Taking stock of contributions to the common good

A compass for sustainability

Many people engaged in the cultural sector would like to lead a fairer, more sustainable life. But what does that mean exactly? What is sustainability? And how can we as cultural artists use resources in a targeted, efficient way to become more sustainable?

The «Gemeinwohl-Bilanz» («stocktake of contributions to the common good»), based on the principles of the Economy for the Common Good, is already being applied in numerous companies across Switzerland, with a view to taking stock of the topic of sustainability – but to date it has not been applied in the cultural sector. Das Theaterkolleg is putting the method to the test and, together with two independent theatre collectives, developing a «Gemeinwohl-Bilanz» for its operation and groups. At the same time, Das Theaterkolleg is investigating how this method can be made accessible to those engaged in the cultural sector.

The aim of the project is to create a compass that persons engaged in the cultural sector can use to check where they are in terms of sustainability and where their biggest potential is. It allows time and financial resources to be put to use in a targeted way and provides a simple way of checking the impact of measures taken.

People involved

Mirjam Berger, co-manager, Das Theaterkolleg, Lucerne

Christina Teuber, co-manager, Das Theaterkolleg, Lucerne

Ralf Nacke, business and Economy for the Common Good consultant

Patric Gehrig, Bureau Substrat, freelance actor / producer / director, Lucerne

Béla Rothenbühler, Kollektiv Fetter Vetter, freelance author / dramaturg, Lucerne

Damiàn Dlaboah, Kollektiv Fetter Vetter, freelance director, Lucerne