Rudolf Steiner's Future Thinking

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Sun 06Oct

What kind of society do we want? How do we get there?

Facilitator: Martin Large & Steve Briault

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.

Event time: Fri 4th Oct 2019 at 4:00pm - Sun 6th Oct 2019 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • 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

What participants will gain

  • Inspirational, practical examples of new ways forward
  • The dynamics of money and ethical banking; community land trusts for affordable housing and farms; tri-sectoral partnerships; sustainable development; freeing education; associative economics
  • Study visits to local projects
  • Discussion and future thinking

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.

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.

Talk given by Martin Large in New Zealand at St Andrews Church on the Terrace,  in Wellington.

Price Options

£220 Non-Residential

Practical Information

The course is suitable for all comers: bring a notebook, your burning questions, walking gear for local study visits.

Please note that the non-residential option includes suppers, all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Martin Large

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

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.

Steve Briault is an organisation consultant with 25 years’ experience of advising companies, government and voluntary organisations on management processes and structure. He is currently also Chair of Trustees at The Mount Camphill Community and has been trustee and/ or Chair of a range of other charities. His early career included co-founding and managing the Pennine Camphill Community, and restoring the financial stability of a Waldorf School in the role of Administrator. He taught at the Centre for Social Development at Emerson College in the 1980s and has been connected with the College since then. Steve is especially interested in community development and adult learning processes.


Endorsement for the book "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

Endorsement for the book "Free, Equal and Mutual" (2018)
“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