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Goetheanum Leadership reorganises operations and School for Spiritual Science

Created by Sebastian Jüngel translated by Bettina Hindes |
After two members of the Executive Council at the Goetheanum were not reconfirmed, the Goetheanum Leadership has reassigned all tasks at the institution and decided in favour of a flatter hierarchy. The idea of the School of Spiritual Science and the work of the organization will be increasingly interrelated.

On 24 March, the General Assembly of the General Anthroposophical Society did not approve the motion to extend the terms of office for Paul Mackay and Bodo von Plato on the Executive Council. The Goetheanum Leadership then reorganised all assignments and tasks. In parallel, the operational management carried out an internal operating analysis. As a result, the Goetheanum Leadership has decided to rethink its organisational structure.

The core of the Goetheanum is the School for Spiritual Science with its eleven Sections. The work of each of the operational departments and their respective activities, such as reception, event coordination, housekeeping and gardening, is now assigned to a specific section. In this way, the idea of the School for Spiritual Science shall become effective right down into to its implementation on site and the experience gained in practice will be made available to the School as a benefit.

The objective is a subdivided responsibility: hierarchies should be flattened, more personal responsibility and self-management made possible, and the connection of the individual to the whole should be expanded. Justus Wittich, member of the Executive Council and operational management, invited the employees to participate in this transformation. "This is a process that will take some time. We will fail again, and again. But that's not bad—even then we will carry on."

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The Goetheanum is the headquarters for the School of Spiritual Science and the General Anthroposophical Society. The School of Spiritual Science with its eleven sections is active worldwide in research, development, teaching, and the practical implementation of its research findings and is supported by the Anthroposophical Society.

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