Is blockchain a revolutionary technology of the future? Is it going to change the world – and if yes – how? What is fleeting and what is permanent? These central questions guided the presentations and subsequent discussions at the Global Bridges’ XXXII Berlin Global Forum titled, “Bitcoin – Blockchain: From Sensation to Rehabilitation.”
May 27 – 31
“Uzbekistan: A Country in Transition”
Uzbekistan has served as a crossroads of civilizations for millennia. It was an important player in the Silk Road trade, has been part of numerous major world empires, and is now situated in the heart of modern Central Asia. This made Uzbekistan an ideal location to convene 38 young leaders from 12 countries for Global Bridges’ XVII European-American Young Leaders Conference at the end of May 2018.
Tel Aviv – Ramallah – Be’er Sheva – Hebron – Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Sderot
April 25 – May 3, 2018
While the festivities of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence took place, our Global Bridges Delegation began its VI Study Trip to Israel and the West Bank.
The group arrived in Israel amidst the protests and aftermath that ensued as a result of US President Trump’s announcement officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Our many meetings and encounters with fascinating personalities allowed the group to receive firsthand insight to a region where it is debated like nowhere else, how politics could or should be conducted differently.
April 7 – 14, 2018
Teheran, Yazd, Kashan
Fraught with exciting, new impressions and acquired knowledge, our Global Bridges delegation returned on April 15 from their Third Study Trip to Iran. Although the country is currently experiencing a boom, the economic crisis remains omnipresent. Over the past few years, the sanctions have isolated the country more and more from the outside world. Given these conditions, it was even more astounding for our group to experience the amount of hospitality and curiosity the local population demonstrates towards western travelers as well as how relentlessly this population has searched for solutions in order to create new perspectives.
The golden rule of the automobile industry is: “Never build a new car with a new team in a new factory.” And this rule should not be broken? Carl-Peter Forster, Chairman of the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) and Member of the Supervisory Board of Geely, taught the members of Global Bridges otherwise.
On Friday, January 26th, our Global Bridges Members once again enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Chinese Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Mr. Shi Mingde, who invited them to dinner on the occasion of the Chinese New Year.
In 2018, we will continue to follow our motto, “Wir fahren hin” (We go there), and to seek personal encounters and experiences in areas of geostrategic importance, such as in Iran, Israel and the West Bank, Jordan, Tibet, Kenya and Rwanda, China, Vietnam, and Uzbekistan.
For further information please see the following preliminary schedule of events for this year:
This year’s annual festive holiday breakfast took place on December 14th on the top floor of the German House in New York City. The event was hosted by German Consul General, Mr. David Gill, in cooperation with Global Bridges. The guest of honor was Mr. Philip D. Murphy, Governor-Elect of New Jersey and longtime friend of Global Bridges.
This year’s traditional Thanksgiving Dinner took place in Frankfurt am Main on November 28th. Consul General James W. Herman and his wife, Mrs. Leilani Herman, were once again the hosts of the annual turkey dinner, inviting both Global Bridges members and Young Leaders to gather at their residence for the festive evening.
Above the rooftops of Berlin, the members of Global Bridges came together at the invitation of its long-time member, Dr. Kurt Schwarz, to discuss the prospects of China. The evening also provided the opportunity to reflect upon Global Bridges’ XIII Study Trip to China this October.