This Forum will offer workshops, open discussions, & artistic experiences allowing everyone to exchange thoughts on pedagogy for the future in service of social transformation.

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Florian Osswald

Co-director of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum

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What education do the children of today & tomorrow need?

Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s description of a healthy economic & social environment we will discuss ways of doing business differently to change the current entrepreneurship process to one that is ethical & inclusive.

The Pedagogical Section is part of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum & is connected to all educational centers which work on the basis of anthroposophy. The task of the Pedagogical Section is educational research & the support of anthroposophically-inspired pedagogy. One of the most important aims of the Section is to stimulate a renewal of education out of its original sources in support of & in dialogue with educators active in Waldorf & Rudolf Steiner kindergartens, schools other institutions worldwide.


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Margret Rasfeld

Co-founder of Schule im Aufbruch, Berlin

Education for Sustainability - Schools in Transformation

The world faces huge challenges that require global solutions. Rapid, sweeping, & long-lasting change is altering our planet’s environment in an unprecedented manner. It will require a radical change in the way we think & the way we act – rethinking how we relate to one another & how we interact with the ecosystems that support our lives. To create a world that is more just, peaceful & sustainable, all individuals & societies must be equipped & empowered by knowledge, skills, & values as well as be instilled with a heightened awareness to drive such change. This is where education has a critical role to play. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is about shaping a better tomorrow for all – & it must start today.

Margret Rasfeld founded the federal initiative "Schule im Aufbruch” (School on the move) to support schools in transforming culture. The goal: Schools should focus on the development of everyone’s individual potential & personality so that young people can develop their potential to engage as change-makers for social, fair, ecological & inclusive communities.


Benjamin Cherry

Coordinator of the China Waldorf Forum & Teacher-Trainer

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Anthroposophy as a Door towards Individual Human Encounter

Anthroposophy as a Door towards Peace in a Deeply Troubled World


Through a wide experience of many different places & life situations, I have come to recognize that in each one a door can open towards cross-cultural healing through the anthroposophical picture of humanity, & through the arts & processes to which it has given birth. When this picture comes to life, it can reveal itself as a renewed expression of the host culture. Within the infinite diversity of humanity worldwide, we learn to recognize that which is both unique & universal. This is a seed for peace. 


Anthroposophy as a Door towards Individual Human Encounter


Our focus will be on how we can meet each other as individuals from widely different backgrounds, experiencing ourselves together, now & here. Our process will be through the social arts of eurythmy, drama, poetry, music, laughter, & conversation. We offer this in trust that something will continue on spiritually, as we all go back to our different parts of the world.

Born & brought up in the UK, Ben Cherry has spent most of his adult life in other parts of the world. During the past fifty years, he has worked in or traveled through Europe, Asia, Africa, & North America, & has visited or taught in schools & centers on all four continents. 


His search for peace & for answers to the huge social, cultural & environmental issues he encountered as a young man, especially through his experience as a teacher & journalist in Vietnam during the war, led him through many spiritual streams to the work of Rudolf Steiner forty-two years ago, in a school for severely disadvantaged children in England. Since then, his way has been through education, & he later co-founded a Waldorf school in Australia, in which he taught for nineteen years, both as a class teacher & in high school. During the past twenty-one years, he has been mentoring & giving courses in schools & education centers in many parts of Eastern Asia, especially China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, & Thailand.  


Woven through all these activities & travels has been an increasingly clear commitment to social renewal through the picture of humanity expressed in anthroposophical spiritual science. 

Aonghus Gordon

Founder of Ruskin Mill Land Trust

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To develop self-generated conscious action

Our social capacities are frequently not given opportunities to be reflected upon. Using the medium of clay with a series of accompanying talks, it will be possible to observe one's actions & different will intentions, as the clay cannot lie, particularly with regards to the social idea of how we shape clay vessels on behalf of one another.


Aonghus Gordon traveled extensively before settling down in 1982 to renovate what is now called Ruskin Mill Art & Crafts Centre, just outside Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Aonghus is the founder of Ruskin Mill Land Trust & is the Executive Chair of Ruskin Mill Trust. He also founded the Living Earth Training Course in 1984, co-founded Waldorf College in Stroud in 1999, & co-founded the Makhad Trust.for endangered nomadic tribes, particularly in Sinai & Tibet, in 2003.


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Ha Vinh To

Eurythmist & Gross National Happiness Consultant

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From Inner transformation to social innovation: GNH & the Threefold Social Order

Mankind stands at a threshold, old systems are crumbling & we are facing unprecedented challenges in the era of the Anthropocene, a time when we have become responsible for the further evolution of the planet & of all life forms. Sustainable system’s change can only come about through a radical shift in consciousness. Based on my experiences in Bhutan, Vietnam, & Europe, I will outline some possible elements of inner & structural transformation that offer perspectives for a more
humane future.


Ha Vinh To is a Eurythmist & Curative Eurythmist, Waldorf teacher, curative teacher & former director of the Camphill Seminar in Switzerland. He is a former Program Director of GNH Center Bhutan; former Head of Training Learning & Development at the International Committee of the Red Cross; founder of ELI: Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness & Wellbeing; Chairman of Eurasia Foundation, a NGO developing educational programs for children & youth living with disabilities, as well as ecological projects in Vietnam for 20 years; fellow of the Mind & Life Institute/USA; member of the Presencing Institute/USA. He consults with companies wanting to implement Gross National Happiness principles in their organizations & he is the author of several books & many articles.



Ousmane Aly Pame Ph.D.

Professor, President of GEN Africa & REDES

REDES Communities Initiatives in the Sahel

The speech will explore emerging grassroots community initiatives to overcome multiple socio-economic challenges resulting from the ecological crisis in Senegal & Southern Mauritania. Under the impulse of REDES, government agencies, municipalities & communities are creating synergies to fight against environmental degradation, mass poverty, & immigration.


Ousmane Pame, Ph.D., is a university professor of literature, former Mayor of the eco-town of Guede Chantier, President of GEN Africa & a regional community leader. He designs & coordinates international academic programs in ecovillages in Senegal. Dr. Pame is the founder and president of REDES.



Simone Helmle

Researcher and Executive Member of the Demeter Academy

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Deep in Our Hearts — Paths of Learning to Awaken the Future Within

How do we learn to ask questions? How do we, as teachers & students, learn to kindle our perceptivity? How often do astonishment, curiosity, & initiative make an appearance in our classrooms? How can teachers foster an environment that transforms information into growth & duty into engagement? In our pedagogical practices today, we often find ourselves in learning environments that place a strong focus on efficiency, digital learning, & specialized knowledge. Regardless of age group, whether children, young people or adults of all ages, we can observe a paradigm shift that trades experiential learning, which acknowledges our humanity & our need for visceral understanding, for hard facts & ever-increasing abstraction.


Simone Hemle studied horticulture & completed her Ph.D. in rural
sociology with a focus on communication & consulting. At the Demeter Academy, she has been developing & leading continuing education programs for members of the biodynamic movement, closing the circle that connects farmers, processors, retailers, & customers.


James Sleigh

Managing Director at the Camphill Village West Coast

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Economic inclusivity for the marginalized - therapy through profitable human engagement

James Sleigh is currently the managing director of Camphill Village, a social enterprise and organization in South Africa that develops the potential of people with intellectual disabilities. Through his work at Camphill Village over the last seven years, he has helped to transform the organization from one of dependence to one of self-sustainability. During this transformation, a parallel process happened with many of the 92 residents who worked there, adults with intellectual disabilities, many of whom were able to transform from living a life of dependence, to becoming self-sufficient and feeling part of creating and maintaining a self-sustained organization. Individually, many of them mirrored the process of the move to self-sustainability. Prior to working at Camphill Village, for eighteen years James Sleigh ran a successful marketing and advertising agency, working with clients ranging from the United Nations to small entrepreneurs. He is an integral coach, certified by the Graduate School of Business Centre for Coaching. He has a diverse coaching experience and has worked for many years as a counselor and trauma counselor.



Alexander Schieffer

Co-founder of Trans4m

Unleashing Human Gene-I-Us: A Transformative Whole Life Learning Journey

Alexander Schieffer is Co-Founder of Trans4m & of the Integral Worlds approach. Professor Alexander Schieffer is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he teaches Integral Development & Personal & Societal Transformation. Alexander found his passion in turning education & research into vehicles for holistic transformation & innovation, supporting humanity’s transition to an integral paradigm. He co-developed the Integral Worlds approach, a highly innovative, culturally adaptable framework for individual, organizational & societal transformation. His organization Trans4m has grown into a local-global movement (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, & Hotonnes, France) of integral Transformation Agents who are holistically impacting their societies on critical issues. Trans4m’s cutting edge programs, processes, & interventions (including a global Ph.D. Program on Integral Development) generate culturally relevant responses to burning issues on the ground. Its programs are spread across Africa (from South Africa to Zimbabwe to Nigeria), in the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Palestine), in Asia (Sri Lanka, India), Europe (Switzerland, Germany, UK), South America (Brazil) & the USA.

Joan Melé

President of Fundación Dinero y Conciencia & Ethical banking in Latin America

The Human Dignity as foundation of a New Economy

The shift from a mindset of "survival of the fittest" to "the art of becoming human" is the biggest task of education today. We must start educating the individual not out of fear, but out of values, emphasizing trust & collaboration; recognizing one's passion & purpose in life; & instilling a "growth mindset", where developing one's potentials is a lifetime pursuit. Most importantly, we need to recognize that the key to any pursuit is commitment: having the courage to commit, with all the abilities one has, putting it into service to also help the world in its becoming. J

Joan Melé is the president of Fundación Dinero y Conciencia, along with his work as a lecturer, consultant, & trainer in values. He leads the pioneering formation & development of Ethical Banking in Latin America and is a member of the Advisory Board of Triodos Bank.