To involve more people, we develop seminars, trainings, and projects for young people as well as adults. With our activities, we offer opportunities for personal encounters, engagement with history and networking for more sustainability and social justice. IBB sees itself as part of a European civil society that strives for change within its countries as well as across borders.
Founded in 1986, during a crucial stage during the Cold War, the IBB began with peace and reconciliation work in Eastern Europe. Borders that seemed impassable at the time – such as the Berlin Wall – have fallen. Unfortunately, others are being built. In a changing world with new and old conflicts, we develop perspectives for cooperation and understanding, in order to promote active citizenship and strengthen peaceful living together.
As long as there are boundaries between countries, cultures, age groups, and within the minds of people, there is still work for us to do. We stand for dialogue and non-violent strategies for social change. We believe that international education and exchange can contribute to a culture of tolerance and mutual understanding. We continue to engage in European networks that have grown between NGOs, religious communities, economics, and politics, working towards a strong civil society and a more humane future.