The Pocket Project
The Pocket Project was founded in 2016 by the spiritual teacher Thomas Huebl and the Israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas. Its mission is to contribute to the healing of collective and intergenerational trauma, and to reduce its disruptive effects on our global culture.
The Pocket Project contributes two essential new elements to the field of collective and intergenerational trauma integration and healing:
- An understanding of the effects of collective trauma on our culture, both locally and globally
- A transformational methodology to work with collective trauma in large groups
The Work of the Pocket Project
To fulfill its mission the work of the Pocket Project is based on four main pillars:
1. Conduct research and develop tools to deepen the understanding of collective and intergenerational trauma
We are conducting academic research and empiric process work in multiple thematic and geographical areas in order to deepen our understanding of the effects that collective and intergenerational trauma has on shaping our realities today. An innovative multi media online platform will enable us to share and distribute our research data as well as to provide a networking platform for experts and activists. We are working towards the design of a holographic animation to enable users to contemplate the different traumatic layers that currently influence humankind, thus merging inner and outer science. Our goal is to build an online repository of work on collective and intergenerational trauma and make it available to the broad public free of charge.
Amongst the academic institutions involved so far are the John Hopkins University, the Meridian University and the Europe University Viadrina.
2. Set up trainings to develop competencies
- Pocket Project training (one year training lead by Thomas Hübl)
- Pocket Groups (“Pockets of consciousness” forming throughout the world, comprised of professional therapist, facilitators and healers to explore topic based and regional trauma)
- “Trauma Transformation in Community Training,” developed in cooperation with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), aimed to convey to facilitators a skill set of community building combined with trauma knowledge, that can be implemented in vulnerable cmmunities around the world.
3. Run large scale group interventions for collective processes of trauma integration
In such large scale group processes Thomas Huebl and other professionals will facilitate group events where a refined recognition and healing of collective trauma issues can take place. Such large scale group processes have already taken place in Berlin and at the last 14 annual Celebrate Life Festivals in Germany (www.celebrate-life.info), mainly relating to work on the integration of the German-Jewish past.
4. Raise awareness
We believe that in order to create the needed solutions to the crisis we are facing, e.g. climate change, increasing streams of refugees, loss of biodiversity, we need to understand the influence of collective trauma in our society. That’s why we want to raise the awareness on the effects of trauma.
The main steps to reach that goal are:
- Public conferences (Pocket Project Portable Conference that will take place on a yearly basis in different countries, starting in Germany, US and Argentina)
- Public campaigns to raise the collective awareness
- Applying for a UN advisory status
- Pocket Project Journal
- Pocket Project emergency task forces
The Pocket Project is a non-profit, global, multidisciplinary initiative whose growth is facilitated through donations and the work of dedicated volunteers.
Find more information here: www.pocketproject.org