The 20th network meeting of the German ALF Network, which was hosted by the City of Chemnitz and the institute dialog transnational, took place in Chemnitz on 21 and 22 June 2017. Once again, the meeting was an occasion for us – the coordination team of the German ALF Network – to report on the news from both the international and the national network. In addition, on the first day of the network meeting, project presentations and a ‘matchmaking’ – which means the possibility of establishing partnerships with other members of the Anna Lindh Network (also on the international level) – were on the agenda. The participants got an insight into the great and inspiring work of the other network members.
On the second day of the meeting, Ljubov Lissina led the capacity building workshop on “No Hate Speech”. The EU-certified trainer from Barcelona, who is familiar with the work of the Anna Lindh Foundation, explained the forms that Hate Speech can take on the internet and sensitised the consequences of hate speech. A partner work, in which new project ideas were initiated, rounded off the training.
It is important for us to visit different regions of Germany within the framework of the network meetings. This time, we were invited to Chemnitz where we were greeted very warmly by the City of Chemnitz and the institute dialog transnational. The EU office in the mayor's office of Chemnitz City Hall coordinates the city’s transnational EU projects as well as projects of associations based in Chemnitz, while the institute dialog transnational is specialised in the development, application, and dissemination of dialogical communication and behaviour. We would like to thank our two hosts and ALF members for the invitation to Chemnitz, the great organisational contribution, and the dedicated support on-site.