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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 (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Emotional Roller Coaster: Borderline personality-related Theater Project “Achterbahn”

The borderline syndrome is surrounded by a host of myths: Some artist personalities are said to suffer from it, and in particular also eccentric figures from feature films or books are associated with it. In that respect, this psychological disorder is actually more widespread in the real world than people think – over 1.2 million people are affected by it in Germany alone. They experience their condition as an uncontrollable roller coaster ride: Impulsive responses and powerful mood fluctuations make it difficult to collaborate with other people, often leading to social isolation.

“Psychological illnesses are still a topic that is taboo in our society”, comments SAGST Project Manager Konrad Lampart with regret. “The Achterbahn-theater project of the Darmstadt initiative trialog deploys the means of art to zoom in on the environment of people who have a borderline personality. This enables a change of perspective, increasing mutual understanding.”

“Trialog” conversations have sprung up over the past few years, where those affected, as well as relatives and specialists, have the opportunity to see eye to eye with one another on the topic of a borderline personality. Such an initiative exists in Darmstadt as well. With the “Achterbahn” play (cf. “It feels like a roller coaster at times”), the Theater Educator and Director Kai Schuber-Seel and his team wish to sensitize the public to the fact that the borderline personality disorder can affect anyone, and is nothing that anyone needs to be ashamed of. They created a scenic collage, the manuscript of which is based on interviews with those affected, people from their environment and psychologists.

The premiere, originally scheduled for the Spring of 2020, has meanwhile had to be postponed for the second time, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the wake of these developments, the ensemble wishes to provide insight into the theater work and the emergence of the project online through a theatrical reading followed by specialist talks. “This creative approach, which allows scope for exchange and a Q&A session”, explains PR Officer Wasiliki Koulis, “is meant to make clear how important it is to treat one another gently and respectfully – in particular at this special time.”

“Achterbahn" – The Borderline personality disorder and theater come together
Theatrical reading at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2020
Follow-up program (8:15 p.m.): Specialist talks by Anja Link (“Borderline Trialog – The Case for Shared Knowledge”)
and Hans Gunia (“Borderline Personality Disorder – Family and Therapy”)

More:http://trialog-darmstadt.de/virtuelles


Girl with face mask behind a sales booth

Every year in the autumn, pupils at Waldorf educational institutions invest a lot of creativity and commitment to benefit other, less well-equipped establishments worldwide and organise various donation campaigns. This year, the coronavirus pandemic poses special challenges for all those involved, which is why SAGST is doubling the money collected with a total matching fund of €50,000.


A protected space, dedicated to intercultural encounters and embracing the group.

Over 31,000 young refugees are currently being looked after in children’s and youth welfare institutions. Traumatic experiences as refugees, as well as lack of knowledge, shame or culturally-based misunderstandings, often make their first steps in Germany difficult, also posing major challenges for the institutions responsible.


Micro-farmers on the potato field

Homegrown produce and fresh air instead of supermarkets and pavement: in the Rhein-Neckar urban area, since 2019 city dwellers have had the means to satisfy their cravings for proximity to nature and their own garden beds. The Mannheim organization“Micro Agriculture allows participants to plant and harvest vegetables on their own small parcel of farmland.


Advice with laptop and telephone

Lots to celebrate at Berlin’s “Straßenkinder” association: its “Digital Coaching – Not Only in Times of Crisis” project was awarded a special coronavirus-related prize at the 2020 Smart Hero Awards in late September. The “Digital Chancen” Foundation and Facebook give their Smart Hero Awards to projects in several categories that use social media for good causes. The special prizes worth € 7,500 each also honour outstanding commitment in our coronavirus era this year.