Boston Nature Center, October 18th-19th, 2019
500 Walk Hill Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02126
for information, please call Adam Frost, one of the conference co-ordinators, at 617-522-1049, or click here to email.
Register for the conference here:
Registration for October 18th-19th, 2019 conference at the Boston Nature Center (you can pay by credit card or paypal here, or call Adam to arrange to pay by check or volunteer work). The regular fee is $40 per household. If you are on a tight budget, choose one of the lower fees.
An introductory note from Adam:
My high school history teacher, Charlotte Waterlow,
died several years ago in
In 2013-2018 we held our annual conferences, which continued some themes and introduced new ones.
As with the last seven 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.
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.
Tentative Schedule for the October 2019th conference:
Saturday, October 18th:
the day starts at 9 am and goes to 4 pm.
9 am-- Introductions, making sure everyone has what they need.
9:30 am-- Remembering and learning from Charlotte Waterlow
led by Charlotte's friends and colleagues, including a reading from Caroline Bridgman-Rees and a talk by Adam Frost
10 am - 3:45 pm talks, eating, a nature walk, and chatting
4pm- People are encouraged to walk and visit the sanctuary together. The building closes at 5 pm.
Sunday, October 19th:
10 am-- meet and get re-acquainted
10:30 am - 1 pm Talks, presentations, and discussions
1 pm - 2 pm lunch and poetry reading, and music performed by participants
2 pm - 4 pm Talks, presentations and discussions
4 pm - nature walk and au revoir till next year
Here are the talks from the 2018 conference:
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
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
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
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
Marlene Archer: Marlene will give us an in-depth view of her work helping kids with autism learn to run a computer refurbishing business.
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
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
Bill Himelhoch: Bill helped Adam improve his chairing of the
conference, and pointed out that
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.
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
Presentations in the 2012 conference:
Claude Solnik, who works as a journalist in
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
Angelo Paul described how the
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
Ellen Wolfson-- visiting
Rob Spencer-- the struggle to teach palliative care