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Karslruhe Dialogues in the 300, anniversary year of Karlsruhe



"The nation-states failed", whether climate change, or democracy or dept crisis: According to Benjamin R. Barber every country will founder on nearly all of the problems of the 21. century. International political organizations did not manage to put societies on track of democracy, says Prof. Benjamin Barber in his ceremonial address at the 19. Karslruhe Dialogues

The solution for a functionating democracy is the active citizenry. Civic commitment and civic organizations in cities of different ethnic groups and cultures should be part of a global democracy, especially since cities always have been and still are a junction for cultural exchange, international action and immigration.



The active supporters of the international exchange in cities are the inhabitants of the mixed communities and municipalities. Making an effort against the interests of international banks and concerns, in the community, neighborhood, municipality and in the town.


But this thesis introduces many questions: How shall global cities be controlled by the neighborhood and the community, when they are the target of the international capital? In conversations about the subject Global Democracities with experts from the Netherlands, Great Britain, the USA, Egypt and Turkey the participants examined some of these questions and analysed statements of the speakers.


Prof. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha is the initiator of the  Karslruhe Dialogues and the Centre for applied cultural science and Studium Generale Institute for Technologie of Karlsruhe (KIT) is the organizer.

YCBS and the Italian Culture

Italian Culture in Berlin

They have decided to live, work and study in the capital city of Germany. And in our multilingual program we had three of them in our studio, who introduced us to some media that treats exactly this topic: Italian culture in Berlin.


Andrea D'Addio is one of the organizers of the Italian Film Festival called Tuscia and recently took place in Berlin. We had an interesting interview about how, where and why this special film festival was organized.

Andrea also has an online magazine called Berlino Cacio e Pepe, which treats serious and fun topics about, of course, Italian people in Berlin, but also the other way round.Our studio guests, the film makers Francesca Coluccio and Marco Selva from Bologna, who are doing their internship at YCBS, interviewed the audience of the film festival and produced a great segment for you to get an impression of it.


Moderation by Stella Krolak and Tobias Düsterdick

Editor Mila Zaharieva-Schmolke

No borders generation Bridges of friendship


Today's program is about geographical, political, social and lingual borders and about overcoming them by traveling, the curiosity for other cultures and the intention to gain new friends despite the mistrust and conflict of interest which seem to rule the world.

Our studio guests Lilian Pungas, Jasna Ibach and Johannes Hub from the European University Viadrina traveled to a city named Charkiw in the northeastern part of Ukraine. They gave us an interesting and new insight into the way of living during the conflicts, that are much more complicated then the local news try to make us believe.


Our fourth studio guest is Massimiliano Andreeta from Italy and former college student from a university in the border area Gorizia-Nova Goriza that lies half in Italy and half in Slovenia. After we played an extract of his radio feature 'No borders generation' we had an interview in italien about it and about his opinion to this topic.

At the end of the program Nazlican and Dicle, our radio-schoolgirls, invite our audience to celebrate with us the third anniversary of the international Radio YCBS - Youth Connected by Sounds.

The musical program 'Bridges of Friendship' takes place on 04.12.2014 from 16.30-19.30 h in the 'Haus der Jugend' (Reinickendorfer Str. 55, 13347 Berlin)


Moderation by Stella Krolak and Carolin Teipen

Young radio hosts: Naslican, Dicle and Jenny

Editor: Mila Zaharieva-Schmolke