Logo: Tina Gadow | Shaping Diversity
Logo: Tina Gadow | Shaping Diversity

White Paper "Kulturelle Vielfalt gestalten" (“Shaping Cultural Diversity”)

Recommendation by the civil society of follow-up action for implementing the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) in Germany
Co-author of chapter 3 "Fair Culture", September 2009

Member of the Cultural Committee and of the Advisory Council on "Diversity of Cultural Forms of Expression"

In the 2009-2010 period
German UNESCO Commission

Mentee-Program "U 40 – Cultural Diversity 2030"

Participant in the international support program entitled “U 40 – Cultural Diversity 2030” for young professionals under 40 in the 2008-2010 program cycle of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Voluntary work at LISTROS

LISTROS is a registered non-profit association located in Berlin and working towards the goal of building bridges between Germany and Ethiopia. The three pillars of LISTROS’ work are art, architecture and exchange/dialogue.

The organization focuses its activities on the “Listros” – literally “shoe polishers” in Amharic – that gave the association its name. They represent all children and young people in Ethiopia who work independently to create the basis for a better future by becoming shoe polishers, fruit vendors, lottery-ticket sellers, knife sharpeners and cattle keepers.

LISTROS is guided by the conviction that confidence in one’s own abilities, acknowledgement of productivity, respect for the entrepreneurial spirit and the support of creative potential can act as engines of change for these young people. Which is why the development of the individual stands at the very heart of all initiatives organized by LISTROS. By making each individual visible, LISTROS works towards a change in consciousness in Ethiopia and seeks to do away with clichés about Ethiopia in Germany.