Thriving Communities will be holding our seventh annual conference at Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island.
We work to meet the needs of individuals, families, and local communities, in nurturing a sense of belonging, a capacity for resilience, and the ability to thrive, in this time of global change. TCI strives to reveal the vastness of that opportunity, as well as the ways in which change in one place can have a domino effect on communities everywhere.
Conference attendees will meet individuals and hear and their stories of building a larger awareness of the challenges faced today as well as replicable, proven answers to those challenges. The gathering will bring together a growing group of leaders and activists representing diverse ages, backgrounds, and communities from our bioregion and beyond. The examples shared during this conference can serve as a catalyst to improve and energize the work done in different communities.
Through video storytelling and thriving gatherings our focus is to share stories of common people (grassroots leaders) doing the uncommon work (thriving work) for the common good (community benefit). This work is meant to be shared with any person in any community or community member who is searching for possible answers to challenging community issues. Food, local economic opportunities, housing, health, sustainable resources such as water are part of this network of stories of people who quietly (mostly under the radar) make amazing things happen creating a connected and thriving community.
Join us on Wednesday, March 15, the night before the conference, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for a celebration of and introduction to the 2017 conference and to view two new videos focused on local organizations Mother Mentors and Healing Circles.
The first day of the conference, Thursday, will bring workshops on film and journalism, moving from passion to action, and the ‘how-to’ and ‘why’ your stories should be published. The evening will focus on ‘Thriving Works’ looking at three different organizations focused on interests as diverse as growing farmers, food distribution, and providing a community of healing support.
Friday is filled with inspirational conversation from those who have inspired thriving approaches in different communities. Mixed in will be ample time for an exchange of information in smaller conversational groups and ‘the Marketplace’ where we recognize the power of the new (non-financial) economy in sharing and exchanging our personal and professional strengths. In the evening, audience members will hear about the potential of community foundations, a growing trend in the region inspired by Mauri Ingram ED of the Whatcom Community Foundation
Saturday, the conclusion of the conference includes a workshop on media and an exploration of community activism ….how each of us can make a difference. Ample time will allow connection, exchange and collaboration.
Remember: this is a family friendly event. We believe a community isn’t a thriving community unless all generations are present.
The cost is $165, with scholarships and multi-generational discounts available. Conference registration fees and tax-deductible donations help fund TCI’s ongoing work, and allow scholarships to be offered to participants in financial need.