Dialogues for Change

June 1, 2013 | Civic Engagement


Dialogues for Change is a joint initiative with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the German Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development, and German Federal Institute for Research on Building Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).  Its purpose is to build and support a network of practitioners and policymakers in the US and Germany that engages in a dialogue around civic engagement best practices, challenges, and opportunities. TMI Consulting has helped design and facilitate this transatlantic cooperation initiative.

The Program, Addressing Common Challenges, Finding Common Solutions, grew out of the Declaration of Intent between the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the German Ministry which seeks to jointly tackle substantive topics, such as community engagement, energy retrofits/efficiency, economic development and restructuring policies in cities in transition, and regional sustainable development. The first year of activities framed as the Dialogues for Change initiative explored innovative civic engagement strategies in sustainable development processes. The German Marshall Fund convened leaders from three American and three German cities for intensive peer exchanges, as well as developed a study tour of US cities for a delegation of German leaders.

Network Cities

United States: Austin, TX, Flint, MI, Memphis, TN

Germany: Bottrop, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg

Read about the January 2013 workshop in Washington, DC here

Read about the April 2013 workshop in Leipzig, Germany here

Listen to the 4 minute GMF podcast with TMI CEO Tiffany Jana, Tom Spencer, CEO, Interfaith Action of Central Texas; and Stefan Heinig, Head of Urban Development Planning, City of Leipzig, Germany