In 2014, Wapikoni was one of the recipients of the Intercultural Innovation Prize, a prize given in partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. Since 2011, under the aegis of the United Nations, the UNAOC and the BMW Group select local and innovative projects that promote dialogue and intercultural understanding, while making vital contributions to prosperity and peace. By mobilizing their resources, their time and their networks to help the prize-winners, the UNAOC and BWM have created a new collaborative model between the United Nations and the private sector, the goal of which is to ensure sustainable growth of the projects chosen.
Over the past year, Wapikoni, and more specifically the International Network of Aboriginal Audiovisual Creation (INAAC), has followed a training as part of a capacity-building program. Wapikoni has thus met up with other prize winners on four occasions to participate in workshops lasting several days on expansion, financial viability, human resource management, communications, marketing and the use of social networks.
In addition to these workshops, Wapikoni is now part of a community of innovative social leaders and has obtained access to mentorship through the platform Intercultural Leaders, the United Nations and BMW Group network of experts, and regularly receives the support of George Bradshaw, co-founder of Creative Butter, a socially responsible agency specializing in improving brand image and Internet presence.
It is now time to pass on the torch to other organizations working interculturally. Wapikoni can only suggest to you that you send in your applications for the 2015 Cultural Innovation Prize. This year’s winners will be invited to participate in the 7th UNAOC World Forum, where the award ceremony will take place before hundreds of heads of state, ministers, media and civil society organizations. Laureates will receive support in developing and implementing a communications plan from communications specialists of the BMW Group, as well as a US-based public relations firm. Prize winners will also be invited to participate in regional and international events which can serve them as a platform for presenting their projects.
You have until September 30th to apply with your projects and you will find all the necessary information at https://interculturalinnovation.org/the-award/. The organizers are anxious to hear about your projects!
Workshop on leadership and interpersonal excellence, BMW Group, Greenville, Georgia, USA