Mini-Symposium: Education Mojo. Between Self and the World

18 May 2019, Berlin

This mini-symposium is a participatory research and exchange of insights and practices between the invited contributors from different corners of Europe and the interested audience. Dedicated to the question of what sustainable education is and can be. What attitudes are guiding educational processes in the world of diversity and multitudes, and not homogeneity and monoculture? What is sustainability in a broader sense, and how is it reflected in educational practices? What if education was a work of art? What if it was a garden? How can generation and transfer of knowledge be expanded to include the corporal, sensuous and affective dimensions? How can education serve to reconnect the fragmented world? How can values be truly embodied by teachers and students alike? What is the importance of such aspects as time and rhythms, indoor and outdoor space, physicality and perception, ‘Self’ and ‘the World’ (relationship between personal process of becoming and being part of a larger whole) within educational contexts? These are the question we dedicate this event to.

The number of tickets is limited, RSVP to reserve your place.

Setting the Stage

In the context of current changes of norms and values of the globalised world, technical innovations, environmental challenges, and a variety of ethical dilemmas and paradoxes that humanity is facing in this historical period, we are interested in a fundamental question: What is sustainable education in the context of contemporary societies and which practices of education we need in order to co-create a healthy world in response to social modernization and global challenges?

Within the framework of this mini-symposium the concept and practices of education will be discussed with international representatives from various disciplines. We are interested in a holistic approach to the dominant cognitive concept of education, in supplementing it with aesthetic, emotional, physical, ethical, environmental and social dimensions. We are also interested in open honest engagement with these questions, not in a defence of any one particular methodology. The first part of the programme consists of project presentations accentuating their practical implications and will be delivered by artists, educators, and activists. In the second part there will be an opportunity to experiment, work in smaller groups, develop ideas, and try out different practices and media.

This mini symposium aims to create a space in which knowledge is not consumed, but questioned, and where new forms of knowledge and methods can be created collectively. One of its goals is to formulate specific ideas on a new orientation in education and to design innovative approaches for educational work. Another important goal is to network the actors of different directions and to initiate transdisciplinary educational formats outside of this event.

Preliminary Programme

Welcome Tea + Arrival
| 9:00-9:30h

We all arrive, share a cup of good tea, and settle down.

Opening | 9:30-10h

Setting the stage by Foresta Collective, in collaboration with Maryna Markova (Skolla)

Education Marathon Sprint 1 | 10h-13h

Contributors are invited to share their experiences on a chosen subject. The order of contributions and subject division may change. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Opening Impulse: Holistic Education in the 21st Century (Geoff Lehman, Bard College Berlin, Berlin/New York)
    Sustainable living requires holistic concepts of education that encompass the cognitive, ethical, emotional, physical, aesthetic and relational dimensions. How can educational formats support the development of multiplicity and many-sidedness of humans? What do holistic educational approaches look like in practice? What does holistic education have to do with the formation of an identity that is transcultural, the one that learns from different cultures and grows beyond? How are these ideas reflected in the tradition of Liberal Arts education?

  • Relationships within Educational Processes (Coline Irwin, Nurserine Paris, Bloom School, Les Trois Ourses, Paris)
    Human relationships are at the center of most learning processes, both within a team working together, as well as between students and teachers. How to build trust and respect across different educational contexts? How is integrity maintained and nourished? What replaces traditional hierarchical structures and attitudes?

  • Self-awareness in Practice (Timur Zhabbarov, Conscious Choice, Moscow)
    How can education support the development of self-awareness and bring out individuals’ autonomous capacity to take charge of themselves? How does it help people to discover and better understand their personality? What skills do young people need in order to be able to make conscious choices in life and practice independent decision making?

  • Corpoliteracy in Education (Daniel Neugebauer, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)
    We understand embodied culture as a holistic force that fosters social transformation and leads to more sustainability and creativity in life, individually and collectively. Holistic understanding of education includes corpoliteracy. What does it mean and what is the significance of the body in the learning process? How can the emergence of the embodied mind or the enminded body be supported? How can values be truly embodied?

Lunch break | ca. 13h-14h

Education Marathon Sprint 2 | 14h-15h

  • Artistic Processes (Josef Köhler, Peter Gläsel Schule, Detmold)
    How artistic processes become learning processes? How to manage open processes? What is the right balance between structure and freedom in non-homogenous groups? Can creativity and fluid structures become a base of a school? How do these support personal learning experiences of every child? What potential for educational processes does artistic appropriation of places and spaces offer?

  • Learning from Nature (Anna Hahn, Schumacher College, Berlin/Cornwall)
    What are best spaces for learning? What effect do experiences of space have on education? What is the necessary balance between indoors and outdoors? How do we re-connect with nature and include learning from nature and attention to nature into educational processes, beyond it just being a break from the screen time? How does re-wildening happen in a culture that has so much respect for the digital and so little for the wild?

Creathon | 15h-17h

During Creathon participants and contributors join in a co-creative process to explore open questions and to develop project ideas in an open space format using elements of Design Thinking. Everyone will organise themselves in working groups around topics of interest:

BLOCK I Working Groups:
Holistic approach | Learning from nature | Self-awareness, Physicality and Corpoliteracy in the learning process

BLOCK II Building Models: (in this this group you will get a chance to build physical models using art materials and facilitated by our artist)
Artistic processes as educational processes | Places & Spaces most suitable for learning

Presentation of work in process/ results | 17h-17:30h

All working groups present processes, conclusions, results, or open questions of their work.

Final Impulses, Closing | 17:30h-18:30h

We look back at the day, exchange impressions and give feedback, as well as discuss future steps and collaboration ideas.


ESCP Europe
Berlin Campus
Heubnerweg 8-10
14059 Berlin


Pricing of this event is based on individual income. There are 3 kinds of tickets: standard, low income, and supporter.

Standard, 1 day: 40 Eur (including snacks and drinks)

Low Income, 1 day: 25 Eur (including snacks and drinks)
(Limited Availability, please email us)

Supporter, 1 day: 55 Eur (including snacks and drinks)

The number of tickets is limited, RSVP to reserve your place.

To get to know our work please visit our academy for different audiences and studio for children for more insights into our practices within the educational field. Check out our upcoming SENSES SERIES part of “School without Walls: Human.Nature” project.

In the organisation of Education Mojo we collaborate with initiative skolla and Koopkultur association.


Impressions from our previous events:

Here you will find some interviews from our series “Education Differently” with people and initiatives that are working to change mindsets on education.

Here you will find a story from which the idea of this event was born.

Luis Camnitzer,  Landscape as an Attitude , 1979. Courtesy Alexander Gray associates and the artist

Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude, 1979. Courtesy Alexander Gray associates and the artist