I-Unfolding in co-creating a Humane World

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The Social Initiative Forum held 2 Forums in 2019 on Ethical Individualism & Self-Development as powerful first steps toward Social Transformation.

“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

Text: Nicole Asis [PH] | Photos: Ritika Arya [IN], Massa Ando [JP], & Samuel Leon Knaus [DE]

Community Singing in SIF Egypt 2019: Light shines in your eyes – Mashallah! © Ritika Arya [IN]

75 youth volunteers from Freunde Freiwiligendienste attended “SIF Ethical Individualism 2019” on the 18th to the 20th of October, 2019 at the Goetheanum. In partnership with Georg Wiedemer & Freunde Ehemaligenarbeit, the 3-day Forum provided a space for the Freunde alumni to process what they experienced during their voluntary year abroad. They also discussed how to address today’s social challenges through initiative & ethical engagement.

Encountering each other with interest & humor at SIF Ethical Individualism 2019 | © Massa Ando [JP]

Another Forum was held last December 12-15, where  250 people from all over the world gathered at Heliopolis University for  “SIF Egypt 2019”. In collaboration with SEKEM led by Helmy Abouleish & project manager Nana Woo, the 4-day Forum became a multicultural & intergenerational exchange on the theme “Unfolding Individual Potential for the Future”. The international gathering showcased various social initiatives & the changes they enact in the world while opening an opportunity for Anthroposophy to be in dialogue with Islam & Egyptian culture, then & now. A strong youth impulse, new collaborations among initiatives, & plans of future mini-Forums in Egypt & other countries also emerged out of the event.


Ute Craemer, Joan Sleigh, Truus Geraets & Helmy Abouleish in SIF Egypt 2019 | © Samuel Leon Knaus [DE]

Founded by Ute Craemer & Truus Geraets in 2000, the Social Initiative Forum is led by General Anthroposophical Society Board Member Joan Sleigh under the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum.  It builds a platform where social organizations & anthroposophically-inspired grassroots initiatives from all over the world are made visible, inspiring new impulses to arise. On the project’s relevance in our time, Joan shares, “the Forums create spaces where we can all be contributors in envisaging & co-creating new ways of living together, celebrating each other’s differences, & growing through one another”. Hence, this worldwide network fosters a culture of co-learning – sharing diverse ways of upholding human dignity amidst social challenges & empowering every individual in creating a more humane & sustainable world.


Related Articles: Creating Spaces for Individual Unfolding: SIF Egypt 2019 in Review by Nicole Asis [PH], Full of Confidence: Unfolding made visible every day by Nadine Greiss [EG] & TRANS4M contributes an Integral Perspective in SIF Egypt 2019 by Alexander Schieffer, Ph.D. [DE]

Related Video: Joan Sleigh’s reflects on SIF Egypt 2019 video by Juan Bottero [AR] & Narimeh Paeplow [DE]

Related article on SEKEM: Economy of Love: The SEKEM Way (An Interview with Thomas Abouleish) interview by Juan Bottero [AR] & written by Nicole Asis [PH]

Article on WSIF Japan 2918 Waldorf-UNESCO Affiliated Network: From Empathy to a Just & Fraternal Society: WSIF Japan 2018 in Review by Daisuke Onuki [JP]


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