Our societies are developing and changing fast. And they have to, in order to master the challenges before them: Making and keeping societies inclusive, democratic, sustainable and productive, to name but a few. Neither government nor businesses are going to achieve those aims by themselves. Civil Society organizations often gather people whose individual motivation, personal drive and collective vision is a powerful source of creativity and innovation. Mutual learning and inspiration between Civil Society and governments and administrations has proven to be an efficient way of rising to the challenges together.
Fostering and harvesting the engagement of Civil Society creates a win-win situation: It helps, not only to design more thought-through, more inclusive and thus effective solutions by harvesting often expert knowledge and the genuine and ingrained motivation that people who contribute to Civil Society possess. It also allows those who engage for and with Civil Society to inform and lobby decision makers and implementers, leave their mark in public policies and their implementation and thus promote their cause. Publicizing successful examples of this, in turn, can promote and incentivize more people to contribute and engage – something our (Civil) Societies urgently require.
BBJ Consult AG initiates and coordinates exchanges and strategic partnerships between civil society actors, science, public administrations and (social) entrepreneurs. The objective: Knowledge and expertise is transferred, and shared, more diverse perspectives are anticipated, and synergies are harvested for more effective and more practicable solutions. BBJ Consult AG conceptualizes, advises on, implements and moderates such exchanges and alliances. We develop and implement digital tools that facilitate the relationships and put them into efficient practice. BBJ Consult AG develops and implements training formats, accompanies and documents processes and organizes large conferences and events. The aim: Supporting mutual learning and cross-fertilization among people with very similar aims but very different approaches and viewpoints.
Currently, we are implementing the following projects in the field:
Support in international activities
(01.01.2017 – 23.12.2019, EUR 198,000.-, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection)
BBJ Consult AG supports the Senate Department in the implementation of a roundtable on barrier-free transport chaired by the responsible state secretary. Stakeholders from Civil Society (associations of concerned persons and of businesses, service and transport providers, scientists, foundations and relevant representatives of the administration) exchange ideas, views and knowledge. They collaborate on specific challenges, provide feedback on and influence public policy – the relationships are healthy when demands and constructive advice are in balance.
use (urban sustainability exchange)
(31.01.2018 – 31.12.2019, EUR 76,752.-, Berlin Senate Chancellery)
The Metropolis use (urban sustainability exchange) platform is a database of case studies and a tool that facilitates social connections between city makers, e.g. urban planners, architects, social innovators and social workers, urban practitioners and scientist. Mutual inspiration and learning helps people all over the world to develop solutions to specific urban challenges faster – even if a solution that works in Dakar cannot be transferred 1 to 1 to Montreal – with a bit of abstractive ability and creativity, ideas from one social context can help transform a wholly different one.
“Lover doesn’t hurt” – strategic alliances against domestic and gender-based violence
(01.09.2018 – 31.10.2020, EUR 110,846.-, National Agency for Erasmus+)
We coordinate a project between six partner organizations that engage in prevention, provide counselling and support, develop pedagogical and therapeutic methods and tools and engage in awareness raising and public debate around gender-based violence. Most partners are non-profit associations, however, also socially engaged companies that provide support for the integration of disadvantaged target groups – or groups requiring support – into the labour market and working (and thus social) life. BBJ’s role:
- designing and implementing an awareness raising campaign
- project coordination, budget management, cost and success monitoring, reporting to the national agency
Development and Management of the Network “Verstärker (= amplifier)
(01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020, EUR 655,825.-, Federal Ministry of the Interior)
BBJ Consult AG supports Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) in developing and implementing political education strategies and formats for young people from so-called politically distant and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The work consists in large parts of drawing together the know-how of youth associations and -initiatives, their youth and social workers and in bringing them into a fruitful working relationship with academia, public authorities and youths themselves to develop approaches to political education catch on and that work. The network engages in political lobbying for these approaches. BBJ’s role:
- conceptualize and organize a yearly a network meeting with approx. 100 participants
- organize 25 two-day workshops (“action formats”) for young people every year
- conceptualize and organize thematic working group meetings
- responsible for social media and outreach
Formal and technical assessment of ESF applications
(01.09.2017 – 31.12.2021, no fixed budget, EFG GmbH functioning as an intermediary body on behalf of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises)
BBJ Consult AG supports the assessment of project applications submitted within the framework of the European Social Fund (ESF) Berlin. We counsel and support applicants, most of them are non-profit organizations and associations pursuing activities and promoting aims in the public and civil society interest. BBJ’s role:
- formal and technical assessment and evaluation of project applications for ESF funds regarding
- assessing the likelihood of a project of achieving its aims
- assessing the plausibility and efficiency of technical and staffing concepts
- checking an applicant’s technical, administrative and financial capacities
- checking conformity of funding options, staff and participant remuneration with ESF rules