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European Alliance of Initiatives
for Applied Anthroposophy

Return the human being to the centre of society

Learning is experience. Everything else is information.

Dear ELIANT friends,

In her opening speech at the ELIANT conference on November 28th, Martine Reicherts pointed to the importance of the digital debate organised by ELIANT: "We need to return the human being to the centre of society. People like you are needed, it's a question of heart, friendship and common values and we should focus on all that unites us even if we see many things differently."

Later, Prof. Fuchs, an international expert on embodied cognitive science, spoke of how physical activity, social interaction and emotional engagement form the basis of human cognition. Cognition, emotion and action always work together as an integral unit. The brain is a mediating organ that is shaped by the continuously occurring interactions with the world, it is not a hard drive or a computer. And Prof. Gertrud Teuchert-Noodt's final message (quoting Einstein) was: "Learning is experience. Everything else is just information."

The ELIANT conference November 28th with more than 160 participants was a great success and made a significant contribution towards highlighting the importance of an age-appropriate use of digital media. Please find the videos, written summaries, pictures and twitter story of this conference here.

With warm greetings and best wishes for the New Year
Michaela Glöckler