A year of dialogue

(http://psychologybenefits.org/2015/05/13/conferences-as-community-builders/)

My reflections on the Work, Stress, and Health Conference, May 2015, Atlanta

Positive social change is and should be measured in much more tangible ways than talk, but meaningful dialogue is often a seed planter for action and a tool for building community. In looking back at the past year, I am grateful for numerous opportunities to connect with extraordinary individuals who are engaged in projects and initiatives to bring dignity, well-being, and social justice into our workplaces, communities, and institutions.

Many of these conversations occurred at conferences, workshops, and meetings (face-to-face and virtual) in the U.S. and abroad. Here are some of the highlights, with links to earlier pieces about the respective events:

Out of these gatherings came an array of collaborations, projects, and partnerships to be shared among the participants. For me they included, among other things, the seeds for a major writing project on workplace bullying, plans for building the therapeutic jurisprudence community, and ideas for legislative advocacy to support the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. Taken as a whole, they represented a wonderful blend of people, ideas, and commitment.

Group photo, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies workshop (photo: Anna Strout)

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies workshop, December 2015, New York City

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