Über den Tellerand (‘beyond your plate’ in English) is a commonly used German expression for open-mindedness. Our organisation was founded in 2013 and is based in Berlin. What started out as a student project, has become an enriching and inclusive international community where ‘people on the move’ come to find a sense of belonging and experience care and compassion. At the same time, we provide avenues for ‘people on the move’ to enrich their host communities by sharing their own knowledge and unique skillsets.We apply a holistic approach to the complex process of integrating newcomers into German society, while at the same time acknowledging and empowering their agency. By bringing newcomers together with their host communities, we aim to create a sense of belonging as well as reduce stereotypes and prejudices on both sides. These efforts contribute towards the creation of a more united, inclusive and open society.
People from different cultures meet regularly at eye level to learn from each other and to appreciate each others diversity. All our community events are free of charge.
As a model project, Über den Tellerrand inspires and motivates encounters and exchanges between cultures. Our network already includes intercultural communities in over 30 cities, which we call 'satellites'. Also there, we bring together people form different cultures in culinary, creative and sporting events and promote sustainable friendship building. In doing so, we actively promote the emergence of an open and tolerant society.