Why a conference?
To Connect Face To Face
People will gather at the conference to meet with old
friends, to renew and deepen those connections, and to meet
new people of like-mind for support, encouragement,
collaboration, friendship. Here one builds social capital,
near and far. Something different happens when we hear, in
person, others’ stories dealing with similar and different
challenges. This will be a time to gather and share in a
focused, serious, mature setting with others engaged in the
work; to be in an environment where one can speak openly of
the current state of affairs and attending implications;
where one has the unique opportunity to share fully one’s
personal, familial, and/or community challenges, dreams,
fears, successes, in light of the current unprecedented
To Build Skills
The conference will provide an opportunity to develop a
concise TED style talk, to practice speaking skills with a
large, friendly audience. In addition, one will be able to
frame, ask, and respond to, intelligent questions. The
conference will offer guidelines to build skills in giving
and receiving helpful feedback. Speaking, questioning, and
offering effective feedback are all skills designed to
empower participants to be more effective in their local
Support and Rest
The conference carves out time to find support and to rest:
good food, a beautiful facility, and conversation with
colleagues away from one’s daily demands. In such an
atmosphere, people can find acknowledgement and feel valued
for the work they all too often do alone or with little help
as activists, leaders, and visionaries. It is important to
get rejuvenated and recharged, to have some fun and to
celebrate with others in order to stay fresh, open, and
To grow intellectually, personally, professionally and creatively
Gathering as colleagues means opening to one another’s
greater expertise in other areas in order to consider new
information and perspectives, to imagine new scenarios and
possibilities, to identify and likely challenge some of
one’s core assumptions and beliefs, in order to engage in
true dialogue. Others can encourage us to move into a
greater sense of leadership and responsibility. That may
require one to stretch old limits and push into new personal
and professional territory. The conference will support
those coming with a personal intention to find greater
clarity about purpose and right action. People will come
with stories from their own growing edges, their challenges,
failures, successes, and lessons learned. This kind of rich
environment supports all kinds of growth, new energy and
To be inspired
The different format of the conference represents a step in
a new direction and the opportunity to witness and even
embody emerging ideas, actions, and styles of vision, action
and leadership. This conference will be an opportunity to
enact in real time Gandhi’s admonition to “be the change you
wish to see” both personally and collectively in a changed
conference culture. Such a gathering will give people the
opportunity to share in the creation of visions for a
culture and way of being that works for all.
In addition hearing and reflecting on other’s stories of personal growth, risk-taking and meaningful action arising from deep conviction will support and inspire those of us longing for such. This conference also offers the experience that one is part of something real, something bigger than oneself. Also getting to meet people whose works have influenced our own development through speaking, writing, the arts, can remind us that we’re all just people and that “we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.”
To make a contribution:
Gathering as colleagues means coming to give and to receive, both. Seeing the needs for support and acknowledgement one has the opportunity to listen and affirm other’s efforts. Learning to and then giving effective, truly helpful feedback is an all-too rare gift. Taking the time and expense to attend a conference with the lofty goal of affecting the future is a major way one can contribute.
Why are do current participants say they are attending?
Of the current participants:
To meet old friends and deepen those connections.
To meet new people of like mind for support, encouragement, collaboration.
To make new friends
To build and strengthen your social network
To hone speaking skills through developing a concise TED style talk to large friendly audience
To receive intelligent questions, and have time to consider and respond.
To receive critical feedback and ideas for improvement
To feel valued in sharing this contribution
To get away from work and home to a beautiful retreat setting
To enjoy good food and relaxed conversation
To be seen and acknowledged as a leader and visionary
To help shape the vision of a positive future, and the movement towards it
To hear interesting stories
To consider new information, perspective and challenge assumptions and beliefs.
To develop new skills and new tools
To witness the emergence of something new, at the beginning
To be associated with a very positive, cutting edge culture change
To gain a fuller understanding of possible future scenarios.
To better understand what is really going on, how things work in the economy, environment, and culture.
To share passions, heartfelt purpose, the beauty of deep conviction.
To be in a focused, serious gathering
To push oneself
To serve the community gathered and take home ways to serve one’s local community.
To share ideas with others who are concerned with energy, environment, culture and society.
To hear new ideas from a wide variety of perspectives.
To feel renewed, rejuvenated and recharged
To feel empowered
To be part of something bigger than self
To meet people face to face that one has learned from through writing, film, etc.
To understand better what I want and need to do next
To grow social capital
To share stories about family, community, personal challenges and successes.
To share and benefit from lessons learned
To talk freely to people interested in the same things
To participate in an mature conversations about meaningful things
To hear interesting new talks
To share feedback to help improve the talks
To experience a new conference model
To make connections
To meet as colleagues rather than as experts vs. attendees.
To help shape the future
To learn what is happening on the leading edge
To share in the creation of visions for a culture that works for all.
To find new hope
To have fun