ELIANT stands for people who want to live in a Europe that is culturally diverse with freedom of choice:

in questions of education, the economy, social reform, organic agriculture, and complementary and integrative medicine.

Panel

How can digital spaces cultivate our humanity rather than limit it?
A culture of citizenship is vital to Europe as well as to the rest of the world. Children and adults require support in order to cultivate the related human values. How relevant is the age appropriate access for children to the digital world in this process?

Moderator

Shanti George

Shanti George, Learning for Well Being

Shanti George is an independent researcher currently based in The Hague and is an Associate of the Learning for Well-being Community.   She has taught at universities on three continents and is now an honorary professor at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Her most recent book is Re-imagined Universities and Global Citizen Professionals: International education, cosmopolitan pedagogies and global friendships (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Speakers

Edwin Hübner

Edwin Hübner, Free University Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. habil. Edwin Huebner, born 1955, studied math and physics in Frankfurt/Main and Stuttgart. Since 1985 teacher at Freie Waldorfschule Frankfurt/Main. Scientific research and publishing activities about media and pedagogy. Since 2015 professor at Freie Hochschule Stuttgart - Seminar for Waldorfpedagogy. Many publications, one of the more recent ones: Media and Pedagogy. Aspects for a better understanding of the media. Basics for a anthroposophical - anthropological media-pedagogy (edition waldorf 2015).

Joan Almon

Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood

Joan Almon was born in the United States and studied sociology and psychology at the University of Michigan. She then worked for leaders in the civil rights and anti-poverty movements. She later became interested in early childhood education and was deeply engaged as a Waldorf educator for over thirty years.

She co-chaired the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and represented it in international meetings. In the 1990s she became very concerned about the decline in children's health and well-being in the USA and Europe, and worked with physicians and educators to found the Alliance for Childhood in 1999. The Alliance addresses a number of childhood issues including the overuse of digital technologies and the need for restoring play.

Georg Soldner

Georg Soldner, Deputy Head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum

Physician, specialising in paediatrics. Cofounding member of an anthroposophic medical group practice in Munich, Germany, since 1994, with an emphasis on treating children with chronic diseases. Member of the Board of the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany 1993-2011 and head of Academy of Anthroposophic Medicine (GAÄD) since 2013. Many years of experience in lecturing and publishing, including his main work “Individual Paediatrics” together with H.M. Stellmann, and serving as editor-in-chief of the Vademecum of Anthroposophic Medicines. Deputy head of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum since 2016..

Franz Glaw

Franz Glaw, Free Waldorf Schools Germany

Franz Glaw has been a teacher for German and mathematics at the Rudolf Steiner School in Düsseldorf since 1987 and has also been active in the field of media pedagogy for several decades. For more than 20 years he took care of a students magazine, gave computer courses and realized film and radio projects with pupils. Since 2006 he supervises the YouTube channel of the "Waldorfschule Düsseldorf". Within the scope of his activities as a member of the board of directors of the Federation of the Free Waldorf Schools, he established the Department of Media Education together with Paula Bleckmann and Edwin Hübner. His approach is integrative and production-oriented.

More information can be found in the following two brochures: "Struwwelpeter 2.0 - Media competency and Waldorf education" and “Struwwelpeter 2.1 – A Field Guide for Parents through the Media-Jungle” (only available in German)

Konstantin Scheller

Konstantin D. A. Scheller, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (DG EAC)

Konstantin D. A. Scheller works for the European Commission's Directorate General for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (DG EAC) to define and implement policy on Innovation in Education. His work is particularly focused on digitalisation and the need for education to (a) equip Europeans with strong digital competences that allow them to thrive in today's world and (b) make use of opportunities to improve teaching, learning and administrative processes. He is passionate about Open Education and OER (Open Educational Resources) and an avid consumer of online learning and learning apps but is also convinced that the most interesting – and most disruptive – changes are still to come.