Contributor Series: Daniel Evaeus

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

This is a special Contributor Series, for this contributor is not traveling to Los Angeles to attend the forum, but lives in the Elderberries Threefold community and is one of the core team co-workers and hosts of How We Will. We warmly introduce to you Daniel Evaeus.


Co-Founder of Have Seeds Threefold House

& Urban First Aid: Art is Medicine



“I have never before bumped up so strongly against the boundaries set by my ego. But through the learning, some boundaries dissolve. And that nourishes and inspires me a lot to say the least. I used to fear the mundanity of practical work. I am now learning how intention can illumine, uplift and give it meaning.”

– Daniel, illuminating the transformative work of Elderberries 3Fold Cafe


As manager of Elderberries 3Fold Cafe

“It all comes to life in the cafe environment between the practical work and the social aspect of co-working and caring for customers. Still, pursuing truth asks the utmost courage and vulnerability of me…

I feel my heart slowly opening in compassion but still I wonder – what more can I do? The world is in such a needy state. How can I really come to be touched by the pain and beauty around me everywhere, every day, in a way that lights a pure fire of inspiration within to create beauty and give love selflessly, infinitely and always? It seems my pain must be healed by answering the question of “what ails thee”?


I live in Los Angeles where I’ve dedicated my life to healing in the social realm through the work of Elderberries Threefold Cafe and it’s related endeavors. Born to Swedish-American parents, I grew up multilingual and in different countries and continents. Cultural experiences have sensitized my perception and understanding of all human beings. I’ve always radically followed my heart but only more recently fallen in love with life as I grow conscious of my creative forces. A training in violin making marked an important developmental step during which I learned through my experience that what we practice shapes our being. 4 years of crafting instruments in a Bavarian mountain village, unexpectedly turned out to be my preparation for mediation, facilitation and community building for the world. Now, how can I be of service to someone else’s destiny unfolding?’

The Cafe

Elderberries 3Fold Cafe is striving to build healthy, vital individuals and communities.  The last few years of the cafe in Hollywood have seen tremendous personal transformations and a vibrant will to take action. Whether it be fostering sober and safe spaces for reflection and grounding, feeding and empowering the homeless and mentally challenged, or striving to find more beautiful and compassionate ways to engage in social activism, Elderberries 3Fold Cafe is humbly and relentlessly sowing the seeds for a more beautiful future.


The cafe believes that in order for the young people of the world to be able to bring their healing gifts to fruition, they are going to need safe and socially inspired spaces that invite creativity and ask us to be bold.  The vision has always been for there to be 7 cafes across the countrybeacons of light, for international collaboration.  Elderberries calls it the “Michael Grailroad”, connecting and empowering the young people across the continent.
The second cafe’s seeds have emerged in Chicago! Co-workers, Frank, Kait, Destiny, and many others you’ll meet at the forum, created this video to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to establish the second Elderberries Cafe in the Midwest. Check out the video below featuring Daniel and friends, to get a sense of the community who is hosting How We Will Forum.



as water protector

15591649_10208301292831310_2089505166597721204_oDaniel went twice to support the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock Reservation, ND. Many co-workers from the Elderberries community went to protect the water and stand in solidarity with the indigenous communities fighting for their sovereignty.

After returning from Standing Rock, Daniel, Caleb, and Gésaël spoke of their experience as contributors to Initiative Forum in Järna, Sweden. 

20448901_10211309084256824_996454666665275307_oBesides his daily work with running Elderberries Threefold Cafe, Daniel co-founded and holds the Have Seeds Threefold House, an intentional co-living space and the cultural hub Urban First Aid ~ Art Is Medicine. A global community of light bearers connected to The Youth Initiative Program in Sweden and The Anthroposophical Society help keep his fire burning. His main focus is around transformational processes of becoming, facilitation and mediation, to which he brings great empathy and sensitivity.

Ready to co-create with Daniel, join our cultural collective, and come envision a more compassionate future? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st- September 4th, 2017.

Register here!

Contributor Series: Nancy Poer

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

Nancy PoerNancy Jewel Poer

Internationally Recognized Waldorf Educator, Author, Artist & Activist




“Can we address how to ‘make it human’ in the face of the powerful take over of human life by our soul-less technology, for we are the ones who must ever more vigilantly make it human? .. We are the ones that need to have our hearts open to the intervention of the spirit.  As things intensify in world affairs, let us also recognize the miracles. For example, the huge, peaceful, totally non violent, Women’s March, the largest mobilization in the nation’s history on January 21, 2017!  Or the great offering of prayer and courage at Standing Rock as the most powerful, capitalistic, materialistic, destructive forces in the world are being faced,- or the deeply ‘human’ compassionate responses to the plight of refugees? Spirit intervention is alive – ever inspiring us to make it more alive and real and recognize it in this world… to make it human!”

– Nancy Poer, from “Make it human, people”

Nancy Poer, Director of award-winning documentary on conscious dying

The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckleman

“I have seldom seen a film that captures so sensitively, and with such honesty and hope, the death of someone so loved and loving.”

-Johnathan Stedall, Internationally known BBC film maker, producing documentaries of  the lives of Ghandi, Carl Jung, and many more.

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Nancy is a versatile artist, creating paintings, directing film, writing articles and books.nancy book.png






Check out some of her inspiring work here.

Nancy Jewel Poer was born and raised in California. As a child she loved horses and outdoor life and graduated from the University of Arizona with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. But her large family of six children, three sons and three daughters, became the creative center of her work, along with teaching in the International Waldorf schools.

Nancy is known across the United States, for her lively lectures on Waldorf education, parenting, child development, the spiritual feminine, the mission of the spiritual America, and threshold work. She felt called to threshold work, first assisting with home births, and then pioneering support for home deaths in the community, which she has done for over thirty five years. Nancy is considered a grandmother of the national home death movement and has helped in the founding of threshold groups across the United States.  She has written a book considered a classic in the home death movement,   Living Into Dying, Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family and Community, which has empowered people throughout the country to care for their loved ones at death.

 Nancy has served as consumer advocate on the CARE committee for creating end of life policy for the state of California. She is the producer of an award winning, full length documentary on conscious dying, “The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman”. and she appears in the PBS documentary A Family Undertaking.  An artist as well as a writer, she has published A Child’s First Book,  Mia’s Apple Tree,  and in 2011 The Tear, A Children’s Story of Hope and Transformation When a Loved One Dies as well as art prints and cards for children and adults.

She is a co-founder of Rudolf Steiner College, a Waldorf teachers’ college near Sacramento, and taught there for forty years. Her courses have included the Spiritual Mission of America.  She was co-editor of special America edition forLillipoh magazine and lectured in the national conference on The Inner America, 2009. She has taught children at all grade levels, K-12, and began three Waldorf kindergartens, the last as the founding teacher for the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in Placerville, California.

Nancy and her husband, Gordon are both pilots and built their own airplane.  They live in the Sierra foothills on White Feather ranch where they raise cattle, have a bio-dynamic garden, host school classes, and Nancy gives women’s retreats and conferences to help pass the work on to others. The ranch serves in many capacities to bring people together for  sustainable organic agriculture, supporting spiritual education for teachers and children and building  sustainable communities for the future.


Ready to join our cultural collective and come envision a more compassionate, creative, and spiritual future? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st- September 4th, 2017.

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Contributor Series: Bart Eddy

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

bart eddyBart Eddy

Educator, Social Entrepreneur & Community Development Advocate




“You have to live out your dreams, whatever they might be, as frail as they are. Take it on, do it, live it, and something will happen.”

– Bart Eddy, in an interview by Roadtrip Nation

Brightmoor Maker Space: Water Cycler Trikes Featured


Water Cycler trikes created by Detroit Community High School teacher Bart Eddy and high school students at the Brightmoor Maker Space are featured in an article on Getting Smart.

IMG_5779Place-based learning engages students in solving problems in their communities. In the Brightmoor neighborhood of northwest Detroit, one of the biggest problems is lack of water–ironic in a state surrounded by it. The issue resulted from a 2015 decision by the city to shut off water service to 23,300 Detroit homes in a crackdown on delinquent accounts. Brightmoor residents were left to collect water from their roofs using rain barrels, but the water was not safe for drinking. How’s that for a challenge for students to take on?

Enter teacher Bart Eddy and the high school students from Detroit Community High School at the Brightmoor Maker-Space, an afterschool and summer program that is focused on entrepreneurship, sustainability and social justice. Rather than let his students feel defeated by this situation, Bart wanted to help them find a solution. Using industrial tricycles donated by UAW Ford and the Ford Motor Company, Bart and his students applied science curriculum items to the real-world to develop mobile, solar-powered water purification units. The ‘Water Cycler’ trikes feature solar recharge capability and battery-powered pumps. Throughout the project, students collaborated with The Ross School of Business and The Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, and also gained support from local foundations and community activists.

Place-Based Education Empowers Students to Make Change | Getting Smart


Bart Eddy is an educator, social entrepreneur and community development advocate who has worked in Detroit for more than 30 years. During that time, he has Co-Founded the Barnabas Youth Opportunities Center (1983), Detroit Community Schools (1997) and the Sunbridge International Collaborative (2012). He currently directs the “Brightmoor Makers” program for youth employment and advocacy and is passionately committed to helping young people find their sense of vision, mission and purpose in the global community. Bart was a class teacher at the Detroit Waldorf School from 1988-1996.

Ready to join our cultural collective and come co-create with Bart and the Brightmoor Makers youth? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st- September 4th, 2017.

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Contributor Series: Matre

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

Matre_Press4 (1)Matre

Hip-Hop Artist & Educator



“Inner and outer change is possible when we know our creative power. When we recognize ourselves as creators, we can shape ourselves and our world beyond definition or limitation.

Hip Hop is a science for knowing ourselves this way. From head-spins to beat-juggling to 3D paint portals, we get in touch with our limitless genius and build with the inspiration it brings.

In virtually every place on the planet folks are cultivating and building with this science. With tens of millions practicing Hip Hop arts, culture and philosophy it’s one of the most influential impulses on earth. From schools to war zones, galleries to back alleys, grass roots organizing to presidential politics, countless people are inspired, healed and educated through Hip Hop.

If we look (and make sure to look beyond mass-media’s skewed and severely limited portrayal) we can see Hip Hop’s impact. As lovers and livers of the culture we can also see there are next levels to be reached.”

– Matre, from “Hip Hop & Healing Change”


New Son Projects
Working with all elements of Hip Hop culture, New Son Projects focuses on Hip Hop’s power as a tool for social change as well as personal and community healing. Founded in 2010, this organization works with a diverse range of approaches, from music to mentoring, community building, education and social entrepreneurship. 

(Matre Live in Järna, Sweden 2010)


Combining new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge, ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of youth and community. Working with the practice of Indaba or ‘deep talk,’ ShadeTree provides spaces for healing, inspiration and connection by witnessing, acknowledging and welcoming each other’s unique gifts, and supporting one another to follow the paths these gifts call us towards.

From classrooms to prisons, conferences to community rituals, ShadeTree works with a diverse community internationally with an emphasis on mentoring, rites of passage and collaborative economics.

Click here to read / hear more about ShadeTree and co-founder / co-director, Orland Bishop:

(ShadeTree Community and Extended International Family
@ Economics of Peace Gathering, Watts Art Gallery,
Watts CA, July 2010)

Street Poets
Street Poets Inc. is a non-profit poetry-based peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation. Street Poets works with at-risk youth in the juvenile detention facilities, schools and streets of Los Angeles County with the mission of inspiring them to discover and develop their voices, to support their healing, growth and development, and to connect them with diverse and supportive communities.

(Street Poets Staff @ Ecological Art Gallery, LA 2008)

2012: The New Game
Inspired by the idea that everyone wants to and can transform the world, and working with the highly impactful Oasis Game strategy that social change can be fast, fun and free, 2012: The New Game is an invitation to play, connect and change the world. With an organizing network spanning six continents, the game is bringing together an international community from a vast spectrum of backgrounds, ages and fields to co-create a next level game for global change.

(Oasis Games and New Game co-founder
Edgard Gouvéia playing with children in Brazil)


Matre is a hip-hop artist and educator inspired by the empowering spirit of hip-hop culture and the arts. With a focus on cultural transformation, healing and economic justice, he works with Los Angeles based non-profits, ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation, Street Poets Inc., and Rhythm Arts Alliance, and is a founding member of hip-hop collectives Top2Bottom and LA2theBay. His recent projects include “Listen” – a youth justice initiative in collaboration with the #studentsnotsuspects coalition and the ACLU of Southern California – and “Mars Today” – a musical call for the advancement of moral technology, together with award-winning Finnish rapper Paleface and Tanzanian singer Ashimba.

Ready to join our cultural collective and see creativity in action with Matre? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st- September 4th, 2017.

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Contributor Series: Laura Summer

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

laura-summer-bio-pic-e1498089986825Laura Summer

Painter & Co-Founder of Free Columbia



“Though culture is often marginalized, the health of society is actually completely dependent upon it. Culture is the wellspring from which all economic and political forms and reforms are born. 

 We can understand it as the realm of creativity – the domain where individual capacities are nurtured and given expression through education, art, science, religion and spirituality. ” – In discussing “Free Culture”, from Free Columbia

Free Columbia

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fc puppetsMission:

To provide an artistic course of study out of the inspiration of Anthroposophy which seeks to promote and ignite freedom.

The Story:

Free Columbia is about change – change in ourselves, change in the world. It is about learning to perceive through color, form, movement, creative process and thinking. Learning to perceive what is needed, what is being asked for from the world. It is about new social forms of interacting, of understanding, of financing.

The Free Columbia Art Courses are intensive explorations into art. Currently ongoing painting blocks are available, as are week-long intensives in the summer and winter, after school classes for children, once a week practical arts classes, evening lectures, a study group, music performances and artist residencies.

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Free Columbia is based on an understanding of the importance of creating independent and accessible educational and artistic opportunities.  There are no set tuitions. Suggested donation amounts based on what it costs to run courses are provided.  It is possible to make a monthly pledge to support Free Columbia as well.

Free Columbia takes place in rural Columbia County, New York, 2 hours north of NYC.  It is supported by people all over the country.


 Free Columbia has 5 books available here.

Laura Summer is a painter and co-founder of Free Columbia, an arts initiative that is financially accessible to everyone. She has been working with questions of color and contemporary art for 25 years. Her work, to be found in private collections in the US and Europe, has been exhibited at the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York City and at the Sekem Community in Egypt. She founded two temporary alternative exhibition spaces in Hudson NY, 345 Collaborative Gallery and Raising Matter-this is not a gallery and initiated ART DISPERSAL 2012-17 where 450 pieces of art by professional artists have been dispersed to the public without set prices.

Ready to join our cultural collective and see free culture in action with Laura Summer? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st-September 4th, 2017.

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Contributor Series: Orland Bishop

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.


LA Based Community Activist/ Founder of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation




“The most important thing is community building. How do you help someone find healthy relationships and community? Contained in that are two aspects of health, a social and an individual aspect and they work on physical, mental and spiritual levels. Health is the basis to finding purpose in life and making that purpose visible through creative work.”

-Orland Bishop, in an interview with Waldorf Today

Orland Bishop combines an extensive study of phenomenology, western and indigenous cosmologies with a deep dedication to human rights advocacy and cultural renewal. Orland is a lineage holder in African Gnosis Traditions and works at the intersection of human consciousness and societal development. Orland is the Founder and Executive Director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, California, a unique organization of social architects and entrepreneurs devoted to creating new social forms and collaboratives for systems change.

ShadeTree’s Genesis Pathway is a human development process designed to mentor youth through self-knowledge and the creating of community. Shadetree uses the core idea of “genius to genius” mentoring which helps to reveal the inherent gifts in each individual while seeking ways for each to live productively and originally in the world.”

Orland has served as a mentor to many organizations in Los Angeles, the US and internationally. He is guided by his deep interest in ways of knowing the collective consciousness of groups and the processes of their shared agreements for healthy societal goals and structures. Orland has developed many approaches to systemic and community issues including urban conflicts, gang intervention and truce sustainability. His work has led to a more complex understanding of the economic processes that generate violence. He has worked to create pathways of economics for peace. Orland is an active member in several working groups on the futures of money and systems that leverage monetary wealth and social capital for emerging economies.

Ready to join our cultural collective and see threefolding in action with Orland Bishop? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st-September 4th, 2017.

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Contributor Series: Nicanor Perlas

On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

nicanorNicanor Perlas

Activist/Co-Founder of Global Network for Social Threefolding



“Unraveling the true identity of civil society is an urgent matter. It is not a mere intellectual exercise. The answers we give to this quest will determine the effectiveness with which we engage the world.”

–Nicanor Perlas

from “Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding”

Nicanor’s book is on our Forum’s Reading List! Read it and come ready to threefold at our forum!

“Nicanor Perlas is one of the profound thinkers of our time. Shaping Globalization is a must-read for all who work for a positive future.”

– David C. Korten, author, The Post Corporate World


Nicanor Jesus Perlas III, or “Nicanor Perlas” for short, 67 years of age, has been engaged in trying to create a better world since he was 18 years old. He has led successful global campaigns to stop nuclear power in the Philippines and ban 32 hazardous pesticide formulations. He was also in the core group of People Power 2 that deposed former Philippine President Joseph Estrada who was starting to violate key provisions of the Philippine Constitution. He spearheaded the formulation of Philippine Agenda 21, the sustainable development blueprint of the Philippine government, which introduced into mainstream policy and development circles the societal threefolding approach to participatory governance.

He was also the key negotiator for the Asia Pacific Sustainable Development (APSUD) Coalition, composed of over 5000 organizations spread throughout Asia and the Pacific. APSUD convinced the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), through the chairmanship of then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, not to force the total liberalization of the rice sector in the Philippines, thereby sparing 3 million farmers from the adverse impacts of premature trade liberalization. In all these various advocacies, Perlas helped organize and mobilize civil society and its networks and leaders to come together and achieve collective impact.

Perlas is also a global and national plenary lecturer in over a hundred of conferences around the world. He serves a consultant to government, business, and civil society on integral sustainable development and its local adaptation for towns and cities, Sustainable Integrated Area Development or SIAD. For the national and global impact of his work, Perlas received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2003. Earlier, he also received The Outstanding Filipino Award and the UNEP’s Global 500 Award.

Ready to join our cultural collective and see threefolding in action with Nicanor Perlas? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st-September 4th, 2017.

Register here!