Global Social Witnessing

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Be present

Feel what you see

Become a global witness

Global Social Witnessing

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Be present
Feel what you see
Become a global witness

Global Social Witnessing_Conference.Lab
Unit 1 “GSW as Sacred Activism”: February 15th to March 4th 2021
Unit 2 “Art as GSW”: March 15th – 17th in 2021

These two units are parts of Master of Arts in Global Social Witnessing at Ubiquity University

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.

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?

Goal of the GSW_Conference.Lab 2021

The GSW_Conference.Lab 2021 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 2021 in Witten/Herdecke University!

Messages from Scientists, Artists and Activists

Thomas Hübl & Otto Scharmer in a dialogue about GSW

Otto Scharmer & Thomas Hübl about GSW

Daniel auf der Mauer about GSW & Photography

Prof. Stefan Hälfinger about GSW & Organisations

Prof. Kazuma Matoba welcomes you to GSW_Conference.Lab

Alex Perinchery & Martin Bruders about GSW

Martin Stockhausen's musical contribution to GSW

Ingrid Pickel about GSW

About 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

“GSW as Sacred Activism” by Activists & Scientists (Recorded Dialogue from February 15th to March 4th)

Contemporary Mystics, Academy of Inner Science /
Germany

Thomas Hübl

Contemporary Mystics, Academy of Inner Science / Germany
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
Conscious research / Germany

Thomas Steininger

Conscious research / Germany
Theory U, The Presencing Institute / USA

Claus Otto Scharmer

Theory U, The Presencing Institute / USA
Organisation and Leadership, Karlshochschule / Germany

Wendelin Küpers

Organisation and Leadership, Karlshochschule / Germany
Military Psychology, Adler University, Chicago / USA

Barton Buechner

Military Psychology, Adler University, Chicago / USA
Psychotherapist, Coach, Founder of "The Citizen is Present", Freiburg / Germany

Axel Perinchery

Psychotherapist, Coach, Founder of “The Citizen is Present”, Freiburg / Germany
Co-founder of "The Citizen is Present", Freiburg / Germany

Clara Perinchery

Co-founder of “The Citizen is Present”, Freiburg / Germany
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
Interdisciplinary Social Science / Germany

Niko Schäpke

Interdisciplinary Social Science / Germany
Integral Democracy, Mehr Demokratie e.V. / Germany

Roman Huber

Integral Democracy, Mehr Demokratie e.V. / Germany
CMM Institute for Personal

Ilene Wasserman

CMM Institute for Personal & Social Evolution, Philadelphia / USA
Biology, Center for Systems Awareness at MIT / USA

Mette Boell

Biology, Center for Systems Awareness at MIT / USA
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
Developmental psychology / Germany

Elizabeth Debold

Developmental psychology / Germany
Comparative Religion, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation / Nigeria

Emmanuel Ivorgba

Comparative Religion, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation / Nigeria

“Art as GSW by Artists” (Workshops in Witten/Germany & Livestream from March 15th to 17th)

Musician, Bonn / Germany

Markus Stockhausen

Musician, Bonn / Germany
Theater director

Ingrid Pickel

Theater director & Performer, Darmstadt / Germany
Visual Artist, Michigan / USA

Qais Assali

Visual Artist, Michigan / USA
Shamanic Art / New Zealand

Tracey Tawhiao

Shamanic Art / New Zealand
Performer / Switzerland

Angela von Rotz

Performer / Switzerland
Practice of Dance, Duke University / USA

Keval Kaur Khalsa

Practice of Dance, Duke University / USA
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

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 vegitarian dinners

WE-Ticket
€600 (including scholarship for young participants)
I-Ticket
€400 (the standard)
YOUTH-Ticket
€150 (students, young activists younger than 28)
IfGIC-, CMMI-Member
€300

Venue

Witten/Herdecke University

Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58455 Witten, Germany

Hotel

Parkhotel Witten

Bergerstr. 23, 58452 Witten
Near to Rail Station Witten, special prise €80/90 (single) – €100/110 (double)
Reservation: directly Parkhotel Witten by referring Booking Code: “gsw2020”

Hotel Georg

Stockumerstr. 35, 58453 Witten
20 minutes walking from University Witten/Herdecke, €55 (single) – €75 (double/tripple)
Reservation through mail@globalsocialwitnessing.org