CONVERSATIONS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
New for 2017: Talking Together Training
From the Opening Remarks on January 24, 2017 at the Carnegie Center, Lexington, KY
My name is Kay Collier McLaughlin- and I’d like you to join me in work that can make a promise to the future of our planet; indeed, can help insure that there will be a future for our planet!
Who am I to make such an outrageous invitation? I am a woman in Kentucky who has spent her adult life pioneering, and believe those cumulative experiences have led me to this critical work we are called to today. I have been a human relations trainer since 1968. I’m not sure whether my growing up as the musician child of the University of Kentucky’s football coach or a doctorate in psychology has been most helpful to my work! Both led me to a life of activism and pioneering in advocacy and development of new ways of bringing harmony to a broken world.
I don’t claim that Talking Together is the ONLY way to learn to talk together in a very divided world – but it is A way we know has worked in many systems across the United States. I know that you who are reading these words have had many great kinds of trainings and experiences as leaders. I do not want to indicate that anyone comes to this work as neophyte to the ‘experts.’ What we are offering in Talking Together is a common vocabulary and practices to strengthen all of our efforts.
On New Year’s morning I watched one of the most intriguing sessions of Face the Nation. It began with a panel of authors of four books about four different experiences of being an American , followed by a panel of journalists. The host of Face the Nation said that one of his great hopes was that people have been stirred out of lethargy to activism; and that his great fear was that without collaboration and planning for how we can do this together, our efforts will be fragmented and lose their strength.
Talking Together is a way of collaborating to strengthen our efforts every day, wherever we are, whoever we are.