The Avalon Initiative is an independent education think-tank, co-sponsored by the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research and the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. It is dedicated to equal opportunity for all children and creative freedom for teachers. It is inspired by Waldorf and threefold social ideals. Gary Lamb is projects coordinator. More information can be found on the Avalon Initiative website.
Berkshire-Columbia Investment Network
Christopher Schaefer has partnered with a number of individuals, including Rich Lumma and Robin Zeamer, to create the Berkshire-Columbia Investment Network to facilitate a conversation between local, sustainable businesses in need of financing with local investors seeking to get a reasonable return on their money while supporting the growth of the local institutions. Current institutions include Berkshire Organics, Ooma Tesoro’s (Marinara) Sauce, and the Stanton Home Life Sharing Community. For more information, click here to visit their website or here to email Christopher Schaefer.
The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools
Christopher Schaefer is on the core faculty for Leading with Spirit, a part-time, two-year professional development program designed to support administrative leadership in Waldorf Schools and Collaborative Institutions across the continent. The Hawthorne Valley Alkion Center is one of the three host locations. More information can be found at the Leading with Spirit website.
Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities (Waldorf Publications) by Christopher Schaefer has been translated into Chinese and is being sold through Beijing Spring Valley and other distributors.