The Twin City Lab boosts twinning cities partnerships, enables urban communities, and pushes the level of international exchange beyond current standards. We believe that dynamic and vivid relationships are based on reliable networks and dedicated communities – and on your innovative ideas.
In 2019 we laid the foundation for our Twin City Lab activities.
We started with a Twin City BarCamp in Minsk for an exchange of best practices, the development of new formats as well as screening and mapping the twin city landscape. We have published our digital toolbox, to provide you with innovative projects, guides, tutorial and insights.
In 2021 the Twin City Lab continues its work. Therefore we applied for further funding. Again, supporting and coaching twinning cities by providing incubator workshops, potential analyses and maker workshops in pilot cities is at our core. But we also come up with our new TCL Academy, with a more journalistic project called TCL Stories and, of course, our TCL BarCamp.
The Twin City Lab is a project by Brains & Bridges and several partner organisations.
Brains and Bridges is an international NGO based in Germany and devoted to civil society cooperation. For the Twin City movement, Brains and Bridges teams up with a variety of partners and supporters.
We share the view, that modern twin city partnerships need new incentives and actions beyond conventional practices.
New Cultural Initiative, Minsk: with NKI as our stronghold in Minsk we have a partner who will support us with consulting, logistics and their network in our daily challenges.
NKI is devoted to supporting the belorusian cultural scene as well as the international exchange on a cultural level.
policult is a Berlin-based agency well known for their alternative event formats like Barcamps and their support in civil society movements, e.g. in the field of science communication and education. policult offers its expertise, manpower as well as financial support in this pilot project.
German-Russian Forum is the first German contact to get in touch with when it is about twinning cities – since their foundation 26 years ago they have been engaged in German-Russian TwinCity-partnerships and they know all highs and lows of the business. For this project, they offer us their expertise to pave the way for modern twinning cities.
The project is funded with generous support from the Federal Foreign Office.