Extended Core-Team Meeting December 9th

On December 9th the Extended Core-Team of Co-Creating Europe met in Frankfurt a.M. to work on the vision of CCE and set further plans for the Project. We had an intense inquiry and exchange about the current situation in Europe and felt more than ever the necessity to find new perspectives as neither politicians nor violent counterprotest will create sustainable solutions for the future.

We are also aware that Europes ubiquitous problems and the feeling of a deep crisis has been yet accompanied by a grwoing amount of people and initiatives that are willing to stand up for a different Europe and and co-create solutions on a higher level. We are excited to bring many of these people together in our upcoming big network meeting in the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv in the upcoming summer. We decided to put this meeting under the headline Co-Creating the New Culture – weaving together our gifts”. 

We said goodbey to Griet Hellinckx who is withdrawing from the position oft he Managing Director. The whole Team feels deep gratitude for Griets deeply committed engagement and contribution to the project in the last years. As our new Managing Director we welcomed Julian Baller who is joining the team from now on. It was an inspiring day and we are looking forward to inform you about more developments soon.

Call for Support


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Europe is in a crisis, challenging us to transform and dare to do something different. We are called upon to stand up for the basic ideas and values ​​of Europe in a new way. What we strive for is a Europe that has heart and soul and is based on the unity of all beings. We would like to ask for your support of this initiative for Europe with a one time or recurring donation.

We believe that Europe is more than an economic and political region. There is a collective European soul that stands for a social and ecological coexistence, for open dialogues in a society that embraces difference. It lives and manifests in many initiatives from the Atlantic to the Urals. It is important for us to combine the social-political dimension of Europe with the experience and perspective of the unity and non-separateness of all life and all being.

Over 2 years ago, we founded Co-Creating Europe to make this other Europe visible for the benefit of the whole world. We want to harness the nearly unlimited potential of Europe’s history of culture and ideas, to create a future that is focussed on the well-being of all. As a part of this plan, Co-Creating Europe invited 29 representatives of various initiatives and networks from 17 countries to Frankfurt am Main in March 2018 to work on this vision, and another meeting is set for the summer of 2019 in Plovdiv – the European Capital of Culture, to work with over 60 participants towards deepening a European field of consciousness.

With our “European Walks” we have also created a format that values the individual character and beauty of the many regions of Europe, where the shared experiences of nature and space for dialogical exchange form the basis of a joint work on the European idea.

In the fast growing network that Co-Creating Europe is building, we regularly connect with Europe-wide online calls and in our European Conciousness Circle, we work with experts to bring these ideas to the general public. In 2021, we plan to bring all these initiatives together in a multi-day future laboratory in Hungary. For this ‚Forum Europe‘ we expect several thousand people to join us.

A new Europe needs many supporters

In order to bring the new into the world, and to strengthen the emerging network, we are also looking for people who want to volunteer. Therefore, we call you as initiators of the action: Join in, donate and pass on the call to others. Only together can we realize the vision of a Europe in which the unity of all being (consider rethinking this phrase, it’s a little strange for English), before any difference, forms the basis of a free and strong coexistence – a Europe we can proudly pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Support the project with a one-time donation or a monthly standing order!

In Germany: Transfer to the account of our partner emerge awareness culture e.V .: IBAN: DE11 4306 0967 6028 9037 00. BIC: GENODEM1GLS. Keyword: Europe project. Over 200 Euro you will receive a donation receipt after the end of the calendar year. Under 200 euros there is a “simplified proof” by PC printout of the booking confirmation.

In Switzerland: Transfer in Swiss francs to the account of the association Forum Neue Erde, Oberdorfweg 7, CH-3812 Wilderswil, Switzerland. The account no. is PC 60-379868-5 – IBAN: CH42 0900 0000 6037 9868 5 – BIC: POFICHBEXXX Keyword (s): European project.

If you have any questions, please contact Julian Baller.

What If Everyone Believed Everything Is One?

“Prior Unity” is essential to Co-Creating-Europe‘s approach. It points to the awareness that everything is one.

As Otto Scharmer and others have pointed out, the symptoms of the current crises in the world can be summarized in terms of three divides that disconnect us from the primary sources of life: the ecological, social, and spiritual divide.
For many people it is obvious that beyond the surface appearances, everything is fundamentally one. Nevertheless people differ in the degree to which they consider this to be relevant and practical for everyday life. It is obvious that it would have deep psychological, social and political implications if more people experienced Oneness and expressed this inner knowing in their behaviour and actions.

Lately some scientific resarch into the implications of the belief in oneness was done by Kate Diebels and Mark Leary. “The psychological implications of believing that everything is one” is the title of their essay that was published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. It is available online on https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17439760.2018.1484939.

One Humanity Institute Summit in Auschwitz-Oswiecim

The “One Humanity Institute” is to be located in Auschwitz-Oswiecim, Poland. It encompasses the vision of building a “City of Hope”, a destination where long or short-term visitors can experience the stark realities of the past alongside opportunities and models of transformation for a culture of sustainable peace and the uniting of humanity.

A One Humanity Institute Think Tank Summit took place from September 19 – 24, 2018. Dr. Nina Meyerhof and Domen Kocevar, who is also involved in the Co-Creating Europe project, brought together a group of 20 prominent people from many corners of the world, five of whom were Polish colleagues, to Oswiecim-Auschwitz.

The mission of the One Humanity Institute is to help create a future that embraces the universal values of peace, tolerance, dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity for all life. The purpose of the summit was to further formulate and ground this philosophy by focusing on the framework for content and specifics of transforming the buildings. The group held many perspectives coming from the fields of education, sustainability, government, media, and business. The Polish colleagues were helpful in understanding the local political context and the need for integration with the local community.

For more information, visit: https://onehumanity.institute/

European Walk along the Chemin de Saint-Jacques from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac, France.

From the 14th till the 20th of June 2019 there will be a European Walk from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac, France. It is organised by Angelika Albrich, who is an experienced walker.

This 95 km section of the GR 65 is the beginning of the so-called „Via Podiensis“, which is a section of the “Camino de Santiago” or “Chemin de Saint-Jacques”, a path that continues another 1,400 kilometres through France and across Spain until it reaches Santiago di Compostela. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful hiking paths in France. Walking along gentle country roads in the peaceful French countryside you get to enjoy the sight of green hills and small villages. Old stone chapels invite the pilgrims to rest and reflect.

For any further information you are welcome to contact Angelika Albrich

From Brother Klaus to the Black Madonna. Impressions from the first European Walk

On July 17th 2018 a week-long walk started in Flüeli-Ranft, Switzerland, the place where Brother Klaus lived. Nicholas of Flüe (1417-1487), also known as Brother Klaus, was a farmer, a family man and a respected member of his village. After a spiritual crisis at age 50 he withdrew from public life and chose to live the life of a recluse, praying and fasting. Over time people from near and far came in search of his wise advice. He is well-known in Switzerland and is considered to have been an important peacemaker. His life‘s motto and desire was to bring God and the world closer together. As this perspective resonated with the dedicated group that organised and prepared this first European Walk, they chose this place as a starting point.

During the next days about 50 people hiked all day long as a group along an old pilgrimage path, the route of Saint James, also called St. Jakob’s trail. Accommodation and catering had been arranged individually, but each morning the group met at an appointed place for shared moments of silence and inspirational words. Annette Kaiser guided the group in these moments of reflection and meditation. The focus was on appreciation and respect for diversity, as well as on strengthening the realization of Oneness – Oneness with nature, with one another, with the Divine. In the mornings several people walked in silence. Around noon Sri M, who is known for having walked for 16 months in India, told stories or shared some of his experiences, thus giving everyone a chance again to listen within and deepen the experience of unity. The fact that many Indians living abroad joined the walk added a unique flavour to this journey. At the end of each day the group sat together for a closure and some chanting. During the day and at night there was plenty of time to be in dialogue and to get to know one another.

The trail offered many highlights, as Central Switzerland is blessed with clear and shimmering lakes, towering mountain tops, green meadows, and old but vivid villages and little towns. Sitting together under a tree, on the terrace of a mountain top station, in an ancient church or an old wooden chapel was a treat in many ways. Most of the time it was so sunny and warm that the rain that came towards the end of the journey was welcomed as refreshing for both humans and nature. The walk ended in Einsiedeln with a visit to the Black Madonna, thus paying reference to the feminine aspect of the Divine.

29 People from 17 European Countries Engaged in a Collective Inquiry

During the months and weeks before the meeting in Frankfurt the core group of Co-Creating Europe had sent out invitations including the project’s manifesto to people from all over Europe. They were looking for networkers, solutionaries and disseminators from as many European countries as possible; people from all age groups who are rooted in Presence and who feel the necessity for action from that place; people who love Europe and who recognise the need for a new culture, as well as a renewed sense of European identity.

From the 9th till the 11th of March 2018 twenty-nine wonderful people gathered in Frankfurt – bonding, reflecting and co-creating : Brigitte Wingelmayr (Austria), Helen Titchen Beeth (Belgium, UK), Zhivko Stoilov (Bulgaria), Barbara Torggler (Austria), Elizabeth Debold (Germany, USA), Thomas Steininger (Germany, Austria), Sonja Student (Germany), Griet Hellinckx (Germany, Belgium), Stephan Ley (Germany), Barbara von Meibom (Germany), Hilde Weckmann (Germany, Austria), Bence Ganti (Hungary, USA), Ágota Éva Rusza (Hungary), Arni Heidar Karlsson (Iceland), Teresa Noce (Italy), Alise Skupele (Latvia), Marie-Rose Fritz (Luxemburg), Anne-Marie Voorhoeve (the Netherlands), Lysan Boshuyzen (The Netherlands), Maciek Gutkowski (Poland), Pavel Luksha (Russia), Domen Kocevar (Slovenia), Joserra González (Spain), Anders Nyberg (Sweden, South-Africa), Annette Kaiser (Switzerland), Cecile Cassini (Switzerland), Marian Brehmer (Turkey, Germany), and Aslinur Brehmer-Akdeniz (Turkey).

Fourteen people, who would have loved being there, had to prioritise other tasks. They are staying in the loop and are thus adding to the range of countries represented in this growing field: Carolyn Lee (Ireland, Australia), Damir Saciragic (Bosnia), George Pór (UK, Hungary), Ivan Fomin (Russia), Jasenka Gojsic (Croatia), Jasmin Egger (Liechtenstein), Jordí Cartanya (Spain), Kalypso Nicolaidis (UK, Greece, France), Lev Gordon (Russia), Marco Robledo (Spain), Nora Ganescu (Slovakia, Romenia, Hungary), Shelley Sacks (UK, South-Africa), Stephen Busby (UK), Timo Pfender (Germany) and Wolfgang Aurose (USA, Germany).