Call for Papers and Other Contributions
18th Annual Conference for Global Transformation, May 18-20, 2018 – Monterey, California
A Life of Accomplishment
You and I have certain commitments to a world that works, whether just for the people we love most dearly, or for entire populations. Sometimes what we do to fulfill these commitments works, and at other times the actions we take fail. If you are like me, you resist failing, and from time to time, give in to the young-aged conversation that we shouldn’t fail—only succeed.
Let’s face it, when you and I are at work on something bigger than ourselves, something that hasn’t ever been done before (at least by us), we are going to fail along the way. It is how we choose to relate to failure that makes the difference. How we are being in action and communication, how we respond to the breakdowns we declare, how we speak to build support and listen for what others offer us, how fully and authentically we forgive ourselves and others, how we choose to stand in each new moment of now—these choices, all inside our speaking and listening, may hold the keys to living a life of accomplishment and a life of fulfillment.
You and I have accomplished a great deal. This is true whether we have been practicing transformation for one year or for 40. We have undertaken the intellectual effort to inquire into what is most important to us. We have listened and spoken in such a way as to create who we are as a possibility. We have mustered the courage to take a stand for how our world is going to be—a world for ourselves, our families, our communities and perhaps even all of humankind. When we tell the truth, we each must acknowledge that we are living in a different reality from the one we were living in before we declared ourselves as a possibility and took action on projects we created to fulfill on that possibility.
Ordinary, everyday life is filled with distractions that pull for automatic, habitual ways of thinking and acting. It is easy to lose sight of our accomplishments and what we are committed to, and instead focus on what’s wrong and shouldn’t be. For generating our created selves and for making our visions of the future into a reality—such habitual ways become untenable and ineffective and can destroy the opportunity to act on what actually matters to us. This becomes most obvious when we find ourselves struggling with breakdowns in our projects and commitments.
For the 2018 Conference for Global Transformation, we invite you to submit a paper or other contribution, inquiring into the question of where and how you have failed and/or succeeded in living your life as the author of your conversations, your commitments and your experiences.