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:page_facing_up: Glossary

Kanthaus has many terms that might be confusing. This page is meant to help restore clarity.

To make adding terms easier there is no order whatsoever. The best way to find what you're looking for is probably CTRL+f (which lets you search for terms on the whole page through your browser).


The weekly Coordination Meeting


The monthly Planning Meeting

Power Hour

The weekly common cleaning. More info on its own page.


In a round people speak (or pass on) one after the other, whereas a popcorn scenario means that people just speak up if they think of something. More info on meeting culture


The van we owned until 2022. Abbreviation for its name 'KeinMüllWagen' (no trash wagon)


The association that owns the house. Abbreviation for 'Haus Kante Wurzen w.V.'


The charitable association that runs projects in the house and beyond. Abbreviation for 'Wandel würzen e.V.'


Big organization, community, online platform and method to save and share food. Starting point of the history that led to Kanthaus.


Project emerging from foodsharing to make a new online platform to save and share everything. Context in which the people who would later found Kanthaus met. More info on history


Online platform for grassroots organizing of real-life activity. Over years co-developed by people in the house.


A governance system that uses small groups of people to make decisions based on consent and feedback loops. More info at Sociocracy for all. Kanthaus is not organized sociocratically, but this, like other systems, was useful inspiration at many points.

Score voting

A voting system where every options is rated individually on a scale and the option with the highest voting wins.

Harzgerode/Freie Feldlage/FFL

Befriended project in the Harz mountains. More info on their website.


K20 is one of the projects closest to Kanthaus conceptually. Salzderhelden is the village around, which houses a multitude of other, related project spaces.

Exchange logic

The logic of reciprocity, which expects something in return for everything. A valued utopian thought in Kanthaus (and elsewhere) is that overcoming exchange logic is necessary for authentic human connection. Friederike Habermann is a German scholar who is passionate about the topic. Here's a nice little essay of hers.

K20, K22

Abbreviations for Kantstraße 20 and Kantstraße 22, the two houses that make up Kanthaus.


Funkenhaus is a self-organized seminar space. Greene is the surrounding village.


Luftschlosserei is a nice commune south-west of Leipzig.


Short for 'Dannenröder Wald', which housed a big forest occupation in (mainly) 2020.


Eine Spinnerei is a project in the Lausitz region that focuses on lignate extraction protest, consequently sustainable renovation and free ways of education.


Meeting about a single person and their relationship to Kanthaus as a whole. More info on positions and evaluations.


The three positions a resident in Kanthaus can have. Residents can request a higher position at an evaluation. More info on positions and evaluations.


Short for 'Volunteers and Members'.


Short for 'Time of Introspection', a time in which Kanthaus Volunteers and Members reflect on issues of the house. Usually once a year. There is no uniform format for this.


Short for 'Month of Calm', a time in which no new Visitors are allowed to arrive so that residents don't need to worry about presenting Kanthaus and integrating new people. Happens irregularly.


Term for people who have been Volunteers or Members in the past. No official position yet, but it still is a thing.


Time of self-organized learning in a group. Happens in Kanthaus in 2024. More info on the project's website.


Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz is a huge German environmentalist NGO. We run the local branch in Wurzen.


Government-funded volunteer jobs.


Online text editor for collaborative use. At we run an instance of HedgeDoc. More info on pad usage in Kanthaus e.g. in CoMe.

Script (CoMe context)

The residence script that runs in preparation of Come calculates who is due for an evaluation and how many resources were used in the last week, and posts the outcomes in a dedicated Slack channel.

Residence record

Manually updated data base for the CoMe script.


The act of declaring an item communal property.


The act of declaring an item private property.


The act of placing an item in the vortex. More info on the vortex in stuff processes.

Open Tuesday

Opening time of the ground floor of K22 which contains the free shop, the foodsharing Fairteiler and (sometimes) the repair café / maker space. Default time is 3pm to 5pm.

Free shop/Verschenkeladen

Room full of things to give away. Located in K22-0-3.


foodsharing term for a publicly accessible shelf or fridge in which food can be shared between strangers. There is one in Wenceslaigasse in Wurzen.


Website for people to find volunteer work all over the world. Kanthaus has a host profile on there.


A mailing list for house projects and other alternative living concepts in and around Leipzig.


HWR is short for 'Haus- und Wagenrat e.V.'. An association that offers guidance to house projects and trailer sites. They helped us aquire the houses in Kantstraße.


NDK is short for 'Netzwerk für demokratische Kultur', an association that has been doing work to counter the right-wing status quo in Wurzen for two decades now. D5 are their headquarters at Domplatz 5.

LADEN/Schweizerhaus Püchau

The LADEN is an open art space run by the association Schweizerhaus Püchau that has been doing art empowerment workshops in the region since 2010.

Villa Klug

Something between house project and flat share with tons of space and nice people. Slightly south of Wurzen, right on the bank of the Mulde river.


The two kinds of trains that go to Leipzig. RE is the fast one (~20 minutes) and S-Bahn the slow one (~40 minutes). More info on travel.


The red ebike. Usually lives in the communal bike shed.


The silver ebike. Usually lives in the communal bike shed.


Bike trailer custom made for the base length of two green boxes. Usually stored on the wall of the communal bike shed.


Bike trailer custom made for the base length of four green boxes. Can also be used as a ladder. Usually stored standing outside of the communal bike shed under the roof.

Carla (Cargo)

Heavy duty bike trailer. Inspired by Carla Cargo, built following the instructions provided by Pedalkreis.

Kids trailer

A boringly named bike trailer to transport two small children.

Lollipop hitch

The kind of hitch to attach a trailer to a bike that is commonly used in Kanthaus. Like this one.


Short for 'Mega/meta/master Coordination Meeting'. Format for longterm organizing that is not used anymore.

Roadmap meetings

First longer term organizing format we came up with. Not used anymore.


Annual garden party in the warm season. With house tours, open free shop and Fairteiler, KüfA, drinks, music and more.


Short for 'Küche für Alle' or 'kitchen for all', an event where food is handed out for free or donation-based.


A huge Solawi in Sehlis, from which we sometimes save food.

to be added

  • doocracy
  • dragon dreaming
  • scrum
  • jitsi
  • bigbluebutton
  • nextcloud
  • nuudel
  • inventaire
  • open refine
  • blindspots
  • Jugendkommune
  • ROAW
  • collective governance directory
  • MSV
  • Kita
  • Bubis/Bubi/Mubi
  • communal
  • sharing circle
  • Fokusgruppe (Nachhaltigkeit)/FGNW
  • Wenceslaigassenfest
  • potato action
  • Auerworld
  • Acroyoga
  • Kommuja
  • GEN
  • Eurotopia
  • Awareness
  • Privilege
  • FTT
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Landgut Nemt
  • Spidey
  • (ebay) Kleinanzeigen
  • (occupancy) indicator
  • Window holder
  • Sound bowl
  • Guest book
  • Expfloorer
  • House bus
  • Ventilation system
  • Heatpump
  • AC/air conditioning
  • Bike repair station

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