What kind of society do we want? How do we get there?
You are invited to explore how to create a more free, equal, mutual and sustainable society. Drawing on a range of activists, Rudolf Steiner’s social thinking, and global examples of the emerging social future, we will explore how we can take steps towards rebalancing society for the common good.
This is a golden opportunity to meet others similarly engaged, to ask: ‘What kind of society do we want? and, How can we get there?’ We will inquire into our changing world, what strikes us as significant, burning questions to address, share insights and examples of the emerging social future, draw on Steiner and others’ relevant social thinking, to clarify our own questions and projects.
As the ‘market’ has come to dominate, we are challenged to rebalance society by pushing back the market into its place - alongside a vibrant culture, equitable human rights, associative economy and a healthy environment. With resurgent nationalism, global warming, rising inequality and blowback from war, our market-dominated society is in meltdown. Rudolf Steiner’s free, equal and mutual vision offers a timely alternative for rebalancing society. Healthy boundaries must be reasserted between the private business sector, the public state sector and the plural cultural sector. This shapes a dynamic threefold society based on mutuality, equality and freedom – for people and planet.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) campaigned for three-fold society in the war-torn Austria and Germany of 1917-19, activated by the compelling need to create the conditions for lasting peace. He recognised that the dynamics of politics, economic life and culture were very different, calling for clear boundaries. Running a government department or school like a business is a recipe for failure. He saw self-determination for individual people as healthy, but prophetically saw ‘national self-determination’ under Versailles as a recipe for toxic nationalism and more war.
This workshop will use exercises, lectures, discussions, examples, films, local study visits and participants’ questions, to co-envisage the social future we want. Examples will include Sekem, Stroud Community Agriculture, Co-Housing, Cashes Green CLT, Stroud Common Wealth’s land trust work for community-led housing and farms.
Outcomes and highlights
- Map of a changing world and burning questions to address
- Conversations and human encounter for change
- Rudolf Steiner’s social thinking and the human being
- Inspirational examples –such as the dynamics of money and ethical banking, community land trusts for affordable housing and farms, tri-sectoral partnerships, SEKEM - for sustainable development, transforming ownership, freeing education, associative economics e.g. Community Supported Agriculture
- Study visits to Stroud CSA, Biodynamic Land Trust, CoHousing, Exchange for social business
- Participants clarifying their questions and projects arising
The course is suitable for all comers: bring a notebook, your burning questions, walking gear for local study visits.
Martin Large, chair of Stroud Common Wealth. Facilitator, grandfather, lecturer, land trust enabler, author of Social Ecology, Common Wealth and editor with Steve Briault of Free, Equal and Mutual: Rebalancing Society for the Common Good (2018) Community Land Trust national Demonstration Project 2003-2009. Founder, Biodynamic Land Trust.
Steve Briault, Director of Emerson College, organisational consultant, author of The Mystery of Meeting: relationships as a path of discovery, and Liquidity: flowing forms in money and water.
Endorsement for Free, Equal and Mutual (2018)
“Today’s advanced economies have reached a critical turning point… shows a way ahead for rebalancing society, through a co-operative commonwealth economy based on ‘voluntary socialism’, with a rights-based state and a flourishing civil society – all working for the common good.”
David Drew Ph.D., MP for Stroud, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, UK
“Shows how to build the conditions for lasting peace through untangling the muddle of economics, politics and culture…a golden opportunity for re-imagining Europe and the world..”
Nicanor Perlas, Alternative Nobel Prize winner
See, Free, Equal and Mutual for details of Steve Briault and Martin Large’s 2018 anthology.
Listen to a New Zealand, Christchurch Interview of Martin Large by Steven Moe on "Common Wealth" from Seeds: Talking Purpose in Podcasts. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/seeds-talking-purpose/id1281908185?mt=2#episodeGuid=585386d61e1514366c61476037f2a712
Talk was given by Martin Large in New Zealand at St Andrews Church on the Terrace, in Wellington
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