Network

Find out more about the network’s structure and history.

We are a collaborative professional cultural managers’ network for cultural exchange that values the diversity of its members. Our mission is to engage in art and culture for social change and to advocate for progressive cultural policies, which we primarily seek to accomplish by supporting peer-to-peer capacity building and knowledge transfer among our members. The Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network was founded in 2013 on the initiative of alumni of the Cultural Managers Programmes of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In 2015, the network was also opened to alumni of the programmes ‘Actors of Urban Change’, ‘Tandem Shaml’ and ‘Tandem Europe’. To date, the Network has brought together around 200 actors from all over Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.

The network aims to establish itself as a relevant platform for advocates who actively and innovatively use art and culture to foster positive social change in Europe and neighbouring regions. In 2019, the network will become open to all cultural managers who identify with its mission and want to contribute to the network. (More information on How to become a member.)

Governance. The network is governed by four elected network members who form the ‘board’. They are responsible for the strategic development of the network. The board receives administrative support from MitOst e.V. Members of the board are elected each year, preferably at a network meeting. In the case that no meeting takes place, the elections are held online. In the case that live voting can be held, it will still be supplemented by online voting in order to ensure that all members are able to vote. Members of the board have a term of two years. Each year, only two new members are elected, ensuring overlap between the boards and a smooth transition to the next period.

Strategy & Structure. The board has the general mandate to make decisions on behalf of the network. This includes budget and strategy. Whenever a decision would cause a relevant change to the network’s structure, nature, or goals, the members are consulted. This involves preparing a proposal and sending it to all members with a fixed deadline of a minimum ten days for feedback. The feedback must be considered by the board members.

Funding for projects and internal meetings. Decisions on funding for projects and internal meetings (like reflecting groups) are made by a jury composed of two members from the board, one MitOst staff member, and one representative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the application, its relevance for the network, and its reflection of the Network’s Mission. Jury discussions and decisions are documented. The jury decides by consensus. The network was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in the periods 2013–15, 2015–17 and 2017–19.

Travel funding. In general, travel requests are approved so long as they are in line with the purposes of this funding tool. The board of representatives checks the basic points of the application (in line with the purpose, in line with the network’s mission and vision) and makes a consensus decision that is then communicated to the applicant.

Information on opportunities within the network can be found under news.