Forum’s History

A review of some of the last major milestones towards the creation of the Forum.

Truus Geraets and Ute Craemer I initiated the WSIF in the year 2000. They wished to create a network of support for Anthroposophical and spiritually minded social organisations and workers. The aim of this self-sustainable network would be to empower each member in their task of dealing with issues such as poverty and other forms of injustice around the world.

In 2015 the co-founders handed the project over and the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum continues to host it under the leadership of Joan Sleigh.

By 2017, many Forum events led by local people in collaboration with WSIF network members had happened across four continents, inviting and connecting hundreds of people around the world.


Switzerland – 2000

Presentation of WSIF at the Goetheanum’s Michael Conference

Brazil – 2001 – 2018

Social Initiative Networking Forum



USA – 2002

Social Initiative Networking Forum


Argentina – 2011

Buenos Aires’ V Pan-American Congress (workshops)

Switzerland – 2011

Goetheanum World Social Lab Colloquium

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South Africa – 2012

Social Initiative Forum South Africa


Brazil – 2013

São Paolo’s Multicultural Festival Germany/Brazil/Guarani

Brazil – 2013

São Paulo VI Pan-American Congress (workshops)


Switzerland – 2015

World Social Initiative Forum


India – 2016

World Social Initiative Forum


Brazil – 2017

Multicultural Social Arts Festival: South Africa/ São Paulo


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