Happy Birthday MitOst!

Founded on 1 December 1996 by ten volonteers, MitOst now comprises 1,468 members in 45 countries. Together with them and with our network we celebrate 20 years of MitOst, 20 years of engagement for cultural exchange, civic collaboration across borders and of developing and implementing innovative project ideas - in Europe and beyond. 

Co-shaping the anniversary year

20x200 project funds – "connecting and celebrating" your way
During the anniversary year, we invite members to gather their local networks and to organise their own, decentral MitOst20 events or mini projects. From parties, community dinners, to performances or roadtrips to other MitOst members and their networks - we support 20 project ideas with 200 Euro each. We thereby intend to create occasions to get together, to exchange and to celebrate. The mini funding might also be a way to interest further partners - as the 20 projects selected by the Project Advisory Board will be part of the MitOst20 agenda and communicated as highlights of the anniversary year.  

Until now, the Project Advisory Board has selected eight projects.


Members can apply with their project idea at projektbeirat(at)mitost.org and write us (with) whom they want to connect, how and why.

20x shadow visits at MitOst programme meetings – lottery for members
MitOst are members who actively engage in their societies - but also programmes which MitOst implements in cooperation with a growing number of partners, including a large number of participants and local organanisations: Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, Tandem, Actors of Urban Change, CitizensLab, Advocate Europe, Dialogue for Change, Lectureship Programme

On the occasion of the 20th MitOst anniversary, we invite members to become better acquainted with the contents and methodology of our cooperation programmes, and to form an opinion first hand. Throughout the anniversary year, we will be drawing 20 shadow visits to international meetings of up to three days, including all travel, provision and accomodation costs. 

Start: 1 December 2016, duration: until the MitOst Festival in autumn 2017
Here you can read impressions of members who have already won a shadow visit and find out about the next lotteries.

Making the network visible
Addressing a commonly expressed wish among members, we take the anniversary year as an occasion to better understand the shape and structure of our growing MitOst network. We therefore invited members to join the headquarter's staff in a mapping process which, in the end, should enable us to show the diversity of MitOst connections. Othmara Glas, Inken Marei Kolthoff and Khalil El-Masry have answered our open call for participation in the conceptional phase of the network visualisation process which shall have first results during the anniversary year. Thank you already for your commitment!   

During the MitOst 20th anniversary year which takes place from October 2016 to October 2017, we want to look back and ahead to the coming 20 years - through a number of central and decentral activities.

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