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Newsletter February 2024

Dear friends,

In our first newsletter of the year we would like to inform you about our educational offers for 2024. Sign up!

1. Registration for the qualification series ʼAt eye level? Decolonial and empowering approaches in working with “partners” in African countries until February 21, 2024

“The training is exactly what we need in the North-South context!” (O-ton series 2023)

Our new webinar series “At eye level? Decolonial and empowering approaches” starts on March 4, 2024 with a focus on African countries. Register here by February 21, 2024!

The qualification series is aimed at those active in development organizations and initiatives as well as everyone who is committed to global justice. We particularly invite BIPoC, activists from migrant self-organizations and people from the diaspora.

In four modules (data and more information can be found here) we track down internalized colonial patterns and strategies and develop alternative strategies for action together. We give space to the special role of BIPoCs or migrant-diasporic actors temporarily and when necessary through Safer Spaces.

Currently, project work with African “partners” is built on a very uneven basis. Funds and guidelines come from Germany and people from Germany are often deployed in the partner countries, even though they lack knowledge of the local structures. But racism and other power relationships are also (unconsciously) reproduced in direct collaboration on site or in teams here in Germany. Dealing with this reproduction is a comprehensive process. It starts with self-empowerment against these conditions on the black/of color side or self-reflection on the white side. The voices of migrant-diasporic actors are indispensable for the critical discourses on the decolonization of partnership work.

The aim is to jointly develop ideas for alternative options for action and racism and power-sensitive or empowered practices in “partnership work”. The series is part of the project supported by the PFQ program and Bread for the World. You can find more information about the project and the other focal points here.

2. Registration open for 2024: NGOs, institutions, groups and initiatives can book subsidized workshops in the “Medical Care for All?” project

In 2024, we would like to test the educational materials created in the project in 2023 for practical suitability in the form of digital test workshops (webinars). Medical and/or development NGOs, institutions, groups and initiatives can register for this. Please write to us using our contact form if you are interested in a workshop!

The content of the digital workshops is intended to sensitize groups of people who travel to the Global South to deal with people from the Global South in Germany or BIPoC who work in the medical field to the problem of racism in medicine . empowered and alternative options for action made visible. In the medium term, the workshop participants can become active themselves as potential multipliers and apply the knowledge they have learned.
The workshops can be held in German or English. We have a solidarity price system so that groups with less financial resources can benefit from the workshops just as much as those who have more financial resources.
We have therefore initially set a price range of between €600-800 per group workshop (with two glocal speakers each). As always, our prices are negotiable. Of course, we also welcome transparent inquiries who would like to support our political work with a small additional contribution. The funded workshop contingents for 2024 are limited!

Some group workshops for the first quarter of 2024 have already been taken. Contact us if your NGO, institution, group or initiative is interested in a workshop from spring to the end of 2024. You are welcome to forward this offer from us in newsletters and networks in order to reach potentially interested parties.

You can find more information about our project here.

3. Offers: City tours and student workshops in the Global Remembering project

In 2024, city tours in Berlin will be held again as part of the Global Remembering project. Are you interested in exploring Berlin-Charlottenburg on the topic of interconnections between German and Turkish history and, above all, getting to know the district better and in a new way through Jewish, Armenian, communist and social democratic biographies?
Would you like to book a city tour on the topic of colonial history and resistance as a group?
Then please contact us at geschichte[ät]glokal[punkt]org.

Even if you would like to take part in our project as a group of students, for example through a workshop, a city tour or by contributing to our city maps, please write to us at the email above or instruct your teacher!

We wish you a good start into 2024!

Your team from glokal e.V.


Newsletter December 2023

Dear friends,

At the end of the year we reflected again and thought it would be nice to start 2024 with new ideas.

1. 24 Inspirations for 2024 – Social Media Calendar

That’s why we created our social media calendar “24 Inspirations for 2024”, which you can read on our social media channels (facebook, twitter, linkedin and instagram) for a full 24 days starting tomorrow, December 1st, 2023. Get inspired!

2. Still have money to waste? Order glokal brochures!

There is often something left in the coffee box at the end of the year and our brochures come in at just the right time: by ordering our publications you support our work! You can find our print brochures here:

  • “I will return a million times!” In Honor of Resistance to Colonialism (2022)
  • Connecting the Dots. Learning from stories about oppression and resistance (2017)
  • Welcome without paternalism. Help and solidarity in support work (2017)
  • The fairy tale of eye level. Power and Solidarity in North-South Partnerships (2016)
  • With colonial greetings… Reports and stories from stays abroad viewed from a critical perspective on racism (2013)

3. Our offers for 2024 summarized

You can book workshops, process support, lectures and proofreading critical of racism here.

Empowerment and awareness-raising seminars for associations and institutions that are located in the area of development work and/or health care/medicine: Inquiries about this can be made using the contact form on our website.
Critical cartography (more about the project here): Get in touch at geschichte[ät]glokal[dot]org if you want your city to be part of it from 2024!

Qualification series “At eye level? Decolonial and empowering approaches in “partnership work” 2024 (subject to funding commitment)
The focus on African countries is planned 4 times on Thursdays from March to May in 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (exact dates to follow),
The dates for the focus on Abya Yala have already been set: April 22nd; 13.5; 3.6; June 24th, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Another webinar with a focus on public relations and fundraising is scheduled to take place in autumn 2024.

The webinars were quickly booked out. If you are interested, please register with an email with the subject: Qualification series – and your desired focus: anmelde[ät]glokal[dot]org, in order to find out about the registration early.

4. What happened at glokal in 2023?

In 2023 we once again implemented more than 60 workshops, seminars, organizational consultations and process support.

We have also started three projects:

One: Medical care for everyone

Here we conducted two research workshops in September and October 2023 with participants who are all employed in the field of medical care and/or development education work and are particularly BIPOC. Here we have prepared articles that you will soon be able to read on our new medicine timeline or on our material platform. The first articles in our inspiration calendar in December 2023 offer a small insight.
The project team (Amina Hikari Fall and Dennis Sadiq Kirschbaum) took part in various networking meetings and conferences (“Decolonize Health Conference”) and wrote articles (anthology “Therapy Intersectional”).

From 2024, we will be offering specific empowerment and awareness-raising seminars for associations and institutions that are active in the area of development work and/or health care/medicine. We look forward to receiving interested inquiries about this via the contact form on our website.

Two: Global Remembering II: The global history of your city!

The Global Remembering project deals with global networks in five different cities so far. You can visit our digital city maps here. In each city there are historical events, themed city tours and people related to global history: strikes by migrant workers; Places of African organization in Europe; People who were active in the international resistance against fascism. Some places were central to emigration from Europe, others played an important role in global economic relations then and now. Traces of German colonialism, National Socialism and right-wing extremist violence can also be traced on the maps.

You can also find an overview of our new posts in the inspiration calendar on our social media channels (see above).

In 2023, we also worked with museum staff and students in workshops, offered two city tours and networked with initiatives in new cities to expand our maps. Get in touch at geschichte[ät]glokal[dot]org if you want your city to be there from 2024!

Three: Qualification series “At eye level? Decolonial and empowering approaches in “partnership work”

In two rounds of 4 modules each – once with a focus on African countries and once on Abya Yala – Margarita Rodriguez Ornelas, Mariana Lo Sasso, Lawrence Oduro-Sarpong and Kristina Kontzi worked with 44 representatives of networks, organizations and individuals who are committed to development policy to decolonial and empower Approaches in partnership work are tested and further developed together. Each person was able to work on their specific construction site in a very practical way in partnership work. The feedback was consistently positive.

Subject to the commitment of funds, we will resume the series in 2024 (see 3 above for dates).

We wish you an inspiring December and a good start into the new year,

Your team from glocal


Special Newsletter Doğan

Dear friends,

Today we remember our dear friend and glokal colleague Doğan Akhanlı, who died two years ago today.

Especially in times that are so dominated by violence and hatred, we miss his humor, his warmth and his tireless commitment to human rights, victims of violence and a culture of remembrance that recognizes different traumas in solidarity and does not play them off against each other. He still leaves a big gap in our team to this day.
His collaboration was and remains an invaluable asset to this day and we would like to continue our work in his spirit. In his spirit, we would like to use our educational events, projects and publications to clearly advocate for the naming of racist, colonial and anti-Semitic continuities and thus contribute to a contentious but peaceful coexistence.

Doğan always had the strength to deal with people who held radically different opinions than him. He talked to them, worked, did theater. His writings, speeches, actions and humanity are an inspiration to us.

We miss you!

Your colleagues from glokal

PS: You can read Doğan’s biography on the Cologne page of our Global Remembering project.

Newsletter October 2023

Dear friends,

In our October newsletter we would like to invite you to two city tours and inform you about our ongoing projects.

1. Project Global Remembering: City tours escape-exile persecution on October 21st. and colonialism resistance on November 18, 2023
2. Project Medical Care for All: Project start and research phase
3. Project Decolonial Partnership Work with Abya Yala/Latin America: Qualification series started
4. Documentary film “white charity”: exhibition in the Kunsthalle Duisburg (for details please access German newsletter)

Newsletter August 2023

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you about current projects and activities.

1. Last places for the webinar series “At eye level? Decolonial collaboration in project work with “partners” in Abya Yala/Latin America” (application deadline on August 11, 2023)
2. Project Global Remembering: New cities, new workshops and city tours, join in!
3. Seminar offers from Informationsbürp Nicaragua e.V. (for details please access German newsletter)

Newsletter June 2023

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you about current projects and activities.

1. Application phase for the second round of our online qualification series begins
2. glocal goes Paris
3. New project “Medical care for all – methods, knowledge and action skills on global injustice in medical care using the example of the Corona pandemic” started (for details please access German Newsletter)

Newsletter January 2021

Dear people,

we wish you a happy new year 2021 and would like to report about our three projects in the past year:

1st Qualification Series Antiracism and Decoloniality 2020
Our qualification series for development organizations and groups on antiracism and decoloniality has ended successfully. We had a total of more than 300 registrations and unfortunately could not accommodate them all.
The series consisted of 5 online seminars on working critically of racism and power and enabled participants* to engage with decolonial issues in development contexts and structures. Due to huge demand, we will try to offer the series again in 2021.
You can find more information HERE.

2. climateDeSol: Climate Decolonial and Solidary 2020-2022
What results has KlimaDeSol’s empowerment series achieved?
– There is the video recording of an action of a part of the group with screenings of photos of Black women and activists on Alexanderplatz on 12.10.2020
– Dominique O. organized a panel entitled “Racism, Colonialism and Environmentalism” on October 24, 2020, on her own initiative and in consultation with Greenpeace Germany, where Paola Reyes, Imeh Ituen, Peter Donatus and Salomón Derreza from the South or BIPoC were able to present the decolonial positions in the Global South. Video HERE [https://youtu .be/TV-CsQj4sOk]
– On November 15, 2020, the KlimaDeSol empowerment series was presented at the First BIPoC – Climate Conference and now forms part of the BIPoC – Network.
– Saadya W. informed us via twitter among other things about the action of 15.11.2020 with the words: 136 years ago colonialist solified the civilization-breaking division of the African continent at the Berlin-Congo Conf. Their decisions are still effective today. Artistic intervention. LINK
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– A chat group has been established. We have planted a seed and now we should dare to look into the future together, what fruits we want to harvest from the seed. There is the idea of creating a collective and that of an independent network under the name and logo of KlimaDeSol.
What’s next for KlimaDeSol?
We want to ask ourselves these questions in a joint reflection as a group:
– what have we learned or taken away?
– what would we like to do differently in the future?
– where do we go from here?
In view of the fact that several requests have now been received to present the project and the results of the workshop, we find this all the more important. There will be an online final meeting in early January 2021 for a collective reflection involving multiple members. It is mainly in the hands of the BIPoC participants how to proceed.

3. global remembering
In May 2020, we started our project Global Erinnern, a cooperation project with the ISD – Initiative Black People in Germany and recherche international. In this project we are developing digital maps of local global history(s) in Berlin and in cooperation with many local actors in four other cities. This year we already organized workshops on critical cartography in cooperation with the Orangotango Collective and the Decolonial, as well as on colonial continuities. We also conducted workshops for museums and engaged groups on decolonization and global history, as well as multiplier trainings on digital workshop design.

If you/you are interested in educational opportunities in 2021, please feel free to contact us!

Also if your city, municipality or county give interesting connection points for our digital map of global history, please feel free to contact us at geschichte[ÄT]glokal[PUNKT]org.

In terms of content, it can be about (illustrated by the Berlin example): Resistance of Black people in Berlin under National Socialism; the participation of people with Berlin connections in the Spanish Civil War; Berlin sites that illustrate the understanding of transnationalism in the Ottoman Empire; or events that took place in Berlin and demonstrate the global entanglement of history.
We would be very happy to find cooperation partners, initiatives, groups and individuals in different cities who want to contribute to the research in their local environment. In early 2021, we would like to write a proposal for this research so that there can be a small honorarium for the research work.

We wish you all the best for 2021!

Many greetings,
the glokal team

Newsletter August 2020

Dear friends,

as already announced in the last newsletter, registration is now open: For our qualification for development organizations and groups on anti-racism and decoloniality starting September 2020.

Registration deadline for the first two online seminars is August 28, 2020.

The qualification series of glokal e.V. enables the participants to deal with decolonial topics in development policy contexts and structures in a way that is critical of power and racism. It is open to activists and employees of development policy groups and organizations.

The series consists of 5 online seminars on September 2 and 16; October 7 and 21; and November 13, 2020 from 1-5pm each day. Topics of the seminars will be, after a content-related introduction, anti-racist and decolonial educational events, public relations, event planning and organizational structures.

Registration is possible for single to all 5 online seminars. Since the first two seminars provide a foundation, attendance is especially recommended. The number of participants is limited to 18.

Registration please only via: painemal[at]glokal[punkt]org

More info on the contents of the individual seminars here.

Summer greetings,

the glokal team

Newsletter July 2020

Dear friends,

also in the summer months we have some interesting announcements to make to you.

1st educational event MINOSIA on July 28, 2020.
Already next week, on Tuesday, 28.07.2020 from 10-14h there will be an educational event with the participation of glocal member Adam Baher. All actors in political, racism-critical and transcultural education work are invited. Title is: Trip to Minosia, An adventurous digital information journey. More information and the registration can be found here.

2. new workshops in the glokal project KlimaDeSol
New information about the KlimaDeSol project is available. You can find them on this page.

3. new glokal qualification series for development policy organizations on anti-racism and decoloniality

Starting in the fall of 2020, glokal will offer a series of training courses on critical approaches to power and racism for committed representatives of initiatives and organizations active in development policy. Contents will be:
Introduction to power-critical, anti-racist, decolonial topics
Application to contexts and structures in the practice of development policy organizations
Alternative courses of action to discriminatory practices
Teaching competencies for emancipated, decolonial, power-critical action in educational and project work
The qualification series will consist of five online seminars. Information will be available soon on our website.
We send you greetings of solidarity,
the glokal team

Newsletter June 2020

Dear friends,

we have all had very special months. A lot has happened with us and we have had to adjust to big changes. A lot had to and still has to be moved into the digital space. Nevertheless, we are also experiencing a great energy on the streets these days.

In the following, we draw your attention to exciting glokal events, a new project and reading material, among other things:

1. events KlimaDeSol: empowerment workshops and trainings
With the project we not only want to give important impulses to a democratic, decolonial and solidary movement around climate justice, but also to counter the so far white – elitist and western dominated concept of climate with decolonial, holistic and intersectional narratives.
The first of four empowerment events will be held this summer, on July 1, 2020 and August 12, 2020. You can find the flyer for the events here.
In addition, we address white-positioned people in the climate movement, activists in the climate movement, climate justice, and the diverse grassroots movement with six seminars or webinars. For this purpose, the first webinars will be held on June 22, June 26 and August 13, 2020. You can find the flyer for the events here, and more about the project here.

2. new project: local global history
It is not only in Germany that the idea of separate and competing nation-states continues to prevail. This is largely codified by nationally demarcated historical narratives. In contrast, we see the need for a transnational memory space. In the new project, we would like to devote ourselves to the global interconnections of history and the present.
The main measure of the project is the development of a digital map in Berlin and four other cities in cooperation with local groups. More about the project can be found here.

3. interview and article: Transnational Memory Space and Violence at Europe’s External Borders.
On the topic of transnational memory space, glokal member Doğan Akhanlı gave an exciting interview in the junge Welt that you can read here. Carolin Philipp of glokal has written an article here in the newspaper Neues Deutschland about murders at Europe’s external borders.

4. demonstrations 06.06.: Against racist police violence!
We also want to call on you to take to the streets against racist police violence, whether it’s in the U.S., in Germany, or on Europe’s borders.
On Saturday, June 06, 2020, demonstrations will take place in many cities from Augsburg to Osnabrück. Be there!

We send you greetings of solidarity,
the glokal team