Talk: Free, Equal and Mutual

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Fri 04Oct

Rudolf Steiner's Social Vision

Facilitator: Martin Large & Steve Briault

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 ‘glocal’ examples of the emerging social future, we will explore how we can take steps towards rebalancing society for the common good.

Event time: Fri 4th Oct at 8:00pm - Fri 4th Oct at 9:30pm

At a glance

  • Public talk on sustainable society
  • Examples of projects working for the common good
  • Discussion on ways forward for change

What participants will gain

  • Introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s social thinking and the human being
  • Opportunity to consider social questions in new ways
  • Inspiration and motivation

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 public talk will cover salient points from the speakers’ jointly edited book Free, Equal and Mutual: Rebalancing Society for the Common Good (2018) as well as indicating intentions for the weekend workshop.

Price Options

£7 Ticket
£5 Concession



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Practical Information

A notebook might be handy.

Tickets will be available on the door but we recommend booking online in advance as events can sell out.

Concession prices are offered in the spirit of inclusiveness and trust. If this is appropriate for your financial situation, you are welcome to book the event on this basis.

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)