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Pioneers of social change meet at the World Goetheanum Forum

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Around 180 participants exchanged views with people from different countries and cultures at the first World Goetheanum Forum held from 28 to 30 September. Their common goal is to be meaningfully active in their companies and professional activities for the good of humanity.

The forum focused on best-practice examples of value-based, sustainable and innovative cooperation within companies, institutions and initiatives. Georg Soldner, one of the organisers: "The forum offered the opportunity to exchange questions internationally and across industries, to learn from each other and to mutually inspire and encourage each other." The participants agreed: In view of the profound and accelerating ecological and social changes, the purpose of a company today is to promote human dignity, sustainability, justice and the social dimension. 

The forum was attended by international and regional pioneers of social change. The CEOs of the largest banks to emerge from anthroposophical founding impulses - Peter Blom of Triodos Bank, a member of the Club of Rome, and Thomas Jorberg of GLS Bank - highlighted how ethical banking is possible today. Helmy Abouleish described how the oasis of Sekem, which was created 40 years ago in the desert near Cairo, was transformed into a university, agricultural and pharmaceutical companies, schools and health facilities that are regarded as model examples of sustainable, value-based and environmentally friendly economic development in the Islamic world. Sekem was founded by Ibrahim Abouleish (1937-2017), winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize. Dutch agricultural economist Petra Derkzen moved from university to a biodynamic farm to pursue a different type of farming than her parents and helps international farmers with their transition to Demeter farming. Educational scientist Ha Vinh Tho, former 'Minister of Happiness', head of the Centre for Gross National Happiness in Bhutan, reported on how in Vietnam the social skills of pupils are promoted through proper teacher training. Katrin Käufer from the Presencing Institute and the Community Innovators Lab at MIT explained how people around the world can change themselves and their environment, their organisation or their business.

The World Goetheanum Forum was hosted by the World Goetheanum Association. The next forum is planned for the end of September 2019.

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