Saskia Heijne is a Masters student in Education at the University of Plymouth's Integrated Masters Programme, a collaboration with the Steiner Hogeschool Helicon (NL) and has worked for six years in a UK Steiner school, participating in the collegial running of the school. Previously, she completed Findhorn Foundation College's Semester in Sustainability (FCS). She studies and practices social forms that support individuals to behave cooperatively, such as Nonviolent Communication, Restorative Circles and Dynamic Self Governance.
We are looking forward to your input, Saskia, and hope that folks connected with Steiner Schools and Intentional communities are coming along.
Here is a link to a video of a presentation Saskia did earlier this year.on her research.
A bit more context on one of Saskia's research objects: the High Mowing School in New Hampshire:
Steiner Students Make Better Decisions by John Buck on December 11, 2012
Steiner (Waldorf) education is discovering sociocracy. On August 3, 2012, in Portland , Oregon, Cary Hughes, and John Buck described how the student council at High Mowing School in Wilton, NH became much more active and energized when they were introduced to the sociocratic circle organization method. The presentation was at the AERO conference. AERO promotes democratic education. Following is a summary of their presentation.
Make Real Decisions, Take Real Action: Student Leadership and Self-Governance in a Waldorf High School
High Mowing School uses a Threefold Living Systems approach to self-governance supported by the principles and practices of Dynamic Self-Governance. High Mowing is a Waldorf high school for boarding and day students in New Hampshire. Students in this context now self-organize and govern themselves through the creation of an empowered student leadership structure using Dynamic Self Governance. The students are becoming experts in using the effective practices within this new democratic form that ensures they are autonomous but connected to and able to positively influence the organizational structure, leadership, and teaching and administrative staff. The presentation described how this revolutionary approach to self-governance and organizational structure empowers all members of the various functions in the school and strongly supports the healthy development and effective operation of a school. Rea Taylor Gill is Executive Director at High Mowing School and author of A School as a Living Entity. Over the past 25 years, Rea has developed a revolutionary approach to organizational development and school structure.