This symposium will be moderated bij Shanti George. There are key-roles for Luis Manuel Pinto and Hartger Wassink as well. They do the interviews in between. This is a short introduction of them, followed by the programme.

Conference host: Shanti George

Shanti George feels privileged to have been invited by NIVOZ and the Universal Education Foundation (UEF) to be the conference host for the Unfolding Symposium.  She is an independent researcher who crosses conventional professional boundaries between knowledge and practice, and who facilitates dialogue across professional and cultural divides.  Her latest book Re-imagined Universities and Global Citizen Professionals (2014) was published by Palgrave Macmillan in the series Frontiers of Globalization.  The Unfolding Symposium gives her a very welcome opportunity to participate in a rich dialogue about re-imagining schools.

Interviewer Hartger Wassink

Hartger Wassink coordinates the NIVOZ Forum, an online and offline space for researchers and practitioners in education, to engage in dialogue on themes with regard to good education. He is an organizational psychologist with a specific interest in educational research that is relevant to practice. In addition to his work at NIVOZ, he works as an independent consultant specializing in values-based governance.

Interviewer Luis Manuel Pinto

Luís Manuel Pinto loves learning (and alliterations). He has put this passion at the service of human development – individuals and organizations – as a facilitator and designer of educational programmes. His longstanding focus has been on exploring the influence of individual differences in identity, learning and communication processes, on participation and interpersonal relationships, especially those between children, young people and adults. Luís has an avid interest in theatre, movement and image which he uses as ways to explore new forms of participation and learning. Luís Manuel Pinto is part of the Universal Education Foundation, working to support a Learning for Well-being approach, and heading Strategy and Development for C.A.T.S. – Children as Actors Transforming Society.


Symposium booklet

Day programme



In the evening participants can choose between three options. There are two activities, starting around 20:00 pm. The third one is to go your own way and to relax…

The movie ‘Down to Earth’ in theatre Maitland

including Q&A with director Rolf Winters.

DOWN to EARTH is a mirror to humanity, a poignant and timely reflection on our civilized world. The movie invites us to see the world through the eyes of the Keepers of the Earth. It takes us on an inner journey, connecting us with the source and the mutual path we are walking. DOWN to EARTH is both a wake up call as a resurgence of hope for our world to come.

Leaving the rat race behind, a family of five embarks on the journey of a lifetime. They travel the ends of the earth searching for a new perspective on life. During five years on six continents they seek out tribal sages never filmed or interviewed before.  DOWN to EARTH reveals the deep wisdom they found and its power to transform lives. More about the journey

Social Presencing Theatre, an embodied practice

This session will use practices inspired by ‘Social Presencing Theatre’, an innovative social art form developed by the Presencing Institute that draws upon a body-based, intuitive knowledge of oneself and others. ​ It is an invitation for participants to have a break from words, and explore their personal questions about the themes of the symposium using the wisdom of the body, the space and the group.​  The use of non-verbal techniques to inquire into “stuck” situations in one’s life ​may ​ lead to surprising insights ​,​ possibilities ​…and even fun.

It will take place in the attick of the big mansion.

More about Social Presencing Theatre;


Maybe you want to relax at your hotelroom or continue starting conversations in a more relaxing way –  at the bar. Just choose which option suits you, and enjoy.