Berlin is an intercultural magnet and multiplier. Due to the diverse population, the large number of foreign tourists and the embassies and international companies on site, Berlin is in its entirety the most international city in Germany – with an ascending trend. Economics and politics play an important role in this context; after all, it was the pursuit of economic relations and the associated linkage of nations that has called globalization into its existence. The age of digitization also provides the necessary transparency – beyond the traditional media – for a mutual exchange of knowledge and the possibility of continuous optimization. Economics and politics are made by people and supported by society. At this point we take up.
The department of International Affairs brings the main topics of WJB – business, politics and society – into an international and intercultural setting. We define ourselves as a bridge to other cultures and countries, to international entrepreneurship and the accompanying politics. Also, we are the linkage from the Junior Chamber of Commerce Berlin to the international umbrella organization, the Junior Chamber International (JCI), and their worldwide chapters. We bring worldwide JCI members (Jaycees) who share similar values and intentions despite the physical distance together.
The goal of the department is to promote mutual understanding at a cultural level in an economic, political and social context as well as to build and intensify international contacts. For Jaycees, we create a bigger picture by communicating tolerance, arousing curiosity and living cosmopolitanism.
Our work focuses on projects and events of international relevance and the promotion of intercultural exchange:
- The lighthouse project of our department is the Beat of Berlin (Bob), an intercultural exchange in one of the most dynamic capitals in the world. During the annual summer event, where we show Jaycees from all over the world our city from a very special point of view, we – in the framework of an annual changing motto – let our like-minded guests experience places, events and people off the typical sightseeing paths. More about the BoB of the past years and information about the current BoB 2019 can be found here.
- With our twinning partners Bern, Vienna, London, Osaka and Ankara, we maintain and develop a particularly close relationship. We organize joint meetings of the chapter members at international JCI conferences and regularly bring cross-chapter projects to life.
- Through the constant formation and development of contacts to consulates or embassies, international companies and economic development corporations, we are able to give our members deep insights into political, economic and social aspects of other countries.
- In preparation for traveling abroad and attending international conferences, we provide cross-cultural training with practical experts to provide our members with a reliable tool box for intercultural exchange.
- Within the framework of international JCI conferences, we act as contact persons for our Berlin delegation and are responsible for the downstream transfer of experience into the chapter. The list of all international and national JCI events can be found at https://jcievents.com.
- As host to JCI chapters from around the world who choose to visit our capital outside of official events, we see ourselves as ambassadors of our city and our chapter as we convey close-up insights.
• In order to bring culture and internationality to life, we regularly organize theme evenings on various aspects of different countries.