Global Social Witnessing – be present

GSW-LAB 2020

March 30th – April 2nd 2020

at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Global Social Witnessing –

be present

GSW-Lab 2020

March 30 – April 2 2020

  at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Global Social Witnessing - be present

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-Lab 2020

In the 21st century the school and university has a major responsibility for creating spaces in which a cosmopolitan society can be prepared for the future, where students can practice ‘global social witnessing’ (GSW) in order to develop human capacity to attend mindfully to global events with embodied awareness. If our future is to be cosmopolitan, we need to establish cosmopolitan education.

The GSW-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.

All change-makers (educators, activists, artists, scientists, students, therapists etc.) are welcome! 

WHY?

We want to be mentally, emotionally and physically present with human beings and other animals 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 from each other. With climate change and refugee crisis, we begin to realise that we are connected with each other and with the world. 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. 

  • Kazuma, why do we need GSW?

    GSW can develop my ears and eyes through which I can listen to and see the world. And GSW can transform my consciousness through which I can recognize the world is a part of me, and I am a part of the world.

    Kazuma, why do we need GSW?
    Kazuma Matoba
    Witten/Herdecke University

WHAT?

GSW is “contemplative social cognition”

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, what is your relation to GSW?

    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.

    Sergej, what is your relation to GSW?
    Sergej van Middendorp
    Institute for Global Integral Comptence

HOW?

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.

  • Lukas, how we can practice GSW?

    A guide for GSW: 1) actively choose to pay attention to world event, 2) allow yourself to be affected by the event, 3) become aware of how you are affected on various levels (mental, emotional, somatic, relational) 4) attentively stay with these impressions and their unfoldment within your awareness 5) share with a group.

    Lukas, how we can practice GSW?
    Lukas Herrmann
    Witten/Herdecke University

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Keynote speakers and facilitators

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

Sociology, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany

Werner Vogd

Sociology, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany
Biology, The Society for Organisational Learning / USA

Mette Boell

Biology, The Society for Organisational Learning / USA
Conflict resolution, CMMI, Columbia University / USA

Beth Yoshida-Fischer

Conflict resolution, CMMI, Columbia University / USA
Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University / UK

Shelley Sacks

Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University / UK
Psychology, Meridian University / USA

Aftab Omer

Psychology, Meridian University / USA
Practice of Dance, Duke University / USA

Keval Kaur Khalsa

Practice of Dance, Duke University / USA
Quantum Physics,                                                                                                    University Shiga / Japan

Takeo Oku

Quantum Physics, University Shiga / Japan
Strategic Management, City University of London / UK

Stefan Haefliger

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

Terje Sparby

Meditation Research, Witten/Herdecke University / Germany
Organisation and Leadership, Karlshochschule / Germany

Wendelin Küpers

Organisation and Leadership, Karlshochschule / Germany
Sustainable Management, University Bremen / Germany

Georg Müller-Christ

Sustainable Management, University Bremen / Germany

Social Activists

Integral Democracy, Mehr Demokratie e.V. / Germany

Roman Huber

Integral Democracy, Mehr Demokratie e.V. / Germany
Psychotherapist, Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Susanne Ahlendorf

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

Nicolas Amaya

IT-Engineer, Madrid / Spain
Systemic Constellation / Germany

Stephan Hausner

Systemic Constellation / Germany

Artists

Regisseur

Ingrid Pickel

Regisseur & Performer, Darmstadt / Germany
Painter, Bad-Belzig / Germany

Beate Simon

Painter, Bad-Belzig / Germany
Choreographer

Stephanie Miracle

Choreographer & Performer, California / USA
Photograph, Zurich / Switzerland

Daniel Auf der Mauer

Photograph, Zurich / Switzerland
Pianist

Ronald Poelman

Pianist & Composer, Netherland
Shamanic Art / New Zealand

Tracey Tawhiao

Shamanic Art / New Zealand
Improve Theater

Tabea Gregory

Improve Theater & Yoga, Witten / Germany
Poetry and Movement, Witten / Germany

Darius Matthies

Poetry and Movement, Witten / Germany
Visual Artist, Michigan / USA

Qais Assali

Visual Artist, Michigan / USA
Performer, Switzerland

Angela von Rotz

Performer, Switzerland

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