Trans4m Junior Fellows from around the World met in Hotonnes, France, and on Skype for the first Junior Fellow Meeting to discuss past and future of the Junior Fellowship.
On September 18, as part of the Integral Peace Festival, Trans4m’s first Junior Fellow Meeting took place at Trans4m’s seat “Home for Humanity” in Hotonnes, France. Six of the Junior Fellows joined the Integral Peace Festival, in which the meeting was embedded.
On the evening of September 17, Trans4m Junior Fellows Annina Hunziker, Maxime Bertocchi, Desta Kebede and Moritz Merz presented, together with Trans4m Co-Founder Alexander Schieffer and Ignite Co-Founder Gabriel Cretier, to some 50 participants of the Peace Festival how the Junior Fellowship had initially grown out of a transformative course on Integral Development at the University of St. Gallen.
By now about ten young transformation agents have enrolled in the Junior Fellowship, which always includes a four to six months impact project on the ground with one of Trans4m’s Integral Partner Organisations – from Brazil to Nigeria, from Egypt to Sri Lanka, from Ethiopia to Switzerland.
Junior Fellows presented to the audience their achievements on the ground, illustrating the transformative potential of research and education.
The actual Junior Fellow Meeting on September 18 then focused on a critical review of the achievements to date and an elaboration of future improvements – including communication strategy, support- and mentorship systems, transformative partnerships and sponsorship, among others. In addition to those Junior Fellows physically present in Hotonnes, the group was joined by Anne Sophie Koehn from Brazil, currently at Trans4m’s Partner Organisation SINAL do Vale (together with Sinal’s Founder Thais Corral), Zarah Kronbach from Brussels and Nora Wilhelm from Berlin.