The three separate magnitudes of
FREEDOM in civil society,
EQUALITY & HUMANISTIC JUSTICE in the political state, and
COLLABORATION in economic life,
come together as one in
A HIGHER SYNTHESIS OF SOCIETAL UNITY
“We (at RW) coined the term The Intellectual Deep Web in 2018 to point to the need for a deeper synthesis, including Wilber & Integral, and some of the most important new paradigm thinkers – that we believe are essential to reinvigorate a new post-materialist worldview – like Tarnas, Stan Grof, Jung, Steiner and others.” David Fuller ( 10 Aug ’20), Rebel Wisdom Critique, Vince Fakhoury Horn and David Fuller.
ABOUT THREEFOLD RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Threefold Research Fellowship is an initiative of and works in collaboration with CIRCLES FOR A RENEWAL OF CULTURE and the community-building initiatives under its umbrella:
- URBAN FIRST AID: ART IS MEDICINE,
- ELDERBERRIES THREEFOLD CAFE,
- HAVE SEEDS THREEFOLD HOUSE,
- HOW WE WILL FORUM
The Fellowship idea came to Dottie Zold and Frank Aleph Agrama in Los Angeles on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth celebration 2019 as a way to extend and build on their work.
Los Angeles is the initial place for the Fellowship with the intention to have these Fellowships throughout the United States.Dottie and Frank build their community-building work in LA (and now Chicago) around “Social Threefolding”.
JOAN JAECKEL, ThreeFold Research Fellow, URBAN FIRST AID/CIRCLES for A RENEWAL OF CULTURE
Greetings! I’m a U.S. immigrant – Austrian-born into post-WWII family circumstances. Grew up in Detroit / three grown children, three grown stepchildren, eight grandchildren all told; living with my partner, general contractor and artist Roman Janczak in Los Angeles. Like to get up with the sun and think about things.
Maybe experiencing WWII and its disorienting aftermath directly and through family lore is what calls me to the challenge of ‘social change’.
What do we need to change in OUR time? How DO we change human weaknesses – w/o fanaticism, shaming, or coercion? Like my Babylonian sun-worshipping way-back ancestors, I am called by some inner tuning fork to keep finding challenges and colleagues in the social transformation space (e.g. 6th grade, Clara B. Ford Elementary School, Dearborn, MI: boys can’t take HOME EC (i.e. sewing and cooking) and girls can’t take SHOP?? Petitioned to change that policy; BUILT a jewelry box.)
I’m no scientist, but even today some who are also appreciate the musical talents of the sun :
- “The Singing Sun” at Solar Center Stanford. The Stanford scientists say “the sun is like a huge musical instrument …producing solar music”
- “The Sun is not Silent”, NASA [https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/07/27/sun-has-sound-nasa-space-orig-video-trnd.cnn ]
And now here we are in 2020 again in a state of social ill health. It’s been 100 years since Rudolf Steiner sought to avert the Versailles Treaty with a working hypothesis, a social medicine he called the “Threefold Commonwealth”. The centralized state would operate as a dynamic triad of mutually independent and cooperative sectors. No one sector could nullify the others. Conversation, not violence, would begin to rule. As often happens with visionaries, he did not succeed as a political influencer in 1917. So, he opted to “refresh” the educational system instead by opening the Waldorf school in 1919 with a grand challenge to the future:
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
My/our intention in this ThreeFoldFellowship space is the possibility of us all joining together to imagine a new curative CULTURAL, POLITICAL and ECONOMIC operating system for our ailing 21st century people, communities and world.
I initially heard the call towards social change from the direction of education. I left Detroit to study for and become a foreign language teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School in suburban Los Angeles, sent three children to school there, became active in the initiative to start Ocean Charter School in 2004, the first public Waldorf charter school to open in LA.
Among other things, I acted as consulting producer on The Waldorf Promise [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uqnTyQItM], “a highly acclaimed CINE Golden Eagle winning documentary which focuses on 8 U.S. public school teachers who use Waldorf teaching methods to engage students from diverse backgrounds.”
Today, there’s a whole Alliance for Public Waldorf Education with over 50 Public Waldorf Education initiatives – charter and traditional in-district schools – serving TK-12th grade students in public schools around the country.
GREAT, RIGHT? IF ONLY. The more I live with the knowledge of how what Teilhard de Chardin calls “creative restlessness” gets subtracted from each child’s schooling, the more I hear the call.
- “Rivers of Babylon” by Boney M. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdgMo7BjA0Y
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THE CIRCLES TEAM