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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 – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Vegetable Gardening Program Wins National Award

Photo: BMEL/Janine Schmitz/photothek

At the beginning of April, agricultural minister Julia Klöckner awarded the GemüseAckerdemie initiative the “To Good for the Trash!” award. This award is given to initiatives that find creative and exemplary ways to avoid food wastage. “Knowledge increases how we value food,” summarized Julia Klöckner, praising the nominees as co-designers of a change of trend. Having won over 20 different awards – including for effectiveness, contributing to diversity, and digital concept – the GemüseAckerdemie is now one of the most frequently-recognized educational programs in Germany. In 2019, over 17,000 children and young people will garden in 450 locations in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “This award is a wonderful recognition of our work,” said Dr. Christoph Schmitz, founder of Ackerdemia e. V., as the award was presented in Berlin. “At the core, we care about valuing food – and that is exactly what the prize recognizes.”

“While growing vegetables, children learn how they can utilize nature in an environmentally-responsible way, and at the same time care for it,” said SAGST project manager Cornelius Sträßer. “They experience self-efficacy and learn directly, through practical action, how valuable our food is. That is a good basis for later responsible living and co-determination in society.” The Software AG Foundation has been supporting the GemüseAckerdemie since its initial phase of development in 2014. “The initiators have fully and completely realized their concept,” Cornelius Sträßer continued. “The initiative has been able to win over many additional supporters and to not only secure but increase the quality of the program by training multipliers.”

From left to right: German agricultural minister Julia Klöckner (3rd from right), jury member Cherno Jobatey (left) with Lydia Ruwe, Ariane Maillot, Julia Jägle, Christoph Schmitz and Rebecca Rank from Ackerdemia e. V.

How can inclusive participation in the professional sphere be combined with the idea of a post-growth society? A project carried out by the Anthropoi Association is exploring sustainable forms and models based on the practice of anthroposophical social life.

A new outpatient care center at the University of Witten/Herdecke offers complementary medical care for the region.

When forgetfulness becomes an illness, the affected individuals are not the only ones who suffer. Dementia is a challenge for the entire family and social circle – especially if the affected person has a cognitive disability. A practical handbook published in 2018 offers employees, residents, and other interested parties information and practical, day-to-day strategies for handling dementia in this population.

From what grounds do the different organs of a flower develop - and what does Goethe have to do with it? A research project on the morphology of rose plants reveals remarkable similarities between modern biology and Goethe's ideas regarding the nature of plants.