Self-perception

Here you will learn about our self-conception. This is where we would like to express what we are (or want to be) and how we envision our life together in the house. Since this process is subject to constant change and new self-reflections, how we understand ourselves will also change permanently. 

1. Structure
  • Wir sind eine Hausgruppe, die sich seit 2022 zusammengefunden hat, mit dem Gedanken gemeinschaftliches Leben und Gemeinwesenarbeit zu verbinden. Alle Menschen, die in dem Haus wohnen, bilden zusammen den Mosaik-Haus SOE e.V.. Dieser soll in Zukunft Teil des Mietshäuser Syndikat werden. Bis zum angestrebten Beteiligungsbeschluss sind wir als Initiative “Mosaik-Haus” Mitglied im Syndikat.
  • We would also like to make some of the rooms in the house available to other people. If you would like to use them, please send us a request.
  • With our cultural association, which is yet to be founded, we also want to be more than just a place where people live together. We want to realise different projects and offers - for the young and the old and everyone in between. The cultural association is open to all people who share our values and would like to get involved on the ground, but who do not necessarily live in the house.
2. Goals
  • Das Haus wird Gemeineigentum. Im Gegensatz zum Privateigentum wird das Haus somit dem Immobilienmarkt als Spekulationsobjekt entzogen. So bleiben die Mieten langfristig konstant. Damit wird das Recht auf bezahlbaren Wohnraum gestärkt. Zudem sind wir nicht von profitorientierten Vermieter*innen abhängig. Stattdessen kann der Wohnraum und das Zusammenleben von den Hausbewohner*innen selbstbestimmt gestaltet werden.
  • We want to bring this place to life together and support each other. Against a tendency towards isolation in society, it is important to us to live together in solidarity.
  • One of the biggest assets of the house is certainly its beautiful natural surroundings in the Saxon Switzerland. We deliberately chose this place because we like hiking, bouldering, climbing and spending a lot of time in nature. During our childhood in rural areas, we wished for more offers where we could have experienced self-efficacy. This house should be such a place for us. Moreover, as a space, it represents a resource that we can and want to share with people.
3. Values
  • Wir wünschen uns eine Gesellschaft, in der alle Menschen ihr Leben nach ihren Bedürfnissen gestalten können, ohne dabei diese Freiheit bei anderen einzuschränken. Wir wünschen uns, dass Menschen selbstreflektiert und achtsam in Bezug auf sich, ihre Umwelt und ihre Mitmenschen leben, sodass Formen der Unterdrückung und Diskriminierung sowie Ungleichheitsverhältnissen entgegengewirkt wird. In dieser Gesellschaft stehen nicht der Markt oder das Kapital und die zugrundeliegende Tauschlogik (“ich bekomme nur, wenn ich geben kann”) im Mittelpunkt. Stattdessen sollen alle Menschen mit all ihren angeborenen und erworbenen Eigenschaften und Merkmalen die Gesellschaft gleichberechtigt mitgestalten können. In dieser herrschaftsfreien Gesellschaft leben wir selbstbestimmt und solidarisch zusammen. Wertschätzung beruht dabei nicht auf Leistung.
  • We try to practise this kind of society in the house together with the people who live and work there. Therefore, no discriminatory statements, actions or events should take place in our house. We reserve the right to make use of our right of domicile in this case.
  • Also within the house group, we strive to reflect on our own internalised forms of discrimination and to combat them. In order to achieve this, we take time for further training, processes of self and group reflection and an open approach to criticism.
4. Dealing with conflicts
  • We all try to look out for each other and take on the responsibility for sensitive and empathetic coexistence. We are aware that conflicts are a normal part of living and working together and try to deal with them constructively. To this end, we have developed a concept for conflict resolution, which may be revised and expanded on a regular basis as we live together.
  • Through constant and open communication, we try to prevent conflicts from becoming too entrenched. Our goal is to address existing conflicts as early as possible, to deal with them in a transparent way and to find out what the underlying needs of the conflicts are.
  • In regular plenaries, issues of living together are discussed and decisions are made on the basis of consensus. In this way, everyone's needs are taken into account and given space. This also applies to people outside the house group. We are open to criticism and want to work together to find solutions in conflicts with external parties. In addition to the weekly organisational plenaries, topics of emotional well-being and togetherness have a fixed place in the monthly social plenary.
  • We have developed internal strategies and methods of conflict resolution. If we cannot resolve conflicts within the house group, we seek external support.
5. Access & accessibility
  • In our society, people are excluded from spaces due to various visible and invisible barriers. We want to make our house as accessible as possible for all people. To achieve this, various forms of discrimination must be perceived, reflected upon and dismantled so that they are not reproduced.
  • We are aware that both we as a group and the building produce exclusions in various areas. We strive to gradually reduce this as much as possible and welcome suggestions, criticism and proposals.
6. Environmental protection & climate justice
  • Against the backdrop of human-induced climate change and the destruction of nature, we at Mosaik-Haus place a special focus on our environment and local nature. When it comes to construction measures, we strive to use sustainable raw materials. In addition, we want to use renewable energy sources whenever possible.
  • We would like to design the garden in a nature-oriented way. In addition, we treat the natural spaces around us with respect and want our visitors to do the same.
  • We also seek to reflect on our consumer choices. When possible, we support collectively and sustainably organised producers and projects. We live vegan for the most part. This also includes that we do not keep "farm animals" in the house project. We do not see living beings as commodities. Therefore, we usually exclude the acquisition of so-called "pets" from profit-oriented places.
  • At the same time, an intersectional perspective is important to us. This means that different forms of discrimination work together. For example, not all people have the financial means to buy socially and ecologically sustainable products. Instead of stopping at criticising the consumer behaviour of individuals, we also want to look at underlying systemic and structural issues.
7. Decision-making
  • Decisions are discussed in regular plenaries and made by consensus. In this way, everyone's needs and opinions are included equally.
  • We do not try to assert our own interests in competition with each other. Instead, solutions are sought that all participants can support. Here, too, we strive to reflect on group dynamics in order to counteract hierarchies.
  • The results of the debate we had on the topic were recorded in our decision-making concept.
  • The plenaries of the house group take place weekly. For every 3 organisational plenaries, there is a social plenary. The results of the plenaries are recorded in the minutes.
  • In addition, certain topics can be outsourced to working groups (AGs) depending on the respective issue.
8. Finances
  • Wir möchten im Haus auch finanzielle Ungleichheiten ausgleichen. Wie – das erarbeiten wir aktuell noch.
  • Wir verpflichten uns dazu, in Zukunft den Solibeitrag an das Mietshäusersyndikat zu zahlen, sobald der Beteiligungsbeschluss gefasst wurde. Dadurch sollen andere Projekte unterstützt und die Kosten des Syndikats gedeckt werden.
  • Da wir nicht das nötige Eigenkapital besitzen, sind wir auf die finanzielle Unterstützung durch Nachrangdarlehen und Spenden angewiesen. Um keine Hierarchien und Abhängigkeiten innerhalb der Hausgruppe zu schaffen, werden durch die Hausmitglieder in der Regel keine Nachrangdarlehen an das eigene Hausprojekt gegeben.
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