6:30 pm18:30

AGBC Monthly Meeting - Smart Cities

AGBC Munich 2017 – Wednesday, 28th June 2017 - Monthly Meeting

Smart Cities: From Vision to Execution

Interested in future living in smart communities?  Learn about where we are headed.

Guest Speaker:  Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Research Vice President, Gartner, Inc.

When:   Wednesday, 28th June 2017            

Time:    Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030. 

Where:  Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost:      EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up:  Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

Cities are turning from governed environments to an interactive ecosystem of like-minded citizens engaging with a community governance and user setting. The catalyst for this is a proliferation of real time user services delivered through web interfaces, as well as the increasing consumerization of IT technology embedded in the citizen’s daily lives.  Public sector agencies are developing smart city concepts in order to harness new engagement models using application and data portals, mobile services as well as the citizen participatory platforms. Improving the operations of city experiences such as traffic management, energy and resource efficiency as well as public works and lighting reduces the complexity of urban management while reducing operational cost. This presentation will outline the different strategic decisions cities need to make to build smart city strategies and the benefits to citizens and businesses. It will also provide an overview of disruption in terms of technology but also user engagement and discusses the value of data exchange.  

Bettina Tratz-Ryan is a Research Vice President at Gartner, the world's leading IT and advisory company.  Responsible for smart city and smart ecosystems research worldwide, she analyzes the strategic citizen impact and business value of data and information analytics, Internet of Things, open data marketplaces, applications and complex architectures for cities, local government and urban regions. Her expertise integrates technology models with services and business measures for subsystems such as transportation, mobility, microgrid and buildings. She also works on the business impact related to the Industrie 4.0 framework. Mrs. Tratz-Ryan understands how to build green IT and environmental sustainability roadmaps compliant to DIN EN ISO 14001 (1221-2009).

With Gartner for 19 years, Mrs. Tratz-Ryan has more than 25 years of industry experience in IT networking for telecommunications, utilities, transportation, healthcare and local governments.  She received two Gartner Thought Leadership awards in 2015 for her smart city research, as well as her contribution to business impact scenarios of smart machines.

12:00 pm12:00

8th Annual Little American Oktoberfest

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8th Annual Little American Oktoberfest, 9 July at the Waldwirtschaft in Grosshesselohe near Pullach

When:   Sunday, 9th July 2017

Time:    1200-2100 but core time 1200-1900. 

Where:  Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe (Pullach) – Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 Munich

Price:    Pay as you consume

Sign Up:  With Dave Dowdy at ddd@tripled.de by Thursday, 6th July.

The Waldwirtschaft team invites us again to the Little American Oktoberfest. The festivities start at 12 noon and continue throughout the day.  

With the organizational support of Dave Dowdy, Linda Jo Rizzo is the Master of Ceremonies and leads the country-western, rock and pop music entertainment with Mark Coonradt and the Texas Bandits.  The event will also feature bull-riding (on the mechanical monster), lasso-ing, horseshoes and Cowboy boot tossing, square dancing,  can-can girls, and a wild-west show.  For the kids there will be Kinderschmink and magic tricks.

Around 1600 the Waldwirtschaft will treat us to a keg of free beer during a special keg-opening ceremony performed by US Consul General Jennifer Gavito. You can also purchase Kobe-beef hamburgers (for a specially reduced price), US steaks and a full assortment of delicious Biergarten food from the kiosks. 

Our reserved tables in the beer garden are facing the band and located under the white umbrellas.  Since this is a beer garden, we will not reserve special tables for the individual groups.  If you want to sit together with your group, you are encouraged to arrive early enough to save places.

Please come on out and join us. Invite your friends who may be interested in meeting with us. The Waldwirtschaft is located in the Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 München-Pullach. There are parking facilities, but you can also come out on your bicycle or with the S7-Bahn (exit Isartalbahnhof). It's a quick 10-minute walk from the S-Bahn exit to the Waldwirtschaft.

Detailed Schedule:

Little American Oktoberfest – Schedule of Events

American Music:

12.00-21.00               Mark Coonradt & The Texas Bandits

                                    (Country, Oldies, Rock-n-Roll, Bayerische Stimmung)

                                    Songs and Moderation from Linda Jo Rizzo


American Fun & Entertainment – the Lineup: 

12.00-20.00               Bull Riding

12.00-18.00               Lasso, Horseshoe & Cowboy Boot Tossing

12.00-18.00               Children’s Makeup


                                  Munich Cowboys American Football - Information

                                  Tickets Tombola for Munich Cowboy Game € 1,00 per ticket                                                   Munich Disciples American Baseball – Information and batting                                               cage with Mitch Stephan

14.00                          Country & Western Dance (Wild West Girls eV.)

15.00                          Charles Albertus & Dancers “Back To Broadway”

                                    Alina Malmar & Crew Hip Hop Show

16.00                          US Consulate General Jennifer Gavito - “O’zapft” Free beer

17.00                          Cowboy Show (Wild West Girls eV.)

18.00                          Can-Can Kurios Dance Show (Wild West Girls eV)

19.00-21.00                Linda & Mark & The Texas Bandits


7:30 pm19:30

English Native Speakers (ENS) - Learning Program Children 8 to 10

English Native Speakers (ENS) - English Learning Program for Children 8 to 10 Years of Age – Wednesday, 12th July

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When:   Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Time:    Doors open 1900, meeting starts at 1930 

Where:  Kulturzentrum Trudering, Wasserburger Landstrasse 32, 81825 Munich in Seminarraum 1 (first floor)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions?  Please contact Susan Jane Alexiadis at info@englishbooksinmunich.com or Tel:  0172 270 4776.

In a nutshell - The English Native Speakers (ENS) programme is an innovative educational programme for primary school children, using Usborne books as its main resource.

Susan Jane Alexiadis has written a learning programme for English native speaking children who attend Year 3 or Year 4 (aged 8 to 10) at a Bavarian state school. She originally developed the programme for her daughter, who found that the school English lessons weren't meeting her needs. The programme has been such a resounding success, that Susan and her colleagues just couldn't keep it to themselves! 

About the Author:  Susan Jane Alexiadis is an experienced primary school teacher with a background in international education. She has taught in Germany, Australia and the UK. She has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Master of Educational Studies. Her passion is for language and literacy, and for her three (bilingual) children.

About the Illustrator:  Ursula Fleckenstein lives and works in Munich. A qualified fresco painter, she now works in the areas of graphic design, E-learning and illustration.

3:00 pm15:00

GABC -20th Anniversary BBQ - Waldgasthof Buchenhain

German Australian Business Council – 20th Anniversary BBQ Munich – Business Networking Bavarian Style - Saturday, 15th July

When:   Saturday, 15th July 2017

Time:    Starts at 1500 (3 PM) 

Where:  Waldgasthof Buchenhain, Am Klettergarten 7, 82065 Baierbrunn, Germany

(20 km south of Munich - A 1-minute walk from Buchenhain S7-Bahn station)

Cost:     “Pay as you consume”.

To commemorate 20 years of connecting Germany and Australia, the German Australia Business Council is pleased to announce a BBQ Business networking event in the south of Munich. As part of the Waldgasthof Buchenhain’s well established annual Sommerfest in Baierbrunn we will have a separate area, but we will be in the position to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the Biergarten and listen to live music from three different bands. This event is a great chance for networking with fellow German Australian Business Council corporates, members and friends.

Please save the date, then join us for a wonderful afternoon. 

10:00 am10:00

Special AGBC Event - Ammersee Radl Tour

Special AGBC Event – Ammersee Radl Tour – Saturday, 24th June 2017

When:   Saturday, 24th June 2017

Time:    Meet at 0945 in Herrsching (meeting point to be communicated later).  The E-bike tour runs 1000-1600 with late afternoon dinner option at Kloster Andechs. 

Organized by:  Colinne Bartel, AC Innovation

Arrangements – This is generally an E-bike tour.  Colinne will co-ordinate arrangements for renting the E-Bikes.  Those with their own E-Bikes or desiring to participate with a normal bicycle/mountain bike are also welcome to attend. 


 a.    About Eur 60 per person for the E-Bike rentals, depending on the final arrangements. 

b.    Participation fee for those with their own E-Bikes or normal bicycles/mountain bikes Eur 25. 

c.    Food and other consumables are to be paid in cash by the participants.

Payment:  Participants will be provided payment details in June. 

Sign-Up:  Please register by 10th June 2017, indicating if you need an E-Bike, at the Events tab on the new AGBC Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

Questions?  Please contact Colinne S. Bartel at 0170-7345-775 or E-mail Colbar007@gmail.com

Catch us, if you can!  AGBC Munich is embarking on its first bicycle ride around the charming Ammersee, one of Bavaria’s most scenic lakes.  Given the distance (about 50 km), most will use E-bikes.  We will start and finish at Herrsching, then drive afterwards to Andechs for an optional meal at the world-renowned Kloster Andechs.

The tour includes 15-30 minute stops at Ammersee’s primary points of interest, where food and drink will be available: 

Fischen – Ramsar Protected Wetland

Diessen – Gasteig Haus – Meeting house for "der Blaue Reiter" artists

Utting – historical Alte Villa 

Breitbrunn – Königsberg – proposed site for King Ludwig’s 4th castle

Herrsching – various historical sites.

Interested?  Please be sure to sign up by 10th June in the Events tool at www.agbc-munich.com as we need sufficient time to finalize the event arrangements. 

This will be an extra special event, one that you will remember.  Hopefully we will have Kaiserswetter with the great Bavarian blue sky.  However, In the event of rain, we will ride anyway so please be prepared to bring your ponchos. 

10:00 am10:00

American Citizens Information and Passport Day

American Citizens Information and Passport Day 

When:   Saturday, 17th June 2017

Time:    1000-1500 (10 AM – 3 PM)

Where:  U.S. Consulate Munich, Königinstr. 5, 80539 Munich

Further info:  https://de.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-information-passport-day-2017/

Who:     This event is open to U.S. citizens and immediate family members. 

Attention U.S. Citizens and family members - The U.S. Consulate General in Munich will host its annual American Citizen Services Information & Passport Day (https://de.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-information-passport-day-2017/) on Saturday, June 17 2017. You can meet with representatives from U.S. and German government agencies like Social Security and the Kreisverwaltungsreferat.  There will also be representatives present from various non-profit organizations in Bavaria that offer services to American citizens.

U.S. citizens also can apply for U.S. passports.   Appointments are still available. Please click the following to schedule an appointment;    Click here (https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=MUN&appcode=1/)  

Even if you don’t need to renew a passport, come and join us for the cookout!  Some of your favorite American food, chips/ snacks and sodas will be available for purchase.

Please bring your U.S. passport for entry, and read our security instructions  (https://de.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security/?_ga=1.262857228.1081619762.1461238713) as certain items are not allowed inside the U.S. Consulate General.   


9:00 am09:00

2017 AGBC Exchange I

2017 AGBC Exchange I – Saturday, 20th May 2017

Speakers and Topics:  To be announced.  

When:  Saturday, 20th May 2017 from 9.00-13.00
Where: European Business College, Wolfratshauserstr 84
Cost:      EUR 10.00 for members and guests (incl. light lunch)

Sign-Up:  Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

What:   9 Speakers with 3 - 45 minute rounds of expert presentations (3 per round) on key business topics. 

This is your chance to share your expertise and/or passion with 100 AGBC members and guests. If you have something to say, don't miss this valuable opportunity.

In the past, topics have focused on a wide range of subject, including Trends and innovation, (corporate) social responsibility, personal/professional development, industry insights, and much more.

If you think you have something worth sharing and promoting, please contact Mark Swiecicki at mark.swiecicki@yahoo.com.

7:00 pm19:00

AGBC Munich Monthly Meeting - Technological Competitiveness

Topic:  Technological Competitiveness - Who is Leading the Innovation Race? 

Dr. Ulrike Tagscherer, CEO China Innovation Consulting in Munich, will compare the innovation performance of Germany, the US and China.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Ulrike Tagscherer, China Innovation Consulting, Munich (formerly Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research), CEO and Founder

When:   Wednesday, 26th April 2017             

Time:    Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030. 

Where:  Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost:     EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up:  Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

Dr. Tagscherer will first explain the Innovation Indicator, a set of different indicators relevant for measuring innovation, which is used to continuously and concisely inform policy-makers and society about Germany’s innovative capacity in an international comparison. The Innovation Indicator depicts Germany’s innovative capacity compared to its main rivals in a ranking based on transparent influencing factors which are collected in an up-to-date manner. 

Her comparison will focus on a comparison between Germany, the US and China, with special focus on the question of how close China has come.  She will also describe some of the reasons for China’s position and what this means for the future. 

Ulrike studied geography, political sciences and modern Chinese at Heidelberg University. In 1999 she received her doctoral degree, and in 2000 she joined Fraunhofer Headquarters as Manager Asia. She was appointed Director International Business Development Asia in 2004, and in May 2008, she joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe. From 2008 to 2015 she worked at the Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS IPM) in Beijing in close collaboration with Fraunhofer ISI.  She moved back to Germany in 2015, and since then she is working as business model development expert at Fraunhofer headquarters in Munich.

In addition, she founded the consulting company ‘China Innovation Consulting’ in October 2016, and she supports companies in developing their innovation strategies and innovation collaborations in the Sino-German context.  Her research focus lies on national systems of innovation, S&T (science and technology) and innovation policy, industry-science linkages, R&D activities of multinational companies as well as electric mobility in China.


6:00 pm18:00

7th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

7th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening, Sunday, 23 April

Let’s go Bayrisch! - The Family Krätz, Susanne Barsody and the entire Hippodrom team welcome us to the 7th annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening. 

When:   Sunday, 23rd April, 2017

Time:    1800-2300

Where:  Hippodrom tent located at the Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese

Price:    Pay as you consume.

This will again be a very special and highly memorable evening.  Seating begins at 1800.  Please plan to arrive by not later than 1900 to assure that we keep the reserved tables. 

There is no cover charge and no advance payment for this evening.  Each guest will receive a free pretzel, compliments of the Hippodrom.  In addition to the normal assortment of Bierzelt food, we can purchase Kobe-beef hamburger dinners for a special price just for us.   

Linda Jo Rizzo will again lead the entertainment and will launch her special show around 8.30 p.m. Please get ready for dancing, good music and lots of fun for everyone.  There is no particular dress code, but if you have something in Bavaria-look in your closet, you are encouraged to wear it. 

Last year we had around 800 guests attending. This year we can have more reserved seats, so let's “go for it” and continue to raise the attendance again this year.  Please tell your friends and anyone else who may be interested.  Everyone is invited.  Not only the MING and German/Bavarian-American Clubs are invited but individuals and individual groups as well.  To ensure that everyone gets a reserved seat, please inform Dave Dowdy at ddd@tripled.de by Wednesday, 16th April.

12:00 pm12:00

Opening Biergarten - Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe

MING Events – Opening Biergarten – Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe

Dave Dowdy’s Triple D Events has organized a special get together to celebrate the 2017 opening of the Biergarten at the Waldwirtschaft.

When:              Saturday, 22nd April, 1200-1500+

Entertainers:    Mel Canady and Chessboard 

Where:             Biergarten, Waldwirtschft Grosshesselohe, Georg-Karl-Str 3, 82049 Muenchen/Pullach

Costs:              Food/drink on a “pay-as-you-go” basis plus a small tip for the band.

Sign-Up:          Please advise Dave (E-mail:  ddd@tripled.de) by not later than Wednesday, 18th April if you plan to attend.  This is essential for planning purposes.                                              

The Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe team cordially invites us to their Biergarten Opening party on 22 April.  The festivities will start at noon and will continue through the afternoon. 

Mel Canady and Chessboard will perform for us with their fantastic selection of good old soul, blues and jazz.  This band will have you on your feet dancing. Come on out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of good food, good music and good times. Everyone is invited, and we hope that you can find time to join us. 

The Waldwirtschaft is easily reachable per S-Bahn S7, Exit Isartal Bahnhof.  From there it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the beer garden, heading southeast. Even though parking is available, we strongly urge you to arrive per S-Bahn or per bicycle. 

1:00 pm13:00

MING Event - Sunday Soul II

MING Events – Sunday Soul II

When:              Sunday, 9th April, 1300-1700

Entertainers:    Soul Crew

Where:             Kongress Bar in the Wirtshaus am Bavariapark, Theresienhöhe 15 – near U4/U5 Haltestelle Schwanthaler Höhe

Cover Charge: Eur 12.00/person, to be paid in cash at the door – this covers the band, insurance, VAT, GEMA fees and admin charges. 

Costs:              Food and drink on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.

Sign-Up:          Please advise Dave (E-mail:  ddd@tripled.de) by not later than Wednesday, 5th April if you plan to attend.  This is essential for planning purposes.


Organized by MING co-founding member Dave Dowdy, you will have the opportunity to listen to good soul, funk, spiritual and blues. You can dance, cross-network with the other MING groups and have a good time on a Sunday afternoon on a regular basis. We have two different locations and two great bands. The first events that Dave has planned for us are as follows:

Sunday, 9 April in the Kongress Bar - The band "Soul Crew" will be on hand for this event.  This is the band that performed for Dave Dowdy’s election party last November until the election results started coming in. All my guests had such a good time dancing to the music of this band and all were very sad that the music had to stop.  Had Dave known what the election results would be, he would have let the band keep playing and turned CNN off.  

Dave is also planning May and June dates so please stay tuned.

3:00 pm15:00

MING Event - Sunday Soul I

MING Events – Sunday Soul I

When:              Sunday, 2nd April, 1500-1900

Entertainers:    Mel Canady and Chessboard 

Where:             Restaurant Alter Wirt, Dachauerstr. 274, Moosach – easy to reach per Tram, U-Bah or S-Bahn

Cover Charge: Eur 12.00/person, to be paid in cash at the door – this covers the band, insurance, VAT, GEMA fees and admin charges. 

Costs:              Food and drink on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.

Sign-Up:          Please advise Dave (E-mail:  ddd@tripled.de) by not later than Wednesday, 29th March if you plan to attend.  This is essential for planning purposes.                                          

Organized by MING co-founding member Dave Dowdy, you will have the opportunity to listen to good soul, funk, spiritual and blues. You can dance, cross-network with the other MING groups and have a good time on a Sunday afternoon on a regular basis. We have two different locations and two great bands. The first events that Dave has planned for us are as follows:

Sunday, 2 April in the Restaurant "Alter Wirt" - Mel Canady and Chessboard will perform for your listening and dancing pleasure.  Mel played for us at the Waldwirtschaft in Großhesselohe last September for the End of Summer Soul Music Festival and had the entire beer garden on its feet dancing. Chessboard is one of the best soul and blues bands in the Munich area.

Dave is also planning May and June dates so please stay tuned.

7:00 pm19:00

Innovations for a World Without Hunger - Amerika Haus Event

Innovations for a World Without Hunger


Speaker: Ms. Hila Cohen, Project Manager and Partnerships Lead at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator in Munich, Germany. 

When:    Thursday, 30th March, 1900-2100.

Where:  Amerika Haus (temporary site), Barer Str. 19a, 80333

Cost:     Free

Sign-Up:  Amerika Haus website – www.amerikahaus.de

As a result of climate change and emergencies such as natural catastrophes or conflicts, the food supply for millions of people is insecure. New innovative business models and technologies are needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goal of a world without hunger by 2030. To highlight recent trends in exponential technologies, Hila will provide illustrative examples and current applications of such innovations in developing countries.


Since 2016, such innovation projects have been supported by the UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator. The Innovation Accelerator offers a fast paced and collaborative environment, bringing together WFP staff, expert advisors and, external innovators from academia, other not-for-profit organizations, the private sector and start-ups.


Hila Cohen is Project Manager and Partnerships Lead at the Munich World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator.  She worked for WFP for 3.5 years before joining the Innovation Accelerator. Beforehand, she worked for 4 year as a hi-tech corporate lawyer in a leading firm in Tel Aviv. She holds an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) and a Bachelors in Law from the University of Haifa (Israel). She has an avid interest in the latest developments and trends in the technology realm.



7:00 pm19:00

AGBC Munich Monthly Meeting - Values-Based Leadership

AGBC Munich March Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Judith Martin and David Dickerson:  Values-Based Leadership

Why are values so important for our leaders in society and business today?  And why do values have so much meaning for all of us today?  In an interactive setting, Judith and David will help us reflect on what really matters to us. 

 Guest Speakers:  AGBC Members Judith Martin and David Dickerson 

When:   Wednesday, 29th March 2017          

Time:    Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030. 

Where:  Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost:      EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up:  Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

At a time when many of us are questioning the values of our leaders in society and in corporations, this interactive session will provide us with the space to reflect and explore collaboratively what matters to us as individuals, organizations and businesses. Guided by several frameworks from human evolution and developmental theory, we will look at how our values link with our own personal growth, and why living our values is important for leadership and decision-making, as well as organizational performance and the common good. With examples and case studies from experience, you will take away:

·         A brief overview of human development theory in relation to values

·         Further awareness of why values are important for leadership

·         A broader sense of which values have meaning for us today.

This discussion will be the first of several evenings where we will discuss leadership in our contemporary world, evolving in the next meetings to discussions on value-based leadership in our German, American and international relationships.  

Originally from the UK, Judith Martin has been working internationally in professional learning and development for the last 26 years. She is an executive and team coach, trainer, facilitator and consultant, and has lived in various countries including Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany and China. Since 2003, she has been running her own Barcelona-based company Interact Executive Coaching & Training, SL, a global network of coaches and trainers. Among her core values are collaboration, authenticity, and continuous learning.

Never fearing challenges, David Dickerson left the US during college to study Russian in the Soviet Union before moving on to Germany to work as a bike mechanic and obtain his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, while also moonlighting as a semi-professional musician. Since 1997, David has been working as a patent attorney with a strong focus on bridging cultures by representing US clients in Europe and vice-versa. Among his core values are honesty, responsibility, optimism and respect for others.

7:00 pm19:00

Amerika Haus Event - New US Administration and Transatlantic Relations

Amerika Haus Event - The New Administration and Transatlantic Relations – A New Order?

President Trump’s agenda, as made manifest in his inaugural speech, proclaims to put “America First.” 

Speaker: Wade Jacoby, Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University - in English

Organizer:  Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations in co-operation with the US Consulate General Munich

When:    Tuesday, 28th March, 1900-2100.

Where:  Amerika Haus (temporary site), Barer Str. 19a, 80333

Cost:     Free

Sign-Up:  Amerika Haus website – reservierungen@amerikahaus.de

“America First” entails the departure from policies that had governed the last six decades of American politics such as advocacy of a free market and close ties to transatlantic partners – e.g. with NATO.  At the same time the Trump administration has not yet provided a detailed plan that outlines the future of U.S. security politics and economic strategies. 

In his talk, Professor Wade Jacoby will evaluate from an American vantage point the outlook for conflict and co-operation on security issues and economic relations between Europe, Germany and the United States under the Trump administration.  He will base his comments on the results of a report of the Transatlantic Academy that will incorporate the latest developments in American politics. 

6:00 pm18:00

Amerika Haus Event - Dr. Meike Zwingenberger - Past, Present, and Future of Amerika Haus

Amerika Haus Event – the Past, Present and Future of Amerika Haus

Transatlantic relations are a cornerstone of international politics, and the Amerikahaus in Munich is dedicated to supporting and promoting these relationships.   

Speaker: Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Managing Director, Amerikahaus - in German

Organizer: Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus

When:    Monday, 27th March, 1800-2000.

Where:  Amerika Haus (temporary site), Barer Str. 19a, 80333

Cost:     Free

Sign-Up:  Amerika Haus website – reservierungen@amerikahaus.de

The EU and the USA are the most closely bound business and economic regions in the world.  Hollywood blockbusters are running in every cinema.  Since the end for World War II, the multi-faceted ties between the two markets have steadily developed and evolved.  The Amerikahaus institutions in Germany have served as a forum for spreading American cultural and political information and today are important locations for the USA in Germany.

Today the Amerikahaus in Munich is the largest such organization in Germany.  Dr. Meike Zwingenberger will present the Amerika Haus’ organizational history, outline its broad array of responsibilities, and provide an update on the future plans for the institution. 

1:00 pm13:00

6th Skate-A-Thon - Skate 4 Help 4 Refugee Children!

6th Skate-A-Thon – Skate 4 Help 4 Refugee Children!
Sponsor:  Munich Lions Club Multinational e.V. 
When:      Sunday, 12th March 2017, 1300-1700.
Where:     Eis- und Sportzentrum Ost, Staudingerstrasse 17, 81735 München-
Sign-Up:   www.lionsmultinational.com 

The 6th Skate-A-Thon will be a great sociable and sporting afternoon that brings together families and friends.  In a charity initiative to support refugee children, Munich Lions Club Multinational is sponsoring the 6th annual Skate-A-Thon. More than 300 expected participants, families, sports groups, company and club teams will participate in 3 runs on the 400 meter ice rink (which features artificial ice for skating up to 20 degrees C).  Come on out!  

There will be three 30-minute slots for your skating participation so you get to choose the one that best fits your availability:

Round 1:  1300-1330
Round 2:  1400-1430
Round 3:  1500-1530

Historically the Skate-A-Thons feature participants 5 to 80 years old and from beginners to experts.  The participants start as a team.  Then the skaters on each team complete as many laps as possible during the 30 minutes.  

During the weeks before the event, each skater gathers as many personal sponsors as possible.  The Sponsor agrees to contribute a specified amount for each lap the skater completes.

Of the money generated from the skating participation, 50% will be used for scholastic support of young refugee children. The other 50% will be awarded to the winning team for its use.    

The 2016 Skate-A-Thon was a great success, featuring 300 participants in 29 teams.  They completed 1,886 kilometers during the allotted times, and the total donation reached Eur 20,000.  The 2017 goal is to double this success.   

For many years now, the outreach team of the Lions Club Munich Multinational has supported the school and professional education of youths with goods and monetary donations and is now intensifying this support, in co-ordination with SchlaU (Trägerkreises Junge Flüchtlinge e.V.), FlüB&S (Münchener Volkshochschule) and KIKUS (Zentrum für kindliche Mehrsprachigkeit e.V.) 

For those who would like to try out the ice rink and meet members of the Lions Club in advance, the Lions Club is holding a “Social Skating” get together on Tuesday, 14th February at the Eis- und Sportzentrum in Neuperlach. The skating starts at 2000, and afterwards all can gather at the Stadionrestaurant to warm up and enjoy Glühwein.  

For further information, you may contact:  

Simone Dumermuth-Eberhard, Präsidentin Lions Club München-Multinational  
Tel: 0172 8624696, e-mail:  lions.club.muenchen.multinational@googlemail.com
Edward Strauss, Präsident des Hilfswerks des Lions Club München-Multinational e.V., Tel.: 0160 892 01 00, e-mail: edstrauss@zoho.com

Günther Kopperger, Organizer oft he Skate-a-Thon
Tel.: 0177 241 21 23, e-mail: gkopperger@t-online.de

11:45 am11:45

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration – Sunday 12th March 2017

When:   Sunday, 12th March, 2017

Time:    Parade – Meet 1145 at Müncher Freiheit (Feillitzschstrasse, near the McDonald’s), 1330 Party at the Wittelsbacherplatz (near Siemens HQ)

Organized by:  Irish Business Network (IBN) and Munich Irish Network e.V.

Sign-up:  Please send an E-mail to Ann Dempsey at ann.dempsey@hibernian.de or leave a message at 0176 102 111 08.

Here come the Irish!  “Let’s paint the town green again” - dress in green and march with us to the fun at the Wittelsbacherplatz.  

 With our large Irish population here, Munich annually hosts the European Continent’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, featuring the participation of many Munich Area clubs and organizations, including the IBN, a MING member.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, 12th March (But the real St. Patrick’s Day is on the 17th.) with the parade starting at high noon. MING members can join with the IBN, the Munich Irish Network e.V., St. Patrick (Wolfgang Schramm) and Parade Princess Anne Wencelides for this year’s march down the Leopoldstrasse to the Odeonsplatz, then onwards to the Wittelsbacherplatz.  Around 1:30 PM the fun starts with several short speeches moderated by John Patrick Dunne, entertainment and some free food


10:00 am10:00

Expat in the City - 2017

Expat in the City - 2017

Hosts:      Expat in the City team with patronage of the City of Munich (Department of

                Labor and Economic Development).

When:      Sunday, 12th March, 2017

Time:       Program 1000-1700

Where:    BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München.

Cost:       Eur 10.00 (Entry).  Tickets are available through: www.expatinthecity.de/tickets

Get Connected.  Be Inspired.  Your're Invited!

That´s the motto for the Expat in the City Fair that will take place on 12th March 2017, again in Munich’s spectacular BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München.  The doors open at 10AM, and the program continues until 5 PM.    

Mark your calendars.  This is your 2017 special event to find out what’s happening in Munich.  Produced by AGBC member Elisabeth Egger, it’s geared for newcomers as well as for longer-term international residents.  From relocation companies and financial organizations to personal training and social and sports clubs, they will all be there to describe and offer their services in English or German.  And the Expat in the City team will be sharing tips and traditions from in and around Munich and Bavaria.

The Expat in the City team has set up a weekly series of tips and traditions involving Munich and Bavaria.  These appear on their Facebook page as "James Explores":  https://www.facebook.com/expatinthecity/.  If you have a tip you would like to share it - please do so by commenting on the page.

The day will be full of information, animation and inspiration for all internationals living in Munich.  One can meet the faces and places that can help make her or his life abroad easier and – equally important – more fun. Questions about topics such as finances, insurances, education, daycare, expat life, job search and fun things to do in the Munich area can all be answered at the fair – all in one day and all under one (very large) roof. A program full of workshops, expert talks and entertainment will ensure that visitors will leave the fair with the information and contacts they need and the inspiration to enjoy life in Munich to the fullest.

At the fair you will also find plenty of opportunities to mingle with other expats during the workshops and expert talks or in the Expat Networking lounge. The extensive program includes workshops on yoga, improv acting and beer tasting & expert talks about setting up your own business in Munich , how to thrive as an expat, and information about bi-lingual daycare. There will also be entertainment from local international comedians and food & drinks to enjoy in the indoor Biergarten. For families with children, Expat in the City has a dedicated kids’ area where they can play and meet other international kids.


A dedicated Job & Career Zone that will be launched in 2017, will offer English speaking job seekers and those looking for ways to expand their international careers the opportunity to find informormation and inspiration in this area.


The City of Munich, IHK for Munich and Upper Bavaria, Expatica DE, Invest in Bavaria, Henley Business School and International School Augsburg & Region Augsburg are proud supporters of the Expat in the City Fair and welcome you to the fair.


“In my capacity as patron, I am looking forward to the fair and would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Indeed, our support for “Expat in the City” is one of many ways in which Munich's local government wishes to welcome all international skilled workers and residents in Munich.” - Josef Schmid, Second Mayor of Munich.

If you are looking to meet new faces, learn about new places, discover opportunities & services or get connected to other expats in this great city - the Expat in the City Fair is something you don’t want to miss!


For the latest information on our Expats in the City event and to order your tickets (free if ordered online), please check out the website:  www.expatinthecity.de/visitors


7:00 pm19:00

AGBC Monthly Meeting - Advances in the Global Music Industry

Alexander Wolf – Advances in the Global Music Industry

Guest Speaker:  Alexander Wolf, President, SESAC International

When:   Tuesday, 21st February 2017

Time:    Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030. 

Where:  Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost:      EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up:  Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

Alexander Wolf will address the recent evolutionary advances in the global music industry and SESAC’s role in accelerating these changes. 

 SESAC is one of the world’s most ambitious music companies with financial backing from Blackstone, a leading global private equity company.  SESAC has invested heavily in the technology and data infrastructure designed to maximize the identification of copyrights used across multiple platforms on a real time basis and with a high degree of transparency. 

SESAC’s global game plan is two-fold: (i) expand its active presence as a multi-rights licensing group across Europe and the rest of the world; and (ii) pull together mechanical, sync and performance rights in a manner beyond that of its US competitors.  Part (i) got a big boost last year when SESAC joined forced with Swiss collecting society SUISA to create Mint – a JV to administer and license rights across Europe.  And part (ii) became a reality in 2015 when SESAC acquired US mechanical rights clearing house The Harry Fox Agency, one of the most significant deals in recent music publishing history.  Such impressive moves have helped attract 30,000 clients (‘affiliates’) to SESAC’s books, including Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Zac Brown and Neil Diamond.

At the start of 2016, Alexander Wolf joined SESAC to head up its international team.  As President of SESAC International, he is responsible for identifying and implementing a portfolio of new multi-territory licensing and service offerings.  He also represents SESAC Performing Rights in its reciprocal relationships with societies around the world as well as exploitation of the Rumblefish and HFA (Harry Fox Agency) catalogs outside the U.S.  With a deep background in the global music business, Alexander previously worked as Executive Managing Director for Solar Music rights management, a joint venture of PRS and GEMA which administers the Sony and EMI publishing catalogs.  Prior to that, he was Managing Director of CELAS, a company set up to represent EMI’s music publishing repertoire for online and mobile use across Europe.  With his Master’s degree in International Law degree at the Université, Aix en Provence in France, he earlier worked for GEMA as counsel of international legal rights while serving as head of the multimedia and online division.


6:00 pm18:00

Future of STEM Meet-Up

Irish Business Network – Future of STEM Meet-Up - Inspirefest 2017 Salon Series

Guest Speaker:  Ann O’Dea, Co-founder of Silicon Republic

When:   Thursday, 16thFebruary 2017        

Time:    Registration starts 1800, meeting runs 1830-1930 followed by networking and Refreshments from 1930-2030. 

Where: Art Déco Palais, Globe Business College, Arnulfstrasse 58, 80335 Munich

Cost:    Free 

Sign-Up Required:  Space is limited so please register ASAP at link:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/inspirefest-2017-salon-series-munich-tickets-30885600663

IBN Munich announces its event “Future of STEM meet­up” with the ‘Inspirefest Salon Series.’ With its focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the Inspirefest festival, Europe’s leading sci­tech, ste(a)m event, is going on the road.  They are coming to Munich on 16th February for their first Salon!  Come meet the team and get a sneak preview ahead of our annual festival in Dublin, July 2017.

The Inspirefest festival is all about great content, and this meet­up will be no exception. You will hear from award­-winning Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea (Dublin), and other great international leaders (to be announced shortly), and have an opportunity to put your thoughts and questions to them. If you care about the future of science, technology and creativity, and you want to see greater diversity in these key sectors, this is the event for you!

Ann O’Dea is co­-founder of Silicon Republic, the leading online news publication for all things science, technology and innovation. Ann is also the founder of Inspirefest, the unique science, technology, design and arts festival that celebrates diversity and inclusion in STEM every year in Dublin. She has won multiple awards for her role in championing women and minorities in science and technology, including a Fellowship from the Irish Computer Society, the Irish Tatler’s “Media Woman of the Year”, and the “Women Mean Business” award for Empowering Women. In 2015, she became the first and only woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame.

The Science, Tech, Arts, Design and Business communities are invited to join us for a relaxed and sociable evening with tasty canapés, wine and refreshments served. Register now – space is limited. 

12:00 pm12:00

Democrats Abroad Munich - March on 21st January

Democrats Abroad Munich – March on 21st January

When:   Saturday, 21st January 2017

Time:    1200-1500 hours

Where:  Meet across from US Consulate Munich, Königinstr. 5, 80539 Munich


Take a stand and march in Munich to affirm our values and speak up for those who cannot. 

Similar marches and vigils will be taking place with Democrats Abroad around the world as we join our fellow Americans in Washington D.C. to supportthe values we hold dear: tolerance, women's rights, religious freedom, facts, environmental protection, democracy, LGBT rights, black lives matter, science, the right to vote to name a few. Several other groups in Munich will be joining our march as well. Start point is across from U.S. Consulate front gate and end in Marienplatz. We will be making signs at our January meeting to reinforce the Democrat's message. 

Start: Across from the US Consulate 12 pm
Walk to Marienplatz via Odeonsplatz
Arrive Marienplatz (front of Rathaus) 2pm
End 3pm

In Germany we will have marches in Koln, Berlin and events in Weisbaden and Hamburg. We need a huge presence that day and there will likely be press on hand so spread the word. We encourage signs that are content/issue driven rather than merely anti-Trump. Offensive signs may risk being taken. 

We are inviting other groups to join in this parade.  Please contact Meghan Driscoll if your group is interested in marching with us.  

If you have a question, please email Meghan at DAG-Munich@democratsabroad.org

6:30 pm18:30

MING 2016 Christmas Sing-A-Long

MING 2016 Christmas Sing-A-Long

When:   Wednesday Evening, 21st December, 1900-2300.

Where:  Der Alter Wirt, Dachauerstr. 274, 80992 München (Moosach) – www.alterwirt-moosach.deS1 or U3 Moosach Bahnhof or Tram 20 Pelkovenstr.

Time:    Doors open at 1800; Music starts at 1930

Cost:     Eur 12 per adult, Eur 6 for children 8-16 and Free for children under 8.

Reservations:  Seating is sold out as of 12 December.  Please advise Dave Dowdy (E-mail: ddd@tripled.de) ASAP if you are interested in standing room (bistro tables) places.  These are also limited in number.  

 This year Linda Jo Rizzo and Dave Dowdy are again co-hosting the 2016 Christmas Sing-A-Long on Wednesday, 21 December at the Alter Wirt, Dachauerstr. 274, 80992 Munich.   Well-known gospel and spiritual soul singer Mel Canady will perform with piano and background support from Jane Knieper. Linda will also be leading us in a Sing-A-Long of your favorite Christmas Carols. 

Please join us to really get into this year’s Yuletide spirit.  The Alter Wirt is providing us a wonderful setting.  Christmas cookies are included in the entrance free.  Food and drink are on a pay-as-you-go basis. For more information please refer to the attached pdf file.

Please be sure to let Dave know by email by Friday, 16th December if you plan to join us.  Then he can arrange for enough seating and refreshments. 

7:00 pm19:00

Thrive International Event - #GivingTuesday

Thrive International Event - #GivingTuesday  

What:    A global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

When:   Tuesday, 29th November, 2016

Time:    1900-2200

Where:  Impact Hub München in Gotzingerstrasse 8, 81371 Munich

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. After a successful launch of #GivingTuesday last year, we celebrate the day of giving this year again in Germany on the 29. November 2016. 

Join the event!

On the 29. November 2016 we are hosting an evening filled with actions for #GivingTuesday in Munich!  Meet us at the Impact Hub München in Gotzingerstrasse 8, 81371 Munich! 

From 7 to 10 pm you can get to know THRIVE International e.V. and 11 additional organizations with different focuses. Inform yourself, get some snacks, become a volunteer, donate, purchase some meaningful Christmas gifts! Your money spent will be donated a 100% to the participating organizations. 


Together with you we celebrate #GivingTuesday this year! Come over, get informed, do something for the greater good and support social initiatives! Join with us for our activities.

7:00 pm19:00

MING Event - Linda's 18th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

MING Event – “Friends of Linda Jo Rizzo” – 16th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner


When:   Friday Evening, 25th Nov., 1900-2300.

Where:  Der Alter Wirt, Dachauerstr. 274, 80992 München (Moosach) – www.alterwirt-moosach.deS1 or U3 Moosach Bahnhof or Tram 20 Pelkovenstr.

Cost:     Eur 45 per seat – children Eur 25 – 50% deposit required by 11th Nov.

Reservations and payment details:  mail@ljmusic-events.de .


Please join members of MING (Munich International Networking Group) member organizations in celebrating this year’s Thanksgiving withLinda Jo Rizzo at Der Alter Wirt in Munich (Moosach).    We will again dine in the gemütliche Alpen Hütte with our feast:  a 4-course all-American turkey dinner (the works = pumpkin cream soup, Caesar-type salad, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and cheesecake). In addition, the event features All-American entertainment and music by Munich’s acclaimed international entertainers Mark Coonradt and Linda. 


While our MING get-together will be on 25th November, Der Alter Wirt and Linda also will host a similar Thanksgiving dinner event on the evening of 24th November.

Nov 9

MING Event - US Election Night Party

When:   Tuesday, 8th November, 2016

Time:    2000 until whenever. 

Where:  Wirthaus am Bavariapark, Theresienhöhe 15, 80339 Munich

Price:    Eur 12.00, payable at entry.

Sign-Up:  Please inform Dave Dowdy of your group numbers by Friday, 4th Nov.  ddd@tripled.de.

TripleD Events and several other Munich networking groups will hold an Election Party starting at 8 p.m. and will continue through the night until we know who the next American President will be.  This U.S. election is one of the most important held in the last decades, and with the race continuing to tighten, the suspense will be evident.  It could be a real cliff-hanger.   

There will be plenty of food and drink, music, dancing and 2 large screens with continuous CNN live coverage. The small entrance fee will help cover the rent of the room and equipment and music. 

Please sign up soon.  

2:30 pm14:30

Global H2O/MING Charity Event - Thanksgiving Dinner

Global H2O/MING Charity Event – Thanksgiving Dinner


When:  Thursday Evening, 24th November, 1830-2300.

Where:  Restaurant zu Brunnwart, Biedersteinerstr. 78, 80805 München – www.brunnwart.de.    

Sponsored by:  Tantris Restaurant with live Music by Bar Nineteen

Cost:  Eur 115 per seat for individuals, Eur 220 for couples, and Eur 50 for each child.

Reservations and payment details:  https://www.xing-events.com/GH2OThanksgiving2016


Once again, the Global H2O community in Germany is coming together in Munich to celebrate the traditional American Thanksgiving Holiday — and raise enough money to build a well in Africa.  Every year our fundraising dinner raises enough money to provide clean drinking water for about 2,000 villagers in Africa!

Our sponsor, Tantris Restaurant, is Germany’s premiere gourmet restaurant, and its Michelin star chef, Hans Haas, knows a thing or two about American recipes.  For Thanksgiving, he is planning an exquisite meal that combines the best of classical Thanksgiving home cooking with his selection of the finest succulent turkey and trimmings. Justin Leone, Tantris’ American sommelier, is pairing a selection of fine red and white wines from Tantris’ own vineyards to bring out the best in this family-style meal.


This year we are looking forward to our musical guest, the 7-voice acapella group Bar Nineteen, who will perform for us throughout the evening, from Glühwein to dessert.



So bring your family and friends, co-workers and neighbors to our Global H2O Thanksgiving Dinner November 24th for an unforgettable evening of holiday socializing and fine dining. Help Global H2O fulfill our mission of making the world a little better… one well at a time.

7:00 pm19:00

U.S. Presidential Election Debate - AAUPW Event

U.S. Presidential Election Debate – AAUPW/MING Event

When:   Thursday, 15th September 2016

Time:    1900-2100

Where:    Amerika Haus (temporary facility), Barerstr. 19A, 80333 Munich (i.e. the temporary Amerika Haus site, 150 meters north of the Amerika Haus building). 

Pre-registration is required:  Register ASAP at www.amerikahaus.de/debate.  Please note the special instructions in the 2nd paragraph below.

Price:       Free Admission

Again for this presidential election year, the Association of American University and Professional Women (AAUPW) and Amerika Haus will host a highly informative debate on the key issues for the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election.  The debate will feature Americans Thomas Leiser, Chair of Republicans Overseas Germany since 2010, and Will Bakker, Chair of Democrats Abroad (DA) Luxembourg and, until recently, International Secretary of the global DA organization.  Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, CEO and President of US Vote Foundation, will moderate the debate.

The debate is open to the general public, but space is limited so please reserve a seat ASAP at www.amerikahaus.de/debate. When registering, it is important that you check the box that you have heard about the debate through MING or AGBC. Should the team run out of reserved seating, a waiting list will be created. If you register now and later decide you cannot attend, please go to the website above and “unregister.”

The AAUPW is a private organization and a member of MING.  It is for American and other English-speaking women graduates of accredited colleges or universities in the US.  Their mission statement: "AAUPW works to further positive change in society by promoting education, empowerment, and equity for women and girls."  For more information please refer to their website:  www.aaupw.de


1:00 pm13:00

MING Event - End-of-Summer Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk and Soul Music Festival

MING Event - End-of-Summer Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk and Soul Music Festival


When:     Sunday, 11th September 2016

Time:      1300-1800

Where:    Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe, Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 München-Pullach

Register: Please send Dave Dowdy (ddd@tripled.de) an E-mail by Wednesday, 6th September so that he can reserve enough tables, either in the Biergarten or the tent. 

Cost:       Small tip to help cover the music cost.


Dave Dowdy has organized the 2nd End-of-Summer Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk and Soul Musical Festival.  Two bands will perform: Blue Heaven and Mel Canady with Chessboard, featuring the best horn section that Munich can offer with Ernest Butler, Charles Walker, Butch Kellem and Al Huber. You can dance to the best in black music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.


This is going to be a wonderful afternoon of good music, good dancing and good times. The party will be held in the beer garden.  If we have rain or cold weather we will hold the party in the tent located on the left side of the beer garden. There is no advance payment, nor is there a cover charge.  Just pay for the food and drink that you consume. We only ask for a small tip for the music.

There is parking space available if you want to arrive by car. You can also take the S-Bahn S7; exit is the Isartal Bahnhof.  From there it is about a 15-minute walk to the Waldwirtschaft.  The best way to get out there is by bicycle.  The Waldwirtschaft is very near to the Isar river. The Waldwirtschaft offers a full complement of good food, a mini-golf course and a fully-equipped children's playground. For more information about the Waldwirtschaft please visit the website:  www.waldwirtschaft.de  

6:30 pm18:30

Eight Billion Lives MeetUp: Fighting Poverty

Impact Hub Event – Eight Billion Lives MeetUp:  Fighting Poverty

When:     Wednesday, 6th September 2016

Time:      1830-2100

Where:    Impact Hub, Gotzinger Str. 8, 81371 München (U-6 Haltestelle Implerstr.)

Hosts:     Impact Hub ((https://www.impacthub.net/) and Endeva (http://www.endeva.org)

Register: See block at bottom of: http://munich.impacthub.net/event/eight-billion-lives-meetup-fighting-poverty/.  Link includes further information on the event.

Cost:       Free


Held in English, this event focuses on a topic important import for all of us:  Fighting Poverty.  The evening’s focus will be to question and discuss the role of Social Entrepreneurship in fighting poverty as well as highlighting best- and worst practices.  The following questions will guide our discussions: 

·         What is the role of Social Entrepreneurship in enabling the poor/disadvantaged and alleviating poverty? 

·         How can teaching / supporting entrepreneurship act as a powerful means to empower people to take charge of their own lives and create a sustainable living basis for themselves and for others?

·         What is women’s role in social entrepreneurship and what are challenges that women face in becoming entrepreneurs?


Marketplace - Join experts and social start-ups from the international development field in Germany in creating a space for discussion, inspiration, exchange and networking around the theme ‘Social entrepreneurship and alleviating poverty.’ After the speaker presentations, there will be short pitching session where several organizations will present their topical passions to the marketplace. You can choose the one that appeals most to you, joining them in a table talk for discussion, debate and knowledge exchange.

The event will feature some of Munich’s leading NGOs/Social businesses.  The featured speakers include:   

Confirmed guests for marketplace:


18:30 Welcome, Introduction by Endeva & Impact Hub Munich

18:50 Speakers Input

20:00 Table Talks to deepen input

20:45 Open End & Networking


The event will provide you an opportunity to get to know the Impact Hub. With many international people working there, the Impact Hub is a shared working space for Social businesses, many with a global reach.  Website:  https://munich.impacthub.net


Event Partner: Endeva’s mission is to create wealth among low-income groups through inclusive business. Its experts work with all relevant companies, donors, governments and NGOs to create business models and ecosystems that include low-income people in value chains for mutual benefit. The organization has successfully implemented more than 100 projects, spanning the globe, market sectors, and themes.  Website:



2:00 pm14:00

17th Annual Munich Chili Cookoff and Cookie Contest

Topic:   The 17th Annual Munich Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Contest

Featuring:  An international face-off of Chili and Cookie Competitors

When:   Saturday, 6th August 2016

Time:    Doors Open at 14:00.  Events lasts until 1900

Where:  The Zar Bar, Rosenheimerstr. 240

Entry Prices: Pay at the Door -

Cooks                                 Free

Adult Spectators                 Eur 10.00

Children between 12 & 16  Eur5.00

Children under 12 :             Free


Richard Sargent announces the 17th AnnualMunich Chili Cook-Off & Cookie Contest which will be held at "The Zar Bar" on Saturday, August 6th this year. 

Yep, some of the best cookies and chili dishes east of the Pecos River will be on hand. 


·         There are specific categories for VEGETARIAN Chili and for "Hottest Chili."

·         The judges ask those who are going for the Hottest Chili prize to please LABEL THEIR POTS specifically so we can save them for last.  Carumba!

·         There will be at least three judges and each needs a portion (plus lots of ice water).

·         After the judging all comers are welcome to sample the chilis. 

·         No ingredients are banned, no ingredients are 100% required.

·         Hotplates will be available. Please bring your chili in a metal pot, not Tupperware!

·         Creative chili names are highly encouraged!

Doors Open @ 14:00hrs


·         Chili and Cookie Competitors must present their entries before 15:00 hrs.

·         Judging takes place between 15:00 - 16:00 hrs

·         Around 16:00 hrs the Award Ceremony takes place after which everyone is invited to taste the various Chilis.

·         From 16:30 - 19:00 hrs we will have music from Jason Serious & Friends.


This event is open to all and no registration is required.  Entrance fees go to the Klinik Clowns, a children's charity.  *Live Music will be provided by Jason Serious (our fantastic local musician who always gives his time for free).

Do you want to help with the logistics?  The contact event organizer Richard Sargent richard.sargent.muc@googlemail.com) who has been running this event for 10 years.

8:00 pm20:00

Words and Music Concert

MING Event – Words and Music Concert Preceded by Tour of the Munich Jewish Center Synagogue

Event:   Concert – Orchestra Jakobsplatz München

Music:  Samuel Beckett’s Words and Music with score by Morton Feldman.

When:   Monday, 18th July 2016

Time:    1900 hours Tour of Synagogue, 2000 hours Concert. 

Where:  Hubert-Burda-Saal, Jüdisches Zentrum Jakobsplatz, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 18, 80331 Munich


·         Concert – Tickets at Eur 36.00/Eur 30.00/Eur 26.00 –

.  Less 15% discount when purchased at the office of Orchester Jakobsplatz München (OJM) – Lechstr. 11, 80638 München (tel: 089 / 1509 9750) or via E-mail to synagoge@orchester-jakobsplatz.de . Password is “OJM Friends.” 

.  Otherwise at full price at München Ticket  (tel 089 / 5481 8181), at other known event ticket agencies or at the Abendkasse.

·         The Synagogue tour – This is open only to purchasers of the Eur 36.00 Tickets (less 15% discount).  Reservations must be made by 14 July via E-mail to synagoge@orchester-jakobsplatz.de 

·         Israeli buffet dinner Eur 12.50.  Reservations/tickets available at the office of the Orchesters Jakobsplatz München, tel. 089 / 1590 9750.


Dr. Julia Grossmann, Director of the Orchester Jakobsplatz München, invites members of the Munich International Networking Group organizations to a special tour and concert event at Munich’s Jewish Center. 


The evening will feature a special musical production of Samuel Beckett’s Words and Music with the musical score by Morton Feldman, his Meisterwerk.  This will be performed by the Orchester Jakobsplatz München, conducted by Daniel Grossmann and accompanied by 2 highly ranked international actors, Bibiana Beglau and Götz Otto.  

Words and Music (also known as Joe and Bob) was originally written by Samuel Beckett as a radio play in 1961.  At the end of the 1980’s American composer Morton Feldman provided the accompanying music score.  With two speakers (one of whom also sings), piano, percussion, two flutes, two violins, and cello, Feldman's score is atypical of his later works, remarkably concise, crystalline and beautiful. 


Joe and Bob argue about supremacy, in a further variation of an age-old theme of whether the priority in a musical is in the text or in the music. 


After the concert, an Israeli-style buffet will be served in the Restaurant Einstein, also at Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 18.  . 



For further information: 

Dr. Julia Grossmann, Orchesterdirektorin



Orchester Jakobsplatz München

Lechstr. 11 / 80638 München

Tel: +49 - 89 - 15 90 97 50

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Long Night at the Consulates

Long Night of the Consulates – US Consulate Munich – Thursday, 7th July


When:   Thursday, 7th July 2016

Time:    1800, 1900 or 2000

Where:  U.S. Consulate Munich, Königinstr. 5, 80539 Munich

Sign-up:  By 1st July at - MunichLongNight@state.gov


During the evening 7th July and under the lead of Staatsministerin Dr. Beate Merk, approximately 30 consulates here in Munich will hold open house events.


Participants in the Long Night of the Consulates will be able to get a better idea of the scope of work performed by the consulates and their related culture organizations while learning more about the respective countries, their cultures and most noteworthy points of interest. 


The US Consulate Munich will feature:


·         Activities related to the 100th year celebration of the founding of the US National Park Service.

·         Hands-on exposure and explanations on some American sports (e.g. baseball, football, etc.).

·         American snacks and drinks (at reasonable prices)

·         Background music


Please note that the participant numbers are limited.  You need to sign up by 1st July at MunichLongNight@state.gov.  Sign up information needs to include your first and last names, birth dates, nationality and request time slot – i.e. 1800, 1900 or 2000.