In these times of disruption and challenge, we are constantly asked to explore our assumptions and the ways we engage the world. The theory and practice of transformative learning provides a home in which you can further explore this and contribute to the ongoing evolution of transformative learning.
We invite educators, consultants, facilitators, practitioners, researchers and students from around the world to join in exploring the nature and practice of transformative learning at the intersections.
The Origin of the Theme This theme is derived from both the significance of the host location, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA, and from the provocative work of the XI conference, “Spaces of Transformation and Transformation of Space” where we asked ourselves how we shape our spaces and how they shape us. In 2016, as a conference community we move from exploring the spaces of transformation to now exploring the intersectional potential of those spaces.
Transformative Learning and the Theme Fundamentally, an intersection in the context of human activity is where disparate ideas, activities and systems jostle for attention. The robust image of the town square comes to mind as the primary intersection where people come together for commerce, debate, worship, governance, entertainment, socializing, protest and more. Thus the square and its intersecting pathways are alive with energy, activity, clash and chaos.
To take the metaphor further, intersections can also be places of innovation as well as the location of disparity. Intersections are places of contact and connection at many different levels and in many contexts simultaneously: individuals, cultures, races/ethnicities, organizations, institutions, professions, disciplines, nations, and systems. Intersections are full of possibilities for transformation and influence. A primary question of our work is how can we be more intentional and creative in our interactions at these points of connection for the purpose of transformative learning?
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