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. He is currently preparing to present the project "Be-troit" in 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.
In adition he´s working on a number of new ideas and upcoming projects. "The Street College - Berlin" an alternative educational network for people who haven´t found what they were seeking in the existing traditional educational system in its current form. "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. "