Earlier developmental work

In 2011, the section for universities and research of Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture became convinced that Baltzar's concept of Intercultural Experiential Education expresses a way of thinking that is truly new and important for developing society that should be developed further.

Upon the initiative of the Drom Association and Veijo Baltzar, the HUMAK University of Applied Sciences carried out a pilot project (Baltzar-KKI- HUMAK) from May 2011 to March 2012 for the purpose of studying Intercultural
Experiential Education. Veijo Baltzar served as the pedagogical leader of the project.
Veijo Baltzar' book Towards Experiential Philosophy (original title in Finnish
"Kokemuspohjainen filosofia”) was published in the spring of 2012 (ntamo, 160 p.) and English version of the book in 2014. In this polemic work Baltzar addresses the present state and challenges of multicultural Europe. He maintains that in its current mental and intellectual crisis Europe must face its blind spots with regard to minority cultures and education leading to inequality. In the book, Baltzar seeks to offer European society tools for constructing functioning pluralism and for halting the increasing marginalization of young people.

Sami Pihlström, Professor of Philosophy:

"This is a unique project both nationally and internationally and it deserves broad
attention and support."

Renowned professor of Philosophy Juha Sihvola commented Veijo Baltzar’s book Towards Experiential Philosophy in 2011: “Veijo Baltzar’s project is indispensably valuable. If to receive a successful continuation, it can revolutionize the basis of our notions of culture so that we are able to build society in which pluralism and conscience liberty, but also delicate manners and respect for one’s neighbor are combined.”
After Baltzar-KKI-HUMAK project, which focused on the theoretical starting points of Baltzar's thinking, Anita Lehikoinen, head of the section for universities and research of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, urged Baltzar to continue his work of developing his pedagogical concepts and methodology. She noted that a wide range of evidence describing applications of Intercultural Experiential Education will form an important basis for continuation of this work.
Drom Association continues the development of Intercultural Experiential Education and the collection of related evidence in various forms of activities. Former Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen is the patron of the developmental work.

Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic Petr Drulák.

Cultural Cousellor Veijo Baltzar and former prime minister Paavo Lipponen.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Petr Drulák about Veijo Baltzar’s book
Towards Experiential Philosophy (2014):

”Baltzar challenges the Western liberal concept of human rights and multiculturalism by pointing to its narrow-mindedness. When we promote human rights without empathy and respect to others, we actually may make things even worse than they were before. One of the things which can be brought about and provoked by the lack of empathy and respect, is the inferiority complex. In the perspective of international politics we have many examples of an inferiority complex turned into aggressive, dangerous behaviour and a threat to the mankind. If we really want to eradicate this evil we have to be aware of the social conditions in which this evil came into being."