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SOCIAL QUESTIONS AND ECONOMICSspacerRUDOLF STEINER

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AWAKENING TO COMMUNITY

"We are firmly in our understanding of things of the spirit only when we do not rest content with abstract spiritual concepts and a capacity to express them theoretically, but instead grow into a sure belief that higher beings are present with us in a community of spirit when we engage in spiritual study. No external measures can bring about anthroposophical community-building. You have to call it forth from the profoundest depths of human consciousness." —Rudolf Steiner

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THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIMES

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THE ESOTERIC ASPECT OF THE SOCIAL QUESTION

The Individual and Society

Although recent years have seen major advances in science and technology, the social aspect of life still presents major problems for western societies. The general increase in destructive, antisocial behaviour over past decades has raised the profile of social issues, yet effective ideas to tackle the difficulties are often nowhere to be found.

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FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND SOCIETAL FORCES

Implementing the Demands of Modern Society

Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces provides a broad overview of Steiner’s fresh thinking on "social threefolding". He acknowledged that the demand for social change, derived above all from the working class, whom industrialization had forced into a kind of indentured life dominated by economics. From Steiner's perspective, the underlying issue was not only economic, however, but also spiritual or cultural. Culture and the cultured classes had become estranged from "real life". Society needed a "free" culture that would include all classes. It also needed to shift labour into the legal sphere of rights, the only place where workers could find real freedom in society. Capital, too, needed to be liberated from egotism and allowed, like goods, simply to circulate. Above all, Steiner understood that social realities could not be separated from the spiritual realities of human existence.

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IDEAS FOR A NEW EUROPE

Crisis and Opportunity for the West

These lectures were given just after the horrific events of the First World War, and contain some of Steiner's most important statements on what he saw as the role of the English-speaking peoples from the standpoint of spiritual history.

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PROBLEMS OF SOCIETY

An Esoteric View, From Luciferic Past to Ahrimanic Future

‘Whatever turbulent outward events occur in the world, whatever form is taken by things seeking to work their way out of the depths of human evolution, we only really hearken to the true, underlying nature of these events ... if we observe the world from a spiritual perspective.’ – Rudolf Steiner

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THE RENEWAL OF THE SOCIAL ORGANISM

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THE RENEWAL OF THE SOCIAL ORGANISM

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RETHINKING ECONOMICS

Lectures and Seminars on World Economics

Rudolf Steiner gave this complex sequence of dense, subtle, multileveled lectures and seminars to students of economics in Dornach, Switzerland, during the summer of 1922. The course reflects a lifetime of thinking on the subject and marks the conclusion of his intense five-year period of activism in the service of social, political, and economic issues.

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SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

An Introductory Reader

Psychological cognition; The social question; The social question and theosophy; Memoranda of 1917; The metamorphosis of intelligence; Culture, law and economy; Central Europe between East and West.

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THE SOCIAL FUTURE

Culture, Equality, and the Economy

In 1919, shortly after World War I, the structure of society and the economy, both in Germany and globally, became a primary concern of Rudolf Steiner. In addition to writing The Threefold Social Order, in which he presented his ideas for social renewal, Steiner also gave lecture courses that year, including The Social Question as a Question of Consciousness (CW 189); Impulses of the Past and Future in Social Events (CW 190); Spiritual-Scientific Treatment of Social and Pedagogical Questions (CW 192); The Esoteric Aspect of the Social Question (CW 193); The Social Question (CW 328); as well as others and the lectures in this book, The Social Future.

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SOCIAL ISSUES

Meditative Thinking and the Threefold Social Order

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SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH SPIRITUAL SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE

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SPIRITUAL SCIENCE AS A FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL FORMS

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SPIRITUAL SCIENCE AS A FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL FORMS

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THE TENSION BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

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TOWARDS SOCIAL RENEWAL

Rethinking the Basis of Society

Although this book was first published in 1919, it remains highly relevant to social problems encountered today. Uniquely, Steiner's social thinking is not based on intellectual theory, but on a profound perception of the archetypal spiritual nature of social life. As he suggests in this classic work, society has three distinct realms - the economic, the political (individual human rights), and the cultural (spiritual). While social life as a whole is a unity, the autonomy of these three sectors should be respected if our increasing social problems are to be resolved.

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WHAT IS NECESSARY IN THESE URGENT TIMES

In early 1920, political, economic, social, and spiritual chaos was everywhere. The old world had fallen apart and would need to be rebuilt. Anthroposophy, too, had to be remade. Recognizing this, Rudolf Steiner worked tirelessly for the 'threefold social order', establishing the first Waldorf school, helping to create businesses, and addressing the talented, educated, and idealistic young people who were beginning to turn toward anthroposophy for answers.

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WOMAN AND SOCIETY

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SOCIAL QUESTIONS AND ECONOMICSspacerOTHER AUTHORS

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GENIUS OF MONEY

Essays and Interviews Reimagining the Financial World

John Bloom

"To understand money in the deepest sense is to journey inwardly to grapple with the "money self," to become more conscious economic participants in financial transactions with the world, and last but not least, to work to meet the material needs of others so that our economic needs are met through others" work. This formulation describes a three-fold virtuous cycle, one that represents a radical transformation from our current world circumstance, which tends to revolve around and end with self-interest, unsupportable accumulation, and fear born of never-enough." - John Bloom

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HOMEMAKING AS A SOCIAL ART

Creating a Home for Body, Soul and Spirit

Veronika van Duin

In recent years, social and economic pressures have combined to affect the traditional role of the homemaker. With emphasis being placed on the world of work as opposed to the life of home, many people now struggle to fulfil several functions simultaneously. This increasingly busy and hectic climate has led to an apparent downgrading of the work of the homemaker.

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IN SEARCH OF ETHICAL LEADERSHIP

If not now, when?

Torin M. Finser

The author considers the current crisis in ethical leadership and brings his unique approach to the problems we face. He takes us on a journey of discovery by asking hard questions about the breakdown in ethics and leadership as evidenced by the shooting at Columbine, the financial debacle at Enron and other companies, as well as the recent war in Iraq.

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INHABITING INTERDEPENDENCE

Being in the Next Economy

John Bloom

In this insightful book, John Bloom, author of The Genius of Money, explores approaches toward transforming the conventional habits of mind and practice that have led to today’s imbalance in our economic life and in society as a whole. Acknowledging that money has permeated almost every aspect of daily life—including our relationships to nature and to one another—Bloom asks:
How and why did we arrive at our current forms of social practice, including organizational life and governance?

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Change from the Inside Out

Torin M. Finser

“To achieve great things two things are needed; a plan and not quite enough time.” —Leonard Bernstein

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MAKING A FAMILY HOME

Photography by Skip Hunt

Shannon Honeybloom

"More than merely a dwelling, the definition of home extends beyond the meaning of a house and contains an additional poetic meaning. There's the saying, 'Home is where the heart is'. Creating a home for our families can be both a challenge and a pleasure. Creating a home is a process of imbuing our space with soul and spirit, surrounding our family with love, care, comfort." - Shannon Honeybloom

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MONEY CAN HEAL

Evolving Our Consciousness

Siegfried Finser

"Siegfried Finser has written a book that will turn the world around.... This book is seminal in its clarity, impact, intelligence, and integrity. Finser writes what he has lived, which makes the book all the more potent and totally trustworthy. The clear and groundbreaking ideas of the great Rudolf Steiner come alive through this important book. Read it and live it. I give it my highest recommendation." - Lynne Twist, veteran fund-raiser, global activist, author, The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources

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THE MYSTERY OF MEETING

Relationships as a Path of Discovery

Steve Briault

"Our relationships - with our family, colleagues, friends, lovers, partners - are decisive factors in our lives. More than outer success, wealth or fame, they make the difference between joy and sorrow, development and stagnation, fulfilment and frustration. They both stimulate and require us to reflect on our own initiatives and reactions. They lead us to thresholds of emotion and discovery. If we can navigate these thresholds with our eyes open, relationships can become a path of initiation, taking us beyond our self-centred isolation into new and inspiring worlds of experience."

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ORGANIZATIONAL INTEGRITY

How to Apply the Wisdom of the Body to Develop Healthy Organizations

Torin M. Finser, Ph.D.

Dr Finser argues that we need a new ecology of organizations, and that now is the time for a revolution that creates dynamic, living organizations by the people and for the people. Moreover, he shows us how to achieve this seemingly impossible task by 'organ-izing' organizations. Just as democracy has transformed much of the world, through the genius of the human body we can transform organizations into living systems that serve and protect human interests.

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THE FUNDAMENTAL SOCIAL LAW

Rudolf Steiner on the Work of the Individual and the Spirit of Community

Peter Selg

The healthy social life is found When in the mirror of each human being The whole community finds its reflection And when in the community The virtue of each one is living.

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