The Steiner Online Library (SOL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
established to increase public awareness of Anthroposophy, a philosophy created
by the 20th century polymath Rudolf Steiner. In 2021, the e.Lib, Inc. transferred
the Rudolf Steiner Archive and related technology, books and materials to SOL
through an Asset Transfer Agreement, dated January 23, 2021, in furtherance
of each nonprofit's respective mission.
In addition to maintaining the existing Rudolf Steiner Archive, SOL
launched a new mobile-friendly website, SteinerLibrary.org. By creating
the new site to suit all devices and types of
users, SOL can reach a broader audience around the world and grow
Anthroposophy worldwide. In furtherance of this goal, SOL will also
continue to locate additional works, translate them into English and
include them in the library.
Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski
Co-Founder, Executive Director and President
Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski has had an intense interest in Rudolf
Steiner since reading How to Know Higher Worlds in 2003. He soon became
a vital contributor to the Rudolf Steiner Archive, personally digitizing
and editing approximately one third of the materials on Rudolf Steiner
Archive. In 2012, James D. Stewart, the then "e-Librarian" and webmaster
of the Rudolf Steiner Archive, asked Chris to take over the site in the
future and announced the arrangement to the Anthroposophical community.
Now, the future is here. Dr. Wietrzykowski, a dentist by trade, set
aside his dentistry career in 2020 and took a deep dive into computer
programming. Building upon his prior knowledge of computing, he taught
himself several programming languages, website design, and system
administration. Chris' background in Anthroposophy and computers and his
wife Karin's career as a technology and corporate attorney make them
well suited to take on the mission of the Steiner Online Library. A few
of Chris' other interests include economics, history, philosophy, and
yoga. Chris and Karin live in Northern Michigan.
Karin Wietrzykowski, Esq.
Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Secretary and Treasurer
Karin Wietrzykowski is an attorney by trade, focusing on technology
innovation. Having served as General Counsel to a technology consortium
of digital content producers, technology companies and digital media
retailers, she is well versed in corporate law, IP protection, privacy,
and other legal issues pertaining to digital media. Her experience in
and knowledge of copyright, nonprofit law, and fundraising prepared her
well for the launch of the Steiner Online Library. Karin is a long-time
student of metaphysics and first encountered the works of Rudolf Steiner
in the early 2000's. Her interest in Spiritual Science has grown
exponentially since then and she now has dedicated her career to
spreading Anthroposophy worldwide. Karin is also the published author of
Global Values: A New Paradigm for a New World, a work that reflects many
of the ethical principles outlined by Steiner. In addition to spiritual
study and practice, Karin enjoys vegan, gluten-free cooking, nature,
biking, running, gardening and exploring health and wellness
The problem we aim to solve
The advent of the technological revolution has caused mankind to fall
into a deep materialism. Much of our former cultural life has been
stripped away and is now supplied for us through television and
computerized devices. We no longer ask ourselves important life
questions but instead seek authoritative answers from political leaders
and scientific "experts". The cost we pay is a loss of our spiritual
freedom. Instead of following our own unique path we are coerced to
follow one that has been set for us.
Rudolf Steiner foresaw all these things in the early 20th century.
His philosophy, Anthroposophy, provides a pathway back to a world that
includes spirit. It explains how our material world is interwoven with
an objectively real spiritual world that we can come to know through
study and meditation. It explains the inner workings of reincarnation
and karma. In whole, it provides a way for people to come to an
understanding of their true place in relation to the world.
The solution: "Man, know thyself!"
Steiner Online Library aims to preserve the vast wealth of
information contained in the books, articles and transcribed lectures
given to the world through the personality of Rudolf Steiner.
A distinct summary of Steiner's message could be summed up by the
Ancient Greek aphorism "Man, know thyself!" By studying his teaching, we
begin to truly understand our whole being and its purpose in the world.
SOL presents this information in a free and easily searchable format to
English speakers throughout the world to enable them to carry out this
task of self-knowledge.
Thus, through this endeavor to know ourselves we come to better
understand the world around us and our unique place in it. We become no
longer merely cogs in a wheel but rather a wonderful synergy of
individual, free beings working together as a unity.
The History of this Initiative
Starting in 1978 and continuing up to the present, The Rudolf
Steiner Archive has been actively bringing Steiner's words to
interested people around the world. We were small at first, but
have grown quite a bit since then ... read all about it.