General Secretary Page
Since 2016 John Bloom has been general secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. He serves as a spokesperson for the society and country representative in the international movement. He also served for more than twenty years as vice president for organizational culture of RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, retiring at the end of 2020.
Here are his posted letters and articles from being human magazine, and member responses.
Scroll down for historical postings by and about past general secretaries and leaders of the ASA.
With the grace of a broad enough shift in pandemic mood and practices, I was able to begin writing this post from the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, where I was participating in the postponed spring meeting of the General Secretaries and Country Representatives.Read More
From the General Secretary April 12, 2020 Dear Members and Friends, I never imagined writing something to you in the midst of a global pandemic in which sheltering in place, spatial distancing, and fear of being infected or infecting others…Read More
January 2020 Dear Members and Friends, Welcome to the new year, new decade, and what the future will certainly ask of us—awakening and deepening community. It is highly significant and worth celebrating that nearly 900 people participated in the Society’s…Read More
December 2019 Dear Members and Friends, The fall has been a very full, a time of harvest and harmony, a time of protest and celebration, and a time of reconsidering our history. The Society’s October gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, Facing Each…Read More
August, 2019 Dear Members and Friends, The truth is that when any notion of the sacred is banished, it is impossible for humans to establish a hierarchy of values. Thus we can try to impose a few rules externally, but…Read More
from being human spring-fall 2019 by John Bloom How is it that high-profile banks have managed to perpetuate their mythic images as temples of finance? Despite the revelations of wrong-doing, ethical breaches, and market manipulation, banks are still keepers of our…Read More
May 3, 2019A Brief Report from the Spring Meetings at the Goetheanum Dear Members and Friends,Spring greetings. As I did last year, I am writing this brief report following the spring meetings at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Most public…Read More
From the General Secretary February 2019 Walls, great and small, are a sensitive topic these days, and even more meaningful are the boundaries that walls make visible. Physical boundaries separate us: rivers, mountains, or coastlines, and each one of us…Read More
From the General Secretary December 2018 We shape the world by how we speak; the world shapes us by what we say. These days I find myself wondering what is happening to language and speaking. Reductivist twittering, hacked thoughts, words…Read More
from being human summer-fall 2018 by John Bloom In the spirit of reconsidering many aspects of economic life, questioning underlying assumptions, and finding ways of reimagining the next economy, the division of labor has received little attention. It is certainly…Read More