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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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In this issue:
Going for Gold: London Olympics Diversity Charter
Stephen Frost: On Procurement and Supplier Diversity at the London Games
Bringing Maori Culture to Newcomers: The Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy
Mayor Jürgen Roters: Listening to Local Leadership in Cologne
Learning Exchange: Building Citizenship through Participation
Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover
Orkan Kösemen: Learning from Each Other
What Is a Welcoming Community?
Good Ideas in the News

London Olympics Going for Gold: London Olympics Diversity Charter

The London 2012 Olympics are fast approaching. Beyond the obvious hoopla, these Games have a winning event like no other: a Diversity and Inclusion Business Charter. 

Developed by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the Charter has been described as “a bold and potentially groundbreaking attempt to tackle the issue of diversity in the supply chain” by the Commission for a Sustainable London.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Stephen Frost Stephen Frost: On Procurement and Supplier Diversity at the London Games

Interview @ Cities of Migration

Cities of Migration spoke to Stephen Frost, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for London 2012, the organizing body for the upcoming Olympic Games. Stephen talks about the strategic benefits of supplier diversity and how LOCOG is setting a new standard with its procurement strategies.

>> Read Interview


New Migrant Marae Visits Bringing Maori Culture to Newcomers: The Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy

In Wellington, the Marae Welcome Program connects newcomers to New Zealand’s indigenous people and helps them understand the significance of Maori culture in the country.

Held at a local marae, a Maori meeting house, program activities include educational workshops on the Treaty of Waitangi (the founding document of New Zealand as a nation), Maori culture, its language, and history. Interpreters are on hand to bridge the language barrier among participants.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Mayor Jürgen Roters: Listening to Local Leadership in Cologne

Opinion @ Cities of Migration

"Close to my heart is [the idea] that we don’t create programs just 'for migrants' but rather with a focus on mutual participation, and the right to education for all."

As part of our Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration, we ask mayors and city leaders for their views on immigration, local initiatives and the future of their cities.

>> Read Opinion


Learning Exchange: Building Citizenship through Participation

In our April webinar, presenters from the Count Us In Campaign (Dublin) and Building Citizenship Program (Toronto) shared tips for how they deliver successful programs that have made a difference in engaging new citizens and building their sense of belonging.

  • Engage the host community in concrete ways to make new citizens feel welcome
  • A strong media campaign needs to be supported by facts and involve different actors
  • Offer support mechanisms for your volunteers and for people who will be affected by your program/ campaign

>> Watch the full webinar video for Count Us In: Building Citizenship through Participation


photo of woman holding a book Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Sometimes the best way to break down barriers and fight stereotypes is through a simple conversation. Students in Valongo, Portugal, have that opportunity through a city-run program that combines a travelling library with, of all things, a “human book.”

The Living Library (Biblioteca Humana) allows students to hear first-hand about the experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds (the “books”) who have faced prejudice in their daily lives.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Orkan Kösemen: Learning from Each Other

Dr. Orkan Kösemen dispels some of the prevailing myths about immigration and Germany. As a project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, working on issues of migration, integration and democracy, he is currently in Toronto to learn more about Canadian approaches in these areas and share new perspectives from Germany.

>> Read the Full Article


What Is a Welcoming Community?

For David Lubell, Welcoming America Executive Director and new Ashoka Fellow, de-bunking myths about immigration can help US communities overcome their fears and embrace the country's national tradition and historical legacy of welcoming immigrants.

>> Watch the Video


Good Ideas in the News

French National Identity and Integration: Who Belongs? The latest report produced by MPI’s Transatlantic Council on Migration examines the concept of national identity in France and what it means to “be French.” More

At Home in Europe: Paris & Marseille. A new report looks at the highs, lows, and everyday realities of life for Muslims in Paris and Marseille, Muslims in France: The Future is Open (Open Society Foundations, 2012). More

Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy. This new book, edited by Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson, provides a comprehensive framework for analyzing the demand for migrant workers in high-income countries. More 

"Harnessing immigrant mobility means prosperity for all Canadians." Geoffrey Cameron and Ian Goldin on how immigration will define Canada's future. More

Video: Why do diversity and inclusion matter to you? May 21 was World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Maytree joined the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), its partner UNESCO and many other corporations and nonprofit organizations in a global campaign to “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion.” More

Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries. Beyond the remittances they send back to their homelands (more than USD 400 billion in 2010), diasporas are major direct investors in critical and emerging industries, known patrons of nascent tourism initiatives, and generous philanthropists. A new report and practical guide from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). More

Call for papers: The Intercultural City: Exploring an Elusive Idea, Venice, Italy. 29-30 November 2012. The SSIIM Unesco Chair invites the submission of papers on the notion of the "intercultural city" within the context of increasingly diverse urban societies. Deadline for submission: September 9, 2012. More.


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From integration to civic participation. Learn about civic engagement programs in Tenerife and Toronto that are training and building the capacity of diverse leaders from under-represented communities.

Participe en el primer seminario virtual en espańol del proyecto Cities of Migration que presentará dos iniciativas, de Tenerife y Toronto, que promueven el compromiso cívico mediante la creación de redes o la formación para la participación en la vida política.

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Dolls and Diversity: Fighting Prejudice with Empathy

photo of dolls

Berlin, Germany

The Kinderwelten program uses story-telling and role-playing to help even the youngest children adapt positively to diversity.

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Good Ideas Index

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Good Ideas Video Gallery

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

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