Online Colloquium: Integral approaches to intentional communities, May 15

IFIS is happy to invite you to our next Online Colloquium:

Time:           Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 20.00-22.00 h, Zoom meeting.
Presenter:   Dr. Iris Kunze, IFIS
Topic:          Integral approaches to intentional communities


While in former times, people were born into communities and the challenge was to develop their individuality, today we are rather born as individuals and have to find or create our communities. What is the notion of community today in individualized, free societies allowing us to live our own life style? Can a transmodern community of responsible, free humans be an answer to create a more flexible and free society? What kind of ‘communality’ can integrate individual freedom and collective responsibility and cooperation? What are the foundations and best practices of a community X.0? And how can it be created?

Dr. Iris Kunze
More info here and in the attached event folder.
Please register with us at by May 12, 2019, if you wish to participate in this Colloquium.

Non-members of IFIS are kindly asked to make a donation for participating, either via our donations button or by bank transfer. The recommended donation for Colloquium participation of non-members is 10-20 Euros. You can also chose the Colloquium flatrate (50 Euros) and participate in all Colloquia for one year.

Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite shortly before the event.
For further upcoming sessions, check out our website at

Tools for collaborative leadership

“Leadership for Transition” (LiFT) has worked with collaborative leadership formats – mainly the ‘Collaboratory’ in diverse context to reflect and standardize it for others to use. Just completed its EU-funded partnership for three years, it now has published its learnings in four books and a course curriculum. You can access all of these here:

1.  Foundations and Resources of Integral Leadership

2. LiFT Methods Book: Designing and facilitating Collaboratories

3. LiFT Case Book: Hosting Collaboratories: Insights and learnings from different cases

4. Course Curriculum for the LiFT Collaboratory facilitator training

5. Five superpowers for co-creators. How change makers and business can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (experiences from the field)

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Transformative Community: interactive online colloquium

I am happy to invite you to our next IFIS Online Colloquium  N° 11:

Time:           Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 20.00-22.00 h, CET (UTC+1), Zoom meeting.
Presenter:   Dr. Iris Kunze (IFIS and BOKU, Vienna and living in the ecovillage of Sieben Linden)
Iris Kunze is a founding member of IFIS and has studied the workings of intentional communities for over 20 years. She is particularly interested in the interrelations between personal transformation and the transformative potential of communities acting as social innovators. In her presentation she will also address the question how the experience of communities can inspire the development of an integral community of inquiry.

You find more info on this event in the attached folder.

Please register with us by Jan 14, if you wish to participate in this Colloquium.
Non-members of IFIS are kindly asked to make a donation for participating.

Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite shortly before the event.

For further upcoming sessions check out our website at

Please do circulate this info among colleagues and friends!

Institute for integral Studies
IFIS-Newsletter N° 7 is online

Gemeinschaft Neu Denken: Tagung

Ziel der internationalen und interdisziplinären Konferenz ‘Re-Thinking Community‘ ist es, erstmals das in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften vorhandene Wissen zu Mechanismen und Dynamiken der Gemeinschaftsbildung zu bündeln sowie darüber hinaus Perspektiven für ein respektvolles und friedliches Zusammenleben mit Anderen und Fremden ungeachtet von Ethnie, Religion, Hautfarbe, Geschlecht und Alter zu entwickeln. [Mehr lesen…

Datum: 26. Oktober 2017 (Donnerstag) bis 28. Oktober 2017 (Samstag)
Veranstaltungsort: Kulturpalast Dresden, Zentralbibliothek [zur Homepage mit Anfahrtsplan]
Anmeldung: Online-Formular


Um die Organisation der Konferenz “Gemeinschaft Neu Denken” zu unterstützen, melden Sie sich bitte vorab online als Teilnehmer_in der Tagung an, und zwar hierDie Teilnahme an der Konferenz ist kostenfrei. Die Konferenzsprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch; Übersetzungshilfen werden angeboten.

Darunter: Iris Kunze Vortrag:
‘Ein neues WIR‘: soziale Innovationen aus Gemeinschaftsprojekten und der global vernetzten Ökodorfbewegung.

Buch aus 20 Jahren Ökodorf -Erfahrung

20 Jahre Ökodorf Sieben Linden – Erfahrungen, Reflexion und Resümee 1997 – 2017

In diesem bunt bebilderten Buch im Zeitschriftenformat schildern und reflektieren mehr als 25 langjährige Bewohner, Gründer und Aktive des Ökodorfes  die Erfahrungen und Errungenschaften des Ökodorfes. Iris Kunze hat bei der Erstellung als Co-Redakteurin gewirkt.

Herausgegeben vom Freundeskreis Ökodorf e.V. im Eurotopia-Verlag, 136 Seiten, Buch in Farbe mit zahlreichen Fotos, ISBN 987-3-9816860-6-7

Zu bestellen bei:

Experiences of 80 initiatives: data base

TRANSIT research project just published its database containing 480 critical turning points in the history of 80 social innovation initiatives in the world. Over 4 years 35 TRANSIT researchers have researched 20 global networks and 80 local manifestions (including ecovillages Findhorn, Sieben Linden, Tempelhof and Bergen) by visiting, participant observation and interviews. The experiences have been published as learnings in this data base – you are welcome to research this data base accordning to your own interests and search words. Data base: