Götz W. Werner
Founder of dm-drogerie markt:
“Without anthroposophy, without this teaching of the wisdom of the human being, much would have remained closed to me in life. Whether as an entrepreneur, a father, or later as the head of an institute I have always been able to gain useful insights from Steiner’s spiritual science. It has helped with everyday life, with coping with numerous incidents, and above all with recognizing the vision that I wanted to bring actively into the community. ELIANT’s partners want to enable this kind of access for many people in Europe with regard to their thinking, as well as enabling the use of healthful nutrition and medicines. Support the alliance with your signature!”
Laying the foundation for creative diversity!
“For the past year I have served as a professor of media pedagogy at Alanus University, with a focus on media addiction prevention. I was NOT surprized to find that my colleagues in the educational sciences, in art therapy, philosophy, economics, etc. are markedly open minded, critical and creative nonconformists. What did SURPRIZE me was that many of these colleagues are not anthroposophists, yet say that anthroposophy is one of the few alternative models that still truly mark out a path in the sea of mainstream conformity – that is why they chose this university.
This is also the function of ELIANT on a European level: to set milestones for creative multiplicity, countering one-sidedness in medicine, education, agriculture, the economy... From my perspective as an academic this is of central importance: how will we conduct control group studies in the future, to research the advantages and disadvantages of various scenarios, if there are no more “alternative scenarios” left? Remaining alternatives are being increasingly pushed aside, banned, regulated away and eliminated to cut costs. ELIANT is working on a European level to preserve a multiplicity of options, to continue to enable and allow people to think their own thoughts and act in their own ways. ELIANT supporters, whether they have an anthroposophic background or not, are helping to ensure that we maintain the conditions required for a human-friendly future.”
Co-founder of the ELIANT alliance:
"The attraction of ELIANT lies in its interdisciplinary collaboration – medicine, agriculture, and education all encounter the same system-related challenges in Brussels. The broad alliance of people who support ELIANT provides it with special importance.”
"ELIANT supports several civil society organisations, especially in the areas of biodynamic agriculture, Waldorf education, child care and alternative and Anthroposophic medicine in Brussels at the European Commission. These organisations are an important part of a diverse civil society which seeks freedom of choice in selecting its food, schools, its doctors and way of treatment. ELIANT also supports a culturally diverse Europe, as described in the charter of fundamental rights and in paragraph 2 of the Treaty of Europe: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.” ELIANT does this by performing as a Backbone Organisation. A backbone organisation supports, in partnership with others, the framing of vision and strategy, activities, and establishes shared measurement practices, building public will, advancing policies and mobilising funding. It is by its nature rather invisible and therefore needs a special type of funding. As I understand, ELIANT receives financial support of many thousand citizens from Europe and worldwide. I wish ELIANT that it develops more strengths as a backbone organisation to be able to increase its support for freedom of choice in Europe."
Nicanor Perlas (1950), runs his own backbone organisation in Zarraga in the Philippines, see www.solutionecosystems.net, which supports lifting people out of poverty by way of a holistic inclusive sustainable integrated area development program (SIAD 2.0). He has been a keynote Speaker in over 70 global conferences and 120 national events, on various aspects of integral sustainable development and is author of over 80 books and monographs as well as over 500 articles on various aspects of integral sustainable development, including the international best selling book called, Shaping Globalization. Civil Society, Cultural Power, and Threefolding. In 2003 he has been awarded the Right Livelihood Award or Alternative Nobel Prize. He has recently taken the position of Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines, which is partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs) to enable the marginalized to improve their lives through the agency's programs, particularly the National Greening Program (NGP).