Integral Transformative Education for Worldmaking: Powerful Personal Accounts of Young Agents of Transformation
4 July 2020: The panel introduced five TRANS4M Junior Fellows engaged in co-creating a world that is a Home for Humanity.
This short conference was convened by the Dialogues en Humanité Initiative (Humanity Dialogues) in partnership with Home for Humanity, TRANS4M, and Theatre of Transformation Academy. The panel was opened and moderated by Turkish visual anthropologist and renowned filmmaker Dr. Elif Tibet. She introduced Home for Humanity as a place of transformation, and more specifically, a space of transformative education. She further presented each of the five young worldmakers, who all studied integral development with Alexander Schieffer at Home for Humanity in collaboration with the University of St. Gallen and with TRANS4M. The five young agents of transformation present at the panel were:
- Maxime Bertocci, Switzerland
- Annia Costermani, Venezuela/Brazil
- Christophe Haesler, Switzerland/USA
- Stefanie Kriech, Switzerland
- Titus Palivan, Switzerland/Romania
Even though each single one of them has his or her own story and his or her personal way to engage in personal and societal transformation, they are all united with the common aim of co-creating a Home for Humanity.
By sharing how they found their life purpose through transformative education they described this teaching approach as groundbreaking. Especially noteworthy for them is the fact that this learning approach includes the human as being integral. As such, not only the mind counts, but also the heart, emotions, spirits, nature, and culture, making the student part of the ecosystem, allowing for personal development. The desire to find concrete solutions, the opportunity to work with real partners and pioneers all over the world, to create something that will be “alive” in the long term and that benefits individuals as well as organizations, inspired them to join TRANS4M as Junior Fellows. Finally, they all agreed when describing Home for Humanity as a safe place, where people come together, learn from each other, and which contributes to self-development by providing an atmosphere where one can work on themselves and open up.
After having heard from the emerging leaders the panel was opened up for the audience, where everyone was invited to share their own journey and to ask questions. Through this open discourse, where worldmakers shared their inspirational thoughts, the main message became crystal clear: There is a need in a shift of paradigm, which can only be achieved by creating a shared vision that puts the human and the development of human potential at the center.
Post written by Trans4m Junior Fellow Delia Gilgen, Switzerland