World Social Initiative Forum through the Years

Creating Spaces of Co-Learning and Encounters

In 2000, Truus Geraets and Ute Craemer initiated the World Social Initiative Forum (WSIF)  to create a network of support for anthroposophical and spiritually-minded social organizations and individual workers. The aim of this self-sustainable network would be to empower each member in their task of addressing issues such as marginalization, poverty, and other forms of injustice in society.
In 2015, the co-founders handed the project over to the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum, where it continues to host the Social Initiative Forum (SIF) under the leadership of Joan Sleigh.
By 2017, numerous Forums led by local people in collaboration with the SIF network had happened across four continents, inviting and connecting hundreds of people all over the world.
Renamed back to the World Social Initiative Forum in 2020, it has organized over 20 Forums in 5 continentspartnered with 80 network members in 15 countries, and reached over an average of 1,500 viewers through Web-Seminars and Online Workshops made available and free online.

WSIF Network Summit 2021: Living In Between Spaces
Sponsored by Mahle Stiftung, Stiftung Edith Maryon, World Goetheanum Association and Clearspring Ltd

At the Goetheanum and Streamed Online
Forum Overview: Joan Sleigh and Nicole Asis



Switzerland – 2019

WSIF Ethical Individualism 2019: Transforming Self & Society
In collaboration with Freunde der Erziehungskunst Ehemaligenarbeit
1 Forum Review: Nicole Asis


Brazil – 2018

Regional Forum in Brazil
Organized by Associação Comunitaría Monte Azul
1 Regional Forum Review: Vanusa Coutinho

March 2018. We are online!

Uniting borders with our Network section, where you can find all the projects which we collaborate.


Brazil – 2017

Multicultural Social Arts Festival: South Africa/ São Paulo


India – 2016

WSIF India 2016: Healthy Earth, Healthy Body, Healthy Society
In collaboration with the Section for Social Sciences-Goetheanum and Biodynamic Association in India
Forum Review: Andrea de la Cruz


Switzerland – 2015

World Social Initiative Forum

Brazil – 2013

São Paulo VI Pan-American Congress

South Africa – 2012

Social Initiative Forum South Africa

Switzerland – 2011

Goetheanum World Social Lab Colloquium

Argentina – 2011

Buenos Aires’ V Pan-American Congress


USA – 2002

Social Initiative Networking Forum

Brazil – 2001 – 2018

Social Initiative Networking Forum


Switzerland – 2000

Presentation of WSIF at the Goetheanum’s Michael Conference

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