A common misconception is that international relations are defined only by national policy, overlooking the transformative influence of international collaboration on the city and community levels. Daily lives can be influenced just as, if not more strongly, by local policies and environments. International sister city partnerships, from joint projects to person-to-person exchange, therefore wield significant power in shaping individual perceptions of other countries. Sister city relationships can also fill key gaps in international relations by enabling local collab...
The 20-year partnership between Columbia, South Carolina and Kaiserslautern, Germany is filled with flourishing art exchange and ultimately "a common love for creativity." Sister Cities International interviewed Dickson Monk, Executive Director of the Columbia World Affairs Council, on the cities' art exchange, shared historical remembrance, Wunderbar Together events, and lasting citizen diplomacy. A press release for the Columbia World Affairs Council's latest Wunderbar Together event, Heimat/Home: The 2019 Columbia–Kaiserslautern Artists Exchange, is available ...
Ute Päpke, President of the Munich Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati, submitted a report on the strength and diversity of the Munich-Cincinnati relationship, including its numerous forms of exchange, commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the recent celebration of the partnership's 30th anniversary. The report provides an overview of the partnership and summarizes key events from January to November 2019.
For more information on the Munich-Cincinnati partnership:
Origin of the Munich-Cincinnati Partnership
Two historic and influential global nonprofits signed an agreement Tuesday to improve relations among its organizations. The historic signing took place today on November 19th in San Antonio.
The National League of Cities (NLC) and Sister Cities International (SCI) agreed to develop better communication, networking, and outreach between membership cities, states, and countries who have active memberships. This commitment signifies a more targeted effort and initiative to tackle important global issues that affect our communities. This includes, but is not limited to, ...
Sister Cities International has selected El Paso and Ciudad Juárez as the host cities for the All Mexico – U.S. Sister Cities Summit. This will be the fourth in this series of bi-national summits, designed to strengthen Sister City relationships in key countries.
Below you can find the press release.
As part of its partnership with Wunderbar Together, Sister Cities International convened regional U.S.-German Sister Cities members and German-American stakeholders at the regional “America and Germany: Friends in Business and Community” event on November 2 at the BMW Zentrum in Spartanburg, SC. At capacity, the event drew in attendees from Virginia and across the Carolinas. The event was a testament to the synergies and impact of Sister Cities’ partnership with Wunderbar Together, as attendees expressed heightened enthusiasm for the Sister Cities mission and for ...
Sister Cities International has a wide array of engagement ideas, templates, and other resources available to strengthen existing sister city partnerships. As part of our partnership with Wunderbar Together, the following engagement strategies and resources are tailored to U.S.-German partnerships, but many are also broadly applicable. Members are welcome to contact Sister Cities with further ideas or questions.
Sample Ways to Get Involved
Join Our #SCIWunderbarTogether Communications Campaign: Use our #SCIWunderbarTogether hashtag, promote our Wunderbar Together ...
The following post was written by Susanne Evens, President of St. Louis - Stuttgart Sister Cities. In preparation for the 60th anniversary of the partnership, St. Louis hosted a week-long delegation from Stuttgart, rich with cultural exchange, meaningful collaboration, and new friendships.
For more information on the St. Louis - Stuttgart partnership:
It’s been a privilege and honor to be the president of St. Louis’ oldest Sister City of Stuttgart, Germany for the past 13 years. We continuously strive to welcome visitors and delegati...
Increasingly, business partnerships between sister cities are strengthening international business ties and economic development. US-German sister cities Fort Worth and Trier have partnered on a Wild Acre Kraft Haus beer, combining elements from each culture, and are poised to advise other Fort Worth companies on how to establish global partnerships. Fort Worth Sister Cities' international business collaboration ultimately won the Innovation in Business and Trade Award from Sister Cities International at the 2019 Houston conference.
Beyond business ties, Fort Worth and ...