Conference 2019: Soul of Europe
Report of the Conference Soul of Europe
Facing Europe’s Challenges: Balancing diversity, solidarity and unity
23rd – 25th August 2019 in Brussels, Belgium
Around 150 people with relation to the Anthroposophical Society from all around Europe gathered in the Residence Palace in Brussels to discuss the current state of Europe while sharing ideas for a common vision for the future. ELIANT was represented by President Michaela Glöckler and Administrative Assistant Jens Ladekarl.
The three-day conference was roughly separated into three main topics. The first day dealt with the historical mission of Europe as both a spiritual and political community. The second day investigated the current challenges focusing on practical initiatives of applying anthroposophy raising issues such as nationalism, climate change and digitalisation. The last day centred around a future vision for Europe encapsulating the observations from the previous days while centring the positive effects of creating communities guided by the philosophy of anthroposophy. The conference finished off with a lunch at the Institut Rudolf Steiner at Rue du Trône.
Besides from actively participating in workshops and contributing to the discussions, Alliance ELIANT was present to bring attention to the work of the organisation, bringing special attention to the current campaign on the right to screen-free day care institutions, kindergartens and primary schools. ELIANT was present with an information table at the reception where information about the petition was actively distributed. There was a great interest among participants of the conference in both signing the petition and collecting material for redistribution among peers.
Having been invited to do a lecture, the president of ELIANT Michaela Glöckler presented the history, philosophy and visions of the Alliance ELIANT. She outlined the importance of cooperation for mutual support in working for the maintenance of important availability of choices – as e.g. screen-free kindergartens and elementary schools. Michaela Glöckler encouraged the audience to take seriously the co-responsibility of all of us as civilians in changing the world to the better. She finished off by outlining the crucial importance of ELIANT’s current campaign on digitalisation.
Although recognising its flaws and shortcomings, there was a general belief that the EU is our best attempt to bring unity without losing diversity in Europe. In a time where egoism is materialised by the rise of populist nationalism, it is important that we stand together for freedom and equality. By applying Rudolf Steiner’s principle of social threefolding, anthroposophy is an essential element in empowering and promoting skills, creativity, sustainability and solidarity in a united Europe.
August 28th, 2019