Over 10,000 refugees have settled in Munich since the first wave of people started arriving in Germany in 2015. The „Masterplan for the Integration of Refugees“ aims to coordinate areas of activity offered by the city to serve and support refugees.
As part of the one of the Working Groups (HF 1) working to develop the Masterplan, World Café Europe was requested by the Office for Intercultural Affairs of Munich’s Department of Social Services and REGSAM (a citywide network for social work) to design a large scale dialogue to explore opportunities to effectively foster social participation throughout Munich and its neighborhoods.
The participatory World Café approach was chosen by the planning team to encourage the exchange of many diverse perspectives among the participants. The use of a Swarm Intelligence Café enabled the planners to benefit from the group’s diversity and support the emergence of a common understanding about integration efforts in Munich. The conversation was designed to explore how to successfully to foster a feeling of mutual belonging throughout the city and its neighborhoods. The impact of the exchanges among refugees and citizens is to motivate them to take an active role in activities which promote a truly diverse and friendly Munich.
a need to foster openness among all citizens