Taking Goethe seriously – stretching our thinking

Allan Kaplan
Friday 18 February   11 – 4.30 pm (Oxford Brookes Univ. Buckley Bdg, Room BG01)

As part of the series: AGENTS OF CHANGE: Ecological Citizenship and The Art of Changing One’s Mind(set). Interdisciplinary Symposia – Seminars – Dialogue Processes, Oxford (UK), 2011

Goethe said: “Natural system: a contradictory expression. Nature has no system; she has – she is – life and development from an unknown centre toward an unknowable periphery”.
In this one-day process we will work together to reach towards the infinite, stretching our thinking between ‘an unknown centre’ and ‘an unknowable periphery’ …and perhaps, in doing so, move beyond systemic thinking to the bare bones of organic thinking.

> There are places for up to 40 participants in this process.
Please RSVP as soon as possible to Lucy Turner in the Arts Department.

BIO Allan Kaplan is a facilitator, writer and social development practitioner, working internationally with groups, organisations and communities to bring a Goethean approach to the social sphere in service of building a social sensibility.

He is the author of The Development Practitioner’s Handbook; Artists of the Invisible – Development Practitioners and Social Change; The Developing of Capacity; and Dreaming Reality – The Future in Retrospect.

Allan co-directs The Proteus Initiative, which works as a vehicle for developing the organic and holistic methods of JW von Goethe into a new understanding and approach to the sphere of social renewal. His work is an attempt to realise the full consequences of true participation, of socio-ecological complexity, and of an emerging consciousness, which holds freedom and responsibility as a generative polarity in the quest for wholeness.  He has collaborated in establishing the Towerland Wilderness, in the southern Cape, South Africa as a space for nature and for the learning that may come through immersion in, and communion with, life processes in the wild. He is currently collaborating with the University of the Trees and is exploring links between his work and social sculpture.

By Sacha Kagan

Research Associate at the ISCO - Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO - Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. Doctor in Philosophy (Leuphana University Lueneburg) with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity ; M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ; and Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux (political sciences). For Cultura21, Sacha is also coordinating the eBooks series, the regular updates on our multi-lingual website, the English section of our webmagazine and the work of our Lueneburg-based interns.