The BWS Annual Meeting was a great success!
Will Christmas be cancelled because of the COVID pandemic? No, of course not! The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung cannot be stopped but has turned the Annual Meeting into an entire series of events. The year 2020 is marked by strokes of fate, uncertainties and restrictions all over the world. We have taken this as an opportunity to bring some light into the darkness, conversations into the loneliness and the smell of biscuits into the Christmas season.
The BWS Annual Meeting 2020 consisted of three virtual events, which offered space for international exchange and exciting activities. The virtual format enabled scholarship holders and alumni from all over the world to participate in the Annual Meeting for the first time. All events were a great success!
First, our Meet&Discuss took place on 18.11.2020. 150 scholarship holders and alumni of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM logged in to discuss politics, society and careers in five different topics. All over the world, we are confronted with the issues of sustainability, populism and digitalization. So why not talk about them with people from all over the world?
In the second event, the virtual Christmas Party on 27.11.2020, up to 200 scholarship holders from 30 countries participated. At the beginning, wishes, thoughts and international Christmas traditions were shared in video messages. This was followed by a film presentation by director David Spaeth and creative producer Guido Lukoschek. They showed the first scenes from the film "Corona, the World and Me" by alumni of the International Class of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, which deals with everyday life in Corona times in different countries around the world.
Next, psychology student Anna-Maria Fuchs gave an impulse on the topic of "Corona as an opportunity" and showed us the positive aspects we can draw out of the Corona pandemic.
After the participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas in breakout sessions, Henrike Schön, Vice President of the Association of Scholarship Holders and Friends of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM e.V., awarded prizes for outstanding commitment. The prizes are endowed with 500€ in and thus send a sign of appreciation for the great work. Kerstin Bischoff from the International Office of the PH Ludwigsburg received the prize for special commitment of the coordinators of the BWS, which was awarded for the first time. The Regional Chapter Mexico and the RC Colombia coordinator, Katherine Gonzalez Moncada, were honored with the award for the Regional Chapters. Once Katherine Gonzalez Moncada had presented the different Regional Chapters and their activities, we were surprised with a short video greeting from the RC Colombia, in which over 20 alumni shared their experiences and memories with the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM.
The discussion with the two former scholarship holders Babette Abanda and Julia Zbiegly about living, working and travelling abroad was very informative, which was evident from the lively participation of the audience. Since the Corona pandemic is making travelling to distant countries almost impossible at the moment, scholarship holder Marielle Rüppel showed with her travel report on "Baden-Württemberg by bike" the beautiful places that can be discovered here, too.
During the party and afterwards, all participants had the opportunity to get in touch and share ideas with other scholarship holders as well as alumni and members of the BWS network.
The series of events was rounded off with the virtual Christmas Baking. On 03.12.20, about 80 bakers from all over the world sat in front of their screens with their fingers in the dough to experiment with biscuit recipes from Germany, the USA, India and Australia. In two moderated groups, either "Vanillekipferl" and "Laddus" or "Snicker Doodles" and "Rocky Roads" were baked. Without a doubt, the annual meeting was able to bring a bit of Christmas normality into the kitchens of the participants. Afterwards, all participants could network via the "Wonder" tool.
The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
advocates a vital Baden-Württemberg with a high quality of life for all its residents. It helps pave the way for advanced technological progress, high quality education, and a responsible relationship with fellow human beings. The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Germany. It is the only foundation which exclusively and above party lines invests in the future of the state of Baden-Württemberg – and thus in the future of its citizens.