On Becoming Agents of Transformation: University of St. Gallen Course took place at Trans4m’s Home for Humanity. 16 Bachelor Students of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, met for a three days intensive in France, as part of the course “On Becoming an Agent of Transformation – Integrated Self Development”. The course is jointly directed by Alexander Schieffer, Co-Founder of Trans4m, and Rama Mani, Founder of Theatre of Transformation.
This highly interactive course was designed for students to make a meaningful contribution to the world at a time of global change. The course was charted as a “development journey”, taking participants through the interconnected levels of self-development necessary to become effective agents of change in today’s volatile and fast-changing world. Trans4m’s Integral Worlds theory, and the Theatre of Transformation approach formed jointly the theoretical foundation for this course.
The course focused simultaneously on the acquisition of relevant knowledge, as well as practical, personal and interpersonal developmental skills. It also awakened individual and collective creativity, heightened cultural sensitivity, and strengthened the capacity of self-expression.
Students were exposed to real-life stories of inspiring agents of transformation from diverse cultures around the world who have transformed crises to opportunities: including Alternative Nobel Laureate Swami Agnivesh from India, Party leader Zahira Kamal from Palestine and Pax Herbals Founder Father Dr. Anselm Adodo from Nigeria and Pauline Tangiora from Aotearoa/New Zealand, an internationally renowned advocate for indigenous rights.
Engaging with pioneering theory, role models and skill development exercises, participants were supported in identifying their ‘calling’ or ‘life purpose’ and mapping their own journeys as transformation agents.
The course concluded with moving and inspiring theatrical presentations of all students, expressing how they envisioned translating their individual transformative vision and strategy into action.