Olad Aden is an African-German-American Street Social Worker based in Berlin, Germany. In this capacity he has initiated and facilitated a number of youth exchange programs like "The BronxBerlinConnection". In addition he co-curated a number of cultural projects. In 2010 he co-curated "Translating Hip Hop" for the House of World Cultures in Berlin. He co-initiated and co-curated "SPOKEN WOR:L:DS", a Literature/Rap project between Berlin and Nairobi for the Literatur Werkstatt-Berlin and a project called DExZA, a Poetry/Rap/Music performance exchange program between Johannesburg and Berlin funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation/The Goethe Institut and the German Consulate in South Africa. Together with an amazing group of artists he just recently concluded and presented the project "Be-troit" in Detroit and Berlin. Be-troit is a project by Gangway e.V. and The University of Michigan (School of Social Work) funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, Stiftung Luftbrückendank, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. For more information on "Be-troit" please visit www.be-troit.com.
He´s currently working on a number of new ideas and upcoming projects. "Global Ambassadors" which brings college students from NYC and young people from Berlin streets together in order to learn from and with one another in order to become activists and spokes people for their communities. Talks on a second round of Be-troit are upcoming. In just a few weeks he will arrive in NYC and Boston with a delegation of 20 youth from Berlin for the 7th outing of the "BronxBerlinConnection"