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Annette Kaiser is a Swiss born spiritual teacher and a visionary of a Universal Spirituality. She is particularly devoted to transconfessional and transcultural evolutionary spirituality, which implies an open aware state of being as the natural expression of an integral way of living.
This way is leading into Universal Spirituality and Universal Cooperation as integral Not-Two. In both areas she initiates and participates in many ways with different groups, centers and human beings in Europe and worldwide. She sees the 21st Century as a call for humanity to recognise itself as inseparably One, co-creating a new culture in collective wisdom and love of One Heart.
She is married mother of two adult children and grandmother
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Philosopher and cultural activist Dr. Thomas Steininger gives international lectures and seminars on evolutionary spirituality, among others at the Academy Heiligenfeld and at the Benediktushof Holzkirchen.
Thomas Steininger studied philosophy at the University of Vienna (Austria), specializing in consciousness and social evolution using the work of Martin Heidegger and Ken Wilber. He worked for the Austrian Radio (OE1) and as a freelance journalist. As founder of the German magazine Evolve, he served as its editor-in-chief and nowadays as publisher. He also hosts a weekly web-broadcast.
Thomas taught at the Master’s program for Conscious Evolution at The Graduate Institute. He has pioneered the development of Emerge Dialogue Process, a new consciousness-aware collective process for creative engagement.
Thomas lectures internationally and gives seminars on evolutionary spirituality and dialogue. He has co-organized the annual Herbstakademie-Frankfurt for the past decade. He co-led the integral-evolutionary Studium Generale, Menschen in Spirit with Annette Kaiser and Sonja Student. Thomas has initiated different efforts to address the legacy of German history from the 20th century, most recently with the conference, Reconciliation with Germany with Prof. Dr. Barbara von Meibom and Heiner Max Alberti.
Sonja Student is an expert in children’s rights and democracy education aswell as a communication and school advisor. She has been a child rights activist for more than 25 years.
Sonja Student lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. For 25 years she has been committed to bringing children’s rights and democracy education on the agenda in schools, ministries, etc. She is director of the Kommunikationsagentur KiKo and founder of the NGO Makista – Bildung für Kinderrechte und Demokratie. She initiated the integral academy DIA and together with Thomas Steininger and Jens Heisterkamp she founded the Herbstakademie-Frankfurt, which contributes to an evolutionary spirituality and is based on intercultural and interspiritual dialogue.
Managing Director & Caravan of unity executive team
Julian Baller is a cultural activist and perceives a PhD in Cultural Studies at Humboldt University Berlin.
Julian studied Cultural History and Theory, as well as Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He served as a student associate in Cultural Theory and History and Theory of Aesthetics, and as a student assistant in Cultural History between. In 2014, he co-organized the interdisciplinary lecture series Subversion and Political Difference (Subversion und politische Differenz). He taught for several years at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at the HU of Berlin, where he has been pursuing his doctorate since October 2016. Currently he is a visiting scholar at Columbia University NY.
core Team & Caravan of unity initiator
Anne-Marie Voorhoeve (The Netherlands) is founder, director and strategic connector of the Hague Center. She is a strategist, social alchemist, social architect, innovative co-creator, experienced facilitator and expert in meshworking.
She focuses on integral transformation of society into a sustainable world. She has international experience with communities, businesses, networks, organizations, technology providers, groups of politicians, and NGOs. She enjoys designing and supporting complex multi-stakeholder projects that commit to meaningful and ambitious goals, eg. The Offices of the Future development with the Wheel of Co-Creation. She is Chief Creative Director for the International Club of Budapest and a core team member of Integral City Meshworks Ltd. and founder-partner of Integral City Netherlands. She is a ECOintention practioner.
Elizabeth Deboldt, Ed.D calls herself a “gender futurist”—gender and social change have been her focus for the past four decades. The first half of that time, she spent as a women’s rights activist and studied developmental psychology at Harvard University (with Dr. Carol Gilligan) to learn how our identities as women and men are formed. During her time at Harvard, she co-authored a bestselling book, Mother Daughter Revolution (Addison-Wesley, 1993; Bantam, 1994) that was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The second half began with joining a spiritual community where she went deeper into the foundations of self and relationship, rooted in consciousness itself. She has come to realize that our gender identities are so entangled in sociocultural reality that change most often results in new versions of old problems. She now work with “We” dialogue contexts to create experimental microcultures that creatively engage with diversity within a field of unity, opening new potentials for human transformation. In line with this inquiry, she has founded One World in Dialogue and co-lead emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V., a German educational charity.
core team, Finances
Stephan Ley is a self employed HR consultant and lecturer with a deep interstet in spirituality and sustainibility.
Stephan Ley (Germany) graduated in Business Administration at the University of Cologne. He works as a self-employed HR consultant and interim manager for customers from different industries after spending years in international retail. He gives lectures in business administration at different universities. He is interested in spirituality and sustainability issues and he is part of the core team of Co-Creating Europe.
caravan of unity executive team
Katie is an Author, Campaign Founder, Film Producer and Publisher with a specialist interest in mental health and spirituality.
She was one of the Founding Directors of the International Spiritual Emergence Network, providing a collaborative platform for the global networks that exist to support people going through the spiritual emergence process. Her personal story is featured in the publication by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Spirituality and Narrative in Psychiatric Practice: Stories of Mind and Soul, 2016, and in her own book; Mend the Gap, 2014.
Katie founded the International anti- stigma campaign in support of those experiencing a difficult transformation process; #Emerging Proud and the Emerging Kind; a project training Peers to hold ‘Safe Space’ support groups.
Her most recent project is the ongoing publication of the ‘KindaProud’ series of ‘Pocket Books of Hope’ for people experiencing different themes of mental distress
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Dr. Magdalena Smieszek is a humanitarian, human rights practitioner, and educator. For over two decades, she has worked around the world toward social inclusion, justice and human development with various communities, organizations, educational institutions, and multifaceted projects. One of those decades was with the United Nations, primarily the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), working directly within environments and with persons affected by conflict and injustices as well as with those committed to systemic change.
She has a PhD in international law, with a concentration on Europe, from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, as well as degrees in human rights, law and international relations from universities of Oxford (an MSt), Windsor (a JD), and Calgary (a BA).
member of the extended core group, point person European Walks
Anders Nyberg is a conductor, composer, poet, walker and an Oscars-nominated script-writer. He is a native of Sweden but also a citizen of South-Africa.
The embrace of these two geographical poles creates a lot of the inspiration and thrill in his music and writings. Much of his music, over 300 choral compositions and arrangements, is published by his own publishing company Peace of Music Publishing. His work with film includes co-scripting the international hitmovie “As it is in heaven”, about a choir and its conductor. His work as a conductor, musician and lecturer has seen him fly all over the world – but he is also touring step by step – at present he is doing a tour on foot, “The Path”, that started in Trondheim, Norway summer of 2012, and has now taken him all the way to Northern Germany, where he shares his songs as he walks his talks during a couple of weeks each summer.
extended core group, Community Holder Plovdiv
Zhivko Stoilov practises and teaches Vedanta and Yoga, Integral psychology and coaching, Paneurhythmy. Together with a local team he prepares the meeting in Bulgaria July 2019
He is committed to conducting seminars and trainings related to personal and spiritual growth, concerning both the individual and society. He draws inspiration from the wisdom of Vedanta philosophy, the teaching of Master Peter Dunov, and the Integral philosophy of Ken Wilber. He is the founder of Association “Vidya Project” which channelizes and enhances the efforts of a network of friends dedicated to individual and social change.
Cindy Osei Agyemang
Intern, Caravan of Unity
Cindy Osei Agyemang is a Social Activist and a Policy Analyst. She studied Social Work and Sociology during her undergraduate in the University of Ghana. She completed Central European University in June 2020 with an MA in Public Policy and a specialist program in Human Rights and Social Justice. She currently works with Co-Creating Europe as a Project Assistant. She has written and assisted lecturers in writing advocacy papers, journals, articles and studies on human rights challenges faced by women in Africa, Asia and Europe.
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We are social change activists with a backround in contemporary spirituality. We are Europeans or at least based in Europe and identify with being European even if our origin is important to many of us. We all believe in the potential of Europe to embrace unity in diversity and become an experimental hub for new, post-national forms of society. We believe that a leap in consciousness is needed to set sustainable changes in Europe into place. This leap in consciousness comes from a combination of waking up and growing up.