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North American Invitational Summit2:

Bonding and Attachment in the Family

How Will We Initiate and Actualize Bonding and Attachment as Priorities in North America?

April 29-May 2, 2004, Santa Cruz Mountains, near San Francisco





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Tentative--the information below is from Summit1. Many speakers are still being confirmed and the overall structure and plenary questions (below) are being revised and will be announced shortly.

The Summit2 begins with dinner Thursday evening and ends at 3pm on Sunday. The opening session will feature Joseph Chilton Pearce (Magical Child) and Suzanne Arms (Immaculate Deception). The closing session will include a special guest (TBA). The Summit is centered around nine plenary sessions, each addressing an area of the aTLC Blueprint. One participant has been asked to open each plenary session with a brief overview of the area, focusing on the question for that session:

Several plenaries are concluded with a panel of experts, and in other plenaries, the participants are the experts, using a process known as Appreciative Inquiry (which differs from the usual approach of critically appraising what has been said). The latter type of plenaries are designed to stimulate creative thinking and brainstorming among all participants, as they break into small groups that intermingle, using a unique format, called The World Café, which enables people to interact deeply and creatively.

The questions to be explored (subject to change as the Summit unfolds):

Day sessions:
  • Conception and Pregnancy: What Facilitates a Strong Bond?
  • Birth and Postpartum: How Can the Bond Be Protected?
  • How Can We Nurture the Nature and Needs of Children?
  • How Can Trauma, Our Own and Our Infants', Be Healed and Prevented?
  • Putting the Puzzle Together: How Can We Initiate and Actualize Bonding and Attachment as Priorities at the Community and Societal/Cultural Levels?
  • Where Do We Go from Here? Collectively Creating a Plan for Action

Evening sessions:

  • How Can We Begin the Process of Joining Together to Do the Work of the Summit?
  • What Can Other Cultures Teach Us?
  • How Can We Create Child/Parent and Family Relationships Based on Connection rather than Control?

Symposia are usually conducted within a Paradigm of Control that focuses on a narrowly defined set of problems rather than possibilities, and on the delivery of solutions by experts who are assumed to have the answers. The Summit is based on a Paradigm of Connection, which draws on the collective wisdom of the entire group and is focused upon identifying and expanding possibilities rather than delivering solutions. While many of the participants will be accustomed to being presenters paid for their services, the Summit creates an opportunity for all of us to meet as peers and collaborators

Participants will also be asked to join (or create their own) action-focused "pod" with other participants. Each pod will meet once a day to develop an action plan for promoting change at the societal or community level. These action plans will be shared with the entire group during the closing session on Sunday. Daily progress reports of each pod will be provided to participants in printed summaries, so that all conference participants can see what others are thinking and doing.

Evening sessions will focus on the experience and knowledge of indigenous cultures, presented in a variety of creative non-linear formats, followed by opportunities to learn communication skills that enhance bonding and attachment.

See schedule for details (schedule not complete yet).

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