RSF Social Finance and the Anthroposophical Society in America Celebrate the 150th Birthday of Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf and Rudolf Steiner schools number 1,000 worldwide, on every continent; Waldorf parent and Nobel peace prize winner Willi Brandt called it the most important contribution to world peace of the 20th century.
Biodynamic agriculture, along with the organic agriculture movement which it helped to inspire, is likewise spreading on farms and recently also vineyards worldwide, combining an intense ecological consciousness with radical conceptions of human nutrition and the livingness of the Earth.
Steiner’s direct and indirect influence in the arts (through such figures as Kandinsky, Josef Beuys, Andrei Bely, and Michael Chekhov) is being recognized more widely, including two major exhibits 2010-2011 in Europe.
Steiner-inspired communities have exhibited social innovation in diverse cultures including Israel and Egypt, pre-apartheid South Africa, India, and South America; outstanding among them is the Camphill movement centered on special needs and gifts.
Economic and social ideas pioneered or inspired by Steiner continue to receive attention and to influence social-impact investing and tri-sectoral social leadership.
Steiner launched an impulse in complementary medicine in the 1920s which is now well-established in Europe and represented in many other parts of the world.
Steiner’s fundamental ideas about human and cultural evolution continue to be rediscovered, reconsidered, found relevant and even still “avant-garde.” Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stedall, who made films for the BBC on Tolstoy, Gandhi, and C.G. Jung, is at work on “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner” to be released in late 2011.
Use the following links to learn more about these notable Steiner inspired organizations:
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) www.whywaldorfworks.org
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association www.biodynamics.com
Camphill Communities www.camphill.org
Steiner Books www.steinerbooks.orgAbout the Anthroposophical Society in America The Anthroposophical Society was founded by Rudolf Steiner in Switzerland in 1923. It seeks to support individuals who are working on their own inner development and who wish to bring the fruit of that inner work to benefit the wider world. As a modern path of knowing, its doors are open to all who seek its approach and who wish to support its activities. Today, anthroposophical activity is alive in communities around the world. Visit www.anthroposophy.org to learn more. About RSF Social Finance RSF Social Finance is a nonprofit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. In partnership with our investors and donors, RSF has made $200 million in loans and over $90 million in grants since 1984 to for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises working in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Underlying all our work is a spirited conversation about the role that money can play in the development of humanity. RSF12117