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Session Resources: MYFest 2024

MYFest 2024 sessions that have already taken place are listed below. Visit any session to find related recordings, slides, and other resources that were part of the session and its related activities. Recordings and related resources will be available as soon as possible after a session is over, but some sessions may not have any related recordings or other resources. To see upcoming and ongoing sessions, visit the full MYFest schedule.

Completed Sessions

Music and Dance!

Music and Dance!

Facilitators: Irene Maweu, Tony Carr | Wed 29 May 2024

Come and dance with us!

Readers Theater 1

Readers Theater 1

Facilitators: Laura Gibbs, Jim Stauffer, Heather Kretschmer | Thu 30 May 2024

In our first synchronous meet-up we’ll get to know each other and decide what we would like to do together. People who have done readers theater before can share their experiences, and we can decide what kinds of plays we want to read together for MYFest24, and we can also brainstorm some plays we might want to write together. And, of course, we’ll read a play. Or two!

Taste of MYFest

Taste of MYFest

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Maha Bali, Irene Maweu, Theresa Destrebecq, Yasser Atef | Fri 31 May 2024

Join us for the first community building session – meet other participants, share your hopes and expectations for MYFest, ask any questions you have. Please register in advance for this session. Click on the session name to find the registration link.

Understanding vs. Intelligence: Some (Current) Limits of AI Writers

Understanding vs. Intelligence: Some (Current) Limits of AI Writers

Facilitators: Mark Marino | Mon 3 Jun 2024

The phrase “artificial intelligence” can be quite misleading, and the difference between intelligence and understanding can be disastrous. Join this exploration of the limits of machine intelligence. Session recording and slides now available!

Calling Dr. Frankenstein: Making Custom GPT Bots

Calling Dr. Frankenstein: Making Custom GPT Bots

Facilitators: Mark Marino | Tue 4 Jun 2024

ChatGPT (and other LLMs) can be an all-purpose tool, but why use a hammer when you need a screwdriver? In this workshop, we’ll build customized GPTs to better serve your goals. Session recording and slides now available!

Healing/Compassion Circles (1)

Healing/Compassion Circles (1)

Facilitators: Theresa Destrebecq | Thu 6 Jun 2024

Healing circles are a means for people to come together for meaningful connection through deep listening and compassion. Using poetry, and other forms of creative expression, healing circles invite participants to move out of intellectual consciousness into emotional consciousness, connecting more deeply with what’s in their hearts as well as their minds. Spaces are limited so separate registration is required. Please click on the session name to find the link of the registration form.

Imagination Book Circles

Imagination Book Circles

Facilitators: Theresa Destrebecq | Mon 10 Jun 2024

Theresa Destrebecq will be facilitating a book circle on the book Imagination: A Manifesto by Ruha Benjamin. Book circles have maximum 18 participants, and we try to build community by maintaining the same set of people over the entire period. If you are planning to attend this book circle, you will need to fill out a separate registration form. Click of the session title to get to the registration link.

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (1)

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (1)

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Mon 10 Jun 2024

Join us for an hour of supporting each other’s writing… quietly… where we will kick off with 5 minutes of inspiration, give everyone about 50 minutes to work on what is important to them right now, and have 5 minutes to celebrate what we’ve accomplished today. This group is dedicated to anyone who is working on a writing project of any kind: you can work on a peer-reviewed paper, grant application, syllabus, even a really tricky email, even your creative work, a poem you want to capture, lyrics for your next song 🙂

Community Building Session

Community Building Session

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora, Yasser Atef, Theresa Destrebecq | Tue 11 Jun 2024

Join us for the first community building session — get to know other participants more deeply, imagine how to make the most of your MYFest experience together, get support on some of your pressing challenges this year.

Socially Just Care Dispositions with Mia Zamora & Maha Bali: 1/3

Socially Just Care Dispositions with Mia Zamora & Maha Bali: 1/3

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Tue 11 Jun 2024

TBA
Note: This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Voice & Silence Framework: Session 1

Voice & Silence Framework: Session 1

Facilitators: Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic, Theresa Destrebecq | Tue 11 Jun 2024

For this session, we will be using a Voice & Silence framework to explore how we ourselves, or those we educate or support, use Voice or Silence.
This framework is a four-quadrant model which distinguishes between productive und unproductive forms of Voice and Silence. It originated from the work of Amy C. Edmondson and Tijs Besieux, with the intention of helping foster high-quality conversations.
Whether in a social, traditional work or educational environment, we all share the challenges of providing the best possible balance of equal voice, diversity of thought, reflection and critical information. This framework can offer essential insights into how inclusive our meetings, training or exchanges are and why.

The Silence & Voice is a 2 part series, with asynchronous work in the middle. Again, if you are unable to attend the 1st session, it won’t make sense to attend the 2nd session as you will be missing the foundational work, and the independent writing on the break day. However, if you can only attend the first session, you’re welcome to. Click on the Session title to get to the registration link.

Voice & Silence Framework: Asynchronous Work

Voice & Silence Framework: Asynchronous Work

Facilitators: Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic, Theresa Destrebecq | Wed 12 Jun 2024

Asynchronous preparation for Session 2
Writing of experiments using a dedicated Google slide deck

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (2)

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (2)

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Wed 12 Jun 2024

Join us for an hour of supporting each other’s writing… quietly… where we will kick off with 5 minutes of inspiration, give everyone about 50 minutes to work on what is important to them right now, and have 5 minutes to celebrate what we’ve accomplished today. This group is dedicated to anyone who is working on a writing project of any kind: you can work on a peer-reviewed paper, grant application, syllabus, even a really tricky email, even your creative work, a poem you want to capture, lyrics for your next song 🙂

8 Capacities of Self-Compassion

8 Capacities of Self-Compassion

Facilitators: Hanan Sabry | Thu 13 Jun 2024

To live a meaningful, happy and fulfilled life, we as adults take the charge and responsibility to heal ourselves from whatever made us disconnected from our essence. We take the lead to restore our authentic self to accept who we are and acknowledge our unmet needs and unattended emotions; some of us feel unsafe, unseen, unaccepted or unworthy; some feel not good enough to show up to the world as who we are; gradually and subconsciously we developed a survival persona with its various coping mechanisms to feel safe and significant.

Some of us have developed a selfless pattern of behaviors and some have developed selfish patterns. Becoming awakened through pain and struggles, some of us are ready to see and perceive that self-kindness is crucial for health & growth. Our journey with understanding our 8 capacities gives us safe spaces to reach out to ourselves and expand our inner wisdom to restore our self-concept and reconstruct our beliefs; a new set of beliefs that enables us to break the cycle of unhealthy patterns and move forward in-life.

I have created the need for developing the 8 capacities within us out of my own personal wisdom of how self compassion is crucial to receiving and living a healthier life. I was able to connect, feel and heal. I have progressed on reclaiming my inner wisdom and enjoyed a new reality of becoming self compassionate. Recording and slides now available.

Voice & Silence Framework: Session 2

Voice & Silence Framework: Session 2

Facilitators: Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic, Theresa Destrebecq | Fri 14 Jun 2024

Session 2: In this follow-up session, we will be • sharing our experiments with each other • cross-checking the experiments with the insights from Session 1 • refining and fine-tuning our experiments to plug-and-play Takeaways At the end of both sessions, you will have a more diverse understanding of how people contribute and what they need to do so productively. In addition, you will have a collection of experiments to use for your own work environments. In this follow-up session, we will be • sharing our experiments with each other • cross-checking the experiments with the insights from Session 1 • refining and fine-tuning our experiments to plug-and-play Takeaways At the end of both sessions, you will have a more diverse understanding of how people contribute and what they need to do so productively. In addition, you will have a collection of experiments to use for your own work environments.

Working Effectively with People & Institutions That Are Resistant to Change (Workshop)

Working Effectively with People & Institutions That Are Resistant to Change (Workshop)

Facilitators: Katherine Yngve | Wed 19 Jun 2024

This hour-long interactive workshop will introduce 3 approaches to working effectively with change-resistors & work through a case study together, with plenty of time for reflection and sharing. Outcome: lowered frustration for trainers and aspiring change-makers. Session recording, worksheets, and slides now available!

¡Sí, Se Puede! A Workshop on Recognizing One’s Personal Power for Advancing Social Justice

¡Sí, Se Puede! A Workshop on Recognizing One’s Personal Power for Advancing Social Justice

Facilitators: Katherine Yngve | Thu 20 Jun 2024

In the face of systems of oppression, it’s easy to feel down-trodden and hopeless. In this workshop, we will identify types of power, what our power-style might be, and build solidarity and mental well-being for/with one another. Session recording and slides now available!

Poems and Pedagogy: Using Poetry to Reflect and Learn in Higher Education and Beyond

Poems and Pedagogy: Using Poetry to Reflect and Learn in Higher Education and Beyond

Facilitators: Sam Illingworth | Fri 21 Jun 2024

This interactive session will look at poetry and how it can be used to support reflective practice and learning in higher education and beyond. Session recording and slides now available!

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Baking and Cooking

Facilitators: Heather Kretschmer, Kathy Chandler | Sat 22 Jun 2024

Join us for a low-key session dedicated to baking and cooking. Bring your own recipe to bake/cook in your kitchen and share with other participants. Recipes can be also be shared via Padlet or the Slack baking-cooking channel before the session so that others can buy ingredients to try out a new recipe during the session. Feel free to join and leave at any time during the 90-minute session, and of course, family members are very welcome! Even if you don’t want to bake or cook during the session, we encourage you to come and chat with the group. If participants find the session enjoyable, we’ll be happy to organize a second baking and cooking session.

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