Away We Go

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  1. I would like to share with you my experience in the ICD. I was an intern in the ICD for 6 months and then continued as a team leader.

    There are many good opportunities for interns to experience everything from development to event management. The ICD was very helpful in many ways but in particular the ICD offers a lot of flexibility to handle coursework while interning. As an intern, I was not only trained in beginners stuff but was coached on leadership and I was also responsible for running one event which was great.

    As a team leader I worked in a very productive and helpful environment and with very smart colleagues. Very challenging and exciting work environment. Very professional people. There was much room for moving around and advancing within the activities of the ICD. Everyone was a team and I was one of the 5 Team Leaders and really enjoyed working with the staff. Most challenging part of job is when you need to run events for many hours.

  2. How do you fight back against online harassment in Germany?

    German journalist Richard Gutjahr has long been fighting back against the online harassment directed at him and his family. Now there are new anti-abuse laws and internet support groups backing him.

    “This is the story about the internet and how it can actually be turned into weapon,” said German journalist Richard Guntjahr during a Ted Talk presentation posted online earlier this month. “This is my story.”

    His story begins on July 14, 2016, he explains, recounting how his family had traveled to southern France on vacation. On France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, they decided to go to Nice to see the festivities. Gutjahr was taking pictures of the people and fireworks on the promenade when a white truck ploughed into the crowd, killing 86 people and injuring hundreds.

    Gutjahr filmed all of it. “I am a journalist; this is my job,” he said. He sent the material to his employer Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Bavaria’s public broadcaster. BR published the videos and Gutjahr conducted interviews, thus providing coverage from the scene of the attack.

    Discouraged by backlash

    A few days later, he was back home in Munich. On July 23, his daughter called to alert him to shots being fired near a shopping mall. Gutjahr drove there immediately. “I was right in the middle of it and was reporting again,” he said.

    Richard Gutjahr (Imago/Sven Simon)
    Gutjahr has had to deal with a flurry of online abuse

    This is when the actual ordeal for his family began. His presence at both incidents gave rise to conspiracy theories on the internet claiming that it is no coincidence that he was on site for two unpredictable attacks, yet came out unscathed. At first he ignored the speculation, but it was all in vain.

    “The longer we stayed silent, the crazier the accusations became,” he said.

    In the videos he showed during his lecture, his children are verbally harassed and threatened.

    Do not surrender to harassers

    Gutjahr was disheartened by all the hate until a message reached him. “I know what you are going through,” wrote man called Lenny Pozner. He is the father of a child killed in the Sandy Hook Shooting in 2012 in the United States. Pozner was trolled by hoaxers who believe that the elementary school massacre was fake and that Pozner’s son Noah never existed. Pozner encouraged Gutjahr to stand up to the unfounded accusations. “It feels good to know someone who shows support,” said Gutjahr.

    Support is the first step. The German Facebook group #ichbinhier (#iamhere) had joined him in his fight against online abuse. Nearly 36,000 members of the group advocate a culture of debate free of hate in German language online networks. If someone is attacked, the group shows its solidarity by using their hashtag. “We won’t let you take over,” is the message they send to harassers.

    “It gives the victims strength,” said Pia Lorenz, a lawyer and member of the group. “But that is not enough.”

    Facebook and Google must share responsibility

    As a lawyer, Lorenz has represented victims of online harassment. First and foremost, she emphasized the importance of making abusive content disappear. “Until now, that was the hardest thing to do,” she said, explaining that without a direct connection to Facebook or Google, people do not stand a chance.

    A controversial German network enforcement act, NetzDG, requiring social media networks to take more responsibility for content went into full effect on January 1, 2018. But its implementation is problematic, according to Markus Reuter of, a German internet activist site. Twitter, for instance, expects users to have a high level of legal knowledge. “Most people do not know the difference between insult and defamation,” Reuter said.

    Screenshot Twitter NetzDG (M.Reuter/
    Germany’s NetzDG network enforcement act allows for abusive content to be reported

    Before the new law was implemented, Gutjahr was struggling with YouTube complaint forms. “After 20 minutes of trying to figure them out, I finally found the solution,” he wrote on his blog. He said it takes 10 minutes to report a video; he reported a total of 60, with no success.

    Does deletion have any effect?

    The new law is supposed to speed up the reporting, examination and deletion processes, but what impact does this have on harassers?

    “No one learns anything from deletion,” said Ulf Buermeyer, a judge at Berlin’s regional court, explaining that it does not stop harassers from posting something new as soon as the old post is gone.

    “We can never delete enough to seriously cut down the number of hate crimes on the internet,” he said.

    Buermeyer believes the criminalization of hate speech has a more lasting effect: “One can press charges for most hate posts on the web.”

    Now Gutjahr has two lawyers working on his case. Internet initiatives are also helping him. The Demokratiezentrum (Democracy Center) in the German state of Baden-Württemberg runs a digital center called respect! that fights hate speech on the internet. People can go online to report cases that are subsequently analyzed and categorized by two staff members and a lawyer. After that, legal action is initiated if necessary. Ever since the project began almost a half a year ago, the organization has received 600 reports, 130 of which have led to charges.

    Obstacles in prosecution

    Reports are not just thrown in a letter box “that people stick something into and never hear about it again,” said Stephan Ruhmannseder from Demokratiezentrum, which offers a system in which people can track the progress of their complaint — and there’s even room for advice and encouraging words.

    But there are risks entailed in legal proceedings. “If one files charges for something like hate speech, it means that the plaintiff’s name appears in the indictment,” said Ruhmannseder, explaining that the other party can see the contact details, and that is why the organization files charges itself.

    “We are named as the plaintiff to avoid this risk,” he said.

    Cyber bullying (picture-alliance/dpa/O. Berg)
    Reporting hate speech and harassment online can be a complicated and frustrating process

    If someone files charges anonymously, they are protected but cannot be contacted to answer questions during the investigation. Gutjahr advises victims to document hate posts correctly and offers some advice on how to go about this on his blog.

    After charges have been filed, it may take some time before a verdict is handed down — or even before a trial actually begins.

    “It is a vicious circle if prosecutors do not do a good job,” said the judge, Buermeyer. “Then, of course, it is often the case that people say, ‘I won’t bother filing charges at all.'”

    Experts say the authorities in the state of Baden-Württemberg have a good grasp of the matter but many other states in Germany have a great deal of catching up to do.

    The most important lesson Gutjahr has learned

    In order to break the vicious circle, experts agree that internet users must be able to distinguish between what is legal and illegal.

    “I think the fact that a tweet can cause more damage than a newspaper article is slowly sinking in,” said Lorenz, who is also the managing editor of Legal Tribune Online, a German website for legal issues.

    Gutjahr says his days of not responding to the harassment are over. “Show no mercy,” he said, adding that this was the most difficult lesson he learned from this experience: The instigators must be swiftly identified and legal action be taken against them “in a quick, tough manner – with full force.” Only then will it become clear that there is no place for hate online.

  3. This is the most horrific organisation I have come across. They gag their interns and create a hugely toxic work environment, masterminded by a dictatorial and unhinged Rimin Vilinus, which many of us doubt is even his real name. Sources of funding are less than transparent and the senior management team is farcical. The entire organisation needs to shut down.

  4. This proud spirit had the will to try his strength against high Jupiter, and so has this reward.

    Ephialtes is his name, and he made the great attempt, when the Giants made the gods fear, and the arms he shook then, now, he never moves.

  5. O spirits, so cruel that the last place of all is reserved for you, remove the solid veils from my face, that I might vent the grief a little that chokes my heart, before the tears freezes again.

    If you would have my help, tell me who you are: and if I do not disburden you, may I have to journey to the depths of the ice.

  6. Why are you still gazing? Why does your sight still rest, down there, on the sad, mutilated shadows? You did not do so at the other chasms.

    Think, if you wish to number them, that the valley circles twenty-two miles, and the moon is already underneath our feet.

    The time is short now, that is given us, and there are other things to view, than those you see.

  7. Through me the way to the infernal city. Through me the way to the infernal sadness. Through me the way to the lost people.

    Justice moved my supreme maker. I was shaped by divine power. By highest wisdom, and by primal love.

    Before me, nothing was created. That is not eternal, and eternal I endure. Forsake all hope, all you enter here. To the gate of Hell.

  8. The ICD Internship Project (2008-17)

    The ICD Internship Project is a 10 year program with the main purpose to enable current students who need an internship as a compulsory part of their BA or graduate studies to engage in cultural diplomacy and in doing so, to further promote cultural diplomacy and multiculturalism worldwide.

    The project will successfully come to an end on December 2017.

    During January 2018, a new project will be launched by the organization for youth education and development. The project will offer multiple attractive opportunities for applicants to engaged in cultural diplomacy and related fields.
    For more information, please check our website or contact us at

    Merry Christmas and Happy New to You All.

    The ICD’s Interns Council

  9. ‘The Islamic world is too big to generalize’
    FRANK KANE | Published — Tuesday 2 May 2017

    DUBAI: Mark Donfried, founder and director general of the Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), is not surprised at the comparatively low level of knowledge in the US about the Arab world, as revealed in a recent YouGov/Arab News survey.
    “Between 70 and 80 percent of Americans don’t have passports and so don’t go abroad. Most of the ones who do go to Canada and Mexico, some to Europe, but few of them make it to the Middle East,” he said.
    The poll, conducted from March 17-21, found that 65 percent of respondents admitted to knowing little about the Arab world, with 30 percent having no interest in understanding the region further. Over three quarters of the respondents said they would not consider traveling to the Arab world, with 39 percent saying the whole region is too dangerous to visit.
    Donfried said that, while Americans have the best educational and university facilities in the world, they did not really expose themselves to wider news sources, outside US news networks and social media.
    “I don’t think the sentiment behind ‘Make America Great Again’ is particularly new. The US has always viewed itself as something of an island. But in the past its leaders have worked with its international partners and that isn’t the case anymore,” he said.
    The US-born Donfried founded the ICD in 2001 and has since made it into one of the biggest non-profit organizations dedicated to the exchange of views between international communities.
    He is due to speak at an Arab News panel discussion on “The Arab Image in the West,” which is set to be held today, the second and concluding day of the Arab Media Forum in Dubai.
    Nathan Tek, US State Department spokesman in the Middle East, and Hadley Gamble, a reporter and anchor for CNBC covering the Middle East, Africa and US politics, will also speak on the panel. Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News, will moderate the session.
    Donfried said it was important for the Arab world to answer three questions in deciding how to evaluate its international image: how it is presented, how it is perceived, and what is the reality?
    “How do they define identity? It is not just an Arab issue, all countries and peoples have to work out how they define themselves. But they have to answer the question: what does it mean to be an Emirati, or a Qatari?”
    He warned against generalizations. “There is a tendency to generalize in the US; they talk of ‘Islamic civilization.’ But really the Islamic world is too big to generalize like that… there is a big difference between Muslims in Tunisia, New York City and Indonesia,” he said.
    “I think it is as wrong to talk of Islamic civilization as it is to generalize about Western civilization,” he added.
    Exchange and dialogue are essential if there is to be a greater understanding between the US and Arab world. “Both sides just have to get to know as many citizens from other countries as possible, via tourism or exchange programs for students, journalists and anybody interested in other cultures. You cannot overestimate the benefit of education and comparative religious studies in this process.
    “Once people begin to understand another culture, it makes it difficult for any extremist — a Trump or a Bin Laden — to generalize about other people,” he added.
    He said that it was not the job of media in the Arab world to persuade others to take a different view. “Arabs should do the best they can to let others know the strengths as well as weaknesses, but I would advise to try not to persuade. There is a reason why we have two ears but only one mouth — we should listen more and talk less.”
    Donfried said it was difficult to imagine international standards being imposed on Arab media. “It is difficult to impose universal human rights, and I think it would be difficult to impose universal media standards on local media culture. It is hard to come up with one system that suits all. Consumers of media should embrace all inputs — social media, mainstream media and official media — but treat them skeptically.
    “Even then, as the case of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq showed, it’s difficult to be entirely sure what is going on,” he added.

  10. New nation-branding plan needed for Arab world

    By Mark C. Donfried

    Mark C. Donfried is director general at the Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

    It is crucial for the Arab world to put together a committee of the best experts and partners to create programs and initiatives that will promote Arab culture globally. An Arab News poll conducted from March 17-22 proved the negative perception of the Arab world, especially in the US, and the urgent need for new nation-branding initiatives.

    The poll results were published and announced on May 2 at the Arab Media Forum in Dubai during an Arab News panel discussion on “The Arab Image in the West,” which focused on the media’s role in addressing the region’s perception problem.

    The panellists — Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News editor in chief; Hadley Gamble, CNBC reporter and anchor; Nathan Tek, US State Department spokesman in the Middle East, and yours truly — agreed that there is an urgent need for Arab countries to launch a new and modern nation-branding plan to correct this image problem and strengthen their relations with the West and beyond.

    In the last few decades, nation-branding has become crucial for countries interested in expanding their economic, science and trade capabilities globally. Every state seeking to sustainably improve tourism, international trade and foreign investment, and its possibility of getting international credit, can benefit greatly from a positive national reputation. So the success of the state is very much dependent on the success of its national brand.

    In contrast, a negative reputation hinders tourism, favorable trade conditions and foreign investment, and engenders unwillingness from other countries to cooperate in academic and scientific affairs.

    Nation-branding programs normally consist of activities such as research, publications, conferences, exhibitions, fairs, academic and scientific exchange and youth programs. These programs, compared to other state budgets such as defense, are only a fraction of the cost, so the return on investment is very high.

    This is because their positive influence can be seen in many aspects of states’ internal and external affairs, ranging from security, innovation and development to citizens’ living standard. For example, the mammoth Milan Expo 2015 brought a huge amount of attention to Italy, ranging from almost all world heads of state and hundreds of thousands of visitors, to vast and widespread coverage in international media outlets.

    Even nation-branding campaigns that include paid advertising, which can be quite expensive, are still inexpensive compared to defense budgets. At the same time, nation-branding campaigns sustainably support stronger relations between countries, decreasing the chances of armed conflict and thereby enabling the gradual reduction of defense budgets year by year.

    The latest Arab News poll indicates that 81 percent of Americans cannot identify the Arab world on a map. This alarming news shows that a significant and comprehensive nation-branding plan should be put into action by Arab countries collectively as well as individually.

    Reallocating even a fraction of the exorbitant defense spending by some states to nation-branding projects would set a positive example that national security can be increased by building and strengthening cultural ties and understanding. For example, serious cultural and economic bridges between the US and Iraq could have made the 2003 war far harder to start.

    Not only security, trade and tourism, but also other fields such as education and science are dependent on national image. The better a country’s brand, the more attractive it will be for students to study there and for researchers to be based there. So more educational and scientific innovation will take place in the country, which will boost the economy.

    States’ dependence on a positive national reputation can be presented in the example that no financial creditor will ever give credit to an entity with a bad name or reputation. All these are just segments of the growing importance and dependency of states on nation-branding.

    Even non-state actors, such as religious groups or political parties, understand well that their perception among their target audiences is crucial, so they are applying branding strategies to attract new members and supporters. Even Daesh and the Taliban have begun employing advanced propaganda strategies to disseminate their message and promote a certain image to increase their following.

    The latest Arab News poll indicates that 81 percent of Americans cannot identify the Arab world on a map. This alarming news shows that a significant and comprehensive nation-branding plan should be put into action by Arab countries collectively as well as individually. These programs should be conclusive and use all traditional and modern components, media and strategies of nation-branding and cultural diplomacy.

    They should involve as many organizations and institutions as possible to immediately attract attention to the rich history, culture and achievements of the Arab world. Those plans should focus initially on the West, starting with the US and Europe, where perhaps the image problem is greatest, then gradually include developing countries from Asia to Latin America.

    Unfortunately, the traditional methods of applying nation-branding programs have become less and less effective due to the digital developments of the last 20 years, and their effect on the transfer and storage of information. More and more countries and cultural groups have recognized the importance of these developments, and are working relentlessly to promote their national brands beyond their state borders and to foreigners inside those borders.

    Successful nation-branding programs cannot be imitated. A program that works for one country might not work for another since it has a different history, culture, identity and geopolitical situation. So each nation-branding strategy should be carefully tailor-made for a specific country, and for the specific relationship between that country and another.

    Nation-branding programs should be initiated by Arab leaders, then implemented in a public-private partnership. A good example of leadership being shown in this field is the UAE, which created a Soft Power Council in April to research the best way the country can implement effective soft power and nation-branding in its foreign policy.

    It is important that nation-branding programs apply further measures to encourage Arab societies to learn more about their neighbors, because cooperation will be necessary in order to create cultural bridges. Such initiatives, if applied successfully, can result in significant economic, political and strategic gain for Arab nations.

    • Mark C. Donfried is director general at the Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

  11. The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018
    “Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music”
    (Berlin; February 21st – 23rd, 2018) – Held Parallel to the Berlin Film Festival 2018
    Conference Overview
    “The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018” is an international conference taking place in Berlin from February 21st – 23rd, 2017 to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. Artists and practitioners from the fields of music, film, performance art, digital art, literature, and painting, will share their perspectives alongside renowned artists and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, academy civil society, and the private sector.

    For decades, all forms of the arts have served as a powerful, effective vehicles to inspire and enable people to build cultural bridges and come together towards prosperous peaceful relations. Over the course of many years now, people have discovered the unique potential of the arts and in particular music, cinema, and performing arts to transcend cultures, serving as common languages to bring together different groups and communities. These unique qualities have the unparalleled strength to continuously effect people and over time sculpt human society closer to the ultimate goal of global peace.

    The Power of Film & the Arts to Build Peace will be celebrated during the conference and examine the immense transformative value that the arts and music hold as vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy. The vision of the conference is to bring an interdisciplinary mixture of celebrated artists, high level representatives from the film industry and practitioners of Cultural Diplomacy in order to prepare an agenda for after the conclusion of the conference, which will initiate programs and initiatives that will support global peace.

      1. Edwin, or whoever you are – I think that
        The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is helpful
        The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is great & perfect
        The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has quality, fineness and class
        The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is original, innovative, inventive & ingenious
        The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has excellence ideas, performances and results

      2. Edwinn……”Slander is worse than cannibalism”. John Chrysostom
        Edwinn……” “Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.” Shannon L. Alder
        Edwinn……” “The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.” Criss Jami, Killosophy
        And… Edwinn……”The public is increasingly disgusted with a steady diet of defamation, and prepared to reward those who refrain from it. Mitch Daniels
        Edwinn……”We want to protect freedom of speech, but it is not unlimited freedom of speech. There has always been rules around defamation, slander and libel. Denis Napthine

    1. The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum
      The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum
      The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum

    2. The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum
      The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum
      The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum
      The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is scum. And SPAM as well.

  12. I was last week in Berlin and I wanted to visit the ICD. My surprise was when the building was locked (Thursday morning), and it looked a bit abandoned. After I discovered that they moved. Again? Why are they moving so often?

    1. Pierre, 3 lie jokes for you:
      What’s green and has wheels? Grass, I lied about the wheels.
      What has fingernails and legs made of grass? You, I lied about the grass.
      What is it called when a bull lies? Bullying.

  13. You learn nothing. Mindnumbing boring work that everyone, often including the managers do. Of course we’re interns, so this is expected, but it’s also expected that you observe what senior and tenured staff do and gain that experience to eventually take with you into a full-time working career. That is not the case at the ICD unfortunately.

  14. What is the longest word in the English language?

    SMILES: there is a mile between the first and last letters!

    Thank you.

  15. Anonymous Posts, Internet Trolling, Internet Shaming, Let us show you how it is getting done:

    The Bad
    No such thing as a standard working week, erratic long hours often at short or little notice. No compensation for long hours on personal time. Impossible to maintain work / life balance. Career path isn’t very clear, management more concerned about themselves than their interns. Run away, don’t come closer, and tell you friends not to go there – STAY AWAY FROM THE ICD!

    The Good
    The people, culture, and work-life balance really stick out at ICD. Managers/Team Leaders are more helpful than at any other NGO I’ve worked for. The culture is relaxed, but everyone in the institute wants to work hard and achieve success for themselves and for the people around them. The recruiters are upbeat and really give you a good sense of what the institute will be like if you work here, unlike some others.
    GO FOR IT!

    The Ugly
    The Boss Is A Dickhead – I love Berlin but I hate the ICD
    And so on……..

    Do you understand?

  16. The ICD Interns’ Council
    On behalf of all ICD interns
    Real reviews can be found in the ICD website under reviews

    1. The ICD Interns’ Council
      On behalf of all ICD interns
      Real reviews can be found in the ICD website under reviews

      Dear Cyberstalker, – It is very regrettable to read from you again and we wish you had at least the decency and integrity to bring your views in a proper way and come out in full, rather than cyber bulling posting inaccurate anti-Semitic and false defamation anonymously – calling us a fabrication. If you are, as you claim, posting true facts, so why should you hide yourself? Why don’t you do it openly? For example, why doesn’t everyone who posts their views on the blog provide his or her contact details, so that the readers can actually contact them directly and so that facts can be cleared and checked, as should be the case.
      To come and declare that any positive review written about ICD is fabricated, is a serious accusation and of course is simply not true and you are repeatedly misleading the readers. Doesn’t it seem strange to declare that ALL the positive views on an issue are false and only the negative ones are true?
      And as interns involved with this blog we are willing to provide anyone who wishes, the full contact details of each and all of the persons who posted a positive review, in order to facilitate transparency and so people can check whether it was fabricated or not!.
      There are endless examples of happy and very talented interns, who love and loved their involvement at the ICD, had fun and still are having fun and doing great things here! This is also easy to see and prove, as all reader are welcome to view our work and reports ONLINE. To see specific examples of this, just take a moment to see the page of the intern led events.

    2. You “forgot” to mention, other tasks that interns are asked to undertake, such as researching to support the thematic and academic content of the programs and events, learning about the ICD speakers and then getting the chance to meet many of them thereafter in person, write articles and actual publications that are included in different ways in ICD’s various programs as well as to be published in the ICD online archive or the research section of the website. we could go on and on. . . and we WILL because we CARE about the institution we are interning for and it MATTERS to me that lies and defamation are not spread like this on the internet.
      Are the tasks that ICD interns do dramatically different from those tasks required in internships in other organizations? NO! We encourage you to ask your friends and within 2 minutes you will see the same. We know this both based on our own knowledge and experience as well as what we have heard from many many of our friends who are doing internships in other organizations in Europe, the USA and beyond.
      We know as a fact that the ICD has received endless amounts of thank you e-mails and positive feedback from former interns and volunteers expressing their gratitude to ICD and thanking the ICD for what they learned and achieved here, as well as for the experience and the contacts they made while they were here. We know this because one of our responsibilities at ICD was checking the ICD email account where we saw myself many examples of this feedback. Are you saying that our own eyes were lying to us? Were all of these emails and communications faked as well? we really encourage you to check your facts before making these kinds of accusations.

    3. Yes indeed, the daily tasks have to be measured in some sort of way, and are measured based on simple experience of how much time is required to do tasks. In any organization and institute in the world, or any other place you will be working in the future your work and results will be measured and evaluated. What is so strange about that? If you think that it will be too “demanding for you,” or too “soul destroying”, perhaps you will find a place, where you can arrive with no professional experience or experience in the company and they will immediately let your sit you in the boss’ chair and they will be just waiting eagerly for your marvelous materials and results to come out of your hands. To set a simple daily framework and expectations for the results of your work sounds so “horrible” as you describe it.
      As for the other activities, you described, taking place during the events and programs (and not only during the events), again you “forgot” to mention that:
      You are pouring wine not only to the participants and guests, but to you and all of the interns as well, who are free to join all the programs and social activities, and are enjoying the events as well! You forgot to indicate, that all interns are invited to the official receptions, where we are welcome to eat, drink and enjoy the social activities with all other participants and speakers, as well as listen to the lectures taking place during the programs and more.
      You also “forgot” to mention a few other tasks, that the interns are also undertaking during the programs: such as holding interviews with these high-level speakers and the participants from across the world, which are then published as part of the event documentation, writing reports on the lectures and the events taking place during the program which the ICD then publishes, preparing detailed bios and questions for the interview, and many other tasks, where we really learn a tremendous amount and can build our professional CVs in a serious way.

    4. Oh and we are sorry, that you had to pick up from the floor a napkin that a participant dropped, or pick up an empty cup and throw that to the garbage. Though there is professional cleaning staff always hired during the events, the ICD DOES ask the staff and the interns to just simply assist in making sure that everything looks neat and tidy during the event. Really, not the end of the world, is it? You know, there are SOME people in this world who also pick up a piece of trash from the ground when they are walking on the street and see something there.
      Would YOU do this? Would you also bother to try to assist in stopping global warming if you knew it wouldn’t BENEFIT you? You sound quite selfish from your message. The whole spirit of ICD from our first days here has been about GIVING and HELPING society, and it looks like this may have been a problem for you from the first day.
      You seem to have “forgotten” to mention this as well: that the interns are welcome to initiate their own intern-led events while interning at ICD, anytime they want and to develop and plan these events in the ICD house. ICD even provides small sponsorship for food and drinks for these events. Since we know you won’t read this, we would ask all the other readers to please have a look at some examples of these events on the ICD Voice website. It doesn’t look like we are suffering so much, does it???
      To say that the ICD does not perform any real function, as you summarized that, is not only untrue, but also a ridiculous accusation, especially when you have a look on the reviews of all our programs, etc. video footage of our programs, etc. Which function are you referring to exactly when you say we don’t perform a function?
      And to state that the internship program is not legitimate at the ICD is again a false accusation. For your information, and mainly for the other readers of this blog, we would like to point out that the ICD has a considerable number of ongoing contracts and cooperation with many universities who regularly and sustainably keep sending their students for internships at the ICD, BECAUSE they are getting positive feedback from their students.

    5. If the experiences were so bad, then why would these organizations continue? we think ICD’s track record speaks for itself.
      Again, you are coming with false and unsupported claims, and you seem to contradict yourself in many ways all in order to damage the ICD reputation.
      But I guess that it is “easier” just to let your personal frustration from your inability to be able to take out all the good things and advantages you could have taken from your internship at the ICD, and blame your inability the ICD and all the world. YOU are not the problem its EVERYONE else in your life right??
      We wonder what exactly you are doing now after your internship and how happy you are now with your new position, if you have one. It would be interesting to read that, but only when it comes with proof of your real identity, rather than again just your anonymously YELLING through this blog with inconsistent accusations that cannot be checked or followed up on.
      Please come out whoever you are….. Let’s see your real face once and for all. We are ready, are you? Or you just going to keep on taking all your frustrations anonymously?

      The ICD Interns’ Council
      On behalf of all ICD interns
      Real reviews can be found in the ICD website under reviews

      1. Just to be clear, the person under the pseudonym “The ICD Interns’ Council” is not in the ICD interns Council. Notice this person’s passive aggressive writing style and match it with the other usernames who keep demanding to show your personal information. There are reasons why this person keeps spamming this site with nonsense and its because he/she knows how shit the ICD is and how corrupt all the board members are.

  17. How I Met Your Mother, bitchass mother fucker! have a face like a hatful of assholes. GET BRAIN!!!

  18. Hello Fellow past ICD’ers, RimJob Riman, Marky Donfield and whoever else from this poxy money grabbing, half -arsed, ill managed institute will no doubt be reading this.

    Lets say… That I start by congratulating the ICD’s Press, Media and Social Media workers. When I got my confirmation that I had been accepted into the ICD’s Internship I was over the moon. The website looked flawless, they had a vast range of eloquently put branches of the ICD, an example being: The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights and World Peace. This sounds all well and good reading it on the ICD website, and it made me super excited to come and learn many things from those at the ICD.

    Now.. lets get into it.
    The first and largest Issue is the bloke who runs the whole of the ICD backstage. His name is Riman Vilnius. He is a few jam sandwiches short of a picnic to say the least. His knowledge of “Cultural Diplomacy” does not surpass the wikipedia definition that he himself wrote. He is a crude, obnoxious, little devil-man who clearly cares very little about the interns who work for him and cares even less about “cultural Diplomacy”. He wanted us to promote womens rights, and then a week later installed 4 TV screens outside the ICD with bikini-laden women dancing on poles.. This is just the tip of the hypocracy iceberg that is Riman Vilnius. His main conern seems to be on the Red Ballroom, and all the other Hotels that he owns in Berlin.

    The second issue is that, us interns all came to the ICD to learn about how an NGO works from the inside. The work that we were given by Riman did not even come close to this. You are told that you can do whatever you want, but are also required to write two articles per day for the “Berlin Global”. The Berlin Global is a online publication that has posts so sporadically it is considered a joke.

    In response to “The Interns Council”. This is a lie. This is a fabrication by the DevilMan Riman himself. There are NO opportunities to do anything of value at the ICD.

    I’ve seen better management at McDonalds. The Management of the ICD is horrendous. Possibly the worst managed company I have ever witnessed in my life. Riman just walks through the door at 3/4pm, Mark Donfried is rarely there. There is no structure to the days whilst working at the ICD.

    Do not Come here. Do not Believe the Lies.

    1. Cybersltalker, our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers!!

      Now everybody can see your true nature and what the ICD is dealing with. There were a billion lights out there on the horizon but all of them put together weren’t enough to light the darkness in your heart – you Psychopathic Liar.

      Cybersltalker, “who are you really? you are not a name or a height, or a weight or a gender, you are not an age and you are not where you are from – ………..

      you are , where you are going.

      But no worries, prison will make you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.

      And no worries, there are good mental institutions also in US prisons….. where you belong.

      “Getting your IP Address Campaign” has already started. Send us your IP Address, if you have guts.

      In 30 Days from today we will expose you for good – that means …….15 July.

      We are coming.

    2. The ICD Interns’ Council
      On behalf of all ICD interns
      Real reviews can be found in the ICD website under reviews

      We have checked some of the issues that were mentioned in this post (published by “bun the icd”) and would like to respond.
      The tvs were installed in order to enable guests to watch the events from outside the building. The clip that was used, was just a random clip from a normal Ibiza club party which was taken by the videographers who installed the tvs and was used for the installation process.
      The Berlin Global is an important project of the ICD and the interns are inviting to contribute articles to this project. We are all under the assumption that this activity contribute significantly to intern’s knowledge of cultural diplomacy.
      With regards to the personal insults which were made against the ICD management, we have different opinion and would be happy to share this with you at any time.
      And lastly, the ICD Interns’ Council is not a fabrication and you are welcome to contact us at any time in order to get real information.

      The ICD Interns’ Council
      On behalf of all ICD interns
      Real reviews can be found in the ICD website under reviews

      1. Hi ICD try to talk to these people Alexandra Fašalek, Edward Wong, Patricija McDonald, Sara Tierro, and Iker Clausi – they can give you some answers and idea.

        Friends of ICD

  19. The Interns Council is a team of 100 former interns, who joined the Council in order to represent the interests of interns who worked and or are working here at the ICD. The forming of the Interns Council was just one aspect of many changes which the ICD has been making over the past few years in order improve its projects. The Interns Council is designed to be able to address problems or issues which may arise at the earliest possible stage. Our role can range from simply acting as a listening ear to addressing critical problems by liaising with the management or other partners. This can range from helping an intern find a place to live in Berlin or helping individuals to further their career aspirations.

    We do not agree with the latest anonymous posts in this blog nor with the way it is guided and monitored. From reading the posts in this blog, we are under the assumption that it was created with the sole aim to discredit the ICD. It is not an honest and a fair way to address critical issues by anonymously posting lies and fantasies online, which defiantly just creating a destructive effect which simply harms the current interns or former interns who rely on their experience in the ICD in their attempt to further develop their careers.

    Please feel free to contact us directly at any time if you have any questions, concerns or request real clarifications.

    The ICD Interns’ Council
    On behalf of all ICD interns
    Real reviews can be found in the ICD website under reviews

    1. I would like to personally describe the real situation in the ICD.

      I did a short internship during 2015 and used the ICD references in order to obtain another internship in an embassy.

      During my internship I requested the management to support my application. They did and I got accepted.

      During my entire internship, I was supported by the management and I stayed in touch with them, actually up until today.

      Never Have I Ever Seen such great people like the high management of the ICD. People who are working sometimes 20 hours per day to promote cultural dialogue all around the world.

      Lots of them are doing that without getting salaries, helping young people, refuges, and poor people to develop their careers.

      Spreading cultural diplomacy to many countries and promoting dialogue in Berlin.

      Despite all that, they always had the time to speak to me or others when we needed something.

      1. This is just a hate blog the name **away we go** says it all HATE HATE HATE. WHAT THE FUCK. BG/Pee Wee

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