"Engaging at the Intersections"
As the conference organizers we propose that when we intentionally come together in the intersection to explore and grapple with the messiness of human activity we can generate something new, progressive and productive. We can bring transformative learning theory to make sense of clash, discord and incoherence to move people and systems in the direction of greater uplift. Therefore the intersections where transformative learning is possible are generative and exploratory. The potential exists to leave these interactions with new ways of knowing, being and understanding. As such we will come together in October 2016 to consider and share:
How can we be more intentional and creative in our interactions at these points of connection for the purpose of transformative learning?
What aspects of life connect and jostle for attention at the intersections, and how do these connections create potential for transformative learning?
What intersection do you work in; what are the combinations you seek that hold transformative potential?
How is our collective work grounded in transformative learning theory? How does our work affirm, challenge, critique and expand the body of theory?
Conference participants will have the opportunity to explore “Engaging Intersections” through traditional panels and presentations as well as through direct participatory engagement of transformational learning. The conference design will uphold ITLC standards of theoretical rigor, high hospitality and communal experience. We invite you to join this community through authentic engagement with other scholars and practitioners who care about the transformative potential of learning. The conference location, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, is an ideal site with its own stories of and transformation. This too will be a feature of the conference.