The main office is headed by the CEO, Richard Steel, supported by the operations team and in close contact with the board members. Here, events and cooperative work with other organisations are planned and coordinated; publications – particularly the New Edition of Karl König’s works – are planned; finances and other duties of the non-profit organisation are administered. Apart from varying projects that are more of a temporary nature, the Karl König Institute includes a Kaspar Hauser Research Circle.

North American Office


Our Tasks

The North American Office of the Karl König Institute for Art Science and Social Life is part of the Camphill Community Soltane in Pennsylvania, USA. The opening date for the work in our North American Office is Michaelmas 2021. Visit our NEWS and EVENTS to see the exciting projects we are developing here in North America. We hope you will join us soon!

Our North American Office cooperates with the Camphill Region of North America (USA and Canada), particularly through:


Articles of Incorporation

I. Name, Location, Business Year

  1. The official name of this association is:
    Karl König Institute for Art, Science and Social Life
    Charitable Association
  2. Location of the association is Berlin.
  3. The association shall be registered with the official register of associations of the District Court of Berlin.
  4. The financial year is the same as the calendar year.

II. Objective of the Association, Application of Financial Resources

  1. The association solely and directly pursues charitable public welfare objectives within the meaning of the section ”tax-deductible purposes” of the tax law.
  2. Objective of the association is the promotion of art, science and research as well as of culture and education.
  3. The objective of the association shall be realised by supporting the work of the Karl König Archives and research projects and scientific events evolving out of it. With the specific purpose to work on, examine and develop questions of ethics and ethical conduct, education and general human education in word, writing and deed. Its operations are based on Karl König's research into art, science and social life as found in his literate estate. Art plays an integral part as a medium of ethical development and as a path of practice in social competence. The ongoing process and the results of its operations shall be made available to the public for cultural and educational purposes. This shall be achieved through publications, through lectures, seminars and exhibitions. All research will be published in a timely manner.
  4. The association acts on non-profit basis. It does not pursue any self-economic purposes.
  5. Resources of the association may only be used for the purposes covered by the statutes.
  6. As a matter of principle, all duties within the association shall be performed in an honorary capacity. In deviation from this principle, members of the executive board may be reimbursed for expenses incurred. Reimbursement shall be made in the form of a flat-rate expense allowance or reimbursement for services rendered (e.g. flat rate for services provided in a honorary capacity in the amount of the tax exempt allowance in accordance with § 3 No. 26A German Income Tax Act.) The decisions of the competent elements of the association, the rules and maximum limits of the tax law as well as the financial capacity of the association shall be decisive.

III. Membership

  1. Any natural or juristic person who wants to support the objective of the association can join the association. The membership application will be considered by the executive board.
  2. A member may resign membership at any time by written notice to the executive board.
  3. The general assembly is authorised to exclude a member from the association with a three-quarters majority of votes of the members present.
  4. Membership shall expire if the stipulated membership dues have not been paid for two years.
  5. The amount of the annual membership dues shall be determined by the general assembly.
I. Name, Location, Business Year
II. Objective of the Association, Application of Financial Resources
III. Membership

IV. General Assembly

  1. A general assembly shall be held at least once a year. It shall be convened by the executive board.
  2. The executive board may convene an extraordinary assembly if it deems it necessary for good cause. It shall convene an extraordinary assembly within two months, if one quarter of the members of the association demands it indicating objective and reasons.
  3. The invitation to an assembly must have been received by the members at least two weeks in advance in writing, announcing time and place of the assembly and the agenda. The invitation to an ordinary assembly shall also include an annual report and information about the number of members.
  4. The assembly shall be presided over by the chairman of the executive board, or in case of being prevented by any other member of the board.
  5. The annual accounts and the report of activities shall be submitted in writing to the assembly for approval and decision on the release of the executive board. The assembly shall appoint two auditors, who shall not belong to the executive board, to audit the accounts including the annual report and to inform the assembly about their findings.
  6. The general assembly shall decide on all matters of the association that are not reserved to the executive board, particularly on changes to the statutes or the dissolution of the association.
  7. The general assembly constitutes a quorum provided it was properly convened. It passes decisions with a majority of the voting members present. Changes to the statutes or the decision to dissolve the association require a three-quarter majority of the voting members present. These decisions can only be passed on due announcement in the invitation to the assembly.
  8. The decisions made in the general assembly shall be recorded in writing and signed by the person presiding over the assembly and the secretary and shall be approved by the subsequent general assembly.

V. Executive Board

  1. The executive board shall consist of the president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and three additional members.
  2. The members of the executive board shall be elected from the members of the association for a period of three years. The board members shall remain in office on expiration of their tenure of office until a new board has been elected. Re-election is possible.
  3. In case of early resignation of a member of the executive board the other members of the executive board shall be entitled to elect a substitute to stand in until the next general assembly. The general assembly may revoke the election of a board member at any time; in this case the general assembly shall elect a successor until the next election of the executive board.
  4. The president and the vice president shall each have the – sole – power of representation of the association, both judicially and extra-judicially. For the purpose of legal acts with other charitable organisations the members of the executive board may be relieved from the restrictions as set forth in Section 181 German Civil Code.
  5. The president shall convene the meeting of the executive board in writing with 4 weeks’ notice announcing the agenda as well as time and place of the meeting. He shall be obligated to convene a meeting within one month if two members of the board demand it.
  6. The executive board constitutes a quorum provided three of its members are present. It passes decisions with a majority of the voting members present. The decisions made in a board meeting shall be recorded in writing and signed by the person presiding over meeting and the secretary.

VI. Dissolution of the Association

  1. In case of dissolution or annulment of the association or the cessation of the current purpose, the resources of the association will devolve upon the following charitable organisation, who shall directly and solely use it for purposes in line with its statutes. „Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners“ gemeinnütziger Verein, Berlin.
IV. General Assembly
V. Executive Board
VI. Dissolution of the Association