A 3-Part Conference for Community Builders and Change Agents
January 24 – February 3, 2017
Colquitt, GA (Home of Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Folk Life Play)
The premier Southeast US winter gathering of social change agents who see the path to a better world means a path to a better self.
Pre-Conference Introduction to Social Artistry January 24-26
Training in Social Artistry Leadership Skills to employ latent human capacities, become more creative, more imaginative and more finely equipped to deal with life challenges. Led by Jan Sanders and Tannur Ali.
Building Creative Communities January 26-29
The centerpiece is the conference itself, January 26-29. Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute will be the keynote speaker on Friday. Other speakers will be Audri Scott Williams, Tannur Ali and Roseanna Almaee. You will enjoy a performance of Swamp Gravy on Thursday night. Richard Geer will be leading Story Bridge and Jan Sanders will be leading The Art of Social Change; the two tracks offered on Friday and Saturday. Story Bridge is an exciting day of story telling and theater in which participants spend a day learning the process and creating a play. At the end of the day they present a full play based on the stories told within their group. The Art of Social Change is the track where participants learn how to use Social Artistry as a tool in real-life scenarios to infuse the 4 levels of thinking to develop more creative ways of handling life situations. Jan’s many years of experience inform this track in powerful ways.
Post-Conference Creative Leaders Training January 30-February 3
60-hour intensive, learning to use Social Artistry practices daily for initiating a culture of creativity within yourself and community. Open to those who have participated in the Introduction or other SA trainings. Led by Jan Sanders and Tannur Ali.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Participants gather annually to discuss and learn ways to improve themselves for the sake of their communities. They gather to learn new skills, make new connections and connect to a reality larger than themselves:
— the truth that the positive actions being taken in the world far outweigh the problems.
— that we must acknowledge the progress while being attentive agents for change in the areas of dissonance and disconnection that we see in the world around us.
My name is Tannur Ali. I am a facilitator of Social Artistry. After attending the conference for the first time in January 2014, my life changed. I found direction, connection and motivation to make powerful changes in my life. These changes have helped me to improve my circumstance dramatically. I learned to direct my thoughts and use my imagination to improve my perspective. This year alone I have traveled over 36,000 miles road-schooling my children and teaching them the power of intention. I want to share my love of this work and that’s why I am writing this letter to you. I want you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to broaden and deepen your in your life and work.
If you are a person who has demonstrated a willingness to improve yourself and your community, if you are an agent of change, we invite you to join this year’s adventure to explore the possibilities of
- The emerging New Economy
- Asset-based community development
- Recognition of shared values
- Community story-telling and Story Bridge Theater
- Social Artistry
- Creative Leaders training
- The Art of Social Change workshops
- Keynote speakers from The Post Growth Institute and World Peace Walkers
- and so much more!
Tannur Ali explains: This 3-part conference is designed to ignite the fire of possibility in those who make the trek to the tiny town in Southwest Georgia that saved itself from ruin by leaning into the art and creativity and story of the people. The centerpiece of our time together is the Building Creative Communities Conference, an experience of three energetic days of story telling, theater, social change practices and discussions, arts performances and talks. You do not need to be a theater person or have any experience with Social Artistry to participate.
You can attend any or all of the three parts, and we encourage you to come for all three for the full benefits of this training and the connection to the larger Social Artistry movement and network.
Colquitt, GA is about 4 hours south of the Atlanta airport and 1 hour south of the Albany, GA airport, or 1½ hours north of the Tallahassee airport. Assistance with ride-shares from local airports and bus stations are being arranged among participants and organizers. If you need assistance with tuition, we might be able to help with that as well. Just ask.
Each year we see people from across the U.S., Europe, Asia and around the world; we would love to see you there. Plan to join us for this wonderful conference. It will not only improve your work, it will connect you with a broad base of like-minded people who can support your work in life-changing ways.
Please feel free to share with your networks and those you believe will benefit from this work.