The Tannenbusch House is a co-creative and inclusive space for idea development and joint action. It is our vision that all people, regardless of origin, age or gender, can have the opportunity to test and implement their own ideas and projects and shape our shared future. For this, we provide a safe and encouraging space.
Our Core Values are:
Inclusiveness: mutual respect, encouragement, and embracing diversity
Playfulness: being curious, authentic and free-spirited
Awareness and self-reflection: understanding interconnectedness and personal role within environment
Belief in human goodwill & potential
Since our project started in 2017, we have held over 500 public events and numerous projects geared towards sustainability, intercultural understanding and empowerment. Examples of topics are urban gardening, storytelling, creative writing, upcycling, music, dance, DIY (Do it Yourself), education and language learning, to mention but a few. And you can read more about selected projects under “our partners”.
Doing so, we have welcomed approx. 2000 different people over the years, have more than 1,000 followers on Facebook and are present in local media, providing a different perspective on Tannenbusch as a lively and multicultural neighbourhood. The most significant impact, however, is less tangible: It’s the connections and friendships that form, the ideas that are developed and the shift that happens within people. More than once (even more than a dozen times) we heard sentences like “it’s the first time I am sharing this personal part of my story with somebody – and then even in public” and others sharing that they can deeply relate to these experiences.
The global pandemic has put some of our plans on hold. We used the time to work on our concept of the SDG Action Space and are convinced that spaces such as the Tannenbusch House are needed more than ever.
Space of trust – trust in us and others:
We design spaces that invite people to discover new abilities and their own strengths, in which we can reflect, express and communicate our own creativity. The house is a safe space to test, share, fail, learn, improve and dream. And in all this, trust in ourselves and others forms the basis.
Joint action and cooperation are at the heart of our activities. At Tannenbusch House, people can create their own and our common future in an inspiring, protected and empowering atmosphere, learning from and with each other.
Conscious action & shaping the future:
We want to create a positive, just and sustainable future, create awareness for ourselves, work on our inner attitude and intentions. If there is the possibility to change ourselves, there is also the possibility to change our world.
Low Threshold, Cultural Diversity & Inclusion:
The house and its services are for all people. All our offers are intercultural, multilingual and usually free of charge. The events in the house have a pro-active and inclusive character and are open to the extent that they allow the possibility of cooperation with other events and can be further developed. All events are for something (and not against it), apolitical and non-commercial.
Transferability & tools for a better life:
Our project is open-source: it can be reproduced wherever there are spaces and people who open them. It is modular. New projects are always being conceived and implemented from individual “building blocks”.
Our goal is to bring something into the world in a self-determined way.
Our interaction is based on
Mutual respect and encouragement
Mutual listening and understanding.
The desire to learn and act consciously.
Social ambition and desired effect
The Tannenbusch House provides a low-threshold framework for a wide range of interest groups and actors to develop their themes and skills: By constantly stimulating and facilitating the exchange between these groups, partly through physical proximity, partly through inter-interest topics, and partly through active workshop and discussion offerings.
Through the many elements of our project and their visualization, we create a dynamic of participation that is transdisciplinary and intercultural. In this way, our project contributes to connecting people, showing them new possibilities for personal development, creating an environment of participation and experimentation, and strengthening people’s self-confidence.