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Stechlin-Dialoge 2019: Short term scholarships for non-profit-organizations and artists at the Stechlin-Institut The Stechlin-Institut activates the social potential of artistic thinking. It enables experiences in which curiosity, art and society get linked, in order to encourage social commitment with unusual perspectives. We offer a place without prejudice, a house full of perspectives, to give space to artists and people with initiative, where they can exchange, reflect, and develop in the serenity of nature. The former Prussian mansion of Neuroofen provides the setting for that. It lies 80km north of Berlin, right in the middle of the forest and near the crystal clear Lake Stechlin. We invite you to spend time here – and can’t wait for great encounters!

When: 2-10 days from April till November 2019

Who: Teams of non-profit organizations and charitable initiatives, social entrepreneurs, people with social commitment; artists and artist groups who deal with the social potential of their work; we can house up to 15 people comfortably; if you are more than that just get in touch, so that we may try coordinating your stay according to your spatial needs. You are welcome to visit both in teams or as individual guests.

Where: At the Stechlin-Institut, north of Berlin in the forests of Brandenburg near Lake Stechlin; reached easily with public transportation; not yet barrier-free. How: Just get in touch at info@stechlin-institut.org or 033 082 40 29 73.

What: The Stechlin-Institut offers the possibility for a focussed work stay, either individually or with your team. Specifically, we provide you with a place, so that you reach a self-imposed goal. A place for encounters, ideal for dealing with your own questions, recharging your batteries, getting inspired together, hopping into crystal clear lakes, and spending whole nights gazing at the stars. The spacious house is equipped with a kitchen, bathrooms, beds, wifi, and all kinds of things you may need. There are herbs in the fields, a bakery truck in the village, in the neighboring village there is Frank’s eco farm where you can harvest your veggies yourselves, in the forest there are berries, herbs, and mushrooms, by the lake a fisherman, and for venison a forester. Additionally to staying here, you will enter an alumni network informing of future support programs and inviting to network meetings.

Our vision: We are convinced of the power of artistic thinking and social commitment. To think outside the box and question supposedly unshakeable matters are a necessity and resource for positive social change. Because of that, we invite you to spend this season together in Stechlin.

Costs: Your contribution to the costs, depending on the duration of your stay and your budget, amounts to 12-17 Euro per person and day. (Watch out: Cancelations only according our general terms and conditions.) Bring a friend: If you want to come here together with a partner organization, we think that cherishing your exchange is so important that we will lower your contribution by 2 Euro per person per day.

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FAQ

Is there a program? No. We provide you with a place so that you may reach a self-imposed goal while you’re here. Every participant brings their own creative competence with them. We are convinced: everybody is able to use their time well without expectations and requirements, in an unobtrusive and supportive community and sensitive setting. Of course there are so many things to do here: from cooking, swimming, hiking, biking, and sailing to gathering berries, herbs, and mushrooms, and chopping wood. This is the foundation for asking you to shape your own stay. The place allows for retreat and encounter – the community offers motivation and perspective. Are we expected to apply with a collaborative project we want to do with the artist/the initiative who will be there with us? No. On the contrary. There will be no other request than to arrive. We hope that you can use your stay to work on what you are really excited about in your own work. Artists and initiatives live together in the same house, meet each other during the daily chores and meals, follow their self-imposed schedules, maybe exchange knowledge and inspire each other, but how far this encounter goes absolutely depends on the situation and you. If we don’t know for sure yet when we could come, is it ok to write to you later on spontaneously? Yes. Definitely. If there is space when you want to visit, you will be very welcome. May we also come with more than 15 people? Yes. If you are more than that, you can camp in the house or, during the summer, in the fields around the house, but you will have to bring sleeping bags and other equipment yourselves. May we also attend if we are not organized legally? Yes. Absolutely. What counts is your commitment. Is the Stechlin-Institut a luxury hotel? You can see many stars above the Stechlin-Institut. More than anywhere else in Germany. Apart from that, there are three toilets, two showers, many beds and mattresses, and the walls are adorned with naked plaster. You can move your beds freely around the house. Most rooms are spacious and open – this means, there are no single or double rooms. The dining table fits everyone easily, the fireside room overflows with couches, and tiled fireplaces serve to make the house very cozy. Around the house lies a huge field of grass with fruit trees giving shade in the summer. How is the digital connection? There is a broadband wifi connection installed in the house, but mobile reception sucks. Calling works in designated areas outside. Is food supplied as part of the scholarship? No. But there are local producers all around. The Faradgang initiative from Berlin fixed a bunch of bikes for the Institut which you can use to explore the area and go on food hunts. To the Stechlin eco farmers, fishermen, foresters, supermarkets, bakers, or bee-keepers…

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Initiatives

Stechlin-Dialoge 2018

Netzwerk Recherche e.V. is a charitable association founded in 2001 by journalists in order to strengthen journalistic research and quality journalism in Germany. ¶

netzpolitik.org is a platform for digital civil rights. They thematize important questions regarding the internet, society and politics, and show possible ways of becoming a digital civil rights activist with the help of the network. netzpolitik.org is a vehicle to describe how politics alter the internet by regulating it, and how the internet changes politics, publics, and every other aspect of life today. ¶

GreenBuzz Berlin e.V. is an association that supports sustainability on regional and international level through research, education and networking. We build an active community to make the city more sustainable. ¶

Berlinklusion want to impact Berlin’s cultural landscape positively by propelling inclusion and improving access for artists, culture workers, particpants, and audiences with and without handicaps. They also support individuals, museums, galleries, other culture institutions, and groups with knowledge exchange, collaboration and by raising awareness for inclusion and accessibility in the field of art. ¶

<3 of Code ”The Heart of Code’s Improbability Drive made it the most powerful and unpredictable ship in existence. There was nothing it couldn’t do, provided you knew exactly how improbable it was that the thing you wanted it to do would ever happen.” The goal of code curious (rails girls) is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable. ¶

The after school club and cultural center MANEGE offers youths and adults manifold possibilities to get involved, exchange, and find meaningful ways of spending their leasure time. ¶

Kleiner 5 In order to reach our goal: <5 at the next parliamentary election, a lot of changes need to take place. Let’s start with good politics: social, aiming at fairness, sustainable, self-confident, and European! ¶

Basics for Feminists* (BFF) – knowledge transfer among women* is a group of women* involved in various vocational and social environments. And they all made the experience of not being taken seriously. This resulted in their idea to initiate Basics for Feminists – originally envisioned as a series of workshops in Berlin. They wanted to give space to each other, exchange knowledge and learn from each other within a safe and open frame. ¶

Podium Esslingen, founded in 2009 by young musicians and their friends, within a few years became an international hotspot of young, future-oriented classical music scene. The PODIUM Festival Esslingen managed to create the vision of a contemporary „community festival“ of classical music by young people for young people by using high artistic quality, new formats, interdisciplinary projects, and unique ways of communication. ¶

Liquid Demogracy is an non-profit organization, working on the development and implementation of innovative concepts for democratic participation. They focus on the potentials of the Internet to create more accessible ways of decision-making. ¶

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates open knowledge, open data, transparency, and civil participation. Jugend hackt is a porgram supporting young programmers in the German speaking sphere: along the slogan „making the world a better place by coding“ the participants tinker on prototypes, digital tolls, and concepts for their vision of a better society with the help of voluntary mentors. Every person has the right to free information. With the online platform for information rights FragDenStaat any person can make an inquiry to the authorities. ¶

The grassroots think tank Polis180 translates scientific discoveries for political decision makers. They integrate Ideas, analyses, and solutions of their generation through innovative, participatory, and inclusive approaches into political discourse. They develop real alternatives for a constructive foreign and European policy using thematic programs and new and creative formats. ¶

The Bosch Alumni Network brings together former and current fellows, grantees and staff members of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its partners. By connecting network members with common interests but different backgrounds, cross-sectoral exchange and international collaborations can be fostered. ¶

The art mediation project “Platz da!“ starts with the question who mediates art. Who usually does that and how does the mediated perspective change if the mediating person is handicapped? ¶

Seki-Projekt offers workshops and trainings for youths in a school context. These serve to prepare or assess open house days, introduce class councils, and organise student projects. ¶

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society. ¶

No more talking, just doing. This is how the idea for citizen2be started. And in this way, the founder Bettina Schuler started volunteering in 2014, offering yoga classes to women in a refugee home. ¶

Ulf Buermeyer is a judge at the regional court of Berlin and currently also works scientifically at the Berlin constitutional court. He also heads the Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V. (GFF) and is a fellow of the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR) at the Europa-Universität Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder). Together with the journalist Philip Banse, Buermeyer is responsible for publishing the political podcast „Lage der Nation.“

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. They educate, inspire and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. Humanity in Action is a non-profit and non-partisan organization. ¶

This was the first subbotnik in 2018 – the Stechlin-Institut received so much support, it was amazing! ¶

…and again the gängsters visited, this time in order to finish working on the Stechlin-bikes. Now the Institut is shining with fifteen complete and functioning bicycles for „moved“ people. Thank you! ¶

The faradgang was the first visitor of the year, this time already in bitter cold minus 20 degrees workshopping the bikes…

Stechlin-Dialoge 2017

The Prototype Fund supports software developers, hacker and creatives to develop their ideas from the concept to the first demo in the fields civic tech, data literacy, data safety, and software infrastructure. ¶

The team of youvo works both voluntarily and employed by youvo from Berlin, Leipzig, and Hannover and with the support of many motivated volunteers to make more professional support available for social initiatives. They have a website, a blog, and a facebook page that are always up to date to inform about their latest projects, the youvo community as well as future endeavours. ¶

The Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung. are young designers and students of the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and they do experimental design. They think that design should be available for anybody, because it is much more than just making fancy furniture. This is why they offer free counseling in questions of design in both private and public space. ¶

Enpact founded in August 2013 with the aim of strengthening economic relations between young entrepreneurs from the startup scenes of the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Since then, this goal has been successfully implemented with an innovative startup mentoring programme for promising young entrepreneurs. ¶

Basics for Feminists* (BFF) – knowledge transfer among women* is a group of women* involved in various vocational and social environments. And they all made the experience of not being taken seriously. This resulted in their idea to initiate Basics for Feminists – originally envisioned as a series of workshops in Berlin. They wanted to give space to each other, exchange knowledge and learn from each other within a safe and open frame. ¶

The grassroots think tank Polis180 translates scientific discoveries for political decision makers. They integrate Ideas, analyses, and solutions of their generation through innovative, participatory, and inclusive approaches into political discourse. They develop real alternatives for a constructive foreign and European policy using thematic programs and new and creative formats. ¶

The Faradgang is a colourful group of friends who realize projects in Cologne and Berlin. They are engaged in passing on a bit of self-determination, freedom, and quality of life to others with the help of increased mobility. They achieve this goal, for example, through weekly bicycle mending with young refugees. ¶

Rails Girls Berlin organize workshops for women who have never coded and would like to get an insight into web development. The workshops usually take a Saturday, then there are advanced events, self-organized study groups, and an online-community via Slack and Twitter. ¶

Kleiner 5 In order to reach our goal: <5 at the next parliamentary election, a lot of changes need to take place. Let’s start with good politics: social, aiming at fairness, sustainable, self-confident, and European! ¶

Die offene Gesellschaft. Democracy only exists if enough people stand up for her, actively, with consideration, decidedly. The initiative Offene Gesellschaft is a non-partisan civic initiative stepping up for the political commons as it has been formulated in the constitution. ¶

„At the Impact Hub Berlin at the Kreuzberger Mehringplatz founders are only allowed to develop those projects which will change the world for the better.“ Berliner Morgenpost ¶

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates open knowledge, open data, transparency, and civil participation. Jugend hackt is a porgram supporting young programmers in the German speaking sphere: along the slogan „making the world a better place by coding“ the participants tinker on prototypes, digital tolls, and concepts for their vision of a better society with the help of voluntary mentors. Every person has the right to free information. With the online platform for information rights FragDenStaat any person can make an inquiry to the authorities. ¶

The team of the RAA Berlin e.V.Medienhof Wedding work in language and education support for students with backgrounds of migration. They also support their multi-media presentations and cooperate with six local schools. Fifty university students from educational subjects support around two hundred students individually in combined language and subject studies in the schools as well as at the Medienhof. One of the focus areas of the project is work with refugees, especially with language classes and after school study classes. There also is a self-organized study group with students helping students. ¶

Betterplace.org. are Germany’s largest online donation platform. They build practical tools to collect donations online. They also support social projects to do online fundraising successfully by providing the technical infrastructure, knowledge, and counseling, and by connecting relief projects with entrepreneurs. Betterplace also takes on the handling of the donations. Furthermore, their lab researches the meeting point between „digital“ and „social,“ meaning the place where the internet can serve the improvement of society.

Stechlin-Dialoge 2016

Planting trees. The natural reserve Stechlin-Ruppiner Land locates people every year who can take care of old types of fruit trees in order to heighten local biodiversity. This way, we were able to add many new trees to our garden. The trees were planted with the association (Förderverein Stechlin-Institut e.V.) which is now obliged to care for these trees – Boskoop, Schafsnase, Salomé and so on – for the next twenty years. ¶

The Faradgang came in late summer again with their Berlin section for three days. This time they worked on assessing the work and their structure up to now in order to formulate new goals and take a break. ¶

Kreisjugend. The Kreisjugendring Oberhavel e.V. is a local youth work initiative. In 2016, the group was at the Stechlin-Institut to spend a day building a stag beetle cradle, led by the knowledgeable NABU. Oak stems are put deep into the ground, so that it’s just the tip sticking out, and these tips are covered in oak chips. This is where the rare insects get to breed. In the end, everybody was happy and exhausted. Now we have to wait seven years until the first beetle babies come crawling out! ¶

The spring meeting was an occasion to visit the Stechlin-Institut for those who had never been here before. Eating a wonderful fish soup and an even more delicious potato soup, members and newcomers got a chance to mingle. ¶

Our friends from the Faradgang arrived a few days before the spring meeting, and helped with the preparations. ¶

During three subbotniks and with the help of our Hausmeister, the many great helpers managed to rebuild and reinforce the foundation of our shed.

Stechlin-Dialoge 2015

Roof of the shed and baking bread. Existing buildings in this forest are protected. This means that no new buildings can be built. This is why it was very important for us to improve and secure the roof of our little shed. Acrobatic members of the Förderverein was rewarded with freshly baked bread. This was the first time we used the clay oven. ¶

During their stay, the class Studio Experimentelles Design of Jesko Fezer at the HfbK Hamburg researched this place, and developed different options of cohabitation. A great decision was to take down the hunter’s fence and opening the entire grounds of the Stechlin-Institut. ¶

Graduates and students of the class of Albrecht Schäfer at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee spent one week together with MS peers. This was our first test run for the Stechlin-Dialoge. They all made a beautiful long table and the star gazing platform. ¶

The Faradgang from Berlin was our very first guest, and they brought lots of bikes for the Stechlin-Institut with them. We all fixed them up, laughed, and had an amazing time. Looking back, this first stay became the reason why we wanted to make this a place for socially engaged people.


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General terms and conditions of the Stechlin-Institut

The Stechlin-Institut is provided to you by the SI gemeinnützige GmbH which gets support from the Förderverein Stechlin-Institut e.V.. We try to accommodate your stay so that it is as pleasant and also as inexpensive as possible. To reach a consensual form for the support this place equally needs from you in order to be sustainable, we have decided to draw up these terms and conditions which you agree to by making a reservation.

Bookings:

Your booking with us is binding. This means that we reserve the necessary space for you at the Stechlin-Institut. If you can’t attend after all, it is possible that we will be unable to find a replacement. We therefore hope that you understand our policy of asking the following short-notice cancellation fee:

– cancellation up to 2 months ahead of scheduled arrival: free,
– cancellation up between 30 and 20 days ahead of scheduled arrival: 50 % of the agreed contribution for the total of your stay,
– cancellation later than that: 80 % of the agreed contribution for the total of your stay.
In case you come stay with less people or for a shorter period than agreed upon in your booking, we will only apply this fee in part, accordingly. Of course there are no cancellation fees if we manage to find somebody else to use the space reserved for you in the house during the scheduled period.

Duration of stay – contribution to costs per day/person:
2 days = 17€
3 days = 15€
4 days = 14€
5 days = 13€
7 days = 12€
Plus 7% MwSt (VAT)

For those who absolutely cannot afford this contribution: Please talk to us directly and we will try to find a solution.

Once you have arrived:

For a few days, this will now be your place. Receive and embrace it as it does you.
Many things in this house come from donations or were acquired with both care and our micro-budget. Your kind treatment of these things helps for them to last longer. If something breaks, just let us know so that we can replace it in time. Please do not wear your outside walking shoes inside the house. Restore the space of kitchen, toilet, and showers right after use – in awareness of those sharing the house with you.
Sorry: Sadly children and dogs can’t join because the house is currently not laid out for them.
When you depart, we ask you to leave everything clean and tidy for the next visitors. It would be great if the house became more and more inviting with each guest.
We are neither able nor willing to employ a cleaning help. That is why: please schedule some time for this and prepare the house to be warm and welcoming. We did make a small checklist in the manual in case it helps.
So far, nothing has ever been nicked from this house, and we hope it can stay this way. However: your personal items are at the Stechlin-Institut at your own risk. The Stechlin-Institut is not liable for their loss or damage on the grounds. Our liability insurance does cover a lot. But any accidents beyond the property damages and personal injury covered by it, especially working with tools and machines of the Stechlin-Institut (lawnmower, splitting machine etc.), are the responsibility of the respective people themselves. Stuff you forget here, we either keep for three months or send after you.

Grateful for your marvellous support!