Global Social Witnessing

Be present
Feel what you see

Become a global witness

 

Global Social Witnessing

Be present
Feel what you see

Become a global witness

You want to explore global social realities though science and art? 
You want to generate compassion, awareness and feel more interconnected? 
You want to be able to stay in touch with your natural sense of possibility and vision? 
You want to be able to hold the tension between reality and possibility? 
You want to be able to trust in your visions beyond your personal lifetime? 
You want to lean into an embodied practise of compassionate global citizenship?

Global Social Witnessing_Conference.Lab 2020
March 30th – April 2nd 2020

at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Global Social Witnessing  is the emergent human capacity to mindfully attend to global events with an embodied awareness, thereby creating an inner world space mirroring these events.

Goal of the GSW_Conference.Lab 2020

The GSW_Conference.Lab 2020 will provide a space where diverse perspectives/experiences from artists, scientists, spiritual practitioners, and political activists will inspire participants to better understand and embody GSW within their mind, heart, and body.  Throughout the lab, we will co-create new ideas, strategies, tools, and energy to help us become mature global citizens in our times of disruption and transformation.

Explore global social realities with international artists and scientists
Generate compassionate awareness and interconnectedness while deepening your felt sense as a global human
Stay in touch with a natural sense of possibility and vision to tune into the sweet spot between awareness, change and activism 
Hold the tension between reality and possibility to unfold your potential in the world 
Witness that some possibilities may not be realized in one’s own lifetime to enable a deep trust and commitment regardless of outcomes 
Lean into an embodied practice of compassionate global citizenship
…. Let’s co-create global social witnessing! 

Join us at the Global Social Witnessing_Conference.Lab 2020 in Witten/Herdecke University!

Global Social Witnessing?

  • Kazuma, why do we need GSW?

    We want to be mentally, emotionally and physically present with all human and living beings who experience intense and profound moments of struggling, doubting, and suffering.

    When we see people on the news – children in famine in Africa or a crying mother with her dead child in Syria – we feel touched and empathetic with these people. This often happens, but the impression is not permanent, because it is just too much for us and we do not always want to deal with it. These everyday thoughts are deeply rooted in an individualistic dualism: I and the world (the Other) are separated. Through climate change and refugee crisis, we have begun to realise that we are interconnected. So we can testify to suffering people with belief that we are not separate from them, but we and they are part of a great system.

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    Kazuma Matoba
    Witten/Herdecke University
  • Sergej, what is GSW for you?

    GSW is “contemplative social cognition”

    I experienced GSW in an online workshop presented by Adrian Wagner and Lukas Herrmann. It feels like a powerful technique and method that can help us address some of the toughest issues facing us as humans in a simple, yet profound way. 
    As a practice of contemplative social cognition (Singer et al., 2015) GSW involves a sequence of micro-actions (Petitmengin et al., 2017): An active choice to pay attention to world events, to allow oneself to be affected by them, to become aware of phenomenal impressions on various levels (mental, emotional, somatic, relational…) and to attentively stay with these impressions and their unfolding within one’s awareness.

    Sergej van Middendorp
    Sergej van Middendorp
    CMM Institute
  • Lukas, how can we practice GSW?

    GSW can be practiced individually and collectively

    GSW can be practiced individually or by a collective entity. The potential collective practices are two-fold: Firstly, initiated through a shared intention of a collective entity, a particular global event is mirrored simultaneously within each individual member. Secondly, the collective entity’s social field may mirror the complex systemic dynamics of global events and their potential unfolding (Hübl, 2017). To this end, the elements of a global event get represented by group members. Examples for the second type of practice are Social Presencing Theater (Hayashi, 2015), Process Work (Mindell, 2010) and Systemic Constellation Work.

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    Lukas Herrmann
    Institute for Global Integral Competence

Source of Inspiration

Keynote speakers

Contemporary Mystics, Academy of Inner Science /
Germany

Thomas Hübl

Contemporary Mystics, Academy of Inner Science / Germany
Theory U, The Presencing Institute / USA

Claus Otto Scharmer

Theory U, The Presencing Institute / USA

Scientists

Psychology, Meridian University / USA

Aftab Omer

Psychology, Meridian University / USA
Meditation Research, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany

Terje Sparby

Meditation Research, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany
Conflict resolution, CMMI, Columbia University / USA

Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Conflict resolution, CMMI, Columbia University / USA
Practice of Dance, Duke University / USA

Keval Kaur Khalsa

Practice of Dance, Duke University / USA
Organisation and Leadership, Karlshochschule / Germany

Wendelin Küpers

Organisation and Leadership, Karlshochschule / Germany
Biology, Center for Systems Awareness at MIT / USA

Mette Boell

Biology, Center for Systems Awareness at MIT / USA
Materials Science,                                                                                                    The University of Shiga Prefecture / Japan

Takeo Oku

Materials Science, The University of Shiga Prefecture / Japan
Sustainable Management, University Bremen / Germany

Georg Müller-Christ

Sustainable Management, University Bremen / Germany
Sociology, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany

Werner Vogd

Sociology, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany
Strategic Management, City University of London / UK

Stefan Haefliger

Strategic Management, City University of London / UK
Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University / UK

Shelley Sacks

Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University / UK

Social Activists

Integral Democracy, Mehr Demokratie e.V. / Germany

Roman Huber

Integral Democracy, Mehr Demokratie e.V. / Germany
IT-Engineer, Madrid / Spain

Nicolas Amaya

IT-Engineer, Madrid / Spain
Psychotherapist, Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Susanne Ahlendorf

Psychotherapist, Frankfurt am Main / Germany
Systemic Constellation / Germany

Stephan Hausner

Systemic Constellation / Germany
Communication Performer, Freiburg / Germany

Axel Perinchery

Communication Performer, Freiburg / Germany
Comparative Religion, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation / Nigeria

Emmanuel Ivorgba

Comparative Religion, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation / Nigeria

Artists

Theater director

Ingrid Pickel

Theater director & Performer, Darmstadt / Germany
Pianist

Ronald Poelman

Pianist & Composer, Netherland
Visual Artist, Michigan / USA

Qais Assali

Visual Artist, Michigan / USA
Painter, Bad-Belzig / Germany

Beate Simon

Painter, Bad-Belzig / Germany
Shamanic Art / New Zealand

Tracey Tawhiao

Shamanic Art / New Zealand
Performer, Switzerland

Angela von Rotz

Performer, Switzerland
Choreographer

Stephanie Miracle

Choreographer & Performer, California / USA
Improve Theater

Tabea Gregory

Improve Theater & Yoga, Witten / Germany
Visual Artist, Augsburg / Germany

Kerstin Strauß

Visual Artist, Augsburg / Germany
Photography

Daniel Auf der Mauer

Photography & Conflict transformation, Zurich / Switzerland
Poetry and Movement, Witten / Germany

Darius Matthies

Poetry and Movement, Witten / Germany
Visual Art, Witten / Germany

Philip Stoll

Visual Art, Witten / Germany

Process-facilitation

Facilitator

Bee James

Facilitator & Coach, Wiltshire / UK
Facilitator, Mediator

Martin Bruders

Facilitator, Mediator & Coach, IfGIC, Berlin / Germany

Messages from Scientists, Artists and Activists

Schedule

In these four days 16 artists and social activists invite you to experience yourself as a “global social witness” and explore your related inner feelings through authentic artistic dialogue. The artists and activists are curious to see what might emerge through global social witnessing. 11 scientists will participate in the process and then lead a discussion about what may have emerged for you.
 

Registration

There are four types of tickets and all ticket types include drink/coffee/tea, snacks and 3 vegan dinners.
Early Bird until October 31, 2019

WE-Ticket
€500 (including scholarship for young participants)
I-Ticket
€300 (the standard)
YOUTH-Ticket
€100 (students, young activists younger than 28)
IfGIC-, CMMI-Member
€200

Please buy your ticket here!

Venue

Witten/Herdecke University

Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58455 Witten, Germany