The Association for Social Development was founded in 1987. The participants of the Association consult professionally to organisations in a world-wide context. We have different approaches and different inspirations, but what we share are inspirations out of the spiritual scientific work of Rudolf Steiner, and an intention to link ourselves to the social development impulse initiated by Bernard Lievegoed. The emphasis of our work lies in consultancy, training and research relating to all aspects of organisation development, group development, and individual development.
We work with – and between – organisations and communities, groups and individuals, primarily within working life. Our attempt is always to stimulate healing forces in people and organisations, so that both can develop further. We strive towards a healthy interrelationship between the spiritual, human and material aspects of social organisms.
Participants of the Association are developmentally orientated professionals who commit themselves to work towards its aims, recognise each other as professionally competent, and strive to develop this competence further. Where possible, participants connect themselves with a group of colleagues who are committed to furthering each other’s development. To work with a group of colleagues working out of the same spiritual background is an important aspect of our social impulse. The participants of the group also support each other in their development as human beings.
Aims of the Association
- To promote the exchange of research findings and experiences, towards the further development of our profession.
- To allow participants to support and co-operate with each other in working with clients.
- To strengthen the spiritual and ethical bases of our work.
- To connect the regional orientation of participants based in different parts of the world, with a global consciousness.
The ASD has members in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America.