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Wunderbar Together: Finding Similarities Across Cultures in the Mooresville – Hockenheim Partnership

Originating in a story submission, we had the opportunity to interview Ms. Rupa Venkatesh of the Town of Mooresville, who facilitates the partnership between Mooresville, NC and Hockenheim, Germany. It is heartening to learn more about the youth and adult exchanges and the outcome that, even when visiting different cultures, Mooresville and Hockenheim residents ultimately found more similarities in each other.  Visit the Town of Mooresville's website here for more information. SCI: Could you tell me a bit more about the exchanges and programs between these two sister cities? How often/how many participants? How can these programs continue to ...

Wunderbar Together: Addressing Global Challenges Locally through the San Antonio-Darmstadt Partnership

As part of its partnership with Wunderbar Together, Sister Cities conducted an interview with Martha Henry and Ian Cruz at the City of San Antonio International Relations Office. San Antonio had been recognized at the 2019 Houston Sister Cities Annual Conference as the "Best Overall Sister Cities Program," a well-deserved award considering both the scope and depth of San Antonio's partnership with Darmstadt, one of its eleven sister cities. The interview below depicts numerous dimensions to the San Antonio-Darmstadt relationship, including collaboration in government, transit, business, music, climate resilience, academic exchange, professional ...

The Millennia-Long History of German Sister Cities

The earliest known city partnership in Europe was established in 836 between Paderborn, Germany and Le Mans, France. This partnership initially took the form of an “eternal brotherhood” between the dioceses of the two Catholic bishops. An official city partnership agreement was finally signed in 1967. Other pioneering German partnerships included Kiel, Germany and Sonderburg, Denmark in 1925 and Wiesbaden, Germany and Klagenfurt, Austria in 1930. However, the modern concept of “sister cities” as we know them was not launched until after WWII. To foster citizen diplomacy and sow the seeds of peaceful post-war coexistence, formal sister ...

Find a German Sister City Partnership Near You!

Germany has the fourth most US sister cities in the world, with approximately 100 partnerships across 31 states (including marked Friendship Cities and Emeritus Cities). Looking to strengthen the transatlantic relationship through person-to-person connections, or know students who may benefit from US-German programs? Use this interactive map to find a US city with a German partner near you and then click on the German flag icon to find a link to the partnership's website. A full list of US-German sister city partnerships can also be found here. An overview of Sister Cities' partnership with Wunderbar Together and further ways to get involved ...

The Role of Exchanges in Countering Disinformation

The internet has changed the way people consume and communicate information. Living in the digital age has had a number of positive effects on society, allowing people to have access to services and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, the internet may also be used as a weapon to mislead and manipulate. Exchanges, people-to-people programs and citizen diplomacy play a significant role in America's whole-of-government approach to countering disinformation and media manipulation.  In fact, exchanges provide the sustained societal engagement that not only fosters resilience in individuals and communities, but also positively influences ...

Wunderbar Together: A Waterloo-Porta Westfalica Connection Formed in Heritage and Music, Sustained in Exchange

With its official biennial visits, summer student exchanges, scholarships, and a 5,000-strong “Portafest,” Waterloo’s ever-growing portfolio of programs with its sister city of Porta Westfalica, Germany has netted it “Illinois Sister City of the Year” awards in 2008 and 2017. Given the diversity of its programs now sustaining US-German ties for 38 years, it is surprising to think back to the Sister Cities of Porta Loo’s origins simply in shared heritage and music diplomacy.

Citizen Diplomats Work to Strengthen Mutual Understanding and Engage Local Communities on Global Matters

Citizen diplomats working to strengthen mutual understanding, create personal connections across borders, and engage local communities on global matters.  This is work that is familiar and fundamental to those in both the Sister Cities International and the Global Ties U.S. networks.  It was a natural fit then, for these two communities to come together in a recent exchange through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). In July, 16 mayors and city leaders from around the world gathered to explore the role that cities play in diplomacy, foreign policy, and global engagement. This IVLP exchange, implemented by ...

SCI and Thriving Earth Exchange Help Communities Form Partnerships to Advance Priorities on Climate, Natural Hazards and Natural Resources

Cities all over the world are facing increased impacts from climate-related, natural hazards and natural resources issues. As your community works with Sister Cities International (SCI) in sanitation, water, health and natural disasters-related issues, consider whether partnering with a scientist might augment your community’s resilience and sustainability.  SCI and Thriving Earth Exchange have a burgeoning partnership to help both US and international communities find scientists to help communities advance community priorities in climate, natural hazards and natural resources. There are three ways your city can get involved: Learn ...

Wunderbar Together: A Norfolk-Wilhelmshaven Exchange Transcending Generations

Jennifer Priest of the Norfolk Sister City Association and her family have personally been impacted by the lasting German-American ties formed through this program. “My daughter participated in the 2001-02 exchange. We are still close with those German ‘kids’ who are now 30-somethings with their own families. They still come to us for holidays. Because of the age of our program, we have had second generation participants.”

Hurricane Dorian, Just Another Unavoidable Disaster? Can Community Members Make a Difference?

Photo: Creative Commons, "NASAHurricaneEarl" by gd4jc is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0    “Here all roads now lead directly to the ocean.” This is not a local catch-phrase to attract tourists, but a firsthand account, by Ginger Moxey, my Bahamian friend and Sister Cities International colleague, of the damage wreaked by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas over the past week. With every extreme weather event, from forest fires to floods, from hurricanes to heat waves, we are reminded of the growing impact the weather and climate change are having on day-to-day life. Rising and warming seas lead to stronger storms and heavier floodi...