Temenos Conference Presentation: Colin Lago
|2 degrees of connectedness|
This was a wonderful, passionate, humorous and warm presentation, which skipped gently from topic to topic like a butterfly from flower to flower. In similar vein, these are just some of the impressions, thoughts, ideas, nuggets of wisdom I gleaned (not even attempting to do justice to the glory of the presenter and the presentation):
- Irish proverb: this room is not full of strangers, this room is full of potential friends.
- Story about Japanese woman giving an impromptu and generous welcome to Colin, giving her fan. What sort of welcome do we give to people? I want to be more welcoming, and giving – I like giving, so I will try to give more.
- Sacred spaces – classrooms/the online space – personhood
- There wasn’t a chance, but I wanted to ask how Colin responded to critics of his imputed naivety as a person-centred practitioner whilst a young man – what did he say and what would he say now?
- Colin spoke about connectedness – 6 degrees of separation or rather turned on its head, degrees of connectedness – and because Colin was present at Carl Rogers’ 70th birthday address to the American Psychological Association (and no pussycat, he railed at them to get out there where people are!) I am now only 2 degrees of connectedness from the great Carl Rogers – that is pretty amazing to me and I’m grateful to Colin for having been there, then and now.
- Mental distress is all about errors in communication or connectivity – reference? Carol? Also wrote modes of meeting rogers buber
- Relatedness is powerful, the quality of the relationship is all.
- Back to Rogers at the conference – he was attentive but not defensive – focus on the quality of communications.
- Diversity – 108 nationalities live in Sheffield – how many in Brum?