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Thursday, September 15, 2011

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In this issue:
Incubating Change
Ian Goldin: Migrants Are Exceptional People
Good Idea: We Are Hamburg! Won't You Join Us?
Carmen Garcia de Andrés: Putting Citizenship into Practice
Cities of Migration Marketplace Magic: Good Ideas Take the Road!
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Faithful to Community in Duisburg to Melbourne
The London Riots: Commentary
Raising the Curtain on Cultural Diversity: Integrating Inclusion into the Arts
Good Ideas We Are Watching
Good Ideas in the News

Incubating Change

Innovation is rarely the happy accident on the chemistry bench or in the culture lab. It's more likely the product of a search for solutions or an insightful response to change. This month we bring you stories that invite you to think about how innovation is changing our world.

Ian Goldin, the Director of the Martin Oxford School, makes the case for the 'exceptional people' at the heart of global change. From Madrid, Carmen Garcia de Andrés of the Fundacion Tomillo describes how a participatory budgeting model taps the entrepreneurial spirit of street youth. In our upcoming webinar, local governments in Helsinki and Vienna show how immigrant entrepreneurs and business incubation is an urban affair.

For Rob Berkeley at the Runnymede Trust, commenting on the recent London riots, change also means not rushing to conclusions.

The best ideas are borrowed and re-invented by context and application. Cities of Migration travels to Seattle next month to share ten outstanding integration practices with attendees at the US National Immigrant Integration Conference. We hope you can join us at NIIC2011 for our Marketplace of Good Ideas and take a fresh perspective home with you.


Ian Goldin Ian Goldin: Migrants Are Exceptional People

Opinion @ Cities of Migration

"We live in a dynamic age of global integration, where the reconnection and mixture of the world’s people is challenging dominant norms and practices in many societies."

In his book Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future, Ian Goldin, the Director of the Martin Oxford School and former vice-president of the World Bank, argues that governments need to widen their understanding of immigration.

>> Read Opinion


Good Idea: We Are Hamburg! Won't You Join Us?

In 2006, the city of Hamburg set an ambitious target to increase within five years the cultural diversity among its city workers by recruiting up to 20% of all applicants, trainees and apprentices who come from migrant communities.

To do this, the city devised a marketing campaign - We Are Hamburg! Won't You Join Us? - aimed at students, graduates and... their parents.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Carmen Carmen Garcia de Andrés: Putting Citizenship into Practice

Interview @ Cities of Migration

Carmen Garcia de Andrés, the General Director of the Madrid-based Fundación Tomillo talks about the success of Tiempo Joven, a program that challenges young people to become good citizens and future leaders by inviting them to design and manage their own community-based projects.

>> Read Interview


Good Ideas on the Road Cities of Migration Marketplace Magic: Good Ideas Take the Road!

Cities of Migration takes the 'Marketplace of Good Ideas' to Seattle!

From October 24-26, this year's 4th annual US National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) meets in Seattle and includes an international showcase of award-winning integration practices in the Cities of Migration Marketplace of Good Ideas. Co-presented with the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Cities of Migration will host a whirlwind tour of five outstanding US practices, all E Pluribus Unum Award winners, and five international practices from Toronto, London, Barcelona, Kerpen, and Auckland that have demonstrated the power of local initiatives to make immigrant integration a success.

>> Go to the Marketplace!


Catherine On the Trail of Good Ideas: Faithful to Community in Duisburg to Melbourne

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

Why? It illustrated how the different faiths worked together on the premise that it is one city and all the different religions exist within the city.

>> Read Full Article


The London Riots: Commentary

During last month's London riots, Rob Berkeley, the Director of our partner the Runnymede Trust, wrote a commentary where he cautions: 

"Runnymede warned of the impact of inequalities on our society....But we never supposed that the despair was as widespread as it now appears to be...

We have to admit that it is a new phenomenon about which we know very little. Speculation is not helping." 

>> Read the City Dispatch


Raising the Curtain on Cultural Diversity: Integrating Inclusion into the Arts

Diversity is the norm for arts organizations who are bringing new creative voices to the city like Diaspora Dialogues (Toronto) and People in Your Neighbourhood (Auckland).

In our last webinar, presenter Gareth Farry (British Council New Zealand) reminds us that "community engagement involves ongoing communication and a desire to empower and provide opportunity."

Find out more about smart engagement strategies, how to develop new relationships with ethnic media and how to mentor creativity with professional networks and strategic partnerships.

>> Learn more => webinar video and resources!


Good Ideas We Are Watching

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to open Office of New Americans. More
  • Toronto Inspires Settlement Website for New Aucklanders. More
  • Dublin's One City One People Campaign. More


Good Ideas in the News

The DiverseCity School4Civics Checklist. After participating in the Cities of Migration webinar, School4Civics put together a series of tips on how to start a political training and mentoring program for emerging leaders in your area.  More

The China in the World Conference, Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy, on September 22-23 brings together the foremost authorities on Chinese migration. The conference aims to compare and contrast models of integration from around the world. More Also take a look at our Good Idea from Bologna about this community. More

Starting on solid ground: the municipal role in immigrant settlement. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities just released a report that looks at the challenges city governments face to integrate new immigrants. More

MIPEX releases reports for new members - Japan and Australia. More

Migration Futures: Perspectives on Global Changes, 16th international Metropolis conference, September 12-16, 2011, Azores Islands. More

BMW Group and UN Alliance of Civilizations Launch Award to Foster Innovation in Cross-cultural Dialogue. Applications Deadline: October 16, 2011. More

UN Day of General Discussion on Undocumented Workers hosted by PICUM with Migrants Rights International (MRI) on September 19, 2011 in Geneva Switzerland. More


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Upcoming Webinar

October 4, 2011

Enterprising Cities: Incubating Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Join Cities of Migration for a webinar to discover how two city-led programs in Helsinki and Vienna are boosting the local economy by providing the practical tools and services that help new immigrant entrepreneurs turn good ideas into tangible and local successes.

Register now (free)


Featured Good Idea


Count Us In!
Dublin, Ireland

A campaign to remind political parties that Irish citizens are diverse.

Read about the Good Idea


Good Ideas Video Gallery

Gallery of videos

In a curated video gallery, Cities of Migration showcases good ideas in integration from cities all around the world.

Watch the videos on our Youtube channel.


Submit a Good Idea!

At Cities of Migration, our Good Ideas about successful integration practice are traveling from city to city.

Our Good Ideas also travel from reader to reader. We want to share these stories with you.

Do you have a Cities of Migration story to share? Contact us: citiesofmigration@maytree.com


Contact Cities of Migration

Maytree (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Piali Roy, Writer/ Web Editor
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator
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