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November 2019

"Foundations For Future" declare their solidarity with the "Fridays For Future" movement

As foundations, we are committed to supporting and promoting charitable causes. And what could serve the society more than the commitment to the preservation of all our livelihoods? We therefore declare our solidarity with the "Fridays for Future" movement and its demands for compliance with the goals of the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and the 1.5 C target.

Fridays For Future's specific demands include:
Net zero by 2035
Coal exit until 2030
100 % renewable energy supply by 2035

As a member of the "Foundations For Future" movement, the Intersein Foundation undertakes to make its foundation activities compatible with these requirements and to fulfil at least three of the following criteria:
  • no flights for business trips within Germany
  • Substitution of business trips by telephone or video conferences
  • Enabling home office workplaces and encouraging employees* to take advantage of this offer
  • Compensation of foundation-related CO2 emissions (energy, travel, events) through high-quality certificates
  • Office power supplier with OK-Power-Label
  • environmentally friendly procurement of office supplies and general use of recycled paper
  • Catering at appointments, events, etc. meat reduced, biological and preferably regional
  • > 50 % of the foundation capital invested in sustainable forms of investment

For more information:
www.fridays-for-future.org
www.foundations-for-future.de



October 2019 One Earth Sangha

"EcoSattva Training"

Our collective crisis is deepening. Informed by a view of reality which presumes separation and competition, many powerful institutions and institutional actors are actively investing in separation: our religious affiliations, national, racial and ethnic identities, rich and poor, human and nature.

At the same time, we see a renewed sense of citizenship and empowerment forming in resistance. But is resistance to these forces the extent of our vision? Can we respond to this moment not merely as a crisis in our politics or even culture but instead as an opportunity to confront and transform the world views, the ways of seeing reality, that brought us here? What are the wisdom and practices that will not only help us respond to current conditions, but sow the seeds of the courage, connection and devotion needed as our world enters a period of dramatic change?

Among many gifts, the Dharma invites us to cultivate qualities of the heart and clarity of the mind. In particular, we are encouraged to contemplate view, the way we are seeing, the stories we tell and what we consider to be reality. With practice, we can see the way our stories are conditioned into existence and taken as truth. Moreover, we can see where our stories lead and ask if this is where we want to go.

The term "EcoSattva is a blend of "eco or "ecology with "Boddhisattva, an enlightened being wholly dedicated to the freedom and well-being of others.
The One Earth Sangha has developed this online training to reflect and understand ecological crises from the perspective of the Dharma and to inspire an "appropriate response as a form of practice, deeply rooted in the Dharma. Together, well explore this time of intensifying change and cultivate the wisdom and compassion that can carry us forward.

For more information:
www.oneearthsangha.org



22.-25. September 2019 student camp at Benediktushof

"Who am I? self-discovery, self-awareness"






In order to act responsibly in the complex contemporary world, young people need access to self-management and impulses for sustainable engagement with society and the environment.

The aim of the project is to provide young people a space and framework where, far away from everyday life, they can focus on themselves and important life topics.

The camps for students and apprentices want to promote a mindful self-awareness and a conscious lifestyle. They are held twice a year (spring and autumn) for more than 100 participants each at the Benediktushof in Holzkirchen. The program is a combination of meditation, lectures and many workshops.

For more information:
www.west-oestliche-weisheit.de
www.benediktushof-holzkirchen.de


September 2019 Action for World Solidarity

"Gardens of Solidarity"

For 43 years, 150,000 Sahrawi refugees have been persisting in five large camps in Algeria near the town of Tindouf. Since 1991, they have been waiting for a United Nations referendum on the future of their country. International food aid, on which people in the camps are totally dependent, has fallen 40 percent in recent years. There is a lack of fruits and vegetables as well as of proteins. "More than 60 percent of children under the age of 5 are affected by this deficiency and 2 out of 3 pregnant women suffer from anemia," says Najat Ali Salem, explaining the dramatic supply situation.

The hope for a life in dignity remains. In the self-governing Saharawi camps, people are trying to find an answer to this difficult situation. Agricultural expert Taleb Brahim from the Smara camp has developed a concept for family gardens. "My goal is an independent supply of the camps with vitamins. Permaculture as an ecological cycle effect makes this possible" he explains the basic idea.

Central is the cultivation of fast-growing Moringa and fig trees, which throw off the necessary biomass for the enrichment of the soils. A stone wall protects the landscaped beds from sandstorms and goats. The greenhouses prevent the drying of soil and plants in the blazing sun. Here, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and peas are planted. The water needed for the irrigation system is brought by lorry. This requires binding agreements with the relevant government agency, because water is scarce in the desert.

The gardens of solidarity not only improve the food situation of the people in the refugee camps, but give them strength and hope for a better future.

For more information:
www.aswnet.de


July 2019 Lebenlassen e.V.

livestock farming without slaughter, is that possible?

An increasing number of people reject killing of animals for human consumption or for covering everyday material needs like leather, wool, etc.
Many vegans and vegetarians prefer organically grown products. However, these too are mostly fertilized with manure from animals which are slaughtered or pellets from horns and claws used for fertilizing. In this respect, a vegan diet is often still chained to the killing of animals.
Lebenlassen e.V. promotes and end to this eternal cycle of rearing, use and slaughtering of animals.
But what would the consequences look like? A life without cows, pigs, sheep and chickens? How would our landscape change? Or could there be a "third way" in agriculture - the use of animals and animal products without animal suffering?
According to Lebenlassen e.V. a possible approach to this could be the termination of offspring.

The initiators say:
"For millennia, the so-called farm animals have accompanied the history of human culture. Let's give them their place at our side, not to slaughter them, not to pay the cost of living with their blood. Let's take their manure for soil improvement as a gift and give them back love and gratitude for their services to our cultural development! "

For more information:
www.lebenlassen.de


June 2019 Dharma-Kolleg

"The full time study program of Buddhism"

The Western way of thinking and the strongly scientific Western culture have brought us far. Technological and medical advances based on scientific knowledge have made life in many parts of the world much easier, more enjoyable and free. The world moves together. On the one hand. On the other hand, the developments of recent decades have shown that we are pushing our limits and that science alone can not answer the final questions that people are dealing with. We live in a time of conflict. New solutions, new ways of thinking and living are demanded.

We have to try alternative ways which can lead us out of the complex crisis. The existing value system is no longer viable and can not withstand the new challenges of environmental degradation, climate change, demographic distortions, social inequalities, jeopardizing economic systems and violent conflicts. We need a fundamental change of values and paradigm. The proven wisdom tradition of Buddhism offers itself as an addition to our western culture. An in-depth discussion with the Buddhist teachings and spiritual practice can expand our frame of thought and experience .

With the six-year full time study of Buddhism in the newly founded Dharma college in Hamburg, the Tibetan Center aims to offer a solid training program in which Westerners can devote themselves in an authentic way to study the philosophy and practice of Buddhism. At the same time, according to the inspiration of the Dalai Lama, a contribution to a secular culture of compassion, tolerance and dialogue shall emerge.

For more information:
www.dharma-kolleg.de


13.-19. May 2019 Sulzbrunner Symposium

"Rebels of peace - Sacred Activism & Political Action"

Activists against the destruction of nature and quality of life are increasingly calling for fighting for the "sanctity of life". Politicalecological resistance thus gets a spiritual component, which also changes the form of the protest.
The first 'Sulzbrunner Symposium' aims to address this new form of international protest that symbioses two essential humanist approaches: the search for ethical and spiritual values that will determine our actions, and the active resistance to the destructions that the industrialized growth society has inflicted on the organism of earth, which we might call Gaia. These combined approaches include the synthesis of inner potential and consciousness development with the critical-political analysis of current political developments. The aim of the symposium is to combine the approaches of inner growth and political action in such a way that the commitment to a sustainable world is strengthened.

The following questions shall be addressed:
What deep ethical values do we need for a future culture?
How to overcome the brainwashing of materialism and constant growth?
What step do the religions have to take to preserve the creation?
What can value based activism look like?
How is activism sustainable? Which methods promote resilience?
What new forms of action does civil society need?
What is sacred in Sacred Activism?

Special emphasis should be placed on inviting theologians, indigenous people, priests, mystics, spiritual activists and change-makers' focussing on a formation of collective spiritual and ethical values for a life-enhancing future.

For more information:
www.gemeinschaft-sulzbrunn.de



March 2019 NABU Foundation National Heritage

"Preservation of the Anklamer Stadtbruch"

East of Anklam lies the "Anklamer Stadtbruch", a wide swamp between land and sea. Sea eagles, crane, wryneck, dwarf flycatcher, carmine bullfinch and spotted peacock live here completely undisturbed from people on almost 15 square kilometers, Due to its size and impassability, the "Anklamer Stadtbruch" is one of the few real wilderness areas that Germany still has to offer.
Black-necked grebe, common tern and black tern, northern geese, beaver, otter, moor frogs and the highest density of white-tailed eagles in Germany are at home here. Unimaginable 1,360 hectares of this nature's most valuable wilderness are now sold by the city of Anklam. The NABU Foundation National Heritage wants to seize this unique opportunity and acquire the land in order to preserve it forever.

For more information:
www.nabu.de



March 2019 Bellevue di Monaco

"open sewing workshop for female refugees"

The Bellevue di Monaco is a social cooperative that operates a residential and cultural center for refugees in the center of Munich.
The houses serve as a place of education and meetings with a focus on integration and international understanding.

In one of the common areas of the Bellevue, a sewing workshop for refugee women is offered weekly for two hours. It gives women the opportunity to be sheltered, to recover from exertions and stressful situations and to help themselves in a practical way by sewing or repairing their clothes. They are professionally and empathically looked after by an art therapist, receive material, technical guidance and an open ear. Overcoming the fear of leaving their accomodation and getting into the sewing workshop is an important step towards independence and leads to a stronger self-confidence.

For more information:
www.bellevuedimonaco.de


February 2019 Animals' Angels

"we are there with the animals"

The bedrock of Animals Angels work is their solidarity with suffering animals. At the centre of their beliefs stands their motto: "We are there with the animals. That is the source of our dedication and our strength." Animals Angels is internationally regarded as a well-qualified specialist organisation with a high ethical profile, known to official bodies, political groups and the haulage industry as well as to other animal protection organisations.

After 15 years of activity they have gained extensive knowledge of the field and expertise. Their teams conduct on-the-spot investigations at slaughterhouses, ports, holding areas, border control points and animal markets and they are constantly on the road, following the transport lorries. The documented results of their missions - reports, photographs and video footage are handed over to relevant authorities and used to lodge judicial complaints, make reports to the police or instigate further legal measures. Their information is accepted as reliable and serious.

Animals Angels is in constant touch with veterinary authorities, the police and influential political decision-makers in Europe and beyond. As a result, they can negotiate in the name of animals at the highest level.

Because the welfare and dignity of our fellow creatures, the right to an unscathed and happy life is a primary concern of the "Intersein Foundation", we promote the work of Animals' Angels throughout the year.

Doku-Film:
10 Years of Council Regulation

For more information:
www.animals-angels.com


19 January 2019 Demonstration in Berlin

"We are fed-up!"

More and more peasants are farming without glyphosate, keeping their animals in an appropriate manner and feeding them gmo-free.
More and more people are practicing foodsharing, are part of a solidary agriculture and opt for good, organic food from the region.

In order to strengthen and promote this development the campaign "my agriculture"calls for the demonstration on the 19.th of January 2019 and demands from the federal government:
Subsidies only for environmentally friendly and climate-friendly agriculture, public money only for animal welfare and more support for small and medium-sized agricultural businesses that produce good food for all of us.

Demonstration: 19. Januar 2019 | 12 Uhr | Brandenburger Tor | Berlin

2018


September 2018 project peace

"peace journey Bosnien"

project peace is a year long transition program for German speaking young adults aged 18 - 25 about peace, sustainability and cultural innovation. With the support of the facilitation team, inspiring workshop leaders, the eco-social farm "Gemeinschaft Sulzbrunn" (project location) and a network of worldwide volunteering placements the participants get the opportunity to both theoretically and practically involve themselves into the topics of peace, sustainability and cultural innovation.

During their first module of the training the group will undertake a peace journey to attend the international peace week in Sanki Most, Bosnien. Throughout the week concerts, film screenings, and inter-religious meetings will be organised. To further the mission of peace and tolerance, the centre for peacebuilding in Sanki Most also host workshops and seminars on topics like peacebuilding, dialogue, and reconciliation.

For more information:
www.projectpeace.de
Centre for peacebuilding Sanki Most


25 years medica mondiale

"My body is no battlefield"

medica mondiale is a non-governmental organisation based in Germany which stands up for women and girls in war and crisis zones throughout the world. medica mondiale supports women and girls having experienced sexualised violence, regardless of political, ethnic or religious affiliation. Together with women from around the world, medica mondiale is committed to helping women to lead a dignified and self-determined life.

Every day women and girls around the world are being raped, tortured, kidnapped and enslaved as part of wars and conflict. The new campaign "My body is no battlefield" from medica mondiale aims to draw attention to these violations of human rights and to demonstrate how women in war zones can be protected.

For more information:
www.medicamondiale.org


July 2018 Action for World Solidarity

"Gardens of Solidarity"

With the support of the organisation "Action for World Solidarity" many self organised gardens arise all over the world.
They do not serve merely the food supply but offer women a space to gather, exchange knowledge, share experiences and learn about their rights.
Through micro-credits the women are enabled to sell their products and strengthen their economic situation, which increases the value of their status in the family and can hereby protect them from domestic violence.

For more information:
www.aswnet.de


20.-22. June 2018 International and Interdisciplinary Conference University of Hamburg

"Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies"

Buddhist studies is the fastest growing sub-discipline of religious studies in the world. The ongoing encounter between Buddhism and contemporary Western societies has already left a lasting mark on both parties, as happens in any open dialogue. Buddhist influence on Western culture is noticeable in many areas, the main intersection with Buddhism so far is found in the secular fields like neuro sciences and psychology, where mindfulness and meditation are increasingly applied.
At the same time, arriving in the "West, Buddhism has been confronted with the values of European enlightenment and human rights, articulated within the paradigms of Judeo-Christian culture.

To explore these dialogical processes, the International and Interdisciplinary Conference "Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies brings together 20 outstanding scientist as well as representatives from the three mainstream traditions of Buddhism to address such questions as: Does Buddhism matter today? Can the teaching and practice of Buddhism enrich the world today? If so, what would this contribution look like? How far can Buddhism give impulses within the areas of peace work, social justice, applied ethics, mindfulness and psychotherapy? Where and to what degree can and must Buddhism adapt to its new context? What is considered to be the core teaching or practice that cannot be subject to revision or adaptation?

To ensure a successful academic outcome of the conference, the first two and a half days will be dedicated mainly to listening to the presentations, followed by an intensive exchange with the speakers, respondents, and faculty. In the afternoon of the third day, preliminary results will be summarized and discussed with the interested expert audience.

For more information and registration:
buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de


May 2018 social announcement spot by sixt sense film production

"DENIED"

In everyday life it is often completely overlooked how people of different origin are already an integral part of our society. The quality of a group consists of the skills and talents of the individual and of a precisely coordinated togetherness.

In the spot, the power of a functioning team is exemplified by an orchestra, a ballet company and a football team.
And also how it would be, if all foreigners were removed.

It is important to the Augsburg filmmaker Stefanie Sixt, with the means at her disposal, to raise awareness of an urgent topic, to stimulate reflection and thus to contribute to more tolerance, compassion and peace.

For more information:
www.youtube.com
www.sixt-sense.de


February 2018 Bellevue di Monaco

"open sewing workshop for female refugees"



For more information:
www.bellevuedimonaco.de


February 2018 Action for World Solidarity

"Agroecology as an answer to palm oil business

The destruction of the rainforests is one of the world's central environmental problems, caused amongst other things by massive agricultural use like the creation of palm oil plantations.
The ASW partner organization FASE helps local farmes to renounce these practices by training them in sustainable agriculture. Jointly they develop environmentally friendly tillage, permaculture and ways to marked their products so that they can earn a living and protect the rainforest at the same time.

For more information:
www.aswnet.de


January 2018 Kanthari

"Empowering Social Visionaries"

"Kanthari" in Trivandrum, Kerala, South of India, is an accredited international institute for social visionaries.
It offers a 7 month, scholarship based leadership program for people, who have overcome adversity and who are keen to drive ethical social change anywhere in the world. Through intensive training, kanthari equips participants with all the techniques, methods and ideas they need to start up and run effective, relevant social or environmental projects all over the world.
Since 2009, 160 social change makers from 38 countries were trained at kanthari.
This has already resulted in more than 125 social initiatives and organisations that are making a positive impact in the lives of thousands of people within their communities.

For more information:
www.kanthari.org


20 January 2018 Demonstration in Berlin

"We are fed-up!"

The Campaign "My Agriculture" calls for action: "Agricultural companies are merging into ever larger mega-corporations, the consequence: monocultures, factory farming, genetic engineering and patents on plants and animals, loss of biodiversity, polluted water...

We want a food policy that promotes regional and sustainable food rather than industrial mass production! In mega-barns and slaughterhouses, the meat industry continues to trim animals for profit. But pigs, chickens and cows need straw, space and grazing land. The "always bigger" and "more intense" drives farms into ruin. We want an end to subsidies for the agro-industry! Germany's government must support a form of animal husbandry that puts animals welfare first!

Aggressive export strategies and failed agricultural policies are ruining farmers around the world. Instead of hedging corporate interests with free trade agreements, we need secure access to land, water, seeds and food globally. We want an end to dumping exports, more support for peasants' rights and real change in farming at the global scale!

On January 20, Germany's government is inviting agriculture ministers from all over the globe to the world's largest agricultural fair: Berlin's "Green Week." Being the host of the International Agriculture Ministers Conference, Germany's government will be in the public eye. It's the perfect moment for us: While inside they want to decide about our food and farming, we will be outside to pressure for real change. Our proposals for a new food and farming policy are on the table. But: Germany's new government will only act if and when our protest in the streets becomes impossible to ignore. So grab your cooking pot (and a pair of earplugs) and join us to make noise for good food and farming - here and all over the planet!"

Demonstration: 20 January 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Berlin's main train station
www.wir-haben-es-satt.de


January 2018 Animals' Angels

"we are there with the animals"

The bedrock of Animals Angels work is their solidarity with suffering animals. At the centre of their beliefs stands their motto: "We are there with the animals. That is the source of our dedication and our strength." Animals Angels is internationally regarded as a well-qualified specialist organisation with a high ethical profile, known to official bodies, political groups and the haulage industry as well as to other animal protection organisations.

After 15 years of activity they have gained extensive knowledge of the field and expertise. Their teams conduct on-the-spot investigations at slaughterhouses, ports, holding areas, border control points and animal markets and they are constantly on the road, following the transport lorries. The documented results of their missions - reports, photographs and video footage are handed over to relevant authorities and used to lodge judicial complaints, make reports to the police or instigate further legal measures. Their information is accepted as reliable and serious.

Animals Angels is in constant touch with veterinary authorities, the police and influential political decision-makers in Europe and beyond. As a result, they can negotiate in the name of animals at the highest level.

Because the welfare and dignity of our fellow creatures, the right to an unscathed and happy life is a primary concern of the "Intersein Foundation", we promote the work of Animals' Angels throughout the year.

For more information:
www.animals-angels.com

2017


September 2017 Promotion of the International Youth Initiative Program YIP


The International Youth Initiative Program, YIP, is a societal entrepreneurship training, offering a holistic educational program that promotes an expanded global and personal awareness. YIP aims to strengthen young peoples capacity to take initiative in the face of current global challenges.

for more information: www.yip.se


22.-24. September 2017 Symposium at the Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing

"Breath of the earth" Spiritual and cultural answers to climate change

In times of climate change, human influence on the planet becomes more and more obvious. Present generations are the first to realize the immense influence of humankind on the climate, as well as being maybe the last ones who can prevent the climatic conditions for life on earth to change fundamentally. And while technology, economic development and the lifestyle that led to this situation evolved over the past centuries, it is now only within some decades that humans are realizing this new situation and at the same time have the chance to take decisions and to act.

Various spiritual and religious traditions are already finding ways to perceive the relation between humans and animals, plants and minerals surrounding them. In which ways do the different approaches conceptualize human relation with the Earth? What is the potential of spirituality in the anthropocene? In form of which practices, ceremonies or art projects do the different approaches reflect on and engage in the relationship with the earth? And what practical and political consequences do they derive?

In a three day symposium, we will ask how ecopsychology and ecophilosophy analyze this particular point in time, and how humans can deal with this situation.

For more information and registration:
www.ev-akademie-tutzing.de


March 2017 traveling exhibition "Solidarity with female refugees"

Impulses of political discomfort



For more information:
www.frau-kunst-politik.de


March 2017 "House of Silence"

Construction of a meditation-house with straw and clay accompanied by educational seminars in the eco village "Sieben Linden"



For more information:
www.siebenlinden.org