We started our research journey at SIETAR Forum 2012+38 “Global Integral Competence: mind, culture, brain and system” (

The organization team and participants committed to come together in 2050 in order to present and exchange the evolution of our efforts regarding “cosmopolitan communication”. IfGIC is responsible for community building by organizing “GIC Forum for Cosmopolitan Communication” every 2 years, in different locations, until we will come back together in Berlin in 2050.

Forum 2020 in Witten

February 2020 at the Witten/Herdecke University in Witten, Germany

Global Social Witnessing-Lab 2020

Vision: In the 21st century the university has a major responsibility for creating spaces in which a cosmopolitan society can be prepared for the future; where students are encouraged to explore the contours of cosmopolitan identity; and where students can practice ‘global social witnessing’ in order to develop human capacity to attend mindfully to global events with embodied awareness. If our future is to be cosmopolitan, we need to establish cosmopolitan education in the university.
Goal: The goal of GSW-Lab 2020 is to make dialogues between scientific researchers and practitioners by answering theoretical and pragmatic questions concerning GSW. Researchers are invited from philosophy, psychology, sociology, biology, neuroscience, political science, communication science and art science. They will dialogue with practitioners such as spiritual leaders, artist and journalist.
Conference language is English.
  • Joint Forum with IfGIC + CMM + UBW

    September 17th – 20th 2015 at University of Federal Armed Force in Munich, Germany

    Discovering Cosmopolitan Communication!:

    Crossover dialogue between past and future / theory and practice / west and east

    Vision: Communication theory and practice since its beginnings have tried to develop and improve our communication skills from what Barnett Pearce called in sequence from “ethnocentric” to “modernistic” communication. Educators, trainers and researchers have spent much time and energy developing communicative competence for children, students, business people, and people in conflict areas. However, there are still many problems concerning global issues in the world (ex. ethnic and religious conflict, business and political tensions, migration, global leadership crisis etc.). These problems cannot be solved alone by competent interpersonal-/intercultural-/organizational communication that is only concerned with a part of this complex whole of our increasingly globalized world. In this Forum we will attempt to take another step forward into the next level of communication and explore what Pearce (1989, 2007) called “cosmopolitan communication”.

    Goal: There are many post-modern ‘design communication’ (cf. Jenlink 2008) which enables humans to transcend exiting systems through communicative and emancipatory action, ex. Non-violent communication, Open space technology, World café, Dialogue process, Coordinate Management of Meaning, Tranparent Communication etc. But there is no significant interdisciplinary researches which show us evolutional process of communication promoted by this design communication. 

    In this Forum all participants can understand and experience the concept of CC individually and know that CC can be applied to our social reality – health, wealth and peace.

    Conference language: English

  • September 5th – 6th 2014 in World House in Wetten, Germany (

    “Cosmopolitan Communication” as communication in a new stage of evolution

    Our team and IfGIC members, from several nationalities, came together in Wetten-Germany to engage in Integral Dialogue, report on and actively participate in research, and share Cosmopolitan and Transparent Communication practices. The Forum was held in the World House – a beautiful hotel in the countryside near the small ancient town of Wetten, surrounded by nature and silence. We were inspired by the openness and depth that participants brought to this event. We started by focusing attention on the self, its shadows, taking different perspectives on it, sensing our bodies, our energies, and more importantly, opening our hearts to each other in a non-judgmental environment and letting love and compassion be the ground of our communication. The group came together committed to find more creative and holistic ways to address the complexities related to peace, health and wealth. We used World Cafe style activities to harvest the collective intelligence in the room and inquire on how to address these challenges. We looked at jazz improvisation metaphors as a way to make meaning of our experiences as humans and more effectively embrace uncertainties, vulnerability, our creative impulse, and the flow of life itself. Our Forum was also an opportunity to experience the healing abilities each of us have when we care deeply about others.

    Frank Behrens

    “First of all, I really appreciate the initiative. It was my first encounter. It was a small and very dedicated group, many very intensive encounters and an astonishing openness. I loved the flexibility of the core team navigating with the flows.”

    Steve Holmes

    “I see our project not only as a vision but also as a stage on which we can practice.  We could take some of those exercises we did and reflect on them, make suggestions, and try them out again in slightly changed form. Just like in jazz we can try out different variations upon the same theme, or on a different theme.”

  • Institute for Global Integral Competence (IfGIC) organized the FUGIC Opening forum in Berlin. 25 participants experienced the basic concept of FUGIC by using an integral map, practising “transparent communication” and “integral dialogue”. They were satisfied with the process and convinced by the concept which will be applied for the three areas – health, wealth and peace.