Our Work

We are active in the world working for its transformation. And that it is something no one can do alone.

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Events

In 2019 we celebrated 100 years of Threefolding and 100 years of Waldorf pedagogy all around the world. The section for social science initiated and contributed to various events that showed the relevance and necessity of the Threefold social order (TSO) for all parts of social life. The highlight was the celebration of 100 years TSO in Stuttgart. With Soul of Europe, first in the political capital of Europe, Brussels, and the Social Initiative Forum in Sekem, the Section aimed to establish and maintain its connections with the political, social and economic world.

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Lectures

During the year 2019, Gerald Häfner gave around 120 lectures addressing today’s challenges. Some of the topics were: democracy, individual responsibility, identity, associative economy and self knowledge and leadership. The celebration for 100 years Threefolding was the highlight of the year which was marked by (re)establishing human connections. 

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Countries visited

In the last year the section was present in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Egypt, Hungary, Finnland, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Projects

The section initiates and organises projects or cooperates with partners on concrete projects. A selection of our projects is shown here.

The World Goetheanum Association is a worldwide forum oriented towards the future development of people and the earth. It brings together partners from all fields of life, such as agriculture, education, medicine, art, trade and banking. Partners can be companies, institutions and self-employed persons. They are represented in the Association through a responsible contact person.

How do we meet the pressing social challenges of the 21st century? In 1919, after the First World War, a popular movement for the “threefold division of the social organism” started in Stuttgart. It was inspired by Rudolf Steiner and advocated a comprehensive social reorganization based on the self-determination of responsible people in all areas of society.

The Social Initiative Forum (SIF) is a non-profit initiative hosted by the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum. SIF connects initiatives and individuals addressing key social issues of our time manifesting in communities around the world.

A recurring conference within the Social Sciences Section of the School of Spiritual Science, the Economics Conference of the Goetheanum is a worldwide research community that seeks to understand business, finance and economics on the basis of Rudolf Steiner’s national economics course and related writings.

Under the name Economics of Mutuality (Ökonomie der Brüderlichkeit) and initiated by the Confoedera-Fördervein, numerous Swiss organizations including the Section for Social Sciences hold biennial conferences at the Goetheanum to look afresh at questions of money, land, property and other aspects of modern economic life. The aim is to describe and develop modern forms of economic mutuality (taking what Rudolf Steiner called an ‘associative’ approach) and to deepen the practical experience of the participants through exchange.

Soul of Europe is a cycle of conferences that take place in different European countries once a year with the aim of investigation of the being of Europe, its soul, tasks and problems.

What is the impulse of Threefold Social Organism (TSO) for you?
How is your work connected to this impulse?
What are the biggest challenges for this impulse of social transformation nowadays and what is the perspective for the future?

The congress Festival will take place from the 17th to the 20th of June 2021 in Bochum. The goal: to be active together with many initiatives, projects and organizations for a just, sustainable and solidary change.

Where the realm of freedom of thought and action begin, the determination of individuals
according to generic laws ends.

― Rudolf Steiner

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The School of Spiritual Science is responsible for research in the spiritual field, for stimulating and dealing with practical questions and for continuing education in anthroposophically oriented fields of work. Today the university is divided into one general anthroposophical section and ten specialist sections. The work is based on the course in the humanities held by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 for the members of the university as part of their first class. The university has its headquarters and coordination centre at the Goetheanum and its work takes place worldwide in the contexts in which members of the university are active.

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