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December 15, 2019
Social Initiatives Forum 2019 in Egypt: TRANS4M contributes with an Integral Perspective to this Year’s Forum Focussing on “Unfolding Individual and Societal Potential”
12 to 15 December 2019: This year’s highly informative and transformative SIF took place at Sekem and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development in Egypt, a long-term integral partner organisation of TRANS4M.
The Social Initiatives Forum is an international network of educators, curative educators, social workers, researchers and individuals interested in holistic education & sustainability. In this year’s annual Forum the network met at SEKEM in Egypt to share ideas on creative pedagogical practices that can help build a sustainable future. Some 300 participants joined this interactive and dynamic learning event – that combined community learning events with inspiring keynotes, skills workshop, artistic workshops and a large variety of networking and cross-pollination.
SIF Egypt 2019 with its guiding theme of “Unfolding Individual Potential for the Future” focussed on enhancing the Self to engage in community development through an integral, socially-relevant & artistic approach. This included education on different levels (formal schooling, higher education, informal skills training & the practice of self-development), as well as potential-unfolding activities within economic, agricultural & cultural settings.
TRANS4M participated via its co-founder Alexander Schieffer – who contributed two workshops and a keynote speech. During the TRANS4M workshops entitled “Unleashing Human Gene-ius – A Workshop for Integral Worldmakers”, participants were guided through the five steps of the GENE-IUS model, aligned with the five dance rhythms by Gabriele Roth. Combining conceptual input, a practical tool, introspective questions and dance turned out to be a highly transformative format, that resulted in deep personal insights into the “unfolding of individual potential” of participants, as well as in the collective co-creation of a shared Mandala, summarizing key findings. In the workshops, TRANS4M was strongly supported by Martina Dinkel, SEKEM's director for Eurythmy & Performing Arts.
The subsequent keynote speech focussed on a set of main principles of TRANS4M’s work that seemed particular relevant for the conference theme which were: our integral emphasis on a whole life perspective, the inner purpose, cultural rootedness and transcultural interaction to stimulate social innovation. These principles were illustrated through a set of international cases from the TRANS4M body of practice: from Sekem in Egypt; to the Agents of Transformation Course at the Swiss University of St. Gallen; to Sadhana School in India; to Integral Green Slovenia; and, as a culmination, via the work TRANS4M has been doing in 2019 in Egypt, with the EGIC Egyptian Genius Innovation Community (a video on the latter will soon be released). With Mohamad El Sayed Khalil and Mohamed El Banby, two members of the core team of EGIC were present at the SIF Forum, offering also active support to the TRANS4M workshops.
A highlight of this year’s Forum was the level of ownership, enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism that a team of youth organisers, led by Sekem’s Nana Woo, was showcasing throughout the four-day event – a major ingredient to its success. Furthermore, the Forum was deeply enriched by being embedded in the innovative organisational and educational showcases of Sekem and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. In turn, the dynamic, innovative and transcultural spirit of the Forum brought many evolutionary impulses back into Sekem and HU. A tangible win-win organisation, that made participants and organizers leaving the Forum enriched, energized and further enabled to make his or her contribution to a more sustainable future.
Fotos by Sekem, Mohamed El Banby & Narimeh Paeplow
December 10, 2019
10 December 2019: TRANS4M joins Steering Committee Meeting of Nile Journeys in Egypt’s Aswan.
The Nile Journeys’ mission is to nurture a culture of peace that regeneratively impacts the land, the water body and the quality of life of people living in the Nile Basin. With communities participating from across Africa, this upcoming social initiative has the transformative potential to positively influence social, cultural, ecological and economic renewal across the continent.
Upon invitation of its steering committee members – in particular Mohamed El Mongy from Egypt and Luea Ritter from Switzerland/Belgium, who are also both enrolled in TRANS4M’s PhD, respective PHD (Process for Holistic Development) Program – TRANS4M’s co-founder Alexander Schieffer joined the team for one and a half days. The focus of this workshop was to explore and define an underlying integral research-to-innovation process, that would best suit the Nile Journeys to build up a relevant knowledge and practice base – to be shared among the participating communities.
Based on a network of trusted relationships, and informed by a rich collection of community stories and cultural narratives, Nile Journeys aspires to develop a new knowledge and practice base, that can ultimately be disseminated across Nile communities via transformative educational processes – with the overall view to building up a regenerative culture of peace and integral wellbeing in the Nile Basin.
The resonance between the Nile Journeys’ inclusive vision and TRANS4M’s Integral Development processes is huge, and we expect further co-creation in the future – in and for Africa!
Watch this space.More [gallery ids="8810,8807,8794,8806,8805,8808,8796,8793,8798,8797,8802,8803,8804,8800,8799,8809"]
November 22, 2019
Milestone for the Integral Green Slovenia Movement: 5th International Conference for an Integral Green Economy took place in three Slovenian Venues – Poljčane, Špitalič & Žiče Charterhouse
22 to 24 November: The vibrant conference helped taking the Integral Green Slovenia initiative and the Integral Green Economy agenda to new heights, and explored concrete possibilities to integrally enrich the new and ambitious European agenda.
The conference attracted well over 100 participants and was hosted by two integral, educationally innovative and inspiring Kindergardens: Slovenska Bistrica in Poljčaneand Slovenske Konjice in Špitalič. This year’s conference focused on “The Future of Europe in a Turbulent World: Integrating Perspectives and Actualising Potentials on a Path of Sustainability” – thereby responding to an increasingly challenging reality, filled with intense problems and potentials at the same time. Participants represented social innovators for sustainable development from all areas of society and all levels – local, regional, national, international. International participants came from Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Australia and Switzerland – with life video contributions from Nigeria and Jordan.
The conference, on the one hand, provided the space to share local and international integral case studies – on the other hand, it was an interactive and transcultural space for mutual development and for the co-creation of forward-looking societal perspectives on sustainable integral development. In confirmed, once again, the conceptual strength of What was particular valuable in this year’s conference was its groundedness in local Slovenian cases, the inspiring atmosphere of the two Kindergardens, as well as the participation of the local community, actively supporting and contributing to the conference.
Slovenian cases and themes presented at the conference included a rich variety of institutional and individual integral development perspectives, all active contributions to the Integral Green Economy initiative. Topics included: Global Perspectives on Challenges of Climate Change and the Coming EU Climate Action (Andrej Kranjc, MSc); Savinjska Region as an Integral Green Region (Jasna Križnik);Smart Integration for an Integral Green Europe (Vesna Kolar Planinšič, MSc & Dr. Darja Piciga); Ecological Justice and Biosocial Philosophical Literacy (Prof. Lenart Škof & Dr. She Hawke); Creating a Gaia related culture (Marko Pogacnik); Local Social Entrepreneurship with Community Programmes in Tourism and Food Self Supply for an Integral Green Europe (Tadej Slapnik); From our Hearts to the Hearts of Europeans for a Sustainable Europe (Ivana Leskovar & Stanka Stegne); Common as Part of Integral Green Concept (Dr. Nevenka Bogataj); Kindergarten as a Motor of Local Development: The Case of Špitalič and Open Learning Environment for All Generations (Mojca Veler, Karin Lavin, Lidija Zidanšek & Klavdija Kokljič, Andreja Lipovec & Jasna Golob, Darja Solina, Niko Laznik, Katja Temnik, Prof Ana Vovk Korže, Tomaž Popović, Valentina Kroflič).
International integral cases included: The Vision of an Integral Green Zimbabwe (Dr. Elizabeth Mamukwa, Zimbabwe); From Sustainable Community Development to Societal Renewal - a Creative Response to and Showcase for the Sustainable Development Goals (Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, Sri Lanka); From Sekem as an Integral Enterprise to the Economics of Love – Sekem’s Future Vision and Engagement for the Sustainable Development of Egypt (Martina Dinkel, Egypt); Pax Herbals in Nigeria as an Integral Enterprise-in-Community and a case of Communitalism, an African Integral Economic path (Dr. Anselm Adodo, Nigeria); Towards Integral Explanation of Jordan as the "Oasis of Stability" in a turbulent region, with inspiring integral green enterprise-educational-economic practice cases (Zeina Sahyoun, Mayyada Abu Jaber, Laila Abdul Majeed, all from Jordan).
Dr. Darja Piciga, the Co-Founder of the Slovenian Citizens’ Initiative and Prof. Alexander Schieffer, Co-Founder of the TRANS4M Movement both placed particular emphasis on the relevance of the Slovenian integral approach for the future of the European Union – and helped integrating the diverse contributions to a cohesive proposition to take the Integral Green Economy and Society movement forward.
A particular important focus in the initiative’s next phase will be the presentation of benefits of an integrative conceptual framework, as has been developed for Slovenia, for the new political agenda of the European Union, through connecting and intertwining the European Green Deal with other guidelines, particularly: An economy that works for people, Promoting our European way of life, A stronger Europe in the world. The proposal for an Integral Green Europe also builds on potentials and expected benefits of the integral green economy and society approach for resolving challenges to sustainable development in developing regions that can be, inter alia, promoted through development cooperation with the European Union and can enrich education and training programs for migrants from these regions.
As in past years, this now already 5thInternational Conference was initiated by the Citizens’ Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia; it was supported by TRANS4M, Development Agencyof Savinjska Region,Kindergarten Slovenske Konjice, Kindergarten Oton Župančič Slovenska Bistrica, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Science and Research Centre Koper, Alma Mater Europea, among others.
It is well worth noting, that this year’s International Conference for an Integral Economy was already celebrating its fifth anniversary. IGE 2019 follows thereby the successful conferences of 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 in Slovenia and the release of the Gower and Routledge volume Integral Green Sloveniain June 2016.
Dr. Elizabeth Mamukwa, Chair of the Pundutso Research Institute in Zimbabwe and lead editor of Integral Green Zimbabwe summarised the conference as follows: "This conference was a melting pot of cultures – from Africa to Australia, Jordan to Europe and Sri Lanka. It was also a melting pot of ideas and innovations, from raising children to be at one with nature, Modern Philosophy of religion, changing a culture of dependency, creating Integral Learning Communities and earth transforming itself into a different frequency. What all this had in common was the raising of awareness of the things that we need to do to improve the quality of people’s lives, and quenching of the thirst of new knowledge by sharing social innovations which can be replicated elsewhere. It was an amazing conference where the possibility of an Integral Green Economy and Society could be tangibly witnessed."More [gallery columns="1" ids="8434,8435,8422,8421,8420,8419,8423,8426,8431,8432,8433,8430,8428,8429,8457,8452,8448,8438,8462,8439,8445,8444,8459,8437,8468,8463,8461,8465,8464,8458,8467,8466,8469,8460,8454,8436,8453,8455,8449,8451,8450,8441,8442,8443,8440,8456,8447,8446,8470,8471"]
November 14, 2019
Integral African Woman Leadership: A Focus Group Meeting in Johannesburg led by Trans4m Fellow Premie Naicker
14 November 2019: Premie Naicker’s research-to-innovation explores a new integral and feminine approach to African Leadership and Entrepreneurship
15 Women and 2 Men were invited to the first of a series of Focus Group Meetings initiated by Premie Naicker, whose research seeks to create a new ontological foundation for understanding and practising feminine leadership in South Africa – thereby drawing deeply on methodological frameworks of African Feminism, Intersectionality and Womenism.
Facilitated by TRANS4M Senior Fellow Dr. Loshnee Naidoo, together with Premie Naicker, the focus group – within a very animated and engaged atmosphere – explored the underlying challenges that women in leadership positions face in South Africa, their root causes and innovative solutions to address these challenges.
The dialogical format that characterised this first focus meeting group allowed to surface deep thoughts, experiences and insights, and provided an excellent foundation for forthcoming focus groups, designed as a process to participate in the co-creation of a new African Women Leadership Framework and processs, that each of the focus group members can then also actively bring to her own workplace. Such a co-creation also clearly transcends the format of an overly individualized and personalized PhD research, towards a more collectively owned research to innovation process.
Premie Naicker is hence positioning her PhD journey, from the outset, as an opportunity to invite a larger community of concerned women into the co- creation of a prospective social innovation, enabling large scale impact with regards to the transformation of the currently predominant masculine (and western) leadership paradigm in South Africa.More [gallery ids="8575,8574,8576,8573,8572,8571,8570"]
November 12, 2019
12 November 2019: An inspiring integral Pan-African dialogue took place in the heart of legendary Sophiatown – at the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Center
Upon invitation of TRANS4M and SophiaTown The Mix, an unusual group of African and Middle Eastern Social Innovators came together in the inspiring setting of the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Center. This center is today home to Sophiatown The Mix, focussing on reviving the original, highly creative and innovative multi-ethnic culture of Sophiatown, in order to lead the community into a sustainable future.
Member of the creative team of the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Center is Violet Mohotloane, who is also a former participant of the Masters for Social and Economic Transformation, that TRANS4M, together with Buckingham University led at CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg. Violet helped to bring a group of eight former Masters Student to this Integral African Dialogue. They were joined by current Zimbabwean and Jordanian PhD Students of TRANS4M, who had come to South Africa for a PhD Module, together with TRANS4M’s co-founders Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer.
This group of altogether 16 social innovators, all of which have been inducted in TRANS4M’s Integral Worlds approach, made of for a “Transformative Mix” – and instantaneously entered a deep dialogue on how the various transformative impulses in the group could coalesce to support a (South) African Renaissance process – including the interconnected renewal of African Politics, Economics and Education.
The group committed to a process of co-creation, beginning with a position paper of a core team that was formed on the spot. That position paper would then serve to stimulate co-creation with the entire group, with the objective to ultimately and actively engage top level political and economic leaders, working together for an alternative integral vision for African political and economic governance.
Violet Mohotloane of the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Center committed to serve as community host for this process.
Watch this space for more!More [gallery ids="8556,8552,8543,8538,8539,8550,8551,8545,8557,8548,8537,8536,8546,8553,8535,8555,8542,8540,8547,8544,8554,8541,8549"]
November 7, 2019
7 to 12 November 2019: Small and high-powered PhD group with participants from Zimbabwe, Jordan and Nigeria meets in South Africa
Three Zimbabwean, two Jordanian and one Nigerian (joined via Zoom) PhD students came to South Africa to join the TIPS Module of the Da Vinci Institute, the official accreditor of our Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program. Following the model with Da Vinci, additional three days with TRANS4M’s co-founders Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem took place, supporting students to integrate the TIPS content and format into the integral PhD journey.
Participants from Jordan were Mayyada Abu Jaber, Founder and CEO, World of Letters, focussing on a Feminist Economy in Jordan; and Zeina Sahyoun,Chief Marketing Officer, MedLabs Consultancy Group, who is in the process of creating, through her PhD, an Integral Academy within the MedLabs Group. Both Zeina and Mayyada are currently exploring a higher degree of co-creation in Jordan. Both do see “women empowerment” as a strong dimension and a “healthy society” as a vital objective of their respective research-to-innovations, while Zeina’s primary emphasis is the micro (enterprise) level, and Mayyada’s main focus is on the macro (community and economy) level.
All participants from Zimbabwe are already part of a society wide integral innovation impulse focussing on co-creating a Communiversity for Zimbabwe, in close cooperation with TCA (Trans4m Communiversity Associates). Within this larger societal framework Patience Magodoresearches into an Integral Ecosystem to establish socio-economic development of smallholders farmers in Zimbabwe; while the other two Zimbabwean participants, Isheunesu Chaka and Fadzai Chakauya, both Deans of Student Affairs in affiliated universities in Zimbabwe, work together to evolve their universities into distinct Communiversities, and developing integral curricula for both institutions.
One Nigerian participant, Lanre Kazeem Abimbola, joined by Zoom and presented her work focussing onIntegral Transformative Value Communication for Enhancing Economic Viability of Aspiring Communipreneurs – thereby building on the research work of Trans4m Senior Fellow Dr. Jubril Adeojo.
The entire three integration days were designed as a mutual support space, within which each participant constructively supported the progress of each fellow student.
The module included a visit of the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Center in Sophiatown, where participants got a profound and inspiring introduction into the history of Sophiatown, and the intriguing story of Father Trevor Huddleston, led by Tshepo Letsoalo. The Center also hosts a Community Enterprise Incubator, led by Violet Mohotloane, who has done her Masters on Social and Economic Transformation with TRANS4M and Buckingham University.More [gallery ids="8482,8477,8475,8500,8474,8502,8485,8479,8481,8483,8484,8478,8476,8473,8491,8492,8494,8495,8490,8493,8497,8498,8499,8488,8487,8486,8501,8496,8480,8489"]
October 30, 2019
28 to 30 October 2019: Vibrant Co-Learning, a strong Group Culture and a High Level of Motivation marked the 6th “Becoming an Agent of Transformation – Integrated Self Development” Course
16 Bachelor Students from Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen made the journey to TRANS4M’s Home for Humanity in the French Jura Mountains for a three-day intensive learning experience. They were welcomed by course director Alexander Schieffer, as well as Pius Leutenegger and Titus Palivan, both members of TRANS4M’s Transformative Impact Team.
The highly interactive course is particularly geared for motivated students who are keen to make a meaningful contribution to the world at atime of global change. Designed as an integral ʺdevelopment journeyʺ, participants “travel” through the interconnected levels of self‑development necessary to become effective agents of change in today’s volatile and challenging world.
Working individually and in small groups, participants combine theory and action, and learn‑by‑being‑and‑doing. The course focuses simultaneously on the acquisition of relevant knowledge, as well as practical, personal and interpersonal developmental skills. It also awakens individual and collective creativity, heightens cultural sensitivity, and strengthens the capacity of self‑expression.
The international student group – including two participants from far off Japan – gelled immediately, and already the opening outdoor exercises helped to lay the foundation for deep inner learning on a personal level and engaged, open co-learning on an interpersonal level. The combination of: exposure to relevant knowledge; skill development exercises; artistic assimilation processes (through drawing, painting, poetry, music and dance); physical movements in and purposeful connection to nature; individual and group presentations – altogether framed within an “Integral Transformation Agent Process” and enriched by deep individual and collective inquiry – turned out to be the right mix for the group to feel integrally enriched and expanded at the end of the three days. In particular the final presentations, in which participants assimilate the Theatre of Transformation methodology, step on stage, project themselves into the future and theatrically enact themselves as accomplished Agents of Transformation, was not only a moving individual and group exercise but a worthy culmination of inspiring and transformative three days.
For TRANS4M – and particular also through the engaged, innovative and co-creative support of Pius Leutenegger and Titus Palivan – this course was clearly an evolution of its own innovative and integral educational repertoire. The touching, positive and critically constructive feedback given by participants at the end of the intensive affirmed not only the existing learning format, but also allowed for meaningful evolution of the course in the future.
In conclusion, a final word from Titus Palivan: "Joined the class four years ago to learn, joined this class again to give back. In the end, learned much more than four years ago. With each act of giving, comes learning and new experiences."More [gallery columns="1" ids="8678,8712,8690,8651,8650,8649,8648,8647,8646,8645,8637,8695,8635,8669,8727,8713,8700,8699,8693,8692,8691,8685,8636,8682,8679,8640,8633,8634,8642,8641,8676,8675,8644,8643,8686,8687,8688,8689,8697,8698,8701,8702,8704,8706,8707,8709,8710,8711,8680,8714,8715,8716,8717,8718,8719,8720,8721,8722,8723,8724,8725,8726,8668,8667,8666,8665,8664,8663,8662,8661,8660,8659,8658,8656,8654,8653,8655,8652,8673,8672,8671,8674,8670,8681,8639,8638,8677,8694"]
October 17, 2019
17 to 19 October 2019: Egyptian Transformation Agents develop their collective integral Proposition to contribute to a sustainable Future for Egypt
In a highly co-creative workshop – catalysed by TRANS4M’s co-founder Alexander Schieffer and hosted by Goethe Institut of Cairo – a group of highly motivated Agents of Transformation from Egypt (six women and eight men) came together to further evolve their individual transformation projects, and to explore how they can mutually support each others’ initiatives, on a sustainable basis.
The group gathered from across Egypt – from Cairo to Alexandria, from Monofeya to Minya, from Asyut to Tanta to Mansoura.
Participants presented the progress of their individual projects, that they had initiated or presented in an early stage in a previous workshop that took place in June 2019 in Cairo. Each project received a feedback from each member of the group – enabling group members to learn from each other and to sharpen their group skill to co-create a nurturing culture and environment for each individual project. One group member – Dr Mohamed Senousy – who was for a work trip in the US at the time of the workshop – had prepared a comprehensive integral video on his project, which was shared during the workshop (click here to view)
In a next step the group consolidated around four key focus themes: Culture & Heritage; Transformative Education; Environment; and Children and Women Rights.
The group then began to develop a shared vision, fuelled by the aspiration to contribute as the Egyptian Genius Innovation Community on a long term basis to the sustainable development of their communities and society, and to keep developing their individual and collective initiatives through the help of the GENE-IUS process, and TRANS4M’s Integral Worlds approach.
Accordingly, the group developed four integral institutional pillars on which the Egyptian Genius Innovation Community should stand.
- Southern Pillar: COMMUNITY
- Eastern Pillar: CREATIVITY
- Northern Pillar: KNOWLEDGE
- Western Pillar: IMPACT
After intense discussion and evolution of the four pillars, the group was ready for a group presentation, where all dimensions of the Integral Genius Innovation Community were brilliantly captured in a 25min video. This video is now shared with different constituencies to invite support for “Egyptian Genius”.
A short video on the Egyptian Genius is available soon.
Watch this space.
Fotos by Islam “Shady” Safwat
Egyptian Genius Logo by Dr. Mohamed Senousy
“This workshop was the most powerful and most light point in my life.”
Mohamad ElSayed Khalil, Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt
“Thanks so much for your effort in such a great journey. I personally enjoyed it so much; it has been one of the greatest learning experience I have ever had. As a project manager, I learned how to ground my project as the first phase while I am designing or even thinking about it. My project must reflect my personal passion to be successful. In other words, I should believe in my project otherwise. This will never happen without grounding. Grounding for me means to reflect my personal experience and the effected community. Additionally, it is a wonderful process to move from the South to the East where we should not lose our cultural values and then to the North where we need to integrate with science and technology to develop an innovative and sustainable product in the West. In simple words I would say, I love the Genius Journey and I am gonna integrate its processes in the work I do.”
Hossam Soltan, Project Manager, Nawaya Organization, Minya, Egypt
“I’m a student at faculty of commerce Tanta University. And I’m a member of ‘Egyptian Genius’. For me ‘Releasing Our Genius’ is a transformative journey. This workshop was very interactive and informative. Firstly we had followed the ‘Transformation Agent Map’ to develop a holistic solution map with regards to our burning issues. After that we had the opportunity to present our projects, and discussed about their implementation in sustainable manners. This workshop is tantamount as it provides me with a new start, for myself and for my project. So, I would like to thank everyone who had contributed to establish this workshop. Thank you Prof. Alexander for your great effort, thanks to Goethe-Institut and to the TRANS4M team.”
Mohamed Elbanby, Student of Commerce, Tanta University, Egypt
September 22, 2019
22 September 2019: In a creative Exploration and joyful Ceremony a first Version of the Humanity Charter of Home for Humanity was presented.
Together with the founding members of the forthcoming Home for Humanity Association, some 25 social innovators from countries and cultures as diverse as Turkey, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Kurdistan, South Korea, Peru, Spain, Italy, India, Kenya, Namibia, Germany and UK came together to explore what “humanity” and “home for humanity” means a) on the level of the individual self b) with regards to their understanding of the role of the original Home for Humanity in Hotonnes and c) in relation to their imagination of a world that is a true Home for Humanity.
Opened by music, poetry and other creative expressions, the diverse perspectives of all participants were mirrored by the sharing of a first draft of the Home for Humanity Charter, that will soon be officially launched. Guiding principles of the Humanity (Unity) Charter are:
- Growing in Unity
- Living as Earth Community
- Inspiring a Culture of Humanity
- Liberating the Wisdom of Humanity
- Fulfilling our Humanity in Unity.
Symbolizing the shared commitment of all participants to these guiding principles, a wooden Humanity Pole was erected and later posed in the newly inaugurated Jardin d’Humanité of Home for Humanity.More [gallery ids="8336,8329,8325,8334,8330,8328,8327,8338,8340,8342,8339,8333,8324,8322,8323,8317,8316,8315,8314,8313,8312,8309,8307,8305,8326,8335,8308,8310,8311,8319,8321,8320,8337,8341,8344,8343,8318"]
September 21, 2019
21 September 2019: On International Peace Day, the founding members of the Home for Humanity Association came together to discuss Statutes, Strategy and Charter of Home for Humanity Association, that will also serve as TRANS4M’s Integral Campus.
The central objective of Home for Humanity is to contribute to the co-creation of a world that is a true home for humanity and all of creation. Building on its past pilot activities, most in partnership with Trans4m and Theatre of Transformation, it sees itself as a catalytic space for the integral regeneration and transformation of self and society, within a multi-cultural, educational, ecological, artistic, human and humanitarian framework.
Statutes, Strategy and Charter of Home for Humanity are going to be further finetuned over the coming months, to be able to officially register the association by the beginning of 2020.
Next to Home for Humanity Co-Conveners Alexander Schieffer (TRANS4M) and Rama Mani (Theatre of Transformation) the Founding Members of the Home for Humanity Association are Pius Leutenegger, Founder of Centro d’Ompio (Switzerland/Italy), Arjuna Hiffler Mani, Cultural Philosopher and Project Manager with the Dutch DOEN Foundation (France), Thais Corral, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Sinal do Vale (Brazil) and Eda Elif Tibet, Cultural Anthropologist and award winning documentary film maker (Turkey).
In addition to laying the foundation for the Home for Humanity Association, side meetings were held between members of TRANS4M’s Transformative Impact Team – such as Pius Leutenegger, Thais Corral, Rama Mani and Alexander Schieffer – to explore the overall confluence between TRANS4M and Home for Humanity – but organisations seeing to operate in close alignment in the future.More [gallery ids="8400,8399,8398,8407,8405,8402,8395,8401,8390,8391,8394,8393,8404,8386,8406,8385,8392,8389,8403,8387,8397,8396,8388"]
September 21, 2019
Integral Authentic Education: TRANS4M Junior Fellow Christophe Haesler graduates at the University of St. Gallen
21 September 2019: Christophe Haesler was awarded his Bachelor’s Degree, with an outstanding Research-to-Innovation on Integral Authentic Education in Switzerland.
Christophe Haesler’s research was submitted under the title of: “AUTHENTICITY IN EDUCATION: A Critical Analysis and Evolution of Trans4m’s Transformative Course “Becoming an Agent of Transformation: Towards Integrated Self Development” as an Integral Curriculum for Young Adults seeking to find their Authentic Voice and contribute to an Authentic Culture in Swiss Society”
His excellent thesis provided a critical analysis of the state of education, in particular tertiary education, in Switzerland. At the heart of Christophe Haesler’s innovation was the development of an Integral Authenticity-in-Education Model – serving to bring about educational formats that foster authenticity, on an individual and cultural level.
This approach was concretely compared and tested with two of TRANS4M’s transformative educational courses at Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen: On Becoming an Agent of Transformation (Integrated Self Development) and Integral Development: Theory and Practice of Future Oriented Development Practice.
His action research contributed significantly to the further evolution of both courses. Furthermore, it provided a framework to critically reflect on the level of authenticity in university courses in general.
Find out more on Christophe’s research-to-innovation here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTOPHE FOR THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTMore
September 19, 2019
Integral Human Development: TRANS4M Senior Fellow Maximilian Abouleish from Sekem in Egypt receives the Da Vinci’s President’s Council Award
19 September 2019: One year after graduating in the TRANS4M Da Vinci PhD Program on Integral Development, Max Abouleish receives a prestigious award for his outstanding PhD based research-to-innovation.
Maximilian Abouleish’s PhD research carries the title “SEKEMsophia: Integral Human, Organisational and Community Development: A Roadmap for SEKEM and Egypt for the 21st Century”. His work not only significantly helped Sekem, the visionary organisation for which Abouleish is working since many years, to develop a new strategic perspective for its next 40 years, it also serves as an inspiration for many other organisations and communities on the path to sustainable development.More
September 19, 2019
Integral Alternative Dispute Resolution: TRANS4M Fellow Sameer AlAbbadi from Jordan graduates in the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program on Integral Development
19 September 2019: Jordanian Arbitrator Sameer AlAbbadi is awarded a PhD in Integral Development, focussing on An Islamic Approach to Justice, Arbitration and Reconciliation.
In his six-year research-to-innovation journey, Sameer AlAbbadi developed a new approach to rapid and low-cost conflict resolution, based on the cultural, philosophical and religious values of his context, Jordan and the Middle East. His research culminated in the establishment of the ICRC Integral Conflict Resolution Center, based in Amman – a center that serves AlAbaddi and his group of local co-researchers and mediation practitioners to continue the research in this field, as well as to establish, disseminate and accelerate a new conflict resolution practice in Jordan.
We congratulate Sameer AlAbbadi to his inspiring achievement, which also contributes strongly to the integral knowledge base in the Middle Easters region and beyond.More
June 30, 2019
30 June 2019: Together with our Brazilian partner organization and ecovillage Terra Mirim, a Healing Journey took place at Home for Humanity, with a particular focus on working integrally through inner transition processes.
“Making the inner Transition towards outer Transformation” was a uniquely transformative weekend, under the shared leadership of Xamam Alba Maria, founder of Terra Mirim, and Dhan Ribeiro, and co-stewardship by TRANS4M’s Alexander Schieffer and Theatre of Transformation Academy’s Rama Mani.
The healing weekend marked a deepening of the collaboration between Terra Mirim, TRANS4M and Theatre of Transformation Academy. It also allowed both stewarding organisations to expand into new forms of holistic healing and to practically work with Indigenous Knowledge resources from South America on their home campus “Home for Humanity”.
The journey was grounded in the wisdom and knowledge traditions of Brazil, as well as in modern psychology. Throughout, there was deep resonance with Trans4m’s Integral Worlds model and process, as well as with the Theatre of Transformation approach – in that participants were holistically guided through an inner healing process, to increase the capacity for engaging authentically in outer transformation projects and initiatives.
Participants joined from France, Turkey, Kurdistan, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Brazil, Germany and India – which allowed also for the purposeful reflection on major socio-psychological, political, economic and ecological issues participants were dealing with in their respective societies. Participants left with a deepened sense of self and their role in society.More
June 22, 2019
22 June 2019: TRANS4M has adopted the new meta-vision of “co-creating a world that’s a home for humanity”. It will focus on establishing Home for Humanity, our home campus, as a living embodiment of integral development. To support this strategic evolution, we are delighted and honoured to announce the launch of our Trans4mative Impact Team, comprising10 distinguished personalities from five continents, who are all close collaborators of TRANS4M. Continue Reading: Trans4mative Impact Team launched: To strategically “Co- Create a World that’s a Home for Humanity”
June 21, 2019
Strategic Evolution of Trans4m, Moving Forward as two Parallel Initiatives: Trans4m “Co-Creating a World that’s a Home for Humanity” and Trans4m Communiversity Associates21 June 2019: Trans4m’s co-founders Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem have decided to move Trans4m forward in two parallel and complementary initiatives, one that is more impact-driven with a focus on Integral Development of Self, Organisation, Society and World, and one that is more research-driven with a focus on Communiversities. Continue Reading: Strategic Evolution of Trans4m, Moving Forward as two Parallel Initiatives: Trans4m “Co-Creating a World that’s a Home for Humanity” and Trans4m Communiversity Associates
June 15, 2019
Integral Commemoration for Ibrahim Abouleish: Trans4m honours its late Wisdom Council Member with an Integral Performance on the Sekem Farm in Egypt15 June 2019: Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of his passing, members of the Sekem Community in Egypt convened at the mausoleum of Ibrahim Abouleish for a deeply moving celebration. Continue Reading: Integral Commemoration for Ibrahim Abouleish: Trans4m honours its late Wisdom Council Member with an Integral Performance on the Sekem Farm in Egypt
June 13, 2019
Releasing (Y)Our GENE-IUS: A transformative Workshop-Journey for Changemakers in Egypt, hosted by Goethe Institut Cairo and Tahrir Lounge13 June 2019: From June to October 2019, Trans4m offers an integral journey for Egyptian Agents of Transformation to step into their full personal potential and to become active contributors to the Egyptian Society. Continue Reading: Releasing (Y)Our GENE-IUS: A transformative Workshop-Journey for Changemakers in Egypt, hosted by Goethe Institut Cairo and Tahrir Lounge
June 7, 2019
7 June 2019: Based on Jean Parker's groundbreaking and award winning PhD research-to-innovation, her book on " Emergency Preparedness through Community Cohesion - An Integral Approach to Resilience" has just been published within Routledge's Transformation and Innovation Series. Continue Reading: Launched: Trans4m Senior Fellow Jean Parker’s book on an Integral Approach to Resilience
June 5, 2019
Junior Fellow Moritz Merz presents holistic Development Approaches of Sarvodaya & Trans4m for Innovation & Digital Team of SIX, Switzerland6 June 2019: In their daily business, executives at SIX I&D drive transformation in the financial industry. During the event series “Brainy Breakfast” in Zurich, Switzerland, Moritz Merz took the opportunity to introduce them to another facet of innovation, spurred by integral development. Continue Reading: Junior Fellow Moritz Merz presents holistic Development Approaches of Sarvodaya & Trans4m for Innovation & Digital Team of SIX, Switzerland
June 1, 2019
Education for Impact: Covering Five Continents, a Series of Impact Videos was Launched, Created by University of St. Gallen Students, participating in Trans4m’s Integral Development Course1 June 2019: During the Integral Development Course at Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen, hosted by Trans4m and at Home for Humanity, students produced short videos illustrating "education for impact". The videos form part of the active contribution of student teams to resolving a burning issues formulated by five of Trans4m's integral partner organisations, covering five continents. Continue Reading: Education for Impact: Covering Five Continents, a Series of Impact Videos was Launched, Created by University of St. Gallen Students, participating in Trans4m’s Integral Development Course
May 26, 2019
“Creating the Game” Podcast: An Interview with Trans4m’s Alexander Schieffer by Creating the Game Founder Justyn Bostic26 May 2019: Brilliantly stewarded and edited by Justyn Bostic, Alexander Schieffer shares in this podcast interview his own transformative journey and integral insights into life and towards co-creating a regenerative future Continue Reading: “Creating the Game” Podcast: An Interview with Trans4m’s Alexander Schieffer by Creating the Game Founder Justyn Bostic
May 23, 2019
Strengthening Trans4m’s Outreach to South America and our Collaboration with Sinal do Vale: Co-Creating a Regeneration Campuses Workshop in Brazil23 May 2019: In the midst of Brazil’s Mata Atlantica, a three day workshop took place for Regeneration Campuses to strengthen and enhance a community of practice around regeneration hubs and practices. Continue Reading: Strengthening Trans4m’s Outreach to South America and our Collaboration with Sinal do Vale: Co-Creating a Regeneration Campuses Workshop in Brazil
May 20, 2019
Transformative Poetry for Regenerative Futures: An Integral Poetry Performance by Trans4m in Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Tomorrow, in Partnership with Sinal do Vale20 May 2019: For the first time ever, Trans4m translated its integral approach to personal and societal regeneration into a performance that includes mythological narrative and transformative poetry, evoking the holistic development potential of the audience. Continue Reading: Transformative Poetry for Regenerative Futures: An Integral Poetry Performance by Trans4m in Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Tomorrow, in Partnership with Sinal do Vale
May 19, 2019
Integral Poetics of Regeneration: In Brazil, Trans4m conducts an Integral Poetry Workshop to Awaken Transformation Potential in Individuals19 May 2019: Participating in Sinal do Vale’s two-day RegenerARTE Festival, Trans4m experimented with the translation of its integral approach into a transformative poetry and movement workshop, taking participants on a journey to discovering their inner calling through the creation of their own transformative poetic expression. Continue Reading: Integral Poetics of Regeneration: In Brazil, Trans4m conducts an Integral Poetry Workshop to Awaken Transformation Potential in Individuals
April 8, 2019
Agents of Transformation Course at Trans4m’s Home for Humanity: A Deep Journey to becoming Contributors to Society8 April 2019: A Group of 15 Bachelor Students from the University St Gallen came to Home for Humanity for a four-day Intensive Course on Integral Development. Continue Reading: Agents of Transformation Course at Trans4m’s Home for Humanity: A Deep Journey to becoming Contributors to Society
March 17, 2019
17 March 2019: A team of three highly talented MBA students completing their joint St Gallen University-Haute Ecole de Commerce de Paris degree (Class 2019) selected Trans4m's Home for Humanity campus as their annual "Social Impact Project" this year. Continue Reading: Scaling Home for Humanity for Transformative Impact: Top Support for Trans4m’s Integral Campus
February 9, 2019
9 February 2019: Upon Invitation of former UNESCO Director General, Irina Bukova, Trans4m’s Alexander Schieffer joined the Global Council of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on Quality Education, held during the World Government Summit in Dubai. Continue Reading: Trans4m participates in Dubai’s World Government Summit, promoting a new Educational Paradigm
January 10, 2019
Become an Agent of Transformation: Captivating Short Film by Niko Messerli, Participant in the University of St. Gallen Course, jointly hosted by Trans4m, Theatre of Transformation Academy and Home for Humanity10 January 2019: Niko Messerli, a participant of the recent Agent of Transformation Course, accredited by the University of St. Gallen, created a powerful short video, capturing the essence of the transformative experience some 25 students went through. Continue Reading: Become an Agent of Transformation: Captivating Short Film by Niko Messerli, Participant in the University of St. Gallen Course, jointly hosted by Trans4m, Theatre of Transformation Academy and Home for Humanity
December 13, 2018
14 December 2018: This short video illustrates how Trans4m’s transformative processes contribute to restoring and re-story-ing societies in conflict and post conflict. Continue Reading: Released: Video of Trans4m’s Talk at Geneva Peace Week on Re-Story-ing Peace
November 29, 2018
29 November 2018: Marking the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine, Trans4m met with members of the Main Office of Tamer Institute for Community Education in Ramallah to explore future collaboration. Continue Reading: Trans4m meets Tamer: Community Education for a Free and Safe Palestinian Learning Society
November 26, 2018
26 November 2018: Members of the Trans4m Da Vinci Phd Program on Integral Development met in Jordan for a PhD Module and additional events, enabling them to experience and engage with a large range of emerging integral practices in Jordan – with a particular focus on education, enterprise and society. Continue Reading: Experiential PhD Module in Amman: Engaging with Integral Education, Enterprise and Society
November 22, 2018
Next Phase of Tanweer in Jordan: Community Engagement Roundtable included a wide Array of Integral Examples from the Trans4m Community22 November 2018: About 70 community developers from across Jordan, and the world, came together to share functioning models and practices of community engagement, as a vital next step in the process of building up towards an Integral Arts College for Jordan and the Middle East Continue Reading: Next Phase of Tanweer in Jordan: Community Engagement Roundtable included a wide Array of Integral Examples from the Trans4m Community
November 21, 2018
21 November 2018: Building on its successful work as an Integral Enterprise, aiming to promote a Healthy Society in Jordan and the Middle East, MedLabs kicked off, together with its partner Trans4m, the process of shaping its future Integral Academy. Continue Reading: Towards an Integral Academy for Learning and Innovation: Workshop with MedLabs in Amman
November 6, 2018
Re-STORY-ing Peace – Arts, Storytelling and Transformation: Trans4m Participates in the UN’s Geneva Peace Week6 November 2018: Re-STORY-ing Peace turned out to be a highly engaging and transformative Panel during "Geneva Peace Week", an annual week-long event co-hosted by the United Nations and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, offering a vast array of panels, performances featuring hundreds of eminent academic, diplomatic and non-governmental speakers. Continue Reading: Re-STORY-ing Peace – Arts, Storytelling and Transformation: Trans4m Participates in the UN’s Geneva Peace Week
October 30, 2018
Becoming Agents of Transformation: 25 Students from the University of St. Gallen at Home for Humanity30 October 2018: 25 Students from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, the so-called "Harvard Business School of Europe", travelled to Home for Humanity for an intensive three-day module of their university course on “Becoming an Agent of Transformation: Integrated Self- Development”. Offered for the 5th year in a row, this course again attracted a highly motivated and diverse group of 25 students from the University of St. Gallen, coming from Switzerland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Singapore and India.Continue Reading: Becoming Agents of Transformation: 25 Students from the University of St. Gallen at Home for Humanity
October 20, 2018
20 October 2018: Under the stewardship and upon invitation of the Goethe Institut in Cairo and the Tahrir Lounge, Trans4m was invited to conduct a three-days workshop for young Changemakers from Egypt – supporting them to articulate and shape their contributions to Egyptian Society. Continue Reading: Developing Self, Contributing to Society: A transformative Program in Egypt
October 5, 2018
Trans4m’s New PhD Cohort: Highly international group meets for Induction at Home for Humanity in France5 October 2018: With Participants from Jordan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Namibia/Germany a new group of PhD students began their research-to-innovation journey, as part of the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program for Integral Development, dubbed “Care-4-Society”. Continue Reading: Trans4m’s New PhD Cohort: Highly international group meets for Induction at Home for Humanity in France
October 1, 2018
Booklaunch of Integral Finance: Aneeqa Malik and Amjad Saqib co-author a fascinating book on Pakistan’s Akhuwat1 October 2018: Integral Finance: Akhuwat – A Case Study of Solidarity Economy presents a distinctive model of finance following an integral 4P (Philosophy, Principles, Practices and Paradigm) process, based on Akhuwat’s 4I’s articulation of Iman (faith), Ikhlas (sincerity), Ihsan (excellence) and Ikhuwah (solidarity). Continue Reading: Booklaunch of Integral Finance: Aneeqa Malik and Amjad Saqib co-author a fascinating book on Pakistan’s Akhuwat
September 30, 2018
30 September 2018: This potent volume points to how 21st century employment of self and community is becoming transformed Continue Reading: New Book Release: “Evolving Work” by Ronnie Lessem and Tony Bradley is out!
September 29, 2018
29 September 2018: Benjamin Foro graduates with an outstanding research-to-innovation on establishing the Integral Enterprise Nostras in the Swiss Canton of Valais, together with a group of friends and co-creators Continue Reading: Trans4m Junior Fellow Benjamin Foro graduates at the University of St. Gallen
September 21, 2018
Integral Africa Enterprise Roundtable in Johannesburg: Presenting Role-Models from Egypt, Jordan and Zimbabwe21 September 2018: Under the title “Building the Integral African Enterprise – Sustainable Business-in-Community Success in and for Africa”, Trans4m, in partnership with AFLEAD and GreenSkills, offered a workshop in the premises of AFLEAD Africa. Continue Reading: Integral Africa Enterprise Roundtable in Johannesburg: Presenting Role-Models from Egypt, Jordan and Zimbabwe
September 20, 2018
Trans4m Fellows Loshnee Naidoo, South Africa, and Jubril Adeojo, Nigeria, receive prestigious Da Vinci Community Services Award20 September 2018: For the impact of their research-to-innovation, resulting from their participation in the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program for Integral Development, Naidoo and Adeojo were awarded in South Africa with the Da Vinci Community Services Award. Continue Reading: Trans4m Fellows Loshnee Naidoo, South Africa, and Jubril Adeojo, Nigeria, receive prestigious Da Vinci Community Services Award
September 20, 2018
PhD Graduation of Trans4m Fellows Manar Agha al-Nimer and Maximilian Abouleish: Representing two potent Integral Enterprise Role Models from the Middle East20 September 2018: MedLabs’ Vice President Manar Agha al-Nimer and Sekem’s Chief Sustainable Development Officer Maximilian Abouleish-Boes successfully completed their Trans4m Da Vinci PhD on Integral Development Continue Reading: PhD Graduation of Trans4m Fellows Manar Agha al-Nimer and Maximilian Abouleish: Representing two potent Integral Enterprise Role Models from the Middle East
September 14, 2018
Integral Education Roundtable in Slovenia’s Špitalič: A Local Kindergarden as an Emerging Driver of Regional Integral Development14 September 2018: Upon invitation of the Kindergarden and Primary School of Spitalnic in St. John’s Valley, Trans4m participated in an Integral Education Roundtable, exploring the holistic development potential of Špitalič and Slovenia’s Municipality of Slovenske Konjice Continue Reading: Integral Education Roundtable in Slovenia’s Špitalič: A Local Kindergarden as an Emerging Driver of Regional Integral Development
September 13, 2018
4th International Integral Economy Conference in Slovenia: Exploring Collaboration between Europe, Africa and the Middle East13 to 14 September 2018: This two-days highly interactive conference turned out to be a very productive event, with about 60 local and global integral development thinkers and practitioners learning from each other and exploring concrete collaboration potential across continents Continue Reading: 4th International Integral Economy Conference in Slovenia: Exploring Collaboration between Europe, Africa and the Middle East
September 11, 2018
11 September 2018: 10 Participants of the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program on Integral Development gathered for their final module in Slovenia, hosted by BC Naklo, an inspiring integral educational provider Continue Reading: PhD Module in Slovenia: A Strong Intimation of forthcoming Integral Impact
July 6, 2018
Educational Innovation in Sri Lanka: Sarvodaya and Trans4m collaborate towards building a unique Learning-and-Innovation Platform for Societal Renewal in Sri Lanka6 July 2018: Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Sarvodaya, joins Trans4m at its Home for Humanity for two days of intense consultations and co-creation to envision and design a new kind of learning-and-innovation institution for integrated societal development in Sri Lanka and beyond. Continue Reading: Educational Innovation in Sri Lanka: Sarvodaya and Trans4m collaborate towards building a unique Learning-and-Innovation Platform for Societal Renewal in Sri Lanka
June 28, 2018
Next Step in Jordan’s Tanweer Journey: Arab Emancipatory Education Roundtable took place in Amman, together with Trans4m28 June 2018: The Ahliyyah School for Girls and Bishop School for Boys within its Tanweer initiative organized, in partnership with Trans4m, a roundtable on “Arab Emancipatory Education” in Amman, as one of the main streams of its envisioned Integral Arts College. Continue Reading: Next Step in Jordan’s Tanweer Journey: Arab Emancipatory Education Roundtable took place in Amman, together with Trans4m
June 27, 2018
27 June 2018: MedLabs, the leading Middle Eastern Medical Laboratory Group, invited Trans4m for a one-day workshop to develop an initial design for an Integral Learning Academy Continue Reading: Trans4m Workshop with MedLabs in Amman: From Integral Enterprise to Integral Academy
June 26, 2018
Successful PhD Defense and Community VIVA: Manar Nimer’s PhD helps transforming MedLabs in Jordan into an Integral Care-ing Enterprise26 June 2018: Manar Nimer’s PhD presentation and the subsequent Community VIVA became a demonstration of MedLabs’ profound and collectively owned transformational journey towards an integral enterprise Continue Reading: Successful PhD Defense and Community VIVA: Manar Nimer’s PhD helps transforming MedLabs in Jordan into an Integral Care-ing Enterprise
June 22, 2018
22 June 2018: Upon invitation of the Reformed Forum of the Universities of Bern, Trans4m led a four-day retreat to unravel a vision for the future of education. Continue Reading: Education Reloaded: A Four Day Education Retreat with Trans4m in the Swiss Alps
June 8, 2018
Towards Holistic Co-Creation: Tahrir Lounge and Goethe-Institut invite Trans4m for Workshop in Cairo8 June 2018: Alumni of the Dialogue and Transition projects, invited by Tahrir Lounge and Goethe-Institut, met with Trans4m for lively explorations of the Integral Worlds approach Continue Reading: Towards Holistic Co-Creation: Tahrir Lounge and Goethe-Institut invite Trans4m for Workshop in Cairo
June 6, 2018
Sekem in Egypt Reloaded: Successful PhD of Max Abouleish turns out to be Milestone for the renewal of Sekem’s approach to Integral Human Development5/6 June 2018: Two days of Phd Vivas, Workshops and Future Council Meetings mark the end of the PhD of Max Abouleish, while opening a new era for Sekem’s renewed approach to Integral Human, Organisational and Community Development Continue Reading: Sekem in Egypt Reloaded: Successful PhD of Max Abouleish turns out to be Milestone for the renewal of Sekem’s approach to Integral Human Development
May 10, 2018
Tanweer (Enlightenment) Initiative in Jordan enters its next Phase, catalysed by a two-day integral workshop in Amman10 May 2018: About 40 Transformation Agents from within Amman’s ASG/BSA Schools and from all sectors of Jordanian society joined a two-day integral workshop on “School Transformation to Societal Renewal”, driving the Tanweer Process forward. Continue Reading: Tanweer (Enlightenment) Initiative in Jordan enters its next Phase, catalysed by a two-day integral workshop in Amman
April 22, 2018
22 April 2018: Initiated by Trans4m and Theatre of Transformation Academy, in partnership with two local cultural associations, an Integral Dialogue and Integral Arts Laboratory took place at Home for Humanity. Continue Reading: Integral Dialogue and Integral Arts Laboratory at Trans4m’s Home for Humanity
April 18, 2018
Integral Kumusha: The traditional African Homestead as Starting Point for the Renewal of the Zimbabwean Economy via Nhakanomics18 April 2018: This report from Zimbabwean Trans4m Fellow Daud Shumba Taranhike illustrates how Trans4m’s research-to-innovation processes also serve to revitalize local economies, by tapping deeply into the wealth of culture and heritage of a society. Continue Reading: Integral Kumusha: The traditional African Homestead as Starting Point for the Renewal of the Zimbabwean Economy via Nhakanomics
April 5, 2018
6 April 2018: The application is open for the next intake of our unique PhD Program on Integral Development. This three-year part time impact-driven PhD program is geared for transformation agents, determined to actively engage with the burning issues their organisations, communities and societies are faced with, and eager to co-create sustainable, positive futures on their local grounds. Designed as an individual and collective “Process for Holistic Development” (PHD), it invites each year a small group of researcher-innovators, ready to bring about holistic solutions, in theory and practice, for the challenges and opportunities we are facing in these turbulent times. Continue Reading: “CARE 4 YOUR SOCIETY”!: Apply for our groundbreaking PhD Program on Integral Development
March 19, 2018
19 March 2018: With Kigamboni Community Center (KCC), Trans4m met one of Tanzania’s most vibrant youth-driven community development initiatives with impressive integral features, covering community grounding, cultural renewal, educational programs and, though still in its early stage, economic activities. Two of Trans4m’s Fellows are keen to collaborate closely with KCC to contribute to the full release of its economic and Pan African potential. Continue Reading: Towards Integral Ujamaa in Tanzania: Trans4m Fellows meet Kigamboni Community Center
March 16, 2018
Inclusion and Social Justice in Postgraduate Supervision: Trans4m participates in first Postgraduate Supervision Forum at UJ in South Africa16 March 2018: The first Postgraduate Supervision Forum at the University of Johannesburg addressed both experienced as well as emerging supervisors from different faculties to discuss issues that impact on postgraduates and their supervisors. Continue Reading: Inclusion and Social Justice in Postgraduate Supervision: Trans4m participates in first Postgraduate Supervision Forum at UJ in South Africa
March 16, 2018
16 March 2018: Invited by the Postgraduate School of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Trans4m Co-Founder Alexander Schieffer introduced Trans4m’s Integral Worlds approach and the way how it is applied to postgraduate research, in order to result in social innovation. Continue Reading: Integral Worlds and Social Impact: Trans4m Workshop at University of Johannesburg
March 15, 2018
March 12, 2018
12 March 2018: Eight of Trans4m’s PhD and PHD participants met in South Africa for a six-days doctoral module, co-hosted by Da Vinci Institute of Technology and Innovation and Trans4m. Continue Reading: Co-creating a Learning and Innovation Ecology: Trans4m Da Vinci PhD PHD Module in South Africa
March 4, 2018
4 March 2018: London based Center for Integral Finance and Economics (CIFE) assembles a group of European, Asian and African Trans4m Fellows to explore integral finance models for socio-economic transformation. Continue Reading: Pacemaker: CIFE’s Inaugural Conference sets the Tone for Integral Finance and Economics
February 27, 2018
27 February 2018: The Tata Institute for Social Science (TISS), together with Trans4m’s partner organisation CORO, hosted a collaborative workshop space to explore and inact more collaborative and integral forms of knowledge creation and social innovation. Continue Reading: Collaborative Knowledge Creation: Trans4m Co-Engaging in Grassroots Conference in Mumbai
February 22, 2018
Awakening of All: Trans4m working with Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka to create a “University for Awakening”22 February 2018: Through a series of workshops in Sri Lanka, Sarvodaya and Trans4m, deepened their partnership for holistic development – this time with a particular focus on creating a new educational platform within Sarvodaya to stimulate widespread societal transformation in an integral guise. Continue Reading: Awakening of All: Trans4m working with Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka to create a “University for Awakening”
January 10, 2018
From Supervision to Co-Creation: Video Interview of Alexander Schieffer by University of Johannesburg10 January 2018: The University of Johannesburg, South Africa, released a video interview in which Alexander Schieffer explains Trans4m’s evolution from Supervision to Co-Creation Continue Reading: From Supervision to Co-Creation: Video Interview of Alexander Schieffer by University of Johannesburg
December 13, 2017
13 December 2017: A group of young entrepreneurs is determined to build up their organisation as an Integral Enterprise, serving community, culture, knowledge creation and sustainable development of the regional economy of their Swiss canton of origin: the Valais (Wallis) Continue Reading: NOSTRAS – An Emerging Integral Enterprise in Switzerland’s Wallis
November 18, 2017
Tanweer = Enlightenment: Inspiring Roundtable on Holistic Education for Societal Transformation in Jordan and Beyond18 November 2017: ASG and BSA Jordan, in partnership with Trans4m, launched the first Roundtable for Educational Renewal in Jordan, which took place in Amman on November 16 and 18 Continue Reading: Tanweer = Enlightenment: Inspiring Roundtable on Holistic Education for Societal Transformation in Jordan and Beyond
November 14, 2017
14 November 2017: A group of 13 Trans4m Da Vinci PhD participants met in Amman for a highly productive interaction between Integral Theory and Practice Continue Reading: Beyond a PhD Module: Experiencing Integral Realities in Jordan
November 11, 2017
11 November 2017: Trans4m met the Senior Executive Team of MedLabs in Amman for a developmental workshop, supporting the Medical Laboratories Group in its process to become an Integral Enterprise. Continue Reading: Trans4m in Amman: Supporting MedLabs’ Journey as an Integral Enterprise
November 5, 2017
University of St. Gallen at Trans4m’s Home for Humanity: Intensive Course On Becoming an Agent of Transformation5 November 2017: 20 Students of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, came to Home for Humanity for an Intensive Seminar on becoming Agents of Transformation Continue Reading: University of St. Gallen at Trans4m’s Home for Humanity: Intensive Course On Becoming an Agent of Transformation
October 31, 2017
31 October 2017: Providence Human Capital (PHC) is well on its Zimbabwean way towards becoming an integral enterprise, while, at the same time, its Kuona (I “CIE”) Circle for Integral Enterprise has also been founded. Continue Reading: Integral Enterprise in Zimbabwe: Foundation of the Kuona Circle for Integral Enterprise
October 27, 2017
Transforum: Reformed Forum of Bern University invites Trans4m for Talk and Workshop on Integral Education26 and 27 October 2017: Hosted by the Reformed Forum of the University of Bern in Switzerland and BENE Association of Bern Students for Sustainable Development, Trans4m Founder Alexander Schieffer and Trans4m Junior Fellow Nora Wilhelm were invited to present latest thinking on integral education. Continue Reading: Transforum: Reformed Forum of Bern University invites Trans4m for Talk and Workshop on Integral Education
October 12, 2017
Communitalism Workshop in Nigeria’s Edo State: Deepening and Expanding of an Integral Approach to African Economics12 October 2017: A short and vibrant workshop at Pax Herbals, Ewu, served to further the theory and practice of Communitalism, developed by Co-Founder of Pax Herbals Father Anselm Adodo. Continue Reading: Communitalism Workshop in Nigeria’s Edo State: Deepening and Expanding of an Integral Approach to African Economics
October 11, 2017
Exploring Integral Development and Communitalism for Rural Nigeria: Co-engaging with Samuel Adegboyega University11 October 2017: New potentials for Integral Development and Communitalism to serve as catalysts for rural development in Nigeria were explored, as OFIRDI and Trans4m addressed key faculty and students of the Samuel Adegboyega University (SAU) in Ogwa, Edo State, Nigeria. Continue Reading: Exploring Integral Development and Communitalism for Rural Nigeria: Co-engaging with Samuel Adegboyega University
October 9, 2017
9 October 2017: The Congregation of Catholic Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima invited Trans4m for a workshop to the city of Jos in Northern Nigeria – with the objective to explore the potential of the Integral Development approach to prepare the congregation for its next phase of inner development and outer expansion. Continue Reading: Envisioning an Integral Congregation: Trans4m Workshop in Northern Nigeria
October 7, 2017
7 October 2017: A vibrant multi-stakeholder collective presentation in Lagos' Ajegunle Community became an impressive demonstration of Communipreneurship and Integral Banking in practice Continue Reading: BIG VIVA: Jubril Adeojo’s Collective PHD Presentation took place in Nigeria’s Ajegunle Community
October 5, 2017
5 October 2017: The first International Conference on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge took successfully place in Lagos, Nigeria with a focus on exploring the contribution of indigenous knowledge in stimulating integral development in Nigeria and Africa. Continue Reading: Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Integral Development in Nigeria and Africa
October 3, 2017
3 October 2017: 10 new participants of the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD program, including now for the first time ever also the Trans4m PHD program, met in Hotonnes, France for a rich four days induction process. Continue Reading: New PhD PHD Induction took place in Trans4m’s Home for Humanity
October 1, 2017
Dr. Emil Nothnagel from South Africa joins Trans4m Fellowship with Focus on Local Green Economic Development1 October 2017: Emil Nothnagel, Founder of AFLEAD, with a passion for the development of a new integral approach to local green economic development for the African continent, becomes a Trans4m Fellow. Continue Reading: Dr. Emil Nothnagel from South Africa joins Trans4m Fellowship with Focus on Local Green Economic Development
September 24, 2017
24 September 2017: Smart "Phiri" Zongololo, a General Manager of Zimbabwe's Best Fruits Processors and passionate about creating a sustainable approach to farming for Zimbabwe's and Africa's small farm holders, becomes a Trans4m Fellow. Continue Reading: Smart Zongololo from Zimbabwe joins Trans4m Fellowship with Focus on Integral Agriculture
September 14, 2017
Father Anselm Adodo receives prestigious Da Vinci Community Services Award for his work on Integral Healing, via Integral Enterprise-in-Community14 September 2017: For his innovation, resulting from his participation in the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program for Integral Development, Trans4m Senior Fellow Father Anselm was awarded in South Africa with the Da Vinci Community Services Award. Continue Reading: Father Anselm Adodo receives prestigious Da Vinci Community Services Award for his work on Integral Healing, via Integral Enterprise-in-Community
September 14, 2017
Jean Parker wins Natalie Du Toit Award for her work on Integral Community Based Learning for Emergency Preparedness14 September 2017: For her innovation, resulting from her participation in the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program for Integral Development, Trans4m Senior Fellow Jean Parker was awarded in South Africa with the Natalie Du Toit Award. Continue Reading: Jean Parker wins Natalie Du Toit Award for her work on Integral Community Based Learning for Emergency Preparedness
September 13, 2017
PhD! Jubril Adeojo graduates on Integral Banking, enabling Financial Inclusion for Marginalized Communities in Nigeria and Africa13 September 2017: Trans4m Fellow Jubril Adeojo from Nigeria graduates in the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program on Integral Development with a groundbreaking approach to Integral Banking - in close cooperation with an inter-institutional innovation ecosystem comprising of Heritage Bank, the local Ajegunle community of Lagos and CISER Nigeria. Continue Reading: PhD! Jubril Adeojo graduates on Integral Banking, enabling Financial Inclusion for Marginalized Communities in Nigeria and Africa
September 13, 2017
13 September 2017: Trans4m Fellow Loshnee Naidoo from South Africa graduates in the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program on Integral Development with a unique approach to the Integral Empowerment of marginalized groups within society - in her case focussing on women exposed to intimate partner violence. Continue Reading: PhD! Loshnee Naidoo graduates on Integral Empowerment of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
September 12, 2017
12 September 2017: 25 agents of transformation from the African Trans4m Community came together in Johannesburg for a two-days Integral Africa Roundtable to strengthen their collective engagement in co-creating an Integral Africa. Continue Reading: Integral CARE-4-AFRICA Impact Roundtable took place in South Africa
September 6, 2017
6 September 2017: A new social-innovator-to-be, Laila Abdul Majeed, joins officially as a Trans4m Fellow. In her research to innovation she focusses, together with her Al Hikma Circle, on the evolution of the educational model of the ASG and BSA Schools in Jordan. Continue Reading: Laila Abdul Majeed from Jordan joins Trans4m Fellowship
September 1, 2017
1 September 2017: Passionate about Integral Healing, Sister Esther Shebi is building on the work of Trans4m Senior Fellow Father Anselm Adodo, taking his work on Pax Africana and Communitalism to Northern Nigeria, uniquely focussing on the liberation of Nigerian Women. Continue Reading: Sister Esther Shebi from Northern Nigeria becoming a Trans4m Fellow
August 24, 2017
24 August 2017: As the American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once famously stated: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Continue Reading: Integral Zimbabwe – Africa’s Phoenix Rising: Pundutso and the Providence Way
August 2, 2017
2 August 2017: Marlene de Beer, true to South Africa, the rainbow nation from which she hails, has devoted her life and work to bringing about cohesion between the diverse ethnic groups in the country. Continue Reading: Marlene de Beer from South Africa joins Trans4m’s Fellowship
July 31, 2017
31 July 2017: Premie Naicker, who has joined the Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program, is passionate about the empowerment of African women and youth with the help of technology and social innovation. Continue Reading: Premie Naicker from South Africa becomes a Trans4m Fellow
July 24, 2017
24 July 2017: Aneeqa Malik joins as a new Trans4m Fellow, who through her association with Akhuwat in Pakistan, is serving to articulate this unique form of economic brotherhood in the region, in an integral way. Aneeqa Malik, Founder of Loop Global Management, is passionate about her country of origin, Pakistan, as well as its need and capacity for cultural, economic and social renewal. Based in the UK, and regularly commuting between the UK and Pakistan, she is not only a relentless ambassador for such renewal, she also works on presenting the true cultural and societal wealth of Pakistan to the world, balancing out the often distorted image painted of Pakistan. A major renaissance impulse with which Aneeqa is intimately involved, is Akhuwat, a nation-wide initiative with the vision to bring about a poverty free society built on the princples of compassion and equity via interest-free microfinance. [caption id="attachment_5753" align="alignleft" width="300"] Aneeqa Malik with Akhuwat Founder, Dr. Amjad Saqib[/caption] The founder of Akhuwat, Amjad Saqib, has been responsible for the evolution of this unique economic institution, founded on principles of brotherhood, built upon non-interest banking, serving to empower thousands of Pakistani entrepreneurs, with economic and social, now expanding into Uganda in Africa. In the book, Aneeqa is writing with Saqib on Akhuwat, she will be focusing, from her own Sufi perspective, on transforming enterprise into Hijra, a migration of body and soul. The book will appear in our Transformation and Innovation Series, published by Routledge We welcome Aneeqa as a Fellow of Trans4m !Find out more on Aneeqa on her Fellow Profile, as well as on her emerging integral innovation focussing on Care 4 Pakistan via Muwakhaat (Solidarity).
July 13, 2017
The application is open for the next intake of our unique PhD Program on Integral Development. This three-year part time impact-driven PhD program is geared for transformation agents, determined to engage with the burning issues their organisations, communities and societies are faced with, and eager to co-create sustainable, positive futures on their local grounds. Designed as an individual and collective “Process for Holistic Development” (PHD), it invites each year a small group of researcher-innovators, ready to bring about holistic solutions, in theory and practice, for the challenges and opportunities we are facing in these turbulent times. Continue Reading: “CARE 4 YOUR SOCIETY”!: Apply for our groundbreaking PhD Program on Integral Development
July 6, 2017
Trans4m worked for two days with the Executive Team of MedLabs, the largest provider of Medical Laboratories across the Middle East, covering Jordan, Palestine, Kurdistan, Iraq and Sudan. The workshop in Amman focused on advancing the company’s journey to become an Integral Enterprise. Continue Reading: Medlabs in Jordan: Activating the Integral Enterprise through CARE Circles
June 15, 2017
Akhuwat (“Brotherhood”) in London: Trans4m invited to panel on the role of Islamic Finance & Economics in alleviating poverty15 June 2017: Trans4m was invited by Aneeqa Malik of Loop Management, a bridge building organisation between the UK and Pakistan, to participate in a panel at the Courthouse Hotel in Soho, London, focused on the role of Islamic Finance and Economics , and in particular on Pakistan’s Akhuwat role in alleviating poverty. Continue Reading: Akhuwat (“Brotherhood”) in London: Trans4m invited to panel on the role of Islamic Finance & Economics in alleviating poverty
June 15, 2017
15 June 2017: The founder of Sekem, the world renowned human development initiative in the Egyptian desert, hailed by many as one of the most inspiring and pioneering showcases for sustainable development, passed away. A friend, mentor, and co-creator of Trans4m, and for years member of our Global Wisdom Council, is no longer on this earth – and yet, will stay in our hearts forever. Continue Reading: Commemorating Ibrahim Abouleish: An Integral Giant has left us
June 14, 2017
Benjamin Foro: New Junior Fellow joining Trans4m with a Focus on Co-Creating an Integral Enterprise in Switzerland’s Wallis14 June 2017: Benjamin Foro represents a group of young entrepreneurs from the Wallis Canton in Switzerland, aspiring to evolve their start-up NOSTRAS into a unique Integral Enterprise – geared to contribute to the revitalization of the ailing economy in Wallis. Continue Reading: Benjamin Foro: New Junior Fellow joining Trans4m with a Focus on Co-Creating an Integral Enterprise in Switzerland’s Wallis