Brückenbauer Summer School 2012

For 3 days around 50 people with diverse backgrounds representing more than 50 civil society organizations (CSO) from 15 European countries meet from 5th - 7th September 2012 to work on diversity management, cross-religious dialogue, social cohesion, and combating racism and rightwing populism.


  1. connecting practicioners for a more inclusive society

  2. It was the objective of the Brückenbauer Summer School 2012 (#bss12) to promote mutual understanding, respect, exchange, and cooperation among different groups and individuals strongly diverse on cultural, religious, national and/or ethnic levels. Non-formal learning experiences (pro-action café, open space) build up trust between individuals and open new windows for long term projects across borders. Together participants identified ways of how citizens can become the active driving force for their communities all over Europe.

    Inspired by keynote speakers, participants organized and planned concrete projects in the Pro Action Café. The participants became active agents for their cause and built up networks all over Europe! Find out about what they planned in the next section.
  3. Brückenbauer Summer School 2012 / Construir Puentes, Day 3 / Día 3
    Brückenbauer Summer School 2012 / Construir Puentes, Day 3 / Día 3
  4. „Barcelona Summer School 2012"
  5. Day 3 - Interfaith Dialogue

  6. As Director of the London based 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), Stephen Shashoua, and his team dynamic team, innovate, design, and deliver a wide portfolio of award-winning social cohesion programmes to encourage interaction and learning between people of different faiths and beliefs.

    Having joined in 2004, Stephen has led the development of 3ff since 2008 into one of the UK’s largest and most delivery orientated interfaith and inter-cultural organisations. Stephen oversees 3FF’s outreach, both nationally and internationally. With a background in education and lifetime of understanding cultures, Stephen continues to work towards solutions to conflicts between communities and promote interaction, cooperation and learning through his work on the ground, as well as through his writing and lecturing.
  7. Day 2 - Combating Racism and Xenophobia

  8. Michael Privot is director of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) where he started as Networking and Campaigns Officer in January 2006. Previously, he worked during four years as FNRS Research Fellow at the University of Liège (Belgium).

    He also has several years experience in community building of Muslim communities in Belgium and Europe, as well as consultancy on related issues. He holds a BA in Oriental History and Philology (Islamology), a specialisation in Comparative History of Religions and Arabic (Damas), and a PhD in Languages and Literature from the University of Liège (Belgium). Michael became ENAR’s Director in March 2010
  9. Day 1 - Diversity and Social Cohesion

  10. Ratna Omidvar is President of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programmes. The foundation is known for its commitment to developing, testing, and implementing programmes and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and in public office.

    Ratna also serves as a director of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance and is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). In 2006, Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario. In 2010, the Globe and Mail profiled Ratna as its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship and in 2011 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada
  11. Participant's Statements

  12. Brückenbauer Summer School 2012: Interview, Sharif Chowdhury