Urban Labs

Urban Lab (concurrent) sessions offer participants an in-depth learning opportunity on a specialized issue or topic in the immigrant inclusion field. Each 75-minute breakout session brings participants with similar interests together to explore shared challenges, drivers, solutions and emerging issues. A moderated discussion, led by experts and practitioners in the field, will engage participants and provide practical insight and strategies that can be applied locally.

Note: Urban Labs will only be conducted in English (no translation is available)

Economy Lab: Access to Employment
What conditions accelerate employment outcomes for immigrant and diverse communities? How can local government and employers reduce barriers to employment?




Moderator: Manjula Luthria, World Bank (Marseille)
Speakers: Stephanie Oueda, L’Oreal (Paris), Jonathan Mintz, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (New York)


Politics Lab: Participation in the Urban Polis
The shift from integration to inclusion means active participation, shared decision-making and reciprocal benefits. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the political sphere. What are the barriers to political participation facing immigrant and diverse communities?




Moderator: Mekonnen Mesghena, Heinrich Böll Foundation (Berlin)
Speakers:  Eva Millona, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (Boston), Karen Schönwälder, Max Planck Institute (Göttingen), Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote (London)


Replication Lab: DiverseCity onBoard Case Study
Replication is a process in which a good idea or project is travelling beyond its initial geographic or contextual scope, by either scaling it up and keeping the original design or by adapting it to a new context and therewith producing a new project. The Replication Lab will showcase the original, award-winning DiverseCity onBoard project from Toronto and the process of its replication in Berlin. Cathy Winter will present the initial motivation of Maytree to develop the project in Toronto, giving an overview of the project lifecycle, the project results and the driving forces behind the idea of making DiverseCity onBoard travel around the globe. Martin Wilhelm will present the process of replicating DiverseCity onBoard toVielfalt entscheidet in Berlin, focussing on understanding, research and conceptualisation. Henrik Flor will provide insights from OpenTransfer focussing on strategies of up-scaling and transferring of good ideas and reflecting on the process of replication, such as Diversity onBoard in Berlin.


Moderators: Catherine Winter, Maytree (Toronto), Martin Wilhelm, Citizens for Europe (Berlin), Henrik Flor, OpenTransfer, Stiftung Bürermut (Berlin)


Arts and Culture Lab: Breaking through the Fourth Wall
How do we build accessible, inclusive cultural institutions? What does inclusive programming mean? Both arts management and artist share their experiences in opening up the canon, recruiting new audiences and broadening our cultural landscapes.


Moderator: Heather Shotter, Executive Director, Committee for Auckland (Auckland)
Speakers: Donna Williams, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Ravi Jain, Playwright and Artistic Director, Why Not Theatre (Toronto); Alanna Lockward, Curator and Founder, Art Labour Archives


Policy Lab: Practice to Policy, Lessons for Local Leaders
Cities are “laboratories” for immigrant integration, testing and incubating good practice. How can practitioners leverage the evidence of local success to inform good policy-making and influence policy agendas at the state and national levels?


Moderator: Howard Duncan, Executive Head, International Metropolis (Ottawa)
Speakers:  Jan Niessen, Director, Migration Policy Group (Brussels), Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution (Washington), Keizo Yamawaki, Professor, School of Global Japanese Studies Meiji University (Tokyo)









Replication is a process in which a good idea or project is travelling beyond its initial geographic or contextual scope, by either scaling it up and keeping the original design or by adapting it to a new context and therewith producing a new project. The Replication Lab will showcase the original, award-winning DiverseCity onBoard project from Toronto and the process of its replication in Berlin. Cathy Winter will present the initial motivation of Maytree to develop the project in Toronto, giving an overview of the project lifecycle, the project results and the driving forces behind the idea of making DiverseCity onBoard travel around the globe. Martin Wilhelm will present the process of replicating DiverseCity onBoard toVielfalt entscheidet in Berlin, focussing on understanding, research and conceptualisation. Henrik Flor will provide insights from OpenTransfer focussing on strategies of up-scaling and transferring of good ideas and reflecting on the process of replication, such as Diversity onBoard in Berlin.

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