The aed e.V. (registered charity) is an initiative founded by engineers, architects and designers from Stuttgart. It is based on the realization that there is a very high design competence in different fields in the greater region of Stuttgart. The aed wants to reinforce this competence in the public's consciousness and act as an institution for its promotion. The aed serves as a mediator and motor for the promotion of good design.
The Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) with its domicile in Aichtal near Stuttgart and an office in Berlin is an impact oriented promotor of social change. It fosters forward-looking activities in four different fields: “Ethics and Leadership“, “Education and Training“, “Art and Culture“ and “Energy and Technology“. The Karl Schlecht Foundation was set up in October 1998 by Dipl. Ing. Karl Schlecht as a non-profit foundation under civil law. Karl Schlecht is also the founder of Putzmeister, a concrete pump manufacturer based in Aichtal.
The Karl Schlecht Foundation is a member of the Association of German Foundations (Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen).