On the Trail of Good Ideas: Community-Building from Duisburg to Melbourne

September 14th, 2011

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month meet Catherine Rinaudo, Manager of Community Cultural Development from the city of Whittlesea (Melbourne), Australia.

The department promotes the importance of culture with a focus on process to identify, reflect, strengthen and support cultural values, capacity and the identity of the city’s diverse communities.

The Good Idea that really caught my eye? The Miracle of Marxloh: Bringing A Community Together Around A New Mosque from Duisburg,Germany

Why? We have a number of inter-faith groups that are very effective in promoting understanding across faiths and across cultures. They visit each-others places of worship, learn about  different faiths and practices and have developed creative projects that  use symbols and communicate values and shared experiences. Because of the work of our inter-faith groups

I was interested in the case study presented on the building of the mosque in Germany. It was a good story that illustrated how the different faiths worked together on the premise that it is one city and all the different religions exist within the city.

How did you share this Good Idea?

I shared this idea with my colleagues who work very closely with many diverse communities and we can see the benefits of sharing knowledge and of inter-cultural exchange.

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