Living In Between Spaces: WSIF Network Summit 2021 Hybrid Forum

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From the 4th to the 8th of August 2021, the World Social Initiative Forum will host “WSIF Network Summit 2021: Living In Between Spaces” at the Goetheanum with simultaneous online streaming and in-presence summit hubs. 

Article by Nicole Asis & Joan Sleigh | Photo by Ritika Arya

WSIF Egypt 2019 at SEKEM | Photo by Ritika Arya

WSIF Network Summit 2021 is an invitation to enter into the vitality and potential of what lives within us, between us, and around us, especially in the face of Climate Change and COVID-19. In live-streamed keynote lectures and panel discussions on Social Threefolding and Climate Action, as well as in in-presence workshops and discussion groups, the WSIF Network and Friends will discuss the pressing issues we are dealing with as a global society. 

Nathaniel Williams from Free Columbia will talk about “Cultural Independence and Individual Development in the Context of the US” while Dottie Zold of Elderberries 3Fold Café will tackle “Making Radical Space for the Other”. Annette Massmann of GLS Treuhand will discuss “Ideas and Practices on How to enhance Cooperation and Co-working in the World” and Jean-Michel Florin of the Agriculture Section at the Goetheanum will focus on “Towards Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems: The Example of Biodynamics”. 

Gerald Häfner (Section for Social Sciences – Goetheanum), Ute Craemer (Monte Azul), Helmy Abouleish (SEKEM), Andrea Valdinoci (World Goetheanum Association), Maaianne Knuth (Kufunda Village), Krishna Gurung (Kevin Rohan Memorial Foundation), Simone de Picciotto (Hit the Beat), Rodrigo Rubido (ELOS), Kait Ziegler (Poor People’s Campaign) and Sergio Gaiti (Etica Sostenibile) will also share their ideas and experience on how they manifest aspects of Social Threefolding in their work and respective organizations in the panel discussions.

Open explorations on Leadership, Vulnerability, and Commitment intend to motivate spaces of co-learning, cultivating ideas, and transformative conversations for the participants and network members. These conversations give room for our friends and partners to share best practices in their respective fields while getting inspiration from the work of others.

The WSIF Team invites you to enter into living in between spaces as a worldwide network and courageously make that radical shift in paradigm and practice for our future – now.

“WSIF Network Summit 2021: Living in Between Spaces” is sponsored by Mahle Stiftung, World Goetheanum Association and Stiftung Edith Maryon. The World Social Initiative Forum is a project under the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum. 

Summit program

To register for Summit in Dornach (IN-PERSON): WSIF Network Summit 2021 On-Site

To register for Summit ONLINE: WSIF Network Summit 2021 Online

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2020 – 2021 Online WSIF Web-Seminars and Online Workshops

Dec 12-15, 2019 Cairo, Egypt
WSIF Egypt 2019: Unfolding Individual Potential for the Future
in collaboration with SEKEM

Oct 18-20, 2019 Dornach, Switzerland
WSIF Ethical Individualism 2019: Transforming Self and Society
in collaboration with Freunde Ehemaligenarbeit

Oct 18-20,2019 Dornach, Switzerland
WSIF Ethical Individualism 2019: Transforming Self and Society
in collaboration with Freunde Ehemaligenarbeit

March 29-April 2, 2018 Minobu, Japan
WSIF Japan 2018: Knowing Self through Others
in collaboration with CRI-International and Monte Azul

October 2017 Dornach Switzerland
A Colloquium on Anthroposophy in Service of Human Development
An initiative by the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum

2016 India
WSIF India 2016: Healthy Heart, Healthy Body, Healthy Society
in collaboration with the Biodynamic Association in India


About the Contributors Joan Sleigh has extensive experience in Waldorf Education as a class teacher and mentor. She served in the Executive Council at the Goetheanum from 2013 to 2020 in Dornach, Switzerland. She is the project leader of the World Social Initiative Forum since 2015.



Nicole Asis is studying Anthroposophic Music Therapy at a t k a – Studiengang Orpheus Musiktherapie in Lucerne. She is currently responsible for Fundraising and Finance at the World Social Initiative Forum.

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