cultures interactive e.V.
Founded in 2005, Cultures Interactive is a Berlin-based NGO that works on various projects and networks nationwide and on an international level. The NGO’s goal is to prevent all forms of group hatred and right-wing extremism. CI has developed a variety of strategies and methods for dealing with legacies of aggression, denigration, and violence and for strengthening human rights positions and (self-)respect, in particular among young people. In addition to workshops and training programmes for adolescents, CI provides training for teachers, social workers, and other relevant stakeholders in youth work – and provides counselling for communities and on-the-job coaching for practitioners.
The methodological basis of our work is a youth culture concept based on combining the principles of human rights. This concept was developed for hands-on and non-formal educational and prevention work with youth from every milieu. The historical foundations, current developments and practices in youth cultures and (social) media are combined with non-formal political education and social learning, comprising aspects such as empowerment, conflict management, anti-racism, gender roles, equality, etc. Moreover, narrative group work in the We Amongst Ourselves Group has become an important addition to CI’s youth culture concept. Narrative group work creates a safe space for young people to freely discuss their personal experiences, to listen, and better get to know one another – and thus to discover first-hand how a person’s biography shapes their attitudes and actions, which has direct consequences for themselves and others.
CI’s work pursues three main objectives:
- To pilot and implement good practices in prevention and intervention with young people in different settings: CI offers workshops and training programmes for young people from different backgrounds and milieus, including those who are often hard to reach with formal civic education programmes. CI offers a variety of programmes, such as one or two-day projects in schools, youth culture workshops customised for open youth work, and extensive training programmes. These programmes may target mixed groups or be designed for specific target groups.
- To expand capacities: in order to support professional and effective prevention work, CI offers extensive training for social and youth workers, teachers, probation officers, and other stakeholders in youth work. With its community-oriented approach, CI aims to expand the capacities of local practitioners for promoting human rights and empowering young people and building up resilience against group hatred, right-wing extremism, and violence.
- To share knowledge and stimulate progress: in order to constantly improve our concepts and to realise our vision for successful human rights-based, cultural youth work on a larger scale, we participate in (inter)national discussions on prevention, regional development and deradicalisation (e.g. RAN, OSCE, Efus, etc.).