Institut für Partizipatives Gestalten


The only thing we can sustain is change. If our desire to maintain something results from a fear of change, we diminish aliveness instead of enabling it. Instead, we seek to comprehend, incorporate and develop that which makes life worth living through change.

More than preservation and technology

Necessary challenges such as the preservation of resources or the development of new technologies can arise from this perspective. But we do not consider these strategies of sustainable development sufficient as ends in themselves. We understand sustainable development in a relational way, as a criterion for designs of projects and enterprises which are developed out of their relevant contexts. At the institute we see our task as fostering sustainable processes and thus increasing living diversity.

Our areas of activity:

  • Development of sustainable concepts:
    We support you with our methods and experiences to develop your institution or project in a sustainable way. We do this by involving people, places and natural conditions to design appropriate and realistic solutions.
  • Education for sustainable development:
    The focus of our own education events on the topic of sustainability is on developing and strengthening participation and design competencies in our participants. If you are active in the field of education for sustainable development, you can benefit from our methodological knowledge and our process approach which help you to fully exhaust the experiential spaces of your own events.
  • Permaculture 2.0:
    Permaculture is a design method for the development of sustainable habitats which originated in Australia. Bill Mollison, one of the founders of the permaculture movement received the Right Livelihood Award (‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for the development of this concept in 1981. Permaculture 2.0 comprises the further development of this design method by our institute.

"Sustainability means the preserving utilization by man of the natural resource base on which life depends." 300 year old definition from the forestry sector, after Hennig (translated).