The Spiritual Striving of Youth: Shaping our Reality (2019)
What would the world look like in 2030 if what lives within you becomes a reality, and what will you do to make it happen?
Our research project is a journey to the heart of young people’s hopes for the world. Since 2017, a team of young researchers has carried out interviews with 18-35 year olds from all walks of life to find out what motivates the younger generations to become active participants in the world today. We listen to each individual experience of reality in order to better understand what young people are committed to, what challenges them, what inspires them to take action in life, and their longings and aspirations for the future. Out of the faith in the knowledge that we as young people carry within us, we want to create a space where our vision of the world matters and is listened to and then, we want to communicate it to others.
During interviews, participants and researchers alike work through the project’s frame question to generate conversations about our expectations of the future and concrete actions taking place in the present time to shape our current realities. You can read more about the research process and early findings in our first publication.
Next colloquium will take place Saturday December 7, 2019 in Dornach at the Goetheanum. More information will follow soon.
How to participate:
1. Tell us your story in an interview
Our research team is interviewing people aged 18-35 coming from all the corners of the world. The interviews will inform upcoming articles and publications.
Interviews last around two hours and are in essence relaxed conversations where you can narrate what is important to you: your questions, desires, plans, your key interests (work, family, occupation, studies, etc.), in whichever order you establish. It is you, the interviewee, who brings forward that which is vital to you and that which is less important – it is up to you to define our time together.
A researcher will accompany you in this conversation. You don’t need to prepare anything, all we ask is that you put aside 2 hours of your time. The interview’s audio is recorded so that we can transcribe the conversation afterwards. Then we put together all the stories and testimonies by participants like you. Your identity and data will always be protected and we won’t reproduce the comments you make without making it anonymous or without your consent.
At the moment, we have researchers who can speak fluent English, Spanish and German. If you want to participate, please fill in your details below (we won’t share them with anyone external to our project).
2. Creative archive – living with the question
Our central question hopes to inspire new reflections, ideas and actions in the people who contemplate and live with it. What would the world look like in 2030 if what lives within you becomes a reality, and what will you do to make it happen? We invite you to creatively explore this question wherever you are in the world. Some suggestions of how to do this include keeping a diary, making videos or taking photos, painting, drawing, writing poems… anything that the question inspires in you!
3. Come together with other young people at the Goetheanum
The Youth Section’s conferences and events at the Goetheanum are always shaped out of our common questions. You can search on our events page for research-related gatherings.
If you like the sound of this project then we hope to meet you very soon! If you feel that this isn’t for you but you know others who might be interested in participating, please invite them to get in touch.
We are always here to answer any of your questions and hear your thoughts and ideas!