Day 4: Conference Conversation

Our virtual conference draws to a close today, but we hope your participation and engagement throughout the week has a lasting impact on your ability to adapt, grow, and thrive during times of change. For now, we have one more exciting day of sessions and conversations!

Rosemarie Allen uses the example of children’s school experiences to discuss implicit bias and its impact on our interactions with others. Whether working with children or adults, our ability to be aware of our biases is a crucial first step in positively changing our work and home environments.

Jones Loflin uses a gardening analogy to illustrate the elements essential to getting change moving and in the right direction. He discusses a sustainable approach to change, including ways to accelerate change and the need to celebrate even small success in the change process.

Finally, Jones will join Andy Crocker in our conference capnote session. This session is designed to let you, our conference participants, lead the discussion. Our moderators want to hear about your takeaways from the week! Please share your insights as we conclude a week of learning and prepare to return to our workdays ready to embrace, support, and create change.

What struck you about today’s sessions? What are you thinking about sharing during the capnote? Don’t be shy! Please share your thoughts below as a comment.

-Brigitte Scott,
Director of Program Development and Evaluation, MFLN

10 Replies to “Day 4: Conference Conversation”

  1. Rose-Marie Allen’s presentation was a nice reminder of the following:
    -self-reflection/awareness can help mitigate the harmful effects of implicit bias
    -having a posture of curiosity about “bad behaviors” or behaviors that push our buttons can help us to reframe in strength-based ways; this can help us make sense of the behavior in context rather than negatively label or pathologies

    I really appreciated Dr. Allen’s personal stories/examples to help drive home her important points and the stories/experiences shared in the chat pod by fellow participants of the session. Powerful stuff!

  2. In Dr. Rosemarie Allen’s session, I thought the ladder of Inference was such a great tool for becoming aware of our own implicit biases.

    I can see myself using this tool to become aware of my own biases in a number of different situations.

  3. Jone’s Loflin planted a few new seeds of inspiration into my change-oriented thinking:

    -“We keep bringing in mechanics when what we need are gardeners.” ~Peter Senge

    -Important questions when breaking ground: What do you know, what do you think you know, and what do you not know?

    -Growing change necessitates facilitating conditions where people can thrive.

    -A plant (or a change) will only grow as fast as its most limiting input.

    -Importance of setting your sensible vision (similar to setting your intentions)

    -Importance of pruning (cutting back) so that we can spend more time and energy necessary shifts/changes (growing forward).

  4. Jones made some fantastic points throughout his session on how to cultivate change! I have never been a gardener and have always considered myself to have the opposite of a green thumb, whatever that may be. But change is something that I feel I have always been able to understand! However, marrying the concepts of horticulture and change made me see myself in a very different light! Perhaps I do, in fact, have a green thumb, but never understood that the needs of plants are just the same as the needs of change! Growing, cultivating, pruning, and harvesting- these words all make so much more sense now for me! Two of the biggest takeaways for me from this session: “Create a sensible vision. Give people the opportunity to experience what they will HAVE when the change has been made.” (This ties back to the session with Barbara and Judy when they talked about change having to make sense) And, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time… is now!” I believe I will now go and plant that tree! Thank you so much, Jones, for the engaging, insightful, and inspiring session!

    1. Bari–thanks for the reminder…yes, having a vision of what you want to achieve is critical!!!! How do I know when I get there if I don’t know where I’m going????

  5. I loved loved loved Dr. Rosemarie Allen’s ladder. I will be using that! I was saddened by the statistics around the number of our youngest children being punished for child like behaviors.

  6. Jones Loflin did a great job of comparing making changes to growing plants…so many ways to see similarities. If we can think about growing change, and accept that change takes time, effort, pruning (one hard thing to do is to leave behind people who don’t support your change), and did I say TIME? I think we can appreciate the effort it takes and be kind to ourselves during the process.

  7. I loved the statement Andrew made in the wrap up session about acting on what we have learned this week NOW rather than waiting.

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