Lukas Herrmann

Lukas Herrmann

Lukas Herrmann is an action researcher and PhD student with Heidelberg University, Germany. He worked at the Max Planck Institute for Social Neuroscience, and published on the contemplative training of perspective-taking and empathy. He studied psychology in Freiburg and Berlin (Humboldt University), Germany, and is a trained family therapist. As a facilitator and trainer, Lukas’ interest is to shift social fields to a deeper, more generative level. As a member of the Institute for Global Integral Competence and 2018 Fellow of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, Lukas co-organizes the Witten Lab for Global Social Witnessing, bringing together scientists, artists, and activists to explore awareness-based practices for global citizenship at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, in March 2020.

Global Social Witnessing

Essay

You swipe through your favourite news site while sitting in a train, and you enter the typical bombardment of information. Can you feel the contraction of your chest, the narrowing down of your attention, the closing of your heart?