Uli and Carol Kortsch
We see ourselves as global partners, born in Germany and Angola, together now for over 40 years. Uli and Carol moved from Canada into Stonehaven in 1992 and with the help of a team of loyal friends bought the property from Eastern University in 2001.
In researching the burgeoning international community that is committed to living wholeheartedly based in “commons values,” it has become clear that for many years we as a couple have had this vision as a core part of our family lifestyle. From a kibbutz in Israel, then on to Canada with a hippie van in British Columbia, to a drop-in coffee-shop in Montréal-Nord, to a rural community in Dunham, QC, to a performing arts training institute in Cambridge, ON, to helping pioneer urban and city ministries in Vancouver – we have always lived in the heart of a communal process.
Over the years we have worked out this vision of “Global Partners” through both non-profit and for-profit structures. With Uli’s background in economic development and financial structures, he has found that much of the “commons” really needs to be worked out in the for-profit world so that resources can be properly measured and allocated, instead of being dependent on (often foreign) donors. Our lifestyles and endeavors need to be sustainable in the long run and this is only possible within a system of honest evaluation. There is a need for both the non-profit and the for-profit in their respective places and so we are strongly involved in both.
Monetary Trust Initiative
READ ULI’S NEW BOOK! “The next Money Crash – and how to avoid it…”
This is a new initiative started by Uli to analyze and change our monetary/banking system as this impacts every aspect of our society. In 2013 he was asked to organize a conference on this topic at the Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia for which he brought in world renown economists. He is currently bringing out a book on this subject drawn from the speeches of that conference.
It is generally poorly understood that our method of controlling the money supply affects inequality, debt, social spending, government deficits, and business cycles. For instance, the deficit spending and accumulated debt of many nations, including the United States, is a topic of wide discussion and concern. For the most part, the conversation centers on governments’ amount of taxing and spending, with a wide spectrum of recommendations for what levels of each are necessary and appropriate. Substantially absent from the conversation is the role of the monetary system and how it is structured in most countries of the world and how changing the structure of the monetary system could substantially reduce deficits and the resulting debt load in most economies while providing greater ongoing economic stability. More on this can be seen at the website for Real Money Economics or his YouTube channel.
Uli was the Chair of this organization for several years and continues on the Executive Committee. For ~50 years, the Journal of Ecumenical Studies has been the premier peer-reviewed publisher of scholarly articles in the field of dialogue across lines of religious differences. Since 1978, this cutting-edge research has been embodied in concrete activities and partnerships through the Dialogue Institute. Numerous conferences have been sponsored worldwide on specific issues in the arena of interreligious, intercultural and inter-ideological dialogue. Recently, the Dialogue Institute led fourteen Imam University professors in a weeklong seminar on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Planning is now underway with the university’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Center for Islamic Contemporary Studies and Dialogue of Civilizations for additional DI programs for students and faculty from Saudi universities. In addition, the Dialogue Institute, together with the International Center for Contemporary Education, has hosted seventeen outstanding student leaders from universities in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon for a five-week State Department-sponsored “Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism.” Through classroom sessions, workshops and site visits, participants learned about U.S. history, democracy and society with a special focus on religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue. Students returned
to their home countries ready to carry out action plans that will foster tolerance and recognition of religious diversity.
Uli founded this company in 1993 while still doing his MBA at Eastern University, and his first hire was the founder of the African Development Bank, sister organization to the World Bank. The company was set up to establish links between first world finance and developing world capacity. We have had extended periods of challenges while navigating through the world of social entrepreneurship during these difficult economic times, but the vision and work continues.
Many who have come through Stonehaven over the years have embarked on endeavors designed to strengthen our social fabric, provide for those needier, and generally lead the kind of life which is designed to give more than get. We are not bold to say that we instigated these, but are simply honored to hear their visions and watch them develop. As part of our efforts at Stonehaven, and particularly on this website, we would like to act as a small bridge toward a greater partnering of these undertakings – a Global Partnering.
Join us …we are committed to the idea that we are a team of teams … global resources and connections …
Uli and Carol
Uli Kortsch M.B.A.
Carol Kortsch M.A.