups, clubs and associations, self-help groups, local educational institutions, regional economic co-operations, environmental groups, consumer protectionists, culture initiatives, citizens’ foundations, churches or trade unions.

Conditions of entry

Entrants were asked to meet the following criteria:

  1. They are an expression of civil involvement and of the active formation of social processes.
     
  2. They have, for the most part, a social, ecological and economic bearing on the Federal Government's sustainability strategy which seeks to merge economic efficiency, the conservation of natural livelihoods and social responsibility in such a way that developments are lastingly viable.
     
  3. They strengthen the intergenerational networking of all players.
     
  4. They are at a well-advanced planning stage or have already been completed.
     
  5. It would be desirable if, e.g. the support or involvement of foundations, companies and municipalities, or the support of the project through regional planning were documented.

  6. They are models or role models and inspire others to copy them.

Award

A total of EUR 100,000.00 was awarded to 40 exemplary projects. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Federal Press Office in Berlin, with the involvement of the German Council for Sustainable Development and several federal ministries.

Jury

The projects were evaluated by a jury consisting of members acting in an honorary capacity who had been invited by the Federal Government. It is comprised of representatives from community umbrella organisations, experts on local sustainability, the scientific community, the German Council for Sustainable Development and the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu). The Federal Government took on an advisory, non-voting role during the jury's deliberations.

On this page you will find the 40 prize winners - on a projects map as well as sorted according to Federal States and projects. Also, (press) photos of the awards ceremony on 27 May 2009 and of the prize winners of the ten "lighthouse projects" are available on this page.

All picture information (persons, copyright etc.) can be found in the IPTC metadata of the photo files.

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All photos of the awards ceremony as well as further impressions of the event in Berlin can also be found in a photo gallery. In the gallery all pictures can be looked at, zoomed and downloaded in high resolution.

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Projects map (PDF, 861KB)

Baden-Württemberg

Projekttitel: Wohnverwandtschaften (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Forum Weingarten 2000 e.V.
Ort: Freiburg
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: Zehntscheuer Deizisau – Treffpunkt für Jung und Alt
Institution: Zehntscheuer Deizisau – Treffpunkt für Jung und Alt
Ort: Deizisau
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Hilfe von Haus zu Haus e.V.
Institution: Hilfe von Haus zu Haus e.V.
Ort: Gaienhofen
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Arbeit/Ausbildung statt Stütze
Institution: Caritas Bruchsal
Ort: Bruchsal
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Bildungsprojekt Jung und Alt
Institution: JUGENDSOZIAL STIFTUNG - Zeit für Menschen
Ort: Nürtingen
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: ANSICHTSSACHE - Themen aus dem Blickwinkel der Generationen
Institution: Treffpunkt Senior Stuttgarter Netzwerk für Bildung und Soziales
Ort: Stuttgart
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Bavaria

Projekttitel: Mehrgenerationenhaus Dorflinde Langenfeld
Institution: Mehrgenerationenhaus Dorflinde Langenfeld
Ort: Langenfeld
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Generationsübergreifende Nachbarschaftshilfe
Institution: Stadtverwaltung Oettingen in Bayern
Ort: Oettingen
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: co2maus (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: co2maus e.V.
Ort: Erlangen
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: München alternativ erleben
Institution: Münchner Bildungswerk
Ort: München
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Aktive Senioren für Rosenheimer Jugendliche (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Aktive Senioren für Rosenheimer Jugendliche
Ort: Rosenheim
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: Generationenhaus Sontheim
Institution: Generationenhaus Sontheim
Ort: Sontheim
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Berlin

Projekttitel: Generationenwohnprojekt "Alte Schule Karlshorst" (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: SelbstBau e.G.
Ort: Berlin
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: LUU-Mehrgenerationenhaus in Berlin-Mitte
Institution: Luu-GbR und WIB e.G.
Ort: Berlin
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Netzwerk Schülerhilfe Rollberg
Institution: Förderverein Gemeinschaftshaus MORUS 14 e.V.
Ort: Berlin
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Kunst-Stoffe
Institution: Kunst-Stoffe
Ort: Berlin
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Initiative Ausbildungsplatzpaten
Institution: Initiative Ausbildungsplatzpaten
Ort: Berlin
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Netzwerk Leben im Kiez
Institution: Albatros e.V.
Ort: Berlin
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Hamburg

Projekttitel: Die Medienboten (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Bücherhallen Medienprojekte gGmbH
Ort: Hamburg
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Hesse

Projekttitel: Jugend ohne Schulden - JoSch (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Diakonisches Werk Offenbach-Dreieich-Rodgau
Ort: Dreieich
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: Alt hilft Jung im Jugendbüro Neu-Isenburg
Institution: Jugendbüro Neu-Isenburg
Ort: Neu-Isenburg
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Schule für alle im Landkreis Gießen e.V.
Institution: Schule für alle im Landkreis Gießen e.V.
Ort: Pohlheim
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Projekttitel: Soziokulturelles Stadtteilzentrum Schönwalde II in Greifswald
Institution: ISSA e.V.
Ort: Greifswald
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: „Lebendiges Dorf - mit uns!“
Institution: Dörfliche Begegnungsstätte Balow e.V.
Ort: Balow
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Zeitbank Vorpommern
Institution: Zeitbank Vorpommern e.V.
Ort: Eggesin
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Lower Saxony

Projekttitel: Dialog der Generationen durch Kunst
Institution: Ernst und Claere Jung Stiftung
Ort: Stade
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Egon-Naturgeschichten (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Gemeindebücherei Westoverledingen
Ort: Westoverledingen
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

North Rhine-Westphalia

Projekttitel: Projekt Nordbahntrasse
Institution: Wuppertalbewegung e.V.
Ort: Wuppertal
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Bürgerverein Wülfer-Bexten e.V. – Förderung des sozialen, kulturellen und gesellschaftlichen Lebens (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Bürgerverein Wülfer-Bexten e.V.
Ort: Bad Salzuflen
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: Generationengarten
Institution: Zentrum für Ausbildung und berufliche Qualifikation Oberhausen e. V.
Ort: Oberhausen
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Tage der Begegnung für Jung und Alt
Institution: Seniorenarbeit der Pfarrgemeinde St. Michael Kelz
Ort: Vettweiß-Kelz
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Rhineland-Palatinate

Projekttitel: Eilhardshof – Generationsübergreifendes Wohnen
Institution: Eilhardshof GmbH u. Mieterverein Eilhardshof e.V.
Ort: Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Wohnprojekt Layenhof e.V.
Institution: Wohnprojekt Layenhof e.V.
Ort: Mainz
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Saarland

Projekttitel: Projekt Mobile - Menschen bewegen
Institution: AWO Landesverband Saarland e.V.
Ort: Saarbrücken
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Saxony

Projekttitel: Senioren @ns Netz
Institution: Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte Aktives Alter-Neue Medien
Ort: Leipzig
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: MehrGenerationenKulturPark Deutzen (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: Pro Regio e.V.
Ort: Deutzen
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Projekttitel: „Elbtaltreff“ Service-, Beratungs- und Begegnungszentrum
Institution: CJD Heidenau e.V.
Ort: Heidenau
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Saxony-Anhalt

Projekttitel: AG „Dialog der Generationen“
Institution: SV der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg e. V.
Ort: Magdeburg
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Projekttitel: Bürgerinitiative Stendal e.V.
Institution: Bürgerinitiative Stendal e.V. für Nachhaltigkeit
Ort: Stendal
Foto: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)

Thuringia

Projekttitel: Gemeinsam statt einsam. Generationswohnen in Arnstadt-Ost (LEUCHTTURM-PROJEKT)
Institution: StadtStrategen. Bürogemeinschaft für integrative Stadtentwicklung
Ort: Weimar
Foto 1: Preisverleihung am 27.05.2009 (JPG)
Foto 2: Preisträger des Leuchtturm-Projektes (JPG)

Photo gallery of the awards ceremony on 27 May 2009

Presse-und Besucherzentrum (PBZ) des
Presse-und Informationsamts der Bundesregierung
Theodor-Haubach-Saal, Reichstagsufer 14, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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Are you looking for (press) photos of specific projects? Under Prize winners you will find all photos of the awards ceremony sorted according to Federal States and projects.

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Intergenerational Dialogue in Practice – Citizens Initiate Sustainability (PDF, 1458 KB, in German)
The 40 prize winners of the competition by the Federal Government and the German Council for Sustainable Development, text No. 27, October 2009 [German]

Prize winners of the competition "Intergenerational Dialogue in Practice – Citizens Initiate Sustainability" (PDF, 57KB, in German)

Projects map of the intergenerational dialogue with all prize winners (PDF, 861KB, in German)

Programme of the competitionà´s awards ceremony on 27 May 2009 in Berlin (PDF, 139KB, in German)

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