The Bildung Rose

The Bildung Rose

Paper by Lene Rachel Andersen

The Bildung Rose is a description of society and an educational model for connecting our inner worlds to the society in which we live. Understanding the relationship between self and society is crucial because as societies become more complex, we too must change in order to survive and thrive. According to the model, societies evolve, grow and become more complex across seven domains: 1) production; 2) technology; 3) knowledge/science; 4) ethics; 5) narrative; 6) aesthetics, and 7) power.

Given the complexity of modern society, there is an enormous challenge to foster the development of coherent identities that are flexible, adaptive, stable, and comfortable about learning and growing throughout life. Bildung refers to how education, enculturation, life experiences, and emotional and moral/ethical development cultivate responsible, reflective, and autonomous citizens (selves). It also refers to the result of such processes. The Bildung Rose allows us to map the relationship between self and society in a way that orients us toward the well-being and flourishing of both.

Videos and podcasts about the Bildung Rose

Lene Rachel Andersen presenting the Bildung Rose and suggesting a Rose Garden Economy at the AdaptEcon II conference at the University of Iceland, August 2019.
Lene Rachel Andersen presenting the Bildung Rose at a Humanistic Management Professionals Lunch and Learn; full story here:
Lene Rachel Andersen talking about two of her meta-models with Bruce Alderman and Layman Pascal.