'Sustainable Together' is a regional project that focuses on sustainability and civil society initiatives that seek to make an impactful contribution to improving (local) environment. The project does this in two ways: through public engagement like webinars or a talk series and by supporting activities and initiatives that emerge from these. Besides Johannesburg, the Goethe-Instituts Addis Ababa, Kigali and Luanda are involved. In South Africa, the project is carried out in partnership with the British Council.
The focus of the 3-part discussion series was on the concept of the circular as an alternative to the linear economy. However, discourses in the global north often do not suffice and have to be re-conceptualized for Southern Africa.
From each of the discussions, a follow-up project emerged, which for instance deals with the decolonization of the food system or the further processing of biodegradable re-sellable materials in order for marginalized groups to earn an income.
As of 2021, Goethe Institut and British Council launched an open call: Radical Questions Project. The small grants of R100 000.00 was provided to three South African based creative practitioners and organisations whose focus is in the area of sustainable futures, with a specific focus on community-based practice and collaboration.
The second edition took a closer look at the concepts of circular economy, wellbeing economy and degrowth as counter concepts to our currently linear economy in which we take resources to make products and then turn them into waste when we no longer need them.