22 SEPTEMBER 2017 / GMF Alumni Leadership Action Project: “Athens meets Detroit. The importance of civic engagement and social accountability”

Οn Monday September 25th, the event “Athens meets Detroit. The importance of civic engagement and social accountability” took place at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center as part of the German Marshall Fund of the United States Program "Transatlantic Initiative - Alumni Leadership Action Project".

Through the presentation of examples of best practices and strategies implemented in the city of Detroit in the local government, private foundations, business sector and social networks, the discussion highlights, through a transatlantic lens, the importance of civic engagement and the development of synergies in dealing with some of today’s societies’ most intractable problems. In addition, the event is an opportunity for the Greek GMF fellows to interact as a network in Greece and part of GMF’s rich and engaged network along with participants that share  transatlantic values.

The event took place with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the US Embassy in Athens. 

In the past, the SNF has supported the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) Program in Greece, bringing young Greek leaders from the political, business, media and nonprofit sectors to the United States as well as fellows from the United States who participate in European programs that included Greece on their itineraries. The MMF Program provided a unique opportunity for young policy and opinion leaders to acquire a broad knowledge of political, economic, and social institutions and issues in their host countries.