The 10th Annual Waterlow World Maturity Conference

Saturday October 9th - Sunday October 10, 2021 on Zoom

To register, please call Adam Frost, one of the conference co-ordinators, at 617-522-1049, or click here to email.

 

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Brad Baker on gardeningCaroline Bridgman-Rees and Kathleen Robinson

An introductory note from Adam:

My high school history teacher, Charlotte Waterlow, died about 10 years ago in England, where she had retired after a long and full career of teaching, writing, speaking and cheerful revolutionary agitation. In seeking a way to celebrate this wonderful organizer, I realized-- we should organize! In that spirit, we held the first conference in Charlotte's honor in 2012 in Boston. The conference was rich and moving, and provided inspiration, guidance and nourishment for the year.

In 2013-2019 we held our annual conferences, which continued some themes and introduced new ones.

 


2021 Conference

 

As with the last nine annual conferences, this is a participatory conference, with each person, if s/he wishes, giving a talk or a presentation in a media of her/his choosing. People also are welcome to come and simply listen and join in the discussions. The theme, once again, is something you do that helps the world become a more mature place.

Charlotte wrote that human society has developed into a sort of adolescence, filled with "joy riding" and other self-defeating and destructive behaviors, that may seem fun or necessary at the time but are leading us all to the edge of a cliff. She frequently said our choice now is "grow up or blow up".

The purpose of this conference is to nurture our efforts to help the world grow up and not blow up. These efforts can be part of paid, professional work, or part of one's personal or volunteer life. Our goal has been to share this work with each other, get encouragement and constructive suggestions, and see how our work fits together.

 

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Schedule for the October conference:

Saturday, October 9th:

Zoom session 10 am - noon

Zoom session 2 pm - 4 pm

Sunday, October 10th:

Zoom session 10 am - noon

Zoom session 2 pm - 4 pm

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The 2020 conference

 

Tom Blake, archivist of the Boston Public Library, will tell us about some of the social education and action projects he leads at the Library

 

Victoria Suescum, artist and teacher of artists, will talk about her development as an artist in Panama. Panama at the time had no art museums, so she learned her trade by studying store signs.  In Latin America, there is a tradition of beautiful, large and professionally produce store signs, so that you can decide where to shop. Itinerant professional sign painters go from town to town and will make you your sign. Victoria will talk about the influence of these signs on her art, and how she has incorporated this art into her modern art.

 

Claude Solnik, journalist, will teach us about fact-checking in journalism.

 

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Read below about past conferences:

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October 2019 Conference:

We opened with Dodi Rees reading two poems her mom loved. One of them was Mary Oliver's “The Summer Day”, the other a Sanskrit poem that celebrates life. Caroline had written an essay about her wild and precious life. Click here to download the essay:Caroline on her wild and precious life

Barb Ferullo then spoke with us about her work as a therapist. She said that she had been trained as a Freudian therapist, exploring childhood conflicts and trying to help the client see how patterns developed in childhood have become maladaptive in current life. She then trained in trauma therapy, including stydying with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk who wrote The Body Keeps the Score, about how trauma becomes incorporated into your body. She said she treats two kinds of trauma, one-time trauma and developmental trauma. For both kinds of trauma, the treatment begins with helping the client find calm. One of the simple ways she does this: have the client point to and name all the browbn objects in the room. Once calmer, Barb helps the client ind positive ways of dealig with his/her current situation.

 

Barb taught us that scientists have found a strong connection between mental health/calm/happiness and the number of people you have in your life you can talk sincerely to. She cited 6 as a goal to strive for! She said that hers is a hard trade, and she doesn't always get things right with her clients, but continually tries sincerely.

 

Guntram Mueller spoke next. Guntram is a longtime peace activist, and he shared with us three steps that we can take which would reduce our C02 (carbon) foot print by 50%:

 1. sign up for all solar/wind power with your electric company

 

2. Get an electric car

 

3. Put in electric heating appliances in your home.

 

He noted we were lucky that humans can do all three of these things to help save the Earth.

 

The discussion after explored some of the challenges posed by these three changes. Marlene noted that electric cars are expensive-- starting at $30K-- and there is as yet not much of a used market.

 

Guntram is from Newton, and says that Newton residents can choose how much of their electricity is from solar/wind-- 14% (the legally mandated percentage), 60% or 100. We were surprised to hear that only 5% of Newton residents had opted for the 100%, even though the cost is essentially the same as the lower percentages. This seems fertile ground for organizing.

 

Rosemary Jones talked about helping a friend whose partner died suddenly. She rushed in to help in practical ways, but found that what her friend wanted most was for Rosemary to be available.

 

Jay Hoffman talked with us about the math tutoring he does at Center House. He told us that the House has a training program for tutors, and showed us the careful method he was trained in, which makes sure the students understand the objective of the tutoring lesson, helps them through the problems, and has a good feedback and practice loop when the student has trouble.

 

Maia Frost talked about her experience as a student at Boston Latin. She said that she and her fellow students have almost no free time to hang out and be with one another, and that a lot of the schoolwork seems burdensome and not conducive to learning. She contrasted her Boston Latin experience with the Business of Doing Good weeklong program she took part in over the summer. In this program, she needed to create a substantial social entrepreneurial project. As she started her week at the program, held in a church in the South End, Maia was surprised that after each hour or so, the leaders of the program sent her and her fellow students out to play or take some other recreational break. She discovered that this greatly enhanced her thinking and her energy.

 

Omar Khudari taught us about rank choice voting, a system that allows you to vote for the candidate of your choice without "throwing away your vote". The system, which has been used for the Oscars for nearly 100 years, lets you list candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the lowest candidate is dropped, and the candidates are compared again. This seems much better than our "winner take all" system, and it seems that the only opponents to changing to rank choice voting are those who are too used to, or benefit too much from, the current system.

 

Morgan, Maia, Jay and I went for a nature walk.

 

Sunday, Oct. 19th:

 

We opened with Tom Blake, the content acquisition librarian of the Boston Public Library, showing us the project he created: the library has put on https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org/

the digitized letters of the Massachusetts abolitionists, and set up a system where anyone can sign up and help transcribe the letters, using Zooniverse software that lets the different volunteers check and reinforce each other's work. Over 5,000 volunteers take part, including many students from all over the world, giving them close contact with the words, spelling, and sometimes awful handwriting of these successfrul trassrots organizers. By transcribing the letters, the volunteers also give us the ability to search the letters electronically, which means we can look up issues and events and learn what they wrote about. Tom compared these letters to modern email and other ways of communicating-- this was the way these people connected. Tom talked about the larger digitization project of the BPL-- the effort to digitize as much as we can, including archives of activist organizations. Marlene, who is on the board of the Charles River Museum of Industry) will talk with Tom about digitizing the museum's documents.

 

We stepped out to participate in the ribbon-cutting for the Boston Nature Center's electric car charging station, and learned about electric cars-- no minivans yet; the cars can get 280 miles on a $10 charge; the charging stations are much faster to charge than pluging in the car at home. The Center charges $.28 per kilowatthour.

 

Sam Fleischacker, professor of moral philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, joined us via Skype to talk about how he helps people learn about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He said that bad frameworks, which don't look at the other side as having merit or value, lead to failure and violence, and people would be much better off agreeing on the core facts and then dealing with the difficulty of sharing a very small country.

 

Marlene Clark continued her annual sharing about green burial options, costs, and obstacles). We asked about the actual steps from the moment of death to burial, and Marlene will look into this for next year.

 

Wayne Clark talked about the bankruptcy of Harvest Co-op last year, and we discussed the possible causes, and talked about ways to do better next time. We noted the bad influence of the primary consultants, CDS, in Harvest's policy of excluding the members from almost everything at Harvest, and leaving the store in the hands of managers and "experts".

 

We talked about going forward to seek out greater public involvement in co-ops and other community organizations, and decided to create some year-round gatherings that would welcome people into taking part in a Waterlow-conference style process that would deliberate about the world's problems, and organize solutions.

 

 

 

2019 conference-- summary of presenters:

Wendie Hansen Sakakeeny, author of The See-Through Heart

Kaleel Sakakeeny, Boston Animal Chaplain and Humane/Interfaith Minister

Tom Blake, digital archivist of the Boston Public Library

Paula Doress-Worters, one of the original authors of Our Body, Ourselves

Sam Fleischacker, professor of philosophy at University of Chicago

R. Wayne Clark, co-operative consultant

Omar Khudari, farmer and software developer

Jay Hoffman, math tutor

The Wilson Family Singers

Adam Frost, educator and computer helper

 

Descriptions of planned talks:

 

Wayne Clark, co-op manager and consultant

Wayne will lead a “post-mortem” on the Harvest Co-operative Markets, which declared bankruptcy last year.  What did we do right or do wrong?  Could it have been saved?  What might we have done differently?  What might be lessons for next time this happens?

 

Growing up in the woods of then rural Acton, Wendie Hansen Sakakeeny learned to care deeply for the living world around her, and appreciate its companionship.

 

Professionally, she has had a fulfilling 45-year career as a professional Narrator.

 

One of the first to break the Male Voice-of-God barrier in the early ‘70s, you’ve heard her voice in pay phones, on PBS, and people in many fields have been trained by its sound.

 

Sight challenged people, are guided by her voice in the 911 Memorial, NY, and the Capitol Rotunda, DC.

 

This Freelance schedule gave her the flexibility to raise 2 wonderful grown women, and travel extensively with her one time travel writer husband, Kaleel.

 

She lives with him in Roslindale, in the happy company of a wonderful cat, a topsy-turvy goldfish, and lots of living greenery.

 

 Wendie will talk about how can we rediscover our ‘Child Eyes’,

the eyes that see the world around us as new and full of wonder?

 

And what are the Life shifting events that crack-open our hearts and enable us to see?

How does that ‘seeing’ enrich our lives.

 

That was my quest in writing The See Through Heart;

To actually listen to the simple things in the natural world around me,

to hear their lessons, and share their gifts.

 

I’d like to open that process to the Waterlow gathering, read excerpts from my book and website and hear about their own interactions with the natural world.

 

Omar Khudari, farmer, software engineer and business developer. Omar is a retired computer software entrepreneur. Since starting his first company in 1987, Omar has been active in several start-up companies and not-for-profit organizations as an investor, advisor, and board member.

Omar plans to talk about his involvement in Dismantling Racism, a co-operative project in Lexington. https://allevents.in/lexington/dismantling-racism-in-our-town/1000068173684325

 

Kaleel Sakakeeny

 

I’m Kaleel Sakakeeny, an ordained Animal Chaplain, Minister and Credentialed Pet Loss and Grief Counselor.

 

I’m also a strong advocate for Animal Rights, and work to deepen understanding among all forms of life, and fight Speciesism.

 

The Animal-Human bond is profoundly deep.

Some feel it as sacred. I do.

 

And when it breaks, is severed by death or some other kind of loss, the pain is bone-marrow deep.

So today, I’d like to talk about Grief, the Grief Journey that everyone who ever loved has walked.

 

While my work is specifically about pet bereavement and grief, I have come to see that grief is grief, not matter who or what we loved and lost.

 

And grief over the death of an animal companion inevitably leads to discussions about the passing of other beloveds.

 

There is more on our active Facebook page (Pet Grief & Counseling—I invite you to “like” the page and join the conversation.)

 

Our two web sites are Petgriefhelp.com  and Petministryboston.com  and our monthly support group is Animal Talks, a meditation and discussion, to which you are all very welcomed.

 

Our work has recently been recognized by People Magazine, the Boston Globe, Chronicle TV, Catster Magazine and others.

 

I can be reached at Kaleel@associationanimalchaplains.com

Kaleel@theothermecoaching.com

 

 

 

My name is Jay Hoffman and I would like to discuss my experiences as a math tutor at Center Club in Boston.  Center Club is a mainly vocationally oriented club house for mentally ill adults. I am also a member of Center Club.  At Center Club, I mainly tutor elementary arithmetic, algebra and geometry, but I have experience elsewhere helping people with calculus and differential equations.  I try to refresh the tutee's (person being tutored) memories of math they may have learned long ago as well as teach math concepts being encountered for the first time.  I will discuss the different phases of the tutoring process, such as setting the agenda, orienting, teaching/re-teaching, and the feedback process.  I will also discuss some of the benefits I experience from tutoring as well as the benefits to the person I am helping.

 

Brief biography:

 

I have studied math up through ordinary differential equations. I also do office work at Center Club in addition to tutoring there.  I am also a volunteer at the Get Connected! computer clinic Wednesday evenings at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square, where I learn other valuable skills, such as refurbishing older computers and working on a team with people with different personality styles.

 

 

Rosemary Jones:

 

There is a real risk that my talk will involve crying. Lessons learned in the course of supporting a solid person through a sudden and devastating loss.  I had expected that doing things would be paramount.  It seems not.  Simply being open and available and asking hard questions in a soft way may just as important as cleaning a room or clearing out weeds.

 

My bio:

 

I am a retired social worker lucky to have worked in a well-run refugee resettlement agency and in the first HIV/AIDS clinic at Boston City Hospital. My volunteer activities include sustaining social events for members of JP@Home and chairing the Jamaica Pond Association.  I enjoy improving my language skills, reading well-written fantasy and suspense and history, and pursuing several elusive ancestors on my father’s side of the family tree.  It has become necessary to slow down as chronic health conditions emerge from the woodwork.  ‘The trick is not to pick up a really good book and allow slowing down to morph into stopping.

 

Tom Blake is the Content Discovery Manager and Digital Projects Manager at the Boston Public Library. He has been overseeing the overhaul of discovery, access, and use methodologies for cultural heritage content at the library and across the Commonwealth for the past ten years. Recently, almost 12,000 manuscript correspondences from 19th century anti-slavery activists were digitized and posted online for volunteers across the world to engage with and transcribe into a machine readable form that is better suited for 21th century research and analysis techniques. The process has been highly intimate and engaging for the over 5,000 volunteers who have contributed to this project since its inception. Tom will speak about how the transcription process of these letters might inform and inspire a new generation of activists in the modern day.

 

 

Paula Doress-Worters, co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves

 

I am of the generation that grew up during WWII. Fortunately for me I grew up in Boston, so we were untouched by the war. Just before I was of school-age there was an opening to Jewish settlement in Roxbury, There was Franklin Park, and the zoo.

 

My parents, Ethel & Abe, were immigrants, and while they were hard workers, money was always tight.  Despite this circumstance, and living in a third floor Boston walk-up rental, they hosted three ‘waves’ of family members at different stages of the war - the beginning (when I was just an infant,) the second when the war was technically over, and those who survived the war had opportunities to come to the U.S., the third when people who survived the war (in this case) in Shanghai, came to live with us.

 

Because my mother’s sister and her husband came to live with us before I could have realized the circumstances, and stayed with us until they had children of their own, but never had children, we were a family of six after my brother was born, and an extended family until my brother and I completed high school.  At that point, we started to rub against each other, Aunt Tobey and Uncle Leo began to criticize my parents childrearing, I was starting to go out on dates, and they disapproved, my brother and I were getting tired of being bossed around by four adults, and we were getting a bit obnoxious ourselves from an excess of parental permissiveness and aunt/uncle criticism. Despite the arguments with our first wave relatives, it turned out they wanted to include us in a plan to purchase a house together, rather than stay in our third floor rental. But my brother and I had our friends and wanted to graduate with them rather than start a whole new way of life before we were done with high school.

 

The second & third wave relatives stayed with us about a year or so, then found rentals in Dorchester or the West End. The second wave was my mother’s aunt & uncle who survived the war by fleeing Austria to France, and when the French caved to Nazi invasion found refuge in neutral Switzerland. They had a daughter who was just a year older than me.  I was in third grade, so she joined me as a third grader, and claims she learned English from me, but she was a quick learner on her own. I had a brother and now I had a sister cousin.

 

The third wave was Wilma, the sister of Uncle Leo. She arrived with her husband Rudy who escaped Austria to the boot of Italy where they took the first ship that would take them, and found refuge in Shanghai, where indeed many Jewish refugees were sheltered.  Wilma was a good cook and took change of the cafeteria during their stay there.

 

Though I sometimes felt crowded by the refugee live-ins, I also learned a lot from them, and over time learned a lot about the history of WWII, anti-semitism, etc..

 

Sam Fleischacker is LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC).  He works on moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of eight books, including A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), and Being Me Being You:  Adam Smith and Empathy (University of Chicago, 2019).  He has also been active in the New Haven and Chicago chapters of Americans for Peace Now.  He addressed philosophical issues about land-ownership and nationalism in the Israel/Palestine conflict in “Owning Land vs. Governing a Land:  Property, Sovereignty, and Nationalism,” Social Philosophy and Policy, volume 30, issue 1, 2014.

 

I'll go over 1) some reasons why Israel/Palestine seems to inspire more fierce partisanship, on both sides, than other international conflicts (these include the fact that both sides claim the mantle of long-oppressed minorities - "righteous victims," to use the title of a well-known book on the conflict), 2) the difficulties I have had myself, when teaching the conflict, in finding a reasonably balanced textbook on it, and the test I used to try to assess such textbooks, and 3) framing devices for discussing the conflict that I have found to get some degree of buy-in from people on both sides of it.

 

Adam Frost has worked as a schoolteacher and typewriter repairman, and now helps people with their computers, and assists people in learning to be computer helpers.

I plan to talk about “social security”—the deep and important question of what makes us safe, as individuals and as nations and societies. This question runs through local politics, work and family life, and international politics. I want to share the ideas of my teachers and some of my own. Some of the teachers I’ll refer to include Charlotte Waterlow, the late Caroline Bridgman-Rees (peace activist over 7 decades), Eleanor Roosevelt (who worked directly on the ratification of the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights, A.J. Muste (the leader of the pacifist movement, also for 7 decades), Herbert Kohl (the author of 36 Children), Tom Eliot (the draftsman of the Social Security Act). I’ll also refer to “negative teachers”—teachers who have taught me by their example what NOT to do. 

 

 

 

Here are the talks from the 2018 conference:

Dina Baker

Dina is an author / publisher who heads Baker's Dozen Press (www.bakersdozenpress.com)  and enjoys other entrepreneurial endeavors; leads marketing and communication for a mission-driven firm that partners with the public sector; and participates in a number of community organizations. Dina and her husband Brad are empty-nesters living in the Greater Boston area.

 

Let's create an overground

When we cannot trust the Federal government to function within the conceit of a Democracy or for the best interests of the people, I believe we must organize and act on a local and regional level and develop a deliberate structure of linkages among those local and regional efforts--facilitated by large, systemic, humane nonprofits--so we end up with a national network strong enough to serve the nation and facile enough to serve localities in a manner that meets human needs and fights the injustices from the Administration. I believe houses of worship can have a role in that, their linkages with other local organizations can be a start of this network, and the larger religious and other nonprofit governance bodies and foundations can further it. Before we have no choice but to resist through an underground, perhaps we have an opportunity to fight immoral and unjust leadership through this "overground." I'll share some of my thoughts on the issue, as background for inviting dialogue to get us closer to a means to repair our world.

 

Brad Baker: I am Bio-hydrology researcher and Community Garden activist.

My talk is on "Tree Appreciation!"  for poetry and commerce and the collective good.

 

Victoria Suescum artist and activist, native of Panama, will talk about her art and political resistance in an oppressive dictatorship, and what we can learn from her hard experience to help us in our current political situation. You can see some of Victoria’s art work at https://www.victoriasuescum.com/.

 

Helena Snow experienced an aspect of Charlotte Waterlow that some of us may not have known about. Charlotte was a mystic and had the gift of clairvoyance. Charlotte once offered Helena a "reading" that she has never before spoken publically about but has spent a life-time growing into. Helena, a  positive parenting coach and freshly- minted Jungian psychoanalyst who lives and practices in France, would like to speak to us about that experience.

 

Linus Idemudia will teach us about developments in Nigeria.

 

Diane Taraz: folk singer, composer and music historian, will sing and talk about music, and will have some of her albums available for sale.  Please read about Diane's work and purchase music at httpS://www.dianetaraz.com. Please also note that on the eve of the conference, Oct. 12th, Diane will be giving a presentation about Elizabeth Freeman, a slave who successfully sued in Massachusetts for her freedom in 1780. See httpS://www.dianetaraz.com/d-schedule.html for details.

 

Johnn O'Sullivan: engineer and poet, Johnn will introduce us to the work of Hugh Kenner, philosopher and literary critic of the work of Ezra Pound and R. Buckminster Fuller.

 

Mark Destler: educator and philosopher and founder of Tutors for All, may talk about how newness comes into the world.

 

Christian White: author and teacher, will share some of his writing and thinking about maturity, both his own and that of his peers.

 

Wayne Clark:  philosopher and co-op creator/manager, may talk about the connection between the deep philosophy of process analysis and the daily life of co-ops.

 

Marlene Archer: educator and computer entrepreneur, may talk about natural burial, or about her work helping kids on the autistic spectrum learn to fix computers

 

Peter Hoerr: attorney and Belmont Police supervisor, may talk about his participation this year in a discussion group about Ferguson and its larger implications for citizens and police

 

Jamie Leighton: poet and attorney, may read some of her poetry and talk about how poetry and law talk with each other.

 

Joshua Hoerr: College student and restaurant worker, may talk about working life for young people these days.

 

Linus Martins: Linus will talk about his experiences in Nigeria and the U.S.

 

Jan Green, musician and activist, will share her music and political experiences.

 

Omar Khudari, farmer, software engineer and business developer will talk about and give a demonstration of electric bicycles, which are becoming a major form of transportation in Europe. Omar is a retired computer software entrepreneur. Since starting his first company in 1987, Omar has been active in several start-up companies and not-for-profit organizations as an investor, advisor, and board member.

 

"Learning to love electric bicycles (ebikes)—they are good for your health and good for the environment."

 

Caroline Bridgman-Rees, peace activist and professor of history, will talk about  her decades in the peace movement, from the end of World War II to the present.

 

Adam Frost, computer repairman and educator, will talk about how to change the legal and practical framework so that people with disabilities can become full members of the working world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From previous conferences:

To give you a feel for the conference, here are some descriptions of the presentations from the past six years:

To read detailed notes from the 2015 conference, click here

Summary of talks from the 2015 conference:

Orion Kriegman introduced us to the Boston Food Forest organization, and took us on a tour of their food forest at the Nature Center.

Ed Chancy talked about how his parents helped him become an educated man, working effectively and compassionately with the challenges of Ed’s cerebral palsy.

Marlene Archer shared the story of helping her business partner understand how capable kids with autism can be, by helping her team of students master sophisticated processes of computer repair and refurbishing.

Marguerite Rosenthal introduced us to the basics of the “so-called” criminal justice system, including the dangerous policy of excluding people with criminal records from public housing projects.

Lillia Greaves talked about the vital importance of having a place for troubled people to work out their issues, particularly young people.

We talked about Charlotte Waterlow’s life and work.

We discussed the Palestine-Israeli conflict. Brad Baker presented a vision for sharing water in the Middle East. Yehuda shared his personal experience of violence in Israel-Palestine.

We read aloud the children’s version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (httpS://www.eycb.coe.int/compasito/chapter_6/pdf/1.pdf)

Liz Anker shared with us her efforts to help adults learn to sing and perform.

In talking about a serious car accident, we discussed how our culture deals with guilt, mistakes and making amends, and compared this approach to other cultures.

We talked about the vital importance of people thanking and communicating with their teachers over the long term.

Claude Solnik introduced us to the life and work of Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president in U.S. history.

Marlene Archer introduced us to the logistical and spiritual issues of natural burial.

We talked about the peace work of Caroline Bridgman-Rees, one of the founders of the conference.

Carl Johnson and Mary Ni demonstrated their method of teaching attentive listening. and the way it can help people perform the vital task of expressing the full range of their emotions.

Wayne Clark talked about his efforts as a board member of Harvest Co-op to help teach the board and management about the vital importance of member involvement.

Adam Frost talked about “co-worker theology”, using your relationships with your co-workers as an opportunity for practicing the full and deep interactions that make for godliness.

 

Here is the sampling of some of the presentations given in 2014 :

Anne Kern: I want to talk to the group and ask their advice about my self-titled "Read-Aloud" project. The idea is that reading aloud is one of many ways to make the world a better and happier place, specifically in education, for seniors or others that may feel lonely or isolated, for those who are physically ill or unable to read due to blindness or age, as a community building activity, a family bonding experience, an altogether magical experience, and lastly (but not least) as a terrific soporific. Problem is, I need ideas/advice about how to turn my theories into practice: where, with whom, when, and how can I build this project while still paying my mortgage. "

Ben Beckwith: will discuss his 35 years as a social activist, and discuss ways of focusing activism so that it reaches its goal.

Ed Chancy: Ed will help us to learn about life with a serious physical disability, and taught us about the different kinds of work that have helped him and others to thrive, in spite of many obstacles both inside and outside.

Jan Green: Jan may sing songs about life and labor.

Frank Fisher: an Emeritus Professor of economics at MIT, will give a talk on the economics of water, particularly in the Middle East.  He will show that the view that water is a source of war is simply mistaken.  Then he will discuss how how thinking about water values rather than water ownership can both make water systems much more efficient and also lead to gains for all parties rather than to conflicts.

Rosemary Jones: I plan to talk about a couple of low-tech community projects that I dream of: setting up a system for neighbors to take responsibility for clearing storm drain inlets, and making the area friendly for bees and (especially monarch) butterflies.  For the latter, I would like to copy the Cambridge ladies who fought the monarch-destructive black swallowwort vine

Tamara Safford: Tamara, an artist who works with people with development obstacles, presents a short video that illustrates the project on "social stigmatism"

Phoebe Aina Allen: As a mystic, intuitive, astrologer, and healer, Phoebe Aina Allen has found through witnessing her own and others’ life experiences that one of the biggest obstacles to maturity is consciously or unconsciously collapsing into our emotional wounds.  Phoebe’s work is focused on healing the emotional body (wherein resides the Wounded Child) and helping people recognize their unique gifts.  She will share how astrology and energy reading and balancing can bring one into a state of full integrity, empowerment, and maturity, which allows one to know who one is, what one is, and how to fully partake in the creation of one’s personal life and the co-creation of our world.”

Brad Baker: will talk about his concept for The Nexus Project, a multi-faceted community engagement approach.

Dina Wolfman Baker: will talk about The Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project,  through which we practice and model civil discourse as a means to take on and pass on the legacy she has inherited in the power of and responsibility for open-minded discussion,  learning and action.

Marlene Archer: Marlene will give us an in-depth view of her work helping kids with autism learn to run a computer refurbishing business.

Jose Lacèn: draws on his deep religious education an beliefs to help severely disabled patients at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital spinal cord injury floor.

Carl Johnson: I have worked for years with my friend, Mary Ni, Associate Professor of Education at Salem State University, teaching people to build safe and caring communities through the development of listening skills. We have been especially successful using these techniques in diverse communities around issues of oppression. Recently Mary was invited to be a keynote speaker at a teachers’ conference in Shandong, China, where we taught and demonstrated use of these listening skills to build closer relationships.  Subsequently we presented workshops on these topics at the Peking University in Beijing, China.  Over the last thirty years we have helped people build relationships and communities at MIT, BU and Holy Cross and taught these skills at conferences. 

Elaine Kolb: Through her work as a disability rights advocate, artist and administrator, Elaine has helped many people achieve independence in a society that often makes it difficult for disabled people to be independent.

Adam Frost: Helping the world grow up by 1) crafting one's self, 2) creating nurturing and lively ecosystems, and 3) helping the individual and the society nurture and challenge each other.

Wayne Clark: Wayne, an authority on co-operative organizations, will continue last year's discussion of Process Analysis, with a view towards the macro level.

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2013 presentations:

Claude Solnik: Claude taught us to find a phrase that captures our life in just a few words, and to use that phrase as a way of knowing who we are now, and a way of learning to grow. Examples are: "Do it to them before they do it to you", "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and "Let's do it together."

Ed Chancy: Ed helped us to learn about life with a serious physical disability, and taught us about the different kinds of work that have helped him and others to thrive, in spite of many obstacles both inside and outside.

Joe Waldbaum: Joe passionately expressed his view that terminally ill people have the right to control the time and circumstances of their death. This continued the ongoing debate that emerged in the 2012 Waterlow conference (see the 2012 presentations, below).

Adam Frost: What I learned from my friendship with Manson Whitlock, typewriter repairman.

Jamie Leighton: When doing Claude's exercise (see above, Claude Solnik), Jamie chose "Poet, Lawyer, Mother, Teacher". She used her talk as an opportunity to advocate for raising the minimum working wage in Massachusetts.

Nena Odim: Helping law students learn about ethics.

Deirdre O'Neill: Teaching small children and their big parents simple ways to speak their feelings, share their stuff and work things out.

Tina Odim-O'Neill: Led us in a discussion about the role of violence in international relations-- is it necessary?

Sequoia Odim-O'Neill: How kids are using technology to communicate with each other, and do their schoolwork. We talked about how texting sometimes gets in the way of people growing.

Mary Lennon: Mary pointed out the effort to dismantle the middle class in this country, including the attacks on unions. We worked hard during the conference to contrast this disrespect with our own respectfulness and nurturing.

Tamara Safford: Tamara gave us an example of a story that about people helping each other. Tamara also showed us some pictures of her visit to Israel, and talked about the advantages and disadvantages of being on top of the hill.

Bill Himelhoch: Bill helped Adam improve his chairing of the conference, and pointed out that Palestine had been exporting fruit to Britain before the Second World War.

Caroline Bridgman-Rees: Caroline led us in a discussion about how countries mis-use their abilities by harming people in their own and other countries.

Kathleen Robinson and Andres Molina: Kathleen and Andres lent their ears and hearts to the conference.

Brad Baker: Brad taught us to care for our gardens by respecting the life that is in them, talking with the nature in our lives instead of coercing it.

Dina Wolfman Baker: Dina read from her book, I Remember Mommy's Smile and led us in a discussion about loss and healing.

Jan Green: Jan sang songs about storms and survival.

Wayne Clark: Wayne introduced us to his long-gestating work on Process Analysis, an approach to understanding that combines deep philosophy and ethical caring.

Marlene Archer: Marlene gave us an in-depth view of her work helping kids with autism learn to run a computer refurbishing business.

Julie Brandlen: Julie, who directs the Boston Nature Center, talked with us about how an archaic state mental hospital was replaced with a place for everyone in the city to learn to be friendly with nature.

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Presentations in the 2012 conference:

Claude Solnik, who works as a journalist in New York, discussed about his experience in helping to rescue an innocent men unfairly imprisoned

Bill Himelhoch discussed his work with Final Exit and Choice in Dying.

Cathy Jarcho spoke about helping an elderly parent through health care and financial complexities.

Tamara Safford spoke about growing organic gardens in two group homes in Somerville as part of a pilot project that will promote healthy living and healthy eating

Angelo Paul described how the Paul Robeson Center created an environment that helped him and his friends grow from confused kids to strong adults

Mary Lennon prepared a presenation on relying on one's Higher Power, particularly when people are being difficult

Adam Frost created a presentation showing how helping people with computers can foster fundamental social growth

Caroline Bridgman-Rees shared with us memories, work and hope from 7 decades of peace advocacy

Wayne Clark discussed his life work of advocating for co-ops as a means for world development

Marlene Archer shared her work with autistic adolescents to teach them how to refurbish donated computers

Kathleen Robinson-- founding and nurturing the Leland Community Garden

Ellen Wolfson-- visiting Nepal and exploring caste issues and the complex moral and strategic issues of helping people in foreign cultures

Rob Spencer-- the struggle to teach palliative care