Global Social Witnessing – be present
30.03. – 2.04.2020
in Witten, Germany
Global Social Witnessing –
in Witten, Germany
Global Social Witnessing - be present
Global Social Witnessing is at its core 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 university has a major responsibillity for creating spaces in which a cosmopolitan society can be prepared for the future, where students can practice global social witnessing 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 esstablish cosmopolitan education in the university.
The goal of GSW-Lab 2020 is to make dialogues between scientific researchers and practitioners by answering theoretican and pragmatic questions concerning GSW. Researchers are invited from philosophy, psychology, sociology, biology, neuroscience, political science, communication science and art science. They will dialogue with practicioners such as spiritual leaders, artists and journalists.
Human witnessing for critical, aware, global action in the face of world events.
We need GSW in order that we will be more aware of being connected with each other and all living creatures. With this awareness we will be able to evolve into the next stage where many ongoing problems can be solved, such as wars, conflicts, climate change etc.
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.
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 online calls and at the CMM Learning Exchange when Adrian and Lukas presented their work and helped us experience it. 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.
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.
Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer
IfGIC was able to get a short interview with Kazuma about the first idea of the Forum and its topic. IfGIC: The next topic for the Conference in 2020 in Global Social Witnessing. When was the first time you have heard about it? Kazuma: In 2017. IfGIC: What is the idea behind Global Social Witnessing? […]
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