World Social Initiative Forum

ignites Ethical Individualism in Social Initiatives Worldwide

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living”

 Rudolf Steiner

The World Social Initiative Forum (WSIF) is an international network of initiatives and individuals that work in alleviating poverty, marginalization, and social injustice by placing human dignity at the heart of our practice.

As a global agent of transformation and drawing from Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science, WSIF builds alliances and creates spaces of dialogue with others to unfold individual potential freely, practice empathy and a genuine interest in another, contribute to an associative economy in service of the needs of others, and sustain the vitality of the earth as a living organism.

Founded by Ute Craemer and Truus Geraets in 2000, it is a project led by Joan Sleigh since 2015 and is currently associated with the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum.

To date, it has organized over 20 Forums in 5 continentspartnered with 80 network members in 15 countries, and reached over viewers from across the globe through Web-Seminars made available and financially-accessible online.

Vision and Mission

Given an understanding of the human being as a spiritual, physical, and social being, each individual creates with others, in shared destiny, a world in which every person:

can freely unfold individual potential;

can connect with others based on equality, empathy, and trust;

can contribute to a sustainable economy in service of the needs of others;

can care for the earth as a living organism.

By 2050, the World Social Initiative Forum is a trusted and integral global agent in social awareness and Self-transformation within the four spheres of social practice:

Transform global society by supporting Self- awareness among all human beings for the common good of a larger context.

Collaborate with every individual and organization, recognizing the value and dignity of all human beings and processes through empathy and solidarity.

Participate by supporting and upholding ethical standards in work as vocation, production of goods, fair trade and associative economy.

Regenerate and care for the earth as a living organism through mutual responsibility, regardless of locality and resources.

Upcoming Forum

WSIF East Africa Online 21-22: Healing, Courage, and Hope

A 7-part Online Interactive Workshop Series Developing Resilience in Covid Time
starts November 13, 2021, until June 11, 2022

The World Social Initiative Forum (WSIF) and the East African Association of Steiner/Waldorf Schools will host a 7-part Online Interactive Workshop Series entitled “WSIF East Africa Online 21-22: Healing, Courage and Hope, Developing Resilience in Covid Time” from November 13, 2021, to June 11, 2022, via Zoom. It will focus on three qualities that we need to strengthen in order to develop individual and community resilience:

  1. Healing the past- How can we strengthen ourselves to face the work ahead through a salutogenic approach to health in all areas of life (physical, social, mental, and environmental health)?
  2. Courage in the present  – How can we nurture our spiritual and soul life to foster courage in what we bring to the world through our work and trust in what will arise out of our collective efforts despite the challenges we face during the Covid pandemic?
  3. Hope for the future – How can we ensure a holistic education which nurtures a healthy development of our children by fostering hope and purpose within us as individuals and the community as a whole, as we step into an unpredictable future?



The WSIF Network is an open community of social initiatives working out of Anthroposophy towards social transformation in the fields of education, agriculture, health, politics, and cultural life.

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