NEW INSIGHTS AND EXCITING DISRUPTIVE FEELINGS
The anniversary year was deliberately not intended to be a pure celebration format, but also to present the contents of the Fuggerei NEXT500 idea and open it up for discussion. Therefore, the Fuggerei team developed a programme format that opened up many levels of discourse: the opinions of academics, of actors in social and political bodies, representatives of other foundations and social institutions were just as interested as the attitudes of affected people and the general public.
The discussion of the content brought a boost of new insights that will enrich and at the same time sharpen Fuggerei NEXT500. The examination of the Fuggerei Code and the seven global challenges confirmed that the goals of NEXT500 are viable and that Fuggerei of the Future is a unique, but also the right path. In this context, especially the special features of the Fugger Code such as the "guarantee of humanistic values" or the "spiritual counterpart" provided exciting material for discussion. Most of the disruptive feelings arose because of these terms, but also, for example, because of the term "indigence". However, in the course of interpretation - for example, that "spiritual" does not have to mean "Catholic" at all for Fuggeries of the future - unifying ideas or alternatives were always found.
The new insights into concrete needs for projects or impulses from Fuggerei NEXT500 are also enormously important for us. The discussions revealed many possibilities for cooperation and also how Fuggerei NEXT500 can be brought from impulse to practical application.
THE NEW NETWORK
In the anniversary year and even during the preparatory period, a strong, very broad network has emerged, which is a great opportunity not only for the Fugger Foundations. In the forums and events on the seven challenges, in the summit events, network meetings and in the daily work, we have made and linked so many valuable contacts that this alone can be called a great success of Fuggerei NEXT500. In addition to input for the implementation of Fuggerei NEXT500, further design processes and fields of action have emerged. These include, for example, the intensified and concerted cooperation of foundations and institutions that also deal with social challenges and see similar questions, problems and approaches to solutions as the Fugger Foundations, especially in affordable housing. We also succeeded in networking intensively with individuals or companies who are already active with ideas or projects for a self-determined life in dignity or who want to become active - both regionally and internationally. It is very important to us that we continue to cultivate this new network intensively in the future, so that joint actions and projects can emerge from it.
THE GOOD SIMPLE MESSAGE
All over the world, Fuggerei of the future can be founded according to the Fuggerei's recipe for success. For this, a clear line is necessary that makes the difference to other social settlements. The Fuggerei Code serves this purpose well by summarising the complex facts about the special features of the Fuggerei Foundation in just a few sentences. The forward-looking perspective of the anniversary could already be seen in the motto "Fuggerei NEXT500", as well as the international aspect that goes hand in hand with it. In addition, the many events and the Fuggerei NEXT500 pavilion with its almost futuristic look and exhibition helped to highlight the modernity and future viability of the Fuggerei. The message of "Fuggerei NEXT500" has been received - it can now be built upon in the truest sense of the word.