I had my own “convergence” at the recent Convergence Conference held June 21-24 by Engage at Kheprw Institute’s EcoCenter, Indianapolis. Engage transforms learning experiences into connections/action among world peoples for sustainability. [See http://globalgrassroots.wordpress.com]
Convergence gathered around 30 young women from as far as Oregon and New York. It also gathered several ideas and experiences I’ve had over the last 18 months which formed a gestalt in my mind June 23.
The basis of this insight began in March 2011. I overheard women at Medgar Evers College (Brooklyn) who were enthusiastically discussing the part women were playing in the Egyptian revolution.
On the Sunday morning’s news, 2 distinguished Middle-Eastern women (an academic and a politician) spoke of the empowerment they were experiencing and the new role women would be playing in changing an Arab-Muslim world. (Now I know why the 2011 Time magazine person of the year was the female Middle-East revolutionary.)
My June 23 Convergence insight came while listening in on a session where participants were discussing what they’d do after the event. They were trying to balance individual vs. group needs/actions. How would they stay in touch? Would they meet before Convergence 2013? What was next? That’s when I began to realize what was possible.