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Project Insights

The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.


Worldwide, biodiversity forms the foundation of the diet of all human beings and livestock. As such, it is a topic that affects us all. Seeds are objects of both cultural and economic value. Sebastian Bauer and Klaus Plischke, who manage projects in the area of seed research and cultivation on behalf of the Software AG Foundation, explain the multifaceted aspects of this complex topic in an interview.


Since 2005, a practical research project titled “Self-directed Learning in Waldorf Schools” has been carried out by developmental facilitator Michael Harslem and Dirk Randoll, Professor for Empirical Social Research at Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences near Bonn. They recently published a book that presents the theoretical foundations for self-directed learning (SDL) as well as over 40 practical projects developed in Waldorf schools.


In the debates about our aging society, dementia is often a focal point. But while it's openly discussed in public, in private the issue is burdened with fear and taboo. “We recognized that dementia is an enormous problem that cannot be solved with professional care operations alone”, said Dorothea Petrich of Tausend Taten (“Thousand Deeds”), a volunteer organisation based in Jena. She believes that dementia requires a response from the whole society.


About two million of the over 20 million inhabitants of Romania are Roma; more members of this minority group live there than in any other country. The Roma there fight against discrimination and structural disadvantages. Many live literally on the edges of society. For over one million Roma children, these conditions do not offer them a good start in life.


What's really needed in our society, and what can one individual contribute? 18 years ago, actress Barbara Wollrath-Kramer asked herself these very questions - and found a very unique answer when she founded the project TheaterTotal in Bochum.