Bridging our Differences in Challenging Times
Save the Date:
Carl Rogers 2018 Annual Conference
January 31 - February 3, 2018
San Diego, California
Join us to explore how we can reach out to create bridges between ourselves and those who think differently from us.
In these conflicted and highly partisan times we, as people, seem less interested in cooperation and collaboration and more in imposing our viewpoints and objectives on others. We are more concerned about holding on to and defending our biases, beliefs and ideologies than in seeking common objectives and pragmatic solutions. Strong emotions, judgments and resentments hijack our objectivity, our rationality and our wisdom and impact our decisions in a negative way blocking a resolution that will serve everyone involved.
Our conference will provide ample opportunities to examine these and other topics, in our small and large group discussions and in our presentations.
Some Thoughts From our Conference Co-Director
Antonio dos Santos
Today we live in a globalized world where we can realize more consciously that no one is an island. The "the butterfly effect" is a reality also in human psychology and our local actions can have unimaginable effects all over the globe. A dialogue where trust, brutal honesty, genuineness and acceptance are present and everyone can be heard profoundly and respected deeply can change the way we deal with the world. All this is of primary importance if we want to construct a society where everyone has the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
This cannot happen without empathy and compassion; this cannot happen without human beings who are willing to sit down with their friends and with their enemies. It is easy to dialogue with friends, but to dialogue with enemies is a tremendous challenge because often we do not agree with their beliefs, values and way of acting. But as Abraham Lincoln said: "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?", we must dialogue with our enemies because only with friends our differences can be resolved being mindful of everyone. A world without this kind of dialogue is a lost world where we can all sink in the ocean of despair.
Our conference has the purpose of bringing together lay people and professionals from all areas
and walks of life together to dialogue with a quality never seen before. Never has there been such a great need for such a meaningful dialogue for the well-being of humanity and not to support our own desperate egos.
Antonio Monteiro dos Santos, Ph.D., MSCP
We are returning to the Hotel Dana, www.thedana.com, which hosted our first two conferences. Its island like setting on San Diego bay, coupled with its attractive conference facilities and comfortable accommodations makes it an ideal base for our participants. We have negotiated an attractive room rate for conference attendees.
Ray De Lagrave and Antonio Santos