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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.

Lived Integration for Individuals with Mental Health Challenges

Since the 1980s, the “Blue Caravan” in Bremen has been promoting creative engagement and practical integration for individuals who have experienced mental health challenges. The Blue Caravan’s approach makes intentional use of Social Room Orientation (SRO), a holistic treatment concept in the field of social work. SRO views the individual holistically, taking into consideration his or her entire field of social and spatial relationships, individual opportunities for participation, and all aspects of life. The goal of SRO is to support individuals in shaping their own life stories.

The Bremen-based initiative was founded after the closing of the psychiatric clinic Kloster Blankenburg in 1988. Driven by a desire for general change, a number of patients, clinic staff, and interested citizens as well as artists joined together to establish the “Blue Caravan.” Together, the members of the political-creative collective travelled from Trier to Bremen, via nine other cities, in order to raise awareness with artistic, sometimes provocative activities. Their main aim: the rejection of institutionalized psychiatry focused on sedating – rather than stimulating – psychiatric patients.

Even after the clinic was closed, the diverse community remained tightly connected and began to search for a new location for meetings and debates. In Travemünder Straße in Bremen they found a permanent location and “settled down.” In addition to offices, the location offered space for lively discussions and common activities. One year later, they also opened the “Blue Café” as a meeting place for the Bremen-Walle neighborhood. At the end of the ‘90s, the idea for the “BlueHouse” arose – a place where people could meet to discuss politics and create art in ateliers and workshops.

Today, almost twenty years later, the organization’s success story is taking a new turn: in Überseestadt in Bremen, they are establishing a multigeneration residential, working, and cultural project together with the communal building organization GEWOBA. By Summer 2019, a total of 83 apartments and three accessible living communities will be created for individuals from various social backgrounds living in this neighborhood. Cooperation with Martinsclub e.V., a well-established organization promoting inclusion for individuals with disabilities, will ensure that individuals with assistance needs can also be cared for. In addition to walk-in care, there will also be an assisted-living community for individuals with dementia.

The inclusive living concept also includes a neighborhood office, an integrated daycare and kindergarten for around 60 children with and without assistance needs and a newly built community center. The so-called “Blue Arena” offers 671 m² of space for residents, neighbors, and other participants. There is room for joint artistic and athletic activities. The programming ranges from theater, music, and educational events to art groups, ceramics, and woodworking workshops for those with and without psychiatric impairments.

Contributions and donations will help to ensure that rent remains affordable.


Johannes Rehmann

Biodynamic agriculture to touch, feel, and participate in: that is what the Lernort Bauernhof (Learning Farm), part of Hofgut Oberfeld in Darmstadt, has been offering to all generations for 14 years. In this interview, Johannes Rehmann, director of education, talks about his team’s motivation, the farm’s sustainable education program, and inclusivity on the farm.


Since 2013, the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum has been developing a new learning concept for upper school. The approach encourages students to independently determine their learning needs, thereby taking control of their own living environment and experiencing their actions as meaningful. A focus on interpersonal contact and individual experience contrasts with the increasing anonymization of teaching taking place elsewhere. The SAGST is a supporting partner of this journey to new shores.


Doctor in patient talk

To enable patients to take decisions, and assist the process of getting well holistically – those are two key concerns of anthroposophic medicine. In 2020 it celebrates its centenary. How patients experience this extension of traditional medicine is brought to light by new multimedia coverage, through select case histories.


Children under an umbrella in front of the Spielmobil

The “Rotzfreche Spielmobil,” a mobile play bus, is a Darmstadt tradition. For over 30 years, the red and yellow bus has been driving to public squares to invite four- to fourteen-year-olds to enjoy fun and exercise in the open air.