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    Petition for the forced resignation of the Entire Executive Council of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch Motion to the
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      Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch

      Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April 2011

      For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

      Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as through many conversations with committed members, it is clear that in the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be taken seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering what is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a solution.

      After studying and weighing up the available information together with the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see a real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive Council.

      This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in relation to the remit, responsibilities and significance of the Anthroposophical Society it is thoroughly reasonable.

      For this reform the undersigned move that before granting discharge, under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the Executive Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can demonstrate whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the Executive Council, or support the following two steps:

      1st step

      That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and functions and leave its place vacant; and

      2nd Step

      That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following procedure takes place:

      A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present Section Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the exception of present Executive Council members);

      2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to undertake this task.

      This group should if possible suggest names from their own immediate colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to them – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive Council should be permitted.

      This group should present its proposal within three months. If necessary, this period can be extended by another three months. The proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General Meeting to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the General Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive Council.

      Justification for the 1st step

      In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years under the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who suggested the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so, but all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as indispensable. These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:

      1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members have noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.

      2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space, inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their potential in a lively and enthusiastic way.

      3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to transform the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by many members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to represent the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery centre.

      4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was unclear to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in December 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be restructured.

      5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole Sections were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of sackings of personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced resignation of the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and the complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the Sections. In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct or put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.

      6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their notice or been sacked. This means that many of those who have given significant practical help, including in connection with the fields of activity (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves behind an oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of activity.

      7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive Council members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay who leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his Section into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery' (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung erfahren wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative of the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to the periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General Anthroposophical Section collectively)

      8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the Goetheanum and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in the aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members' contributions and donations clearly show this.

      2. Decision-making mandate

      1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals (Paul Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas of work at the Goetheanum.

      2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is ranked above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is in the Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the Section Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This produces the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of Spiritual Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the free spiritual life,

      . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the General Section of the School of Spiritual

      Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human need to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do this, are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis. This would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual Science should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also Section Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.

      4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of the School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed (Anthroposophy Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the

      fear of risking job loss compromises such

      freedom

      Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse remits and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation of the Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive Council of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in the field of specialisation of his Section.

      5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few shoulders rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by discussions in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary. 6. On the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of responsibility of the Sections by

      appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject area, who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields and mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do not have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are superior to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this being stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato makes decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum, whereas in the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists, whose areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who have been involved with these matters for many years. In the present working practices these individuals are completely ignored.

      3. Finances

      The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness of the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The finances are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world at large. Managing or

      structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual Science, following the indications that

      Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead, the whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by lack of transparency and

      withholding of information. Several staff in the finance department have ceased working there because

      they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in the Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have already been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus, at the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with insight into what is really going on with the finances. The members' right to choose the auditor according to the provision of

      section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been implemented. 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the Goetheanum. Certain money flows take

      place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for Cornelius Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')

      without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in contrast to the full openness that

      generally applies in charitable and non-profit making organisations which handle money from donors.

      Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in the Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been severely shaken in recent

      years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in the willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members could no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:

      7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs. 8. The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly controversial way. Important questions about

      this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name 'Goetheanum

      Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the Goetheanum. Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the Goetheanum, but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims and activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions quite independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the fund it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from financial investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors, can as the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or used for new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed venture, though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum' name remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable consequences, even though there is no need for this link.

      10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the reasons presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council as an excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly contributed to the creation of the crisis.

      These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However, these are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently needed.

      Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so long that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they require urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the entire organism.

      Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts in both their own personal work and in the work with others in the Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the reasons stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS to improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting point for the necessary measures.

      Justification for the 2nd Step

      The people named above as the group are very familiar with the Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its work is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they know the committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would be suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra personnel.

      ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of opinion for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.

      English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams 30thJanuary 2011

      We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried Caspar, Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62 40, Gottfried.Caspar@...; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44, john.c.ermel@...

      We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion. Please could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this text and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual – and not at all in representation of any group or institution.

      The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must take place as a whole. Abstentions must be

      counted. The

      Abstimmung über den Antrag ...

      Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand

      das Vertrauen aus

      I have confidence in the Council

      Ich enthalte mich der Stimme

      I abstain from voting

      Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung der Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag

      I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section Leaders as per the petition

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    • Kim
      Dottie are working on a counter petition to save the Vorstand. I allways become a little suspicious if one part is evil and the other is good, so I tried to
      Message 2 of 14 , Feb 10, 2011
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        Dottie are working on a counter petition to 'save' the Vorstand. I allways become a little suspicious if one part is evil and the other is good, so I tried to find what was up and down in this:

        To address a problem we need to put the problem into words:
        What we are witnessing is a labor dispute between the employees and directors, and you members of GAS are the shareholders of this company!
        And as good shareholders you supports of course the upper management against the employees without listening to what they have to say?

        In a normal company the employees would just leave, diffuse out of the organization, as stress and dissatisfaction became strong enough. These workers don't do that, as they love their work and believe in the ideas, they just want to have influence on their work again.

        If you shareholders/members don't listen to what they have to say, you won't have any workers or middle management left in the 'company' worth their pay.

        If only a minority of the employees is behind this petition, management is not in danger, but it is a symptom of severe problems in the 'company' and the shareholders should care.

        If it's a majority of the employees who are behind this petition the problem is much bigger and more urgent. If you shareholders ignore this you are aggravating the company's problems.

        By not taking the employees seriously you are undermining Anthroposophy more than even the opposition of Anthroposophy could do. These employees in the Anthroposophic institutions are the backbone and no comparable philosophy have anything like that, giving strength and durability to the ideas.

        The petition: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1#!/home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&view=doc&id=165605660153286 is simply a cry of help from the employees because of bad management, there is nothing about spiritual or philosophical differences at all!

        I can personally only see one solution: Cooperation between the involved parts. It's devastating digging trenches.

        Read what they write, understand that it is not an attack on Anthroposophic ideas but a cry for help, understand that they have the same goal as the 'shareholders' (members), a prospering organization. Work together with them and find a solution. Understand that the Vorstand should be the servants of the organization, in the spirit of Christ, not the rulers.

        I have experiences from many big companies, both private and public, and when I read their petition I could recognize the symptoms of a sick organization, and they are not simulating, employees don't act in this way except if they are really pressed.

        What they talk about in the petition are that they move the decisions up to the Vorstand, and that is a typical error in large organizations, and that mean that they may wait on decisions for long times, decisions they used to take themselves. In Anthro lingo it's a big Ahrimanic organization with precisely the symptoms which can be expected, and the petition describes the problems truthfully, they are not simulating. Tarjei, a shot of anarchism is needed here!-)

        The problem in all organizations is that decision making moves up in the organization until the only one who can make a decision are the top management. The rest of the organization either becomes apathetic or extremely stressed trying to get the organization running in spite of the organizations lack of decision making ability. You can put as much work into such an organization as you want without making much difference, it's just a question of time before it calcifies. The only way out are distributing the decision making to where it naturally should be placed, by those who have the necessary knowledge.

        If you send an anti-petition, you should at least write that the Vorstand should take the content of the employees petition serious, both to change things, but also not making the distances too big between members, Vorstand, and employees.

        If everybody within Anthroposophy, members, employees, and Vorstand don't share visions: Feelings, Thinking, and Willing, Anthroposophy will continue loosing members.

        I think we are in a unique time in history and it's a shame that Anthroposophy is in such a sorry state now, where Anthroposophy are loosing members, the employees are dissatisfied, the economy is bad, and members and employees are making petitions against each other, isn't that petty?

        Dottie are trying to make it to one big conspiracy, partly because only a few have signed it, partly because they want a secret vote, but that petition is not the least secret, it's signed, and that they want secret voting I think is ok, you may say that it shows some distrust toward the Vorstand, and if that is a shared feeling, then it underlines the problems, but as such it's a natural request if you are afraid of your job or money to your field of work.

        When you are not tired of politics you work within the organization following the internal command structures and your personal connections to further your rationale. These people have given op on the politics, this is a last resort, totally out of normal politics, and if nothing comes out of this, it may give the organization deep problems. It is interesting that the goal is not to give specific people power, it is to let all leaders on a certain level decide the future, so it's not egoistically dictated politics. In a certain respect, their goal are the same as in Egypt, removing the top. It is easier to remove the Egyptian president though, he is leader on his own mandate, and the military will remove him if he don't leave himself, the Vorstand have the law and custom behind them. Another thing are, that it is the structure and procedures made through the last many years which should be changed and that is more difficult again.

        The top management should make an organization which can run independent of the top, only in case of extreme conditions, like oil spill in the Mexican Gulf, and change of large scale policies should top management participate, daily management should be made by the middle layer management.

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        Kim


        --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
        >
        > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council
        > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch
        > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
        > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April 2011
        >
        > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General
        > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of Spiritual
        > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
        >
        > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
        > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear that in
        > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be taken
        > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering what
        > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a solution.
        >
        > After studying and weighing up the available information together with
        > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see a
        > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
        > Council.
        >
        > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in relation to
        > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the Anthroposophical
        > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
        >
        > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting discharge,
        > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the Executive
        > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can demonstrate
        > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the Executive
        > Council, or support the following two steps:
        >
        > 1st step
        >
        > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and
        > functions and leave its place vacant; and
        >
        > 2nd Step
        >
        > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following procedure
        > takes place:
        >
        > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
        > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present Section
        > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
        > exception of present Executive Council members);
        >
        > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
        > undertake this task.
        >
        > This group should if possible suggest names from their own immediate
        > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to them
        > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive
        > Council should be permitted.
        >
        > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
        > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months. The
        > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General Meeting
        > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the
        > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the General
        > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive Council.
        >
        > Justification for the 1st step
        >
        > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
        > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years under
        > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who suggested
        > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so, but
        > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as indispensable.
        > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
        >
        > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members have
        > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an
        > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
        > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
        >
        > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space,
        > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their potential in
        > a lively and enthusiastic way.
        >
        > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to transform
        > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by many
        > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding
        > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to represent
        > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery centre.
        >
        > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up
        > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was unclear
        > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in December
        > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be restructured.
        >
        > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole Sections
        > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of sackings of
        > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced resignation of
        > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and the
        > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a
        > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the Sections.
        > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
        > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct or
        > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.
        >
        > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their notice or
        > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given significant
        > practical help, including in connection with the fields of activity
        > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves behind an
        > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
        > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of activity.
        >
        > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive Council
        > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay who
        > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his Section
        > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery'
        > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung erfahren
        > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
        > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative of
        > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to the
        > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General
        > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
        >
        > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the Goetheanum
        > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in the
        > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
        > contributions and donations clearly show this.
        >
        > 2. Decision-making mandate
        >
        > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
        > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals (Paul
        > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
        > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas of
        > work at the Goetheanum.
        >
        > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is ranked
        > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is in the
        > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to
        > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
        > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the Section
        > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This produces
        > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of Spiritual
        > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the free
        > spiritual life,
        >
        > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the
        > General Section of the School of Spiritual
        >
        > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human need
        > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
        > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do this,
        > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis. This
        > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual Science
        > should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical
        > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those
        > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also Section
        > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
        >
        > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of the
        > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed (Anthroposophy
        > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
        >
        > fear of risking job loss compromises such
        >
        > freedom
        >
        > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse remits
        > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation of the
        > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive Council
        > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in the
        > field of specialisation of his Section.
        >
        > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few shoulders
        > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by discussions
        > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary. 6. On
        > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
        > responsibility of the Sections by
        >
        > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject area,
        > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields and
        > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do not
        > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
        > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are superior
        > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this being
        > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato makes
        > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum, whereas in
        > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists, whose
        > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who have
        > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present working
        > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
        >
        > 3. Finances
        >
        > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness of
        > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The finances
        > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world at
        > large. Managing or
        >
        > structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual
        > Science, following the indications that
        >
        > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead, the
        > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by lack of
        > transparency and
        >
        > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance department have
        > ceased working there because
        >
        > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the
        > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
        > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been
        > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in the
        > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have already
        > been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus, at
        > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with
        > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The members'
        > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
        >
        > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been implemented.
        > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the
        > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
        >
        > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for Cornelius
        > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
        >
        > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee
        > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in contrast
        > to the full openness that
        >
        > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making organisations
        > which handle money from donors.
        >
        > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in the
        > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been severely
        > shaken in recent
        >
        > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in the
        > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members could
        > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that
        > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
        >
        > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs. 8.
        > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly controversial
        > way. Important questions about
        >
        > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
        > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
        > 'Goetheanum
        >
        > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the Goetheanum.
        > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the Goetheanum,
        > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims and
        > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions quite
        > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the fund
        > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from financial
        > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors, can as
        > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or used for
        > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed venture,
        > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum' name
        > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
        > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
        >
        > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the reasons
        > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council as an
        > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
        > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
        >
        > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by
        > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However, these
        > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently
        > needed.
        >
        > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so long
        > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they require
        > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the entire
        > organism.
        >
        > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts in
        > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
        > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the reasons
        > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council
        > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS to
        > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting point for
        > the necessary measures.
        >
        > Justification for the 2nd Step
        >
        > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
        > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its work
        > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they know the
        > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
        > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would be
        > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra personnel.
        >
        > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of opinion
        > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
        >
        > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams 30thJanuary
        > 2011
        >
        > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried Caspar,
        > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62 40,
        > Gottfried.Caspar@...; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
        > john.c.ermel@...
        >
        > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion. Please
        > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this text
        > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual – and
        > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
        >
        > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must take
        > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
        >
        > counted. The
        >
        > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
        >
        > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
        >
        > das Vertrauen aus
        >
        > I have confidence in the Council
        >
        > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
        >
        > I abstain from voting
        >
        > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung der
        > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
        >
        > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section
        > Leaders as per the petition
        >
        > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
        >
      • val2160
        Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an agenda item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the case. -Val ... 2011 ...
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          Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an agenda
          item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the case.
          -Val


          --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
          >
          > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council
          > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch
          > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
          > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April
          2011
          >
          > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General
          > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of Spiritual
          > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
          >
          > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
          > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear that in
          > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be
          taken
          > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering what
          > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a solution.
          >
          > After studying and weighing up the available information together with
          > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see a
          > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
          > Council.
          >
          > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in relation to
          > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the Anthroposophical
          > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
          >
          > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting discharge,
          > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the Executive
          > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can demonstrate
          > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the
          Executive
          > Council, or support the following two steps:
          >
          > 1st step
          >
          > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and
          > functions and leave its place vacant; and
          >
          > 2nd Step
          >
          > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following procedure
          > takes place:
          >
          > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
          > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present Section
          > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
          > exception of present Executive Council members);
          >
          > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
          > undertake this task.
          >
          > This group should if possible suggest names from their own immediate
          > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to them
          > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive
          > Council should be permitted.
          >
          > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
          > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months. The
          > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General Meeting
          > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the
          > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the General
          > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive
          Council.
          >
          > Justification for the 1st step
          >
          > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
          > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years under
          > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who
          suggested
          > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so, but
          > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as indispensable.
          > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
          >
          > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members have
          > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an
          > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
          > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
          >
          > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space,
          > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their potential
          in
          > a lively and enthusiastic way.
          >
          > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to transform
          > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by many
          > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding
          > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to represent
          > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery centre.
          >
          > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up
          > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was
          unclear
          > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in
          December
          > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be
          restructured.
          >
          > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole Sections
          > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of sackings of
          > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced resignation of
          > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and the
          > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a
          > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the Sections.
          > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
          > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct or
          > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.
          >
          > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their notice
          or
          > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given significant
          > practical help, including in connection with the fields of activity
          > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves behind an
          > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
          > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of
          activity.
          >
          > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive Council
          > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay who
          > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his
          Section
          > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery'
          > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung erfahren
          > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
          > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative of
          > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to the
          > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General
          > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
          >
          > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the Goetheanum
          > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in the
          > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
          > contributions and donations clearly show this.
          >
          > 2. Decision-making mandate
          >
          > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
          > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals
          (Paul
          > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
          > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas of
          > work at the Goetheanum.
          >
          > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is
          ranked
          > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is in
          the
          > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to
          > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
          > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the Section
          > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This
          produces
          > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of
          Spiritual
          > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the free
          > spiritual life,
          >
          > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the
          > General Section of the School of Spiritual
          >
          > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human need
          > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
          > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do
          this,
          > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis. This
          > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual
          Science
          > should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical
          > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those
          > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also Section
          > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
          >
          > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of the
          > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed (Anthroposophy
          > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
          >
          > fear of risking job loss compromises such
          >
          > freedom
          >
          > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse remits
          > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation of
          the
          > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive Council
          > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in the
          > field of specialisation of his Section.
          >
          > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few shoulders
          > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by
          discussions
          > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary. 6.
          On
          > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
          > responsibility of the Sections by
          >
          > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject
          area,
          > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields and
          > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do not
          > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
          > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are
          superior
          > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this being
          > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato makes
          > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum, whereas in
          > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists, whose
          > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who
          have
          > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present
          working
          > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
          >
          > 3. Finances
          >
          > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness of
          > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The
          finances
          > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world at
          > large. Managing or
          >
          > structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual
          > Science, following the indications that
          >
          > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead, the
          > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by lack
          of
          > transparency and
          >
          > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance department
          have
          > ceased working there because
          >
          > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the
          > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
          > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been
          > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in the
          > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have
          already
          > been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus, at
          > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with
          > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The members'
          > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
          >
          > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been implemented.
          > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the
          > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
          >
          > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for Cornelius
          > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
          >
          > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee
          > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in contrast
          > to the full openness that
          >
          > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making organisations
          > which handle money from donors.
          >
          > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in the
          > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been severely
          > shaken in recent
          >
          > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in the
          > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members
          could
          > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that
          > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
          >
          > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs. 8.
          > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly controversial
          > way. Important questions about
          >
          > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
          > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
          > 'Goetheanum
          >
          > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the Goetheanum.
          > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the Goetheanum,
          > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims and
          > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions
          quite
          > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the fund
          > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from financial
          > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors, can
          as
          > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or used
          for
          > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed venture,
          > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum' name
          > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
          > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
          >
          > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the reasons
          > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council as
          an
          > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
          > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
          >
          > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by
          > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However,
          these
          > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently
          > needed.
          >
          > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so long
          > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they require
          > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the entire
          > organism.
          >
          > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts in
          > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
          > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the
          reasons
          > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council
          > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS to
          > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting point
          for
          > the necessary measures.
          >
          > Justification for the 2nd Step
          >
          > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
          > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its work
          > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they know
          the
          > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
          > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would be
          > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra personnel.
          >
          > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of opinion
          > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
          >
          > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams 30thJanuary
          > 2011
          >
          > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried Caspar,
          > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62 40,
          > Gottfried.Caspar@...; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
          > john.c.ermel@...
          >
          > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion. Please
          > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this text
          > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual – and
          > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
          >
          > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must take
          > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
          >
          > counted. The
          >
          > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
          >
          > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
          >
          > das Vertrauen aus
          >
          > I have confidence in the Council
          >
          > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
          >
          > I abstain from voting
          >
          > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung der
          > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
          >
          > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section
          > Leaders as per the petition
          >
          > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
          >
        • Frank Thomas Smith
          ... Yes, but what happens afterward? In order to scrub away all vestiges of racism the Vorstand should consist of: 1 Hottentot 1 Amer-Indian 1 Chinee 1 Jap 1
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            --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
            >
            > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council
            > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch
            > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
            > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April 2011
            >
            > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General
            > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of Spiritual
            > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
            >
            Yes, but what happens afterward? In order to scrub away all vestiges of racism the Vorstand should consist of:
            1 Hottentot
            1 Amer-Indian
            1 Chinee
            1 Jap
            1 eskimo
            If I forgot someone, sincere apologies
            Frank
          • Kim
            The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in time I think that some believe it s the case. Kim ... agenda ... Council ... Spiritual ... in
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              The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in time I
              think that some believe it's the case.
              Kim
              --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" <wdenval@...>
              wrote:
              >
              >
              > Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an
              agenda
              > item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the case.
              > -Val
              >
              >
              > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" kimgm@ wrote:
              > >
              > > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive
              Council
              > > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch
              > > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
              > > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April
              > 2011
              > >
              > > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General
              > > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of
              Spiritual
              > > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
              > >
              > > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
              > > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear that
              in
              > > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be
              > taken
              > > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering
              what
              > > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a solution.
              > >
              > > After studying and weighing up the available information together
              with
              > > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see a
              > > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
              > > Council.
              > >
              > > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in relation
              to
              > > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the Anthroposophical
              > > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
              > >
              > > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting discharge,
              > > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the Executive
              > > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can
              demonstrate
              > > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the
              > Executive
              > > Council, or support the following two steps:
              > >
              > > 1st step
              > >
              > > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and
              > > functions and leave its place vacant; and
              > >
              > > 2nd Step
              > >
              > > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following procedure
              > > takes place:
              > >
              > > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
              > > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present
              Section
              > > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
              > > exception of present Executive Council members);
              > >
              > > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
              > > undertake this task.
              > >
              > > This group should if possible suggest names from their own immediate
              > > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to them
              > > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive
              > > Council should be permitted.
              > >
              > > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
              > > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months. The
              > > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General
              Meeting
              > > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the
              > > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the General
              > > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive
              > Council.
              > >
              > > Justification for the 1st step
              > >
              > > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
              > > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years
              under
              > > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who
              > suggested
              > > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so,
              but
              > > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as indispensable.
              > > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
              > >
              > > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members have
              > > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an
              > > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
              > > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
              > >
              > > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space,
              > > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their
              potential
              > in
              > > a lively and enthusiastic way.
              > >
              > > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to
              transform
              > > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by
              many
              > > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding
              > > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to represent
              > > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery
              centre.
              > >
              > > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up
              > > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was
              > unclear
              > > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in
              > December
              > > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be
              > restructured.
              > >
              > > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole
              Sections
              > > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of sackings
              of
              > > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced resignation
              of
              > > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and the
              > > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a
              > > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the
              Sections.
              > > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
              > > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct or
              > > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.
              > >
              > > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their notice
              > or
              > > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given
              significant
              > > practical help, including in connection with the fields of activity
              > > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves behind
              an
              > > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
              > > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of
              > activity.
              > >
              > > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive Council
              > > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay
              who
              > > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his
              > Section
              > > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery'
              > > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung erfahren
              > > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
              > > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative of
              > > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to the
              > > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General
              > > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
              > >
              > > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the Goetheanum
              > > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in
              the
              > > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
              > > contributions and donations clearly show this.
              > >
              > > 2. Decision-making mandate
              > >
              > > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
              > > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals
              > (Paul
              > > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
              > > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas
              of
              > > work at the Goetheanum.
              > >
              > > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is
              > ranked
              > > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is in
              > the
              > > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to
              > > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
              > > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the Section
              > > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This
              > produces
              > > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of
              > Spiritual
              > > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the free
              > > spiritual life,
              > >
              > > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the
              > > General Section of the School of Spiritual
              > >
              > > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human
              need
              > > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
              > > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do
              > this,
              > > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis.
              This
              > > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual
              > Science
              > > should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical
              > > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those
              > > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also
              Section
              > > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
              > >
              > > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of the
              > > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed (Anthroposophy
              > > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
              > >
              > > fear of risking job loss compromises such
              > >
              > > freedom
              > >
              > > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse remits
              > > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation of
              > the
              > > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive
              Council
              > > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in
              the
              > > field of specialisation of his Section.
              > >
              > > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few shoulders
              > > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by
              > discussions
              > > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary. 6.
              > On
              > > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
              > > responsibility of the Sections by
              > >
              > > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject
              > area,
              > > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields and
              > > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do not
              > > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
              > > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are
              > superior
              > > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this being
              > > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato
              makes
              > > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum, whereas
              in
              > > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists, whose
              > > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who
              > have
              > > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present
              > working
              > > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
              > >
              > > 3. Finances
              > >
              > > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness
              of
              > > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The
              > finances
              > > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world at
              > > large. Managing or
              > >
              > > structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual
              > > Science, following the indications that
              > >
              > > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead, the
              > > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by
              lack
              > of
              > > transparency and
              > >
              > > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance department
              > have
              > > ceased working there because
              > >
              > > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the
              > > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
              > > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been
              > > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in the
              > > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have
              > already
              > > been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus,
              at
              > > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with
              > > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The members'
              > > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
              > >
              > > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been
              implemented.
              > > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the
              > > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
              > >
              > > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for
              Cornelius
              > > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
              > >
              > > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee
              > > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in
              contrast
              > > to the full openness that
              > >
              > > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making organisations
              > > which handle money from donors.
              > >
              > > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in the
              > > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been
              severely
              > > shaken in recent
              > >
              > > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in
              the
              > > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members
              > could
              > > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that
              > > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
              > >
              > > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs. 8.
              > > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly
              controversial
              > > way. Important questions about
              > >
              > > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
              > > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
              > > 'Goetheanum
              > >
              > > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the
              Goetheanum.
              > > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the
              Goetheanum,
              > > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims and
              > > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions
              > quite
              > > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the
              fund
              > > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from financial
              > > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors, can
              > as
              > > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or used
              > for
              > > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed
              venture,
              > > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum' name
              > > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
              > > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
              > >
              > > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the reasons
              > > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council
              as
              > an
              > > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
              > > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
              > >
              > > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by
              > > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However,
              > these
              > > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently
              > > needed.
              > >
              > > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so long
              > > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they
              require
              > > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the entire
              > > organism.
              > >
              > > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts in
              > > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
              > > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the
              > reasons
              > > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council
              > > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS to
              > > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting point
              > for
              > > the necessary measures.
              > >
              > > Justification for the 2nd Step
              > >
              > > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
              > > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its
              work
              > > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they know
              > the
              > > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
              > > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would be
              > > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra personnel.
              > >
              > > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of
              opinion
              > > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
              > >
              > > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams 30thJanuary
              > > 2011
              > >
              > > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried Caspar,
              > > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62
              40,
              > > Gottfried.Caspar@; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
              > > john.c.ermel@
              > >
              > > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion. Please
              > > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this
              text
              > > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual –
              and
              > > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
              > >
              > > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must take
              > > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
              > >
              > > counted. The
              > >
              > > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
              > >
              > > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
              > >
              > > das Vertrauen aus
              > >
              > > I have confidence in the Council
              > >
              > > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
              > >
              > > I abstain from voting
              > >
              > > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung
              der
              > > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
              > >
              > > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section
              > > Leaders as per the petition
              > >
              > > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
              > >
              >
            • val2160
              ... I ... Petitioning whom? Someone or somebody approves agenda items for the meetings? No?-Val ... case. ... Dornarch ... April ... General ... that ...
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                --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
                >
                > The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in time
                I
                > think that some believe it's the case.
                > Kim

                Petitioning whom? Someone or somebody approves agenda items for the
                meetings? No?-Val


                > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" wdenval@
                > wrote:
                > >
                > >
                > > Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an
                > agenda
                > > item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the
                case.
                > > -Val
                > >
                > >
                > > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" kimgm@ wrote:
                > > >
                > > > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive
                > Council
                > > > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in
                Dornarch
                > > > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
                > > > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16
                April
                > > 2011
                > > >
                > > > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the
                General
                > > > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of
                > Spiritual
                > > > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
                > > >
                > > > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
                > > > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear
                that
                > in
                > > > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be
                > > taken
                > > > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering
                > what
                > > > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a
                solution.
                > > >
                > > > After studying and weighing up the available information together
                > with
                > > > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see
                a
                > > > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
                > > > Council.
                > > >
                > > > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in
                relation
                > to
                > > > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the
                Anthroposophical
                > > > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
                > > >
                > > > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting
                discharge,
                > > > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the
                Executive
                > > > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can
                > demonstrate
                > > > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the
                > > Executive
                > > > Council, or support the following two steps:
                > > >
                > > > 1st step
                > > >
                > > > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and
                > > > functions and leave its place vacant; and
                > > >
                > > > 2nd Step
                > > >
                > > > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following
                procedure
                > > > takes place:
                > > >
                > > > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
                > > > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present
                > Section
                > > > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
                > > > exception of present Executive Council members);
                > > >
                > > > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
                > > > undertake this task.
                > > >
                > > > This group should if possible suggest names from their own
                immediate
                > > > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to
                them
                > > > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive
                > > > Council should be permitted.
                > > >
                > > > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
                > > > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months.
                The
                > > > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General
                > Meeting
                > > > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the
                > > > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the
                General
                > > > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive
                > > Council.
                > > >
                > > > Justification for the 1st step
                > > >
                > > > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
                > > > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years
                > under
                > > > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who
                > > suggested
                > > > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so,
                > but
                > > > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as
                indispensable.
                > > > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
                > > >
                > > > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members
                have
                > > > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an
                > > > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
                > > > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
                > > >
                > > > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space,
                > > > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their
                > potential
                > > in
                > > > a lively and enthusiastic way.
                > > >
                > > > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to
                > transform
                > > > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by
                > many
                > > > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding
                > > > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to
                represent
                > > > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery
                > centre.
                > > >
                > > > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up
                > > > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was
                > > unclear
                > > > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in
                > > December
                > > > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be
                > > restructured.
                > > >
                > > > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole
                > Sections
                > > > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of
                sackings
                > of
                > > > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced
                resignation
                > of
                > > > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and
                the
                > > > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a
                > > > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the
                > Sections.
                > > > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
                > > > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct
                or
                > > > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.
                > > >
                > > > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their
                notice
                > > or
                > > > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given
                > significant
                > > > practical help, including in connection with the fields of
                activity
                > > > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves
                behind
                > an
                > > > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
                > > > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of
                > > activity.
                > > >
                > > > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive
                Council
                > > > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay
                > who
                > > > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his
                > > Section
                > > > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery'
                > > > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung
                erfahren
                > > > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
                > > > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative
                of
                > > > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to
                the
                > > > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General
                > > > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
                > > >
                > > > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the
                Goetheanum
                > > > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in
                > the
                > > > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
                > > > contributions and donations clearly show this.
                > > >
                > > > 2. Decision-making mandate
                > > >
                > > > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
                > > > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals
                > > (Paul
                > > > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
                > > > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas
                > of
                > > > work at the Goetheanum.
                > > >
                > > > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is
                > > ranked
                > > > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is
                in
                > > the
                > > > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to
                > > > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
                > > > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the
                Section
                > > > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This
                > > produces
                > > > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of
                > > Spiritual
                > > > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the
                free
                > > > spiritual life,
                > > >
                > > > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the
                > > > General Section of the School of Spiritual
                > > >
                > > > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human
                > need
                > > > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
                > > > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do
                > > this,
                > > > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis.
                > This
                > > > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual
                > > Science
                > > > should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical
                > > > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those
                > > > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also
                > Section
                > > > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
                > > >
                > > > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of
                the
                > > > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed
                (Anthroposophy
                > > > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
                > > >
                > > > fear of risking job loss compromises such
                > > >
                > > > freedom
                > > >
                > > > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse
                remits
                > > > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation
                of
                > > the
                > > > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive
                > Council
                > > > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in
                > the
                > > > field of specialisation of his Section.
                > > >
                > > > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few
                shoulders
                > > > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by
                > > discussions
                > > > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary.
                6.
                > > On
                > > > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
                > > > responsibility of the Sections by
                > > >
                > > > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject
                > > area,
                > > > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields
                and
                > > > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do
                not
                > > > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
                > > > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are
                > > superior
                > > > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this
                being
                > > > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato
                > makes
                > > > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum,
                whereas
                > in
                > > > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists,
                whose
                > > > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who
                > > have
                > > > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present
                > > working
                > > > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
                > > >
                > > > 3. Finances
                > > >
                > > > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness
                > of
                > > > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The
                > > finances
                > > > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world
                at
                > > > large. Managing or
                > > >
                > > > structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual
                > > > Science, following the indications that
                > > >
                > > > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead,
                the
                > > > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by
                > lack
                > > of
                > > > transparency and
                > > >
                > > > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance
                department
                > > have
                > > > ceased working there because
                > > >
                > > > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the
                > > > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
                > > > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been
                > > > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in
                the
                > > > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have
                > > already
                > > > been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus,
                > at
                > > > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with
                > > > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The
                members'
                > > > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
                > > >
                > > > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been
                > implemented.
                > > > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the
                > > > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
                > > >
                > > > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for
                > Cornelius
                > > > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
                > > >
                > > > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee
                > > > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in
                > contrast
                > > > to the full openness that
                > > >
                > > > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making
                organisations
                > > > which handle money from donors.
                > > >
                > > > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in
                the
                > > > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been
                > severely
                > > > shaken in recent
                > > >
                > > > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in
                > the
                > > > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members
                > > could
                > > > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that
                > > > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
                > > >
                > > > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs.
                8.
                > > > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly
                > controversial
                > > > way. Important questions about
                > > >
                > > > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
                > > > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
                > > > 'Goetheanum
                > > >
                > > > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the
                > Goetheanum.
                > > > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the
                > Goetheanum,
                > > > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims
                and
                > > > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions
                > > quite
                > > > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the
                > fund
                > > > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from
                financial
                > > > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors,
                can
                > > as
                > > > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or
                used
                > > for
                > > > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed
                > venture,
                > > > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum'
                name
                > > > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
                > > > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
                > > >
                > > > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the
                reasons
                > > > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council
                > as
                > > an
                > > > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
                > > > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
                > > >
                > > > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by
                > > > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However,
                > > these
                > > > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently
                > > > needed.
                > > >
                > > > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so
                long
                > > > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they
                > require
                > > > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the
                entire
                > > > organism.
                > > >
                > > > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts
                in
                > > > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
                > > > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the
                > > reasons
                > > > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council
                > > > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS
                to
                > > > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting
                point
                > > for
                > > > the necessary measures.
                > > >
                > > > Justification for the 2nd Step
                > > >
                > > > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
                > > > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its
                > work
                > > > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they
                know
                > > the
                > > > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
                > > > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would
                be
                > > > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra
                personnel.
                > > >
                > > > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of
                > opinion
                > > > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
                > > >
                > > > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams
                30thJanuary
                > > > 2011
                > > >
                > > > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried
                Caspar,
                > > > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62
                > 40,
                > > > Gottfried.Caspar@; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
                > > > john.c.ermel@
                > > >
                > > > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion.
                Please
                > > > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this
                > text
                > > > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual –
                > and
                > > > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
                > > >
                > > > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must
                take
                > > > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
                > > >
                > > > counted. The
                > > >
                > > > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
                > > >
                > > > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
                > > >
                > > > das Vertrauen aus
                > > >
                > > > I have confidence in the Council
                > > >
                > > > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
                > > >
                > > > I abstain from voting
                > > >
                > > > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung
                > der
                > > > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
                > > >
                > > > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section
                > > > Leaders as per the petition
                > > >
                > > > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
                > > >
                > >
                >
              • Kim
                I have no idea. It s signed, and the contents tells that it is from the employees, and it looks like it s general problems for large organizations, and that
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                  I have no idea.
                  It's signed, and the contents tells that it is from the employees, and
                  it looks like it's general problems for large organizations, and that
                  means that there could be sympathy for the petition from many employees,
                  and if that is the case the Vorstand need to handle it with care, not
                  being obviously manipulative, as they have to work together with the
                  employees in the future and they would prefer not to make more enemies
                  than necessary within the organization, so I think they have to handle
                  the petition. They may like to have members from outside to take the
                  fight with the employees so they don't stands as the opponents
                  themselves.
                  Kim
                  --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" <wdenval@...>
                  wrote:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" kimgm@ wrote:
                  > >
                  > > The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in
                  time
                  > I
                  > > think that some believe it's the case.
                  > > Kim
                  >
                  > Petitioning whom? Someone or somebody approves agenda items for the
                  > meetings? No?-Val
                  >
                  >
                  > > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" wdenval@
                  > > wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an
                  > > agenda
                  > > > item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the
                  > case.
                  > > > -Val
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" kimgm@ wrote:
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive
                  > > Council
                  > > > > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in
                  > Dornarch
                  > > > > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
                  > > > > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16
                  > April
                  > > > 2011
                  > > > >
                  > > > > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the
                  > General
                  > > > > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of
                  > > Spiritual
                  > > > > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
                  > > > > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear
                  > that
                  > > in
                  > > > > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to
                  be
                  > > > taken
                  > > > > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering
                  > > what
                  > > > > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a
                  > solution.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > After studying and weighing up the available information
                  together
                  > > with
                  > > > > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned
                  see
                  > a
                  > > > > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
                  > > > > Council.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in
                  > relation
                  > > to
                  > > > > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the
                  > Anthroposophical
                  > > > > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting
                  > discharge,
                  > > > > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the
                  > Executive
                  > > > > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can
                  > > demonstrate
                  > > > > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the
                  > > > Executive
                  > > > > Council, or support the following two steps:
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 1st step
                  > > > >
                  > > > > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties
                  and
                  > > > > functions and leave its place vacant; and
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 2nd Step
                  > > > >
                  > > > > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following
                  > procedure
                  > > > > takes place:
                  > > > >
                  > > > > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
                  > > > > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present
                  > > Section
                  > > > > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
                  > > > > exception of present Executive Council members);
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
                  > > > > undertake this task.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > This group should if possible suggest names from their own
                  > immediate
                  > > > > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to
                  > them
                  > > > > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing
                  Executive
                  > > > > Council should be permitted.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
                  > > > > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months.
                  > The
                  > > > > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General
                  > > Meeting
                  > > > > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In
                  the
                  > > > > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the
                  > General
                  > > > > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive
                  > > > Council.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Justification for the 1st step
                  > > > >
                  > > > > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
                  > > > > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years
                  > > under
                  > > > > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who
                  > > > suggested
                  > > > > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing
                  so,
                  > > but
                  > > > > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as
                  > indispensable.
                  > > > > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members
                  > have
                  > > > > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and
                  an
                  > > > > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
                  > > > > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient
                  space,
                  > > > > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their
                  > > potential
                  > > > in
                  > > > > a lively and enthusiastic way.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to
                  > > transform
                  > > > > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by
                  > > many
                  > > > > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their
                  understanding
                  > > > > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to
                  > represent
                  > > > > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery
                  > > centre.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set
                  up
                  > > > > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was
                  > > > unclear
                  > > > > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in
                  > > > December
                  > > > > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be
                  > > > restructured.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole
                  > > Sections
                  > > > > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of
                  > sackings
                  > > of
                  > > > > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced
                  > resignation
                  > > of
                  > > > > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and
                  > the
                  > > > > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that
                  a
                  > > > > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the
                  > > Sections.
                  > > > > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
                  > > > > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts
                  obstruct
                  > or
                  > > > > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art
                  Section.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their
                  > notice
                  > > > or
                  > > > > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given
                  > > significant
                  > > > > practical help, including in connection with the fields of
                  > activity
                  > > > > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves
                  > behind
                  > > an
                  > > > > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
                  > > > > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of
                  > > > activity.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive
                  > Council
                  > > > > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul
                  Mackay
                  > > who
                  > > > > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his
                  > > > Section
                  > > > > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the
                  periphery'
                  > > > > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung
                  > erfahren
                  > > > > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
                  > > > > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the
                  initiative
                  > of
                  > > > > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to
                  > the
                  > > > > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the
                  General
                  > > > > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the
                  > Goetheanum
                  > > > > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence
                  in
                  > > the
                  > > > > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
                  > > > > contributions and donations clearly show this.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 2. Decision-making mandate
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
                  > > > > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few
                  individuals
                  > > > (Paul
                  > > > > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
                  > > > > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all
                  areas
                  > > of
                  > > > > work at the Goetheanum.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is
                  > > > ranked
                  > > > > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is
                  > in
                  > > > the
                  > > > > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed
                  to
                  > > > > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
                  > > > > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the
                  > Section
                  > > > > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This
                  > > > produces
                  > > > > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of
                  > > > Spiritual
                  > > > > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the
                  > free
                  > > > > spiritual life,
                  > > > >
                  > > > > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of
                  the
                  > > > > General Section of the School of Spiritual
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general
                  human
                  > > need
                  > > > > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
                  > > > > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to
                  do
                  > > > this,
                  > > > > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis.
                  > > This
                  > > > > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual
                  > > > Science
                  > > > > should be responsible, as a body, for the General
                  Anthroposophical
                  > > > > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only
                  those
                  > > > > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also
                  > > Section
                  > > > > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of
                  > the
                  > > > > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed
                  > (Anthroposophy
                  > > > > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
                  > > > >
                  > > > > fear of risking job loss compromises such
                  > > > >
                  > > > > freedom
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse
                  > remits
                  > > > > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation
                  > of
                  > > > the
                  > > > > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive
                  > > Council
                  > > > > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only
                  in
                  > > the
                  > > > > field of specialisation of his Section.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few
                  > shoulders
                  > > > > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by
                  > > > discussions
                  > > > > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer
                  necessary.
                  > 6.
                  > > > On
                  > > > > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
                  > > > > responsibility of the Sections by
                  > > > >
                  > > > > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the
                  subject
                  > > > area,
                  > > > > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields
                  > and
                  > > > > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do
                  > not
                  > > > > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
                  > > > > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are
                  > > > superior
                  > > > > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this
                  > being
                  > > > > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato
                  > > makes
                  > > > > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum,
                  > whereas
                  > > in
                  > > > > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists,
                  > whose
                  > > > > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and
                  who
                  > > > have
                  > > > > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present
                  > > > working
                  > > > > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 3. Finances
                  > > > >
                  > > > > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the
                  seriousness
                  > > of
                  > > > > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The
                  > > > finances
                  > > > > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the
                  world
                  > at
                  > > > > large. Managing or
                  > > > >
                  > > > > structuring the money flows and procedures according to
                  Spiritual
                  > > > > Science, following the indications that
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead,
                  > the
                  > > > > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by
                  > > lack
                  > > > of
                  > > > > transparency and
                  > > > >
                  > > > > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance
                  > department
                  > > > have
                  > > > > ceased working there because
                  > > > >
                  > > > > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for
                  the
                  > > > > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
                  > > > > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has
                  been
                  > > > > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in
                  > the
                  > > > > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have
                  > > > already
                  > > > > been several approaches by members to change this situation.
                  Thus,
                  > > at
                  > > > > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership
                  with
                  > > > > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The
                  > members'
                  > > > > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
                  > > > >
                  > > > > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been
                  > > implemented.
                  > > > > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports
                  the
                  > > > > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
                  > > > >
                  > > > > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for
                  > > Cornelius
                  > > > > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
                  > > > >
                  > > > > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5.
                  Employee
                  > > > > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in
                  > > contrast
                  > > > > to the full openness that
                  > > > >
                  > > > > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making
                  > organisations
                  > > > > which handle money from donors.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in
                  > the
                  > > > > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been
                  > > severely
                  > > > > shaken in recent
                  > > > >
                  > > > > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop
                  in
                  > > the
                  > > > > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the
                  members
                  > > > could
                  > > > > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way
                  that
                  > > > > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential
                  costs.
                  > 8.
                  > > > > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly
                  > > controversial
                  > > > > way. Important questions about
                  > > > >
                  > > > > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
                  > > > > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
                  > > > > 'Goetheanum
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the
                  > > Goetheanum.
                  > > > > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the
                  > > Goetheanum,
                  > > > > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims
                  > and
                  > > > > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes
                  decisions
                  > > > quite
                  > > > > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the
                  > > fund
                  > > > > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from
                  > financial
                  > > > > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors,
                  > can
                  > > > as
                  > > > > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or
                  > used
                  > > > for
                  > > > > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed
                  > > venture,
                  > > > > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum'
                  > name
                  > > > > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
                  > > > > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the
                  > reasons
                  > > > > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive
                  Council
                  > > as
                  > > > an
                  > > > > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
                  > > > > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently
                  by
                  > > > > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples.
                  However,
                  > > > these
                  > > > > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is
                  urgently
                  > > > > needed.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so
                  > long
                  > > > > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they
                  > > require
                  > > > > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the
                  > entire
                  > > > > organism.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their
                  efforts
                  > in
                  > > > > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
                  > > > > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the
                  > > > reasons
                  > > > > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive
                  Council
                  > > > > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS
                  > to
                  > > > > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting
                  > point
                  > > > for
                  > > > > the necessary measures.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Justification for the 2nd Step
                  > > > >
                  > > > > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
                  > > > > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of
                  its
                  > > work
                  > > > > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they
                  > know
                  > > > the
                  > > > > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
                  > > > > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would
                  > be
                  > > > > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra
                  > personnel.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of
                  > > opinion
                  > > > > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams
                  > 30thJanuary
                  > > > > 2011
                  > > > >
                  > > > > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried
                  > Caspar,
                  > > > > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554
                  62
                  > > 40,
                  > > > > Gottfried.Caspar@; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
                  > > > > john.c.ermel@
                  > > > >
                  > > > > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion.
                  > Please
                  > > > > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this
                  > > text
                  > > > > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual
                  –
                  > > and
                  > > > > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must
                  > take
                  > > > > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
                  > > > >
                  > > > > counted. The
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
                  > > > >
                  > > > > das Vertrauen aus
                  > > > >
                  > > > > I have confidence in the Council
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
                  > > > >
                  > > > > I abstain from voting
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und
                  Einsetzung
                  > > der
                  > > > > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
                  > > > >
                  > > > > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of
                  Section
                  > > > > Leaders as per the petition
                  > > > >
                  > > > > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
                  > > > >
                  > > >
                  > >
                  >
                • Frank Thomas Smith
                  ... Kim, I m not being a wise guy (this time) - just helpful. Your English is quite good, but you always make this elementary mistake: Dottie *are* making---
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                    --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Dottie are working on a counter petition to 'save' the Vorstand. I
                    > allways become a little suspicious if one part is evil and the other is
                    > good, so I tried to find what was up and down in this:
                    >
                    Kim, I'm not being a wise guy (this time) - just helpful. Your English is quite good, but you always make this elementary mistake:
                    "Dottie *are* making---" Should be: Dottie *is* making.
                    Frank
                  • Frank Thomas Smith
                    ... The word Petition has nothing to do with it. It s presented as a motion for the General Assembly. Whether it is or not - who knows. One would have to see
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                      --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" <wdenval@...> wrote:
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@> wrote:
                      > >
                      > > The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in time
                      > I
                      > > think that some believe it's the case.
                      > > Kim
                      >
                      > Petitioning whom? Someone or somebody approves agenda items for the
                      > meetings? No?-Val

                      The word "Petition" has nothing to do with it. It's presented as a motion for the General Assembly. Whether it is or not - who knows. One would have to see the original German and know if it has really been presented as a motion or not. If it has been presented by members then it will have to be heard at the next GM, which is always around Easter. A counter motion makes no sense imo. The original motion will be approved (most unlikely - although the Vorstand has been most inept) or not. In either case a counter-motion would fall through the cracks.
                      Frank




                      >
                      >
                      > > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" wdenval@
                      > > wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > > > Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an
                      > > agenda
                      > > > item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the
                      > case.
                      > > > -Val
                      > > >
                    • Kim Graae Munch
                      Yes I know, it s a typical Danish error when using is/are, I try to remember it, but it s difficult. kim ... From: anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com
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                        Yes I know, it's a typical Danish error when using is/are, I try to remember it, but it's difficult.
                        kim
                         
                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com [mailto:anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Frank Thomas Smith
                        Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:09 AM
                        To: anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: What about Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council

                         



                        --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > Dottie are working on a counter petition to 'save' the Vorstand. I
                        > allways become a little suspicious if one part is evil and the other is
                        > good, so I tried to find what was up and down in this:
                        >
                        Kim, I'm not being a wise guy (this time) - just helpful. Your English is quite good, but you always make this elementary mistake:
                        "Dottie *are* making---" Should be: Dottie *is* making.
                        Frank

                      • Kim Graae Munch
                        Maybe, but as all of this is highly political it may be of use in one way or other, as public moral backing fe. Kim ... From:
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                          Maybe, but as all of this is highly political it may be of use in one way or other, as public moral backing fe.
                          Kim
                           
                          -----Original Message-----
                          From: anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com [mailto:anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Frank Thomas Smith
                          Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:18 AM
                          To: anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: What about Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council

                           



                          --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" <wdenval@...> wrote:
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@> wrote:
                          > >
                          > > The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in time
                          > I
                          > > think that some believe it's the case.
                          > > Kim
                          >
                          > Petitioning whom? Someone or somebody approves agenda items for the
                          > meetings? No?-Val

                          The word "Petition" has nothing to do with it. It's presented as a motion for the General Assembly. Whether it is or not - who knows. One would have to see the original German and know if it has really been presented as a motion or not. If it has been presented by members then it will have to be heard at the next GM, which is always around Easter. A counter motion makes no sense imo. The original motion will be approved (most unlikely - although the Vorstand has been most inept) or not. In either case a counter-motion would fall through the cracks.
                          Frank


                          >
                          >
                          > > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" wdenval@
                          > > wrote:
                          > > >
                          > > >
                          > > > Kim-This appears as though it is a motion to be considered as an
                          > > agenda
                          > > > item at the next meeting and I seriously doubt that that is the
                          > case.
                          > > > -Val
                          > > >

                        • val2160
                          ... time ... motion for the General Assembly. Whether it is or not - who knows. One would have to see the original German and know if it has really been
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                            --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Frank Thomas Smith"
                            <fts.trasla@...> wrote:
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" wdenval@
                            wrote:
                            > >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@> wrote:
                            > > >
                            > > > The work Adriana puts into getting the counter petition ready in
                            time
                            > > I
                            > > > think that some believe it's the case.
                            > > > Kim
                            > >
                            > > Petitioning whom? Someone or somebody approves agenda items for the
                            > > meetings? No?-Val
                            >
                            > The word "Petition" has nothing to do with it. It's presented as a
                            motion for the General Assembly. Whether it is or not - who knows. One
                            would have to see the original German and know if it has really been
                            presented as a motion or not. If it has been presented by members then
                            it will have to be heard at the next GM, which is always around Easter.
                            A counter motion makes no sense imo. The original motion will be
                            approved (most unlikely - although the Vorstand has been most inept) or
                            not. In either case a counter-motion would fall through the cracks.
                            > Frank


                            Of course I beg to differ, if only to be well-different. The word
                            petition has everything to do with it. I agree this is being presented
                            as a motion for the General Assembly. What it looks like is a
                            solicitation for members support/signatures so that it, as you say, has
                            to be heard. -Val
                          • val2160
                            http://www.anthroposophy.org/fileadmin/pdflinks/AWE2011_03.pdf ... 2011 ... in ... taken ... with ... to ... Executive ... Council. ... suggested ... in ...
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                              --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <kimgm@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council
                              > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch
                              > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
                              > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April 2011
                              >
                              > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General
                              > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of Spiritual
                              > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
                              >
                              > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
                              > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear that in
                              > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be taken
                              > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering what
                              > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a solution.
                              >
                              > After studying and weighing up the available information together with
                              > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see a
                              > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
                              > Council.
                              >
                              > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in relation to
                              > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the Anthroposophical
                              > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
                              >
                              > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting discharge,
                              > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the Executive
                              > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can demonstrate
                              > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the Executive
                              > Council, or support the following two steps:
                              >
                              > 1st step
                              >
                              > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and
                              > functions and leave its place vacant; and
                              >
                              > 2nd Step
                              >
                              > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following procedure
                              > takes place:
                              >
                              > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
                              > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present Section
                              > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
                              > exception of present Executive Council members);
                              >
                              > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
                              > undertake this task.
                              >
                              > This group should if possible suggest names from their own immediate
                              > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to them
                              > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive
                              > Council should be permitted.
                              >
                              > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
                              > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months. The
                              > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General Meeting
                              > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the
                              > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the General
                              > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive Council.
                              >
                              > Justification for the 1st step
                              >
                              > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
                              > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years under
                              > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who suggested
                              > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so, but
                              > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as indispensable.
                              > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
                              >
                              > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members have
                              > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an
                              > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
                              > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
                              >
                              > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space,
                              > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their potential in
                              > a lively and enthusiastic way.
                              >
                              > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to transform
                              > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by many
                              > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding
                              > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to represent
                              > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery centre.
                              >
                              > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up
                              > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was unclear
                              > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in December
                              > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be restructured.
                              >
                              > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole Sections
                              > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of sackings of
                              > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced resignation of
                              > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and the
                              > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a
                              > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the Sections.
                              > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
                              > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct or
                              > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.
                              >
                              > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their notice or
                              > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given significant
                              > practical help, including in connection with the fields of activity
                              > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves behind an
                              > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
                              > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of activity.
                              >
                              > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive Council
                              > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay who
                              > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his Section
                              > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery'
                              > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung erfahren
                              > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
                              > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative of
                              > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to the
                              > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General
                              > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
                              >
                              > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the Goetheanum
                              > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in the
                              > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
                              > contributions and donations clearly show this.
                              >
                              > 2. Decision-making mandate
                              >
                              > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
                              > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals (Paul
                              > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
                              > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas of
                              > work at the Goetheanum.
                              >
                              > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is ranked
                              > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is in the
                              > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to
                              > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
                              > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the Section
                              > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This produces
                              > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of Spiritual
                              > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the free
                              > spiritual life,
                              >
                              > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the
                              > General Section of the School of Spiritual
                              >
                              > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human need
                              > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
                              > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do this,
                              > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis. This
                              > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual Science
                              > should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical
                              > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those
                              > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also Section
                              > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
                              >
                              > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of the
                              > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed (Anthroposophy
                              > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
                              >
                              > fear of risking job loss compromises such
                              >
                              > freedom
                              >
                              > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse remits
                              > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation of the
                              > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive Council
                              > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in the
                              > field of specialisation of his Section.
                              >
                              > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few shoulders
                              > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by discussions
                              > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary. 6. On
                              > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
                              > responsibility of the Sections by
                              >
                              > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject area,
                              > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields and
                              > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do not
                              > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
                              > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are superior
                              > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this being
                              > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato makes
                              > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum, whereas in
                              > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists, whose
                              > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who have
                              > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present working
                              > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
                              >
                              > 3. Finances
                              >
                              > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness of
                              > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The finances
                              > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world at
                              > large. Managing or
                              >
                              > structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual
                              > Science, following the indications that
                              >
                              > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead, the
                              > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by lack of
                              > transparency and
                              >
                              > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance department have
                              > ceased working there because
                              >
                              > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the
                              > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
                              > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been
                              > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in the
                              > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have already
                              > been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus, at
                              > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with
                              > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The members'
                              > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
                              >
                              > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been implemented.
                              > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the
                              > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
                              >
                              > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for Cornelius
                              > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
                              >
                              > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee
                              > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in contrast
                              > to the full openness that
                              >
                              > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making organisations
                              > which handle money from donors.
                              >
                              > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in the
                              > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been severely
                              > shaken in recent
                              >
                              > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in the
                              > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members could
                              > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that
                              > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
                              >
                              > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs. 8.
                              > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly controversial
                              > way. Important questions about
                              >
                              > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
                              > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
                              > 'Goetheanum
                              >
                              > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the Goetheanum.
                              > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the Goetheanum,
                              > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims and
                              > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions quite
                              > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the fund
                              > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from financial
                              > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors, can as
                              > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or used for
                              > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed venture,
                              > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum' name
                              > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
                              > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
                              >
                              > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the reasons
                              > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council as an
                              > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
                              > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
                              >
                              > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by
                              > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However, these
                              > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently
                              > needed.
                              >
                              > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so long
                              > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they require
                              > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the entire
                              > organism.
                              >
                              > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts in
                              > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
                              > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the reasons
                              > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council
                              > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS to
                              > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting point for
                              > the necessary measures.
                              >
                              > Justification for the 2nd Step
                              >
                              > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
                              > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its work
                              > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they know the
                              > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
                              > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would be
                              > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra personnel.
                              >
                              > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of opinion
                              > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
                              >
                              > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams 30thJanuary
                              > 2011
                              >
                              > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried Caspar,
                              > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62 40,
                              > Gottfried.Caspar@...; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
                              > john.c.ermel@...
                              >
                              > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion. Please
                              > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this text
                              > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual – and
                              > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
                              >
                              > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must take
                              > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
                              >
                              > counted. The
                              >
                              > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
                              >
                              > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
                              >
                              > das Vertrauen aus
                              >
                              > I have confidence in the Council
                              >
                              > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
                              >
                              > I abstain from voting
                              >
                              > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung der
                              > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
                              >
                              > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section
                              > Leaders as per the petition
                              >
                              > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
                              >
                            • Frank Thomas Smith
                              This *motion* will be made at the General Meeting on April 11, called Vote of No-confidence in the Executive Council . IMO It s most important point is that
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                                This *motion* will be made at the General Meeting on April 11, called "Vote of No-confidence in the Executive Council". IMO It's most important point is that the Executive Council in future should consist of the representatives (leaders) of the various sections of the School for Spiritual Science, as was the case originally. For this reason alone, I would support the motion, although I don't intend to be present, so won't be able to vote.
                                Frank

                                --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "val2160" <wdenval@...> wrote:
                                >

                                > > Petition for the 'forced' resignation of the Entire Executive Council
                                > > of the Anthroposophical Society at the Next AGM meeting in Dornarch
                                > > Motion to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the General
                                > > Anthroposophical Society (GAS) in Dornach, Switzerland, on 16 April
                                > 2011
                                > >
                                > > For the attention of the Executive Council (Vorstand) of the General
                                > > Anthroposophical Society and the Collegium of the School of Spiritual
                                > > Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
                                > >
                                > > Based on communications from the... Executive Council as well as
                                > > through many conversations with committed members, it is clear that
                                > in
                                > > the GAS and at the Goetheanum there is a crisis which needs to be
                                > taken
                                > > seriously. Faced with this situation, many members are wondering what
                                > > is happening. They are very much involved in looking for a solution.
                                > >
                                > > After studying and weighing up the available information together
                                > with
                                > > the observable phenomena, actions and events, the undersigned see a
                                > > real solution possible only through the reform of the Executive
                                > > Council.
                                > >
                                > > This course of action might in itself seem extreme, but in relation
                                > to
                                > > the remit, responsibilities and significance of the Anthroposophical
                                > > Society it is thoroughly reasonable.
                                > >
                                > > For this reform the undersigned move that before granting discharge,
                                > > under an agenda item entitled 'Matter of confidence in the Executive
                                > > Council', a ballot is held so that the members present can demonstrate
                                > > whether they wish to express their continued confidence in the
                                > Executive
                                > > Council, or support the following two steps:
                                > >
                                > > 1st step
                                > >
                                > > That the present Executive Council resign from all its duties and
                                > > functions and leave its place vacant; and
                                > >
                                > > 2nd Step
                                > >
                                > > That for appointing a new Executive Council, the following procedure
                                > > takes place:
                                > >
                                > > A group of people is appointed to produce a proposal for a new
                                > > Executive Council. This group should comprise: 1. all present Section
                                > > Leaders who have held their posts for at least a year (with the
                                > > exception of present Executive Council members);
                                > >
                                > > 2. all former Section Leaders who are still alive and willing to
                                > > undertake this task.
                                > >
                                > > This group should if possible suggest names from their own immediate
                                > > colleagues, if necessary supplemented from the people known to them
                                > > – a renewed appointment of a member of the existing Executive
                                > > Council should be permitted.
                                > >
                                > > This group should present its proposal within three months. If
                                > > necessary, this period can be extended by another three months. The
                                > > proposal should be put to the vote of an Extraordinary General Meeting
                                > > to be called by this group after the expiry of the period. In the
                                > > interim, until the new Executive Council is appointed by the General
                                > > Meeting, this group will take over the duties of the Executive
                                > Council.
                                > >
                                > > Justification for the 1st step
                                > >
                                > > In many of its activities, the GAS finds itself in a difficult
                                > > situation into which it has fallen in the course of recent years under
                                > > the leadership of its Executive Council. The undersigned, who
                                > suggested
                                > > the above procedure each have very different reasons for doing so, but
                                > > all regard the reform of the Society's leadership as indispensable.
                                > > These reasons, listed according to themes, are as follows:
                                > >
                                > > 1. Orientation1. For the past ten years at least, many members have
                                > > noticed a focus on an increasing trivialisation of activity and an
                                > > overwhelming orientation towards hoped for recognition by the
                                > > non-anthroposophical 'outside world'.
                                > >
                                > > 2. Core anthroposophical work and impulses get insufficient space,
                                > > inadequate support and limited opportunity to develop their potential
                                > in
                                > > a lively and enthusiastic way.
                                > >
                                > > 3. For example, it was an expressed aim of Bodo von Plato to
                                > transform
                                > > the Goetheanum into a conference centre. This was experienced by many
                                > > members as a paradigm shift, for, according to their understanding
                                > > hitherto of the role of the Goetheanum, it was supposed to represent
                                > > the heart of the renewal of the Mysteries as a modern mystery centre.
                                > >
                                > > 4. With this conference centre in mind a new department was set up
                                > > called 'Reception and Events Co- ordination' whose priority was
                                > unclear
                                > > to many yet which entailed great reorganisation and, because in
                                > December
                                > > 2010 it was proving not to be worthwhile, had again to be
                                > restructured.
                                > >
                                > > 5. The above cited trends increased in autumn 2010 when whole
                                > Sections
                                > > were forced to operate in a very restricted way because of sackings
                                > of
                                > > personnel or, in the case of the Art Section the forced resignation
                                > of
                                > > the Section Leader without any move to appoint a new Leader and the
                                > > complete closure of the Art Section office. This is despite that a
                                > > principle remit of the Society is to promote research in the
                                > Sections.
                                > > In the work of the Sections vital impulses should flow from the
                                > > periphery to the Goetheanum and vice versa, but the cuts obstruct or
                                > > put a stop to this altogether, as in the case of the Art Section.
                                > >
                                > > 6. An increasing number of key personnel have handed in their notice
                                > or
                                > > been sacked. This means that many of those who have given significant
                                > > practical help, including in connection with the fields of activity
                                > > (Lebensfeldern), have had to leave the Goetheanum. It leaves behind
                                > an
                                > > oversized administrative apparatus that no longer has a concrete
                                > > Section leadership or any other connection with the fields of
                                > activity.
                                > >
                                > > 7. Now the situation is, for example, that of six Executive Council
                                > > members only one leads a professional Section, namely Paul Mackay who
                                > > leads the Social Science. And his intention is to transform his
                                > Section
                                > > into a 'Platform which shall be formed mainly from the periphery'
                                > > (Plattform, die vor allem von der Peripherie her Gestaltung erfahren
                                > > wird. Nachrichtenblatt 10/10, 3.12.10). This means that the
                                > > responsibility of a Section is no longer formed on the initiative of
                                > > the representative for its field of activity, but transferred to the
                                > > periphery. (N.B. The Executive Council members do lead the General
                                > > Anthroposophical Section collectively)
                                > >
                                > > 8. Many members have turned away from the Society and the Goetheanum
                                > > and withdrawn their support, because they have lost confidence in the
                                > > aims and actions of the current leadership. The drop in members'
                                > > contributions and donations clearly show this.
                                > >
                                > > 2. Decision-making mandate
                                > >
                                > > 1. In recent years it has been noticed that there has been a
                                > > concentration of decision making in the hands of a few individuals
                                > (Paul
                                > > Mackay, Bodo von Plato). They form a kind of Executivewithin the
                                > > Executive Council whose ideas and decisions reach almost all areas of
                                > > work at the Goetheanum.
                                > >
                                > > 2. Although the School of Spiritual Science with its Sections is
                                > ranked
                                > > above the Society in the constitutional structure, because it is in
                                > the
                                > > Sections where the research occurs that the Society is supposed to
                                > > support, the Executive Council behaves as though the Society is
                                > > primary. And as the Society is formally the employer of the Section
                                > > Leaders it often appoint them and if necessary sack them. This
                                > produces
                                > > the wrong conditions for the Section Leaders and the School of
                                > Spiritual
                                > > Science: instead of creating a basis for free research and the free
                                > > spiritual life,
                                > >
                                > > . 3. The Executive Council assumes the role as sole leader of the
                                > > General Section of the School of Spiritual
                                > >
                                > > Science, although the theme of that Section is the 'general human
                                > need
                                > > to find a way for the soul to the world of the spirit'. But the
                                > > individual professional Section Leaders are equally required to do
                                > this,
                                > > are competent to do it and should be involved on an equal basis. This
                                > > would mean that formally the College of the School of Spiritual
                                > Science
                                > > should be responsible, as a body, for the General Anthroposophical
                                > > Section. This would, in turn, have the consequence that only those
                                > > members of the Executive Council of the Society, who were also Section
                                > > Leaders, would be members of the College of the School.
                                > >
                                > > 4. Instead of this, last summer the capacities of the College of the
                                > > School of Spiritual Science were seriously curtailed (Anthroposophy
                                > > Worldwide1&2/10). From now on, several matters that concern the
                                > >
                                > > fear of risking job loss compromises such
                                > >
                                > > freedom
                                > >
                                > > Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, with its diverse remits
                                > > and departments, all staffing issues and the general orientation of
                                > the
                                > > Anthroposophical Society are to be determined the by Executive Council
                                > > of the Society acting on its own. A Section Leader has say only in the
                                > > field of specialisation of his Section.
                                > >
                                > > 5. This spreads the responsibility for the crisis onto few shoulders
                                > > rather than many. Decisions through developing consensus by
                                > discussions
                                > > in the wider circle of those responsible are no longer necessary. 6.
                                > On
                                > > the other hand, the Executive Council interferes in the areas of
                                > > responsibility of the Sections by
                                > >
                                > > appointing from its own ranks someone responsible for the subject
                                > area,
                                > > who decides on matters that belong to both the specialist fields and
                                > > mandates of the particular Section. These appointees usually do not
                                > > have the appropriate specialist training, but if there are any
                                > > disagreements it is they who have the final say. Thus they are
                                > superior
                                > > to the Section Leader in his/her very own field, without this being
                                > > stated officially or even mentioned. For example, Bodo von Plato makes
                                > > decisions about design issues in and around the Goetheanum, whereas in
                                > > the Art Section, there are experienced and committed artists, whose
                                > > areas of competence undoubtedly include such design issues and who
                                > have
                                > > been involved with these matters for many years. In the present
                                > working
                                > > practices these individuals are completely ignored.
                                > >
                                > > 3. Finances
                                > >
                                > > The condition of the finances reveals most vividly the seriousness of
                                > > the situation. The following indicators are noteworthy: 1. The
                                > finances
                                > > are handled in the same way as they are in the world in the world at
                                > > large. Managing or
                                > >
                                > > structuring the money flows and procedures according to Spiritual
                                > > Science, following the indications that
                                > >
                                > > Rudolf Steiner, happens only occasionally if at all. 2. Instead, the
                                > > whole conduct of accounting is marked in significant respects by lack
                                > of
                                > > transparency and
                                > >
                                > > withholding of information. Several staff in the finance department
                                > have
                                > > ceased working there because
                                > >
                                > > they were no longer willing or able to take responsibility for the
                                > > conduct there. 3. For about ten years, at the instigation of the
                                > > Executive Council, the auditing of the Society's accounts has been
                                > > contracted out to external accountants, even though there are in the
                                > > Society people qualified and licensed to do this, and there have
                                > already
                                > > been several approaches by members to change this situation. Thus, at
                                > > the present time, there is no longer anyone in the membership with
                                > > insight into what is really going on with the finances. The members'
                                > > right to choose the auditor according to the provision of
                                > >
                                > > section 11 in the Statutes since 2008 has so far not been
                                > implemented.
                                > > 4. There still exists the endowment association which supports the
                                > > Goetheanum. Certain money flows take
                                > >
                                > > place through it (see below regarding foundation capital for Cornelius
                                > > Pietzner's 'Goetheanum Fund')
                                > >
                                > > without that body ever giving account of these flows. 5. Employee
                                > > salaries are kept secret in an unusually strict way, quite in contrast
                                > > to the full openness that
                                > >
                                > > generally applies in charitable and non-profit making organisations
                                > > which handle money from donors.
                                > >
                                > > Here too, clarity and transparency is lacking. 6. Confidence in the
                                > > Executive Council with respect to the finances has also been severely
                                > > shaken in recent
                                > >
                                > > years by a series of decisions and blunders. A noticeable drop in the
                                > > willingness to donate was the result of the fact that the members
                                > could
                                > > no longer be certain that their money was being used in a way that
                                > > accords with their intentions. Examples of this are:
                                > >
                                > > 7. The constitution debate with its enormous consequential costs. 8.
                                > > The sale of the Weleda shareholding in an opaque, highly controversial
                                > > way. Important questions about
                                > >
                                > > this are still to be answered. 9. The recent setting up of a
                                > > 'foundation' by Cornelius Pietzner: it has been given the name
                                > > 'Goetheanum
                                > >
                                > > Foundation' even though it has no real connection with the
                                > Goetheanum.
                                > > Not only is it accountable to neither the Society nor the Goetheanum,
                                > > but also neither body has any influence on the staffing or aims and
                                > > activities of this foundation, which operates and makes decisions
                                > quite
                                > > independently as it sees fit. The aim of this foundation and the fund
                                > > it contains is investment banking; to create proceeds from financial
                                > > investments, the surplus from which, after paying the investors, can
                                > as
                                > > the foundation sees fit be made available to the Goetheanum or used
                                > for
                                > > new investments. From the unhappy beginning of this proposed venture,
                                > > though also from a 'desired, lucky' beginning, the 'Goetheanum' name
                                > > remains linked with a venture of this kind, with unforeseeable
                                > > consequences, even though there is no need for this link.
                                > >
                                > > 10. The current financial misery is largely a result of the reasons
                                > > presented above. But now it is being used by the Executive Council as
                                > an
                                > > excuse to press on with those measures that have significantly
                                > > contributed to the creation of the crisis.
                                > >
                                > > These examples presented could admittedly be viewed differently by
                                > > others and yet could be supplemented with more examples. However,
                                > these
                                > > are enough to show clearly that a change in many areas is urgently
                                > > needed.
                                > >
                                > > Quite a few of the cited problems have already continued for so long
                                > > that many have already become used to them. Nevertheless they require
                                > > urgent rectification in order to bring about a healing of the entire
                                > > organism.
                                > >
                                > > Faced with this crisis, many members are increasing their efforts in
                                > > both their own personal work and in the work with others in the
                                > > Society's branches and groups. But in addition to this, for the
                                > reasons
                                > > stated above, the undersigned view reform of the Executive Council
                                > > situation as essential in order for the life and work of the GAS to
                                > > improve. A vote on this by the members can provide a starting point
                                > for
                                > > the necessary measures.
                                > >
                                > > Justification for the 2nd Step
                                > >
                                > > The people named above as the group are very familiar with the
                                > > Goetheanum and its peculiarities. The necessary continuity of its work
                                > > is ensured by them. Through their Section Leader activity, they know
                                > the
                                > > committed people in their respective fields who have sufficient
                                > > experience, a firm connection with the Goetheanum, and who would be
                                > > suited to the relevant tasks if the need arises for extra personnel.
                                > >
                                > > ballot must be secret in order to preserve free expression of opinion
                                > > for all and to prevent any victimisation of individuals.
                                > >
                                > > English edited by Christian Thal-Jantzen and David Adams 30thJanuary
                                > > 2011
                                > >
                                > > We should be grateful for any feedback. Ingrid and Gottfried Caspar,
                                > > Buchenweg 5, 4148 Pfeffingen, Switzerland, Tel.: 0041 61 - 554 62 40,
                                > > Gottfried.Caspar@; John Ermel, Tel.: 0041 61 - 701 60 44,
                                > > john.c.ermel@
                                > >
                                > > We would also be grateful for co-signatories to this motion. Please
                                > > could those who are willing to put their names forward sign this text
                                > > and send it back to us. Every signature is meant individual – and
                                > > not at all in representation of any group or institution.
                                > >
                                > > The ballot on this motion, i.e. on the 1st and 2nd steps, must take
                                > > place as a whole. Abstentions must be
                                > >
                                > > counted. The
                                > >
                                > > Abstimmung über den Antrag ...
                                > >
                                > > Vote concerning the motion ... Ich spreche dem Vorstand
                                > >
                                > > das Vertrauen aus
                                > >
                                > > I have confidence in the Council
                                > >
                                > > Ich enthalte mich der Stimme
                                > >
                                > > I abstain from voting
                                > >
                                > > Ich befürworte einen Rücktritt des Vorstands und Einsetzung der
                                > > Sektionsleiter gem. Antrag
                                > >
                                > > I support the Council' s resignation and the nomination of Section
                                > > Leaders as per the petition
                                > >
                                > > http://www.facebook.com//home.php?sk=group_165396360174216&ap=1
                                > >
                                >
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