On the first page of the presentation we have taken over what had been elaborated by Paris-Dourdan for the PCA2019 Forum, because we’ve considered it very very valuable.
Why “Building Bridges”. To reach the most disparate parts of the world and connect, embrace, welcome. The parts of the world: ourselves and our parts, the exchange from person-to-person, from person to group, from group to group, from Country to Country. This is possible thanks to the Quiet Revolution. Rogers has been defined a “Quiet Revolutionary” and he wrote that: “To the degree that each of us is willing to be himself, then he finds not only himself changing, but he finds other people to whom he relates are also changing” and thus he finds that he’s changing the world too. Like many waves generated by a flat pebble thrown into the water. And, in our experience, with the values and spirit of the Person-Centered Approach – empathy, congruence, unconditional acceptance, trust above all – this is possible.
The Forum is a place for sharing knowledge and personal experiences. From its origins the Forum’s objective has been to promote contributions to the theory of the Person-Centered Approach. Therefore, in this Italian Forum “Building Bridges”, it was very important to present in-depth and theoretical works and not just experiential works. The Forum is an encounter of people around the values of the Person-Centered Approach and its main aspect is what is experienced in the relationship between people.
The equality of all members and the creativity that is born in freedom are above all emphasized.
The Quiet Revolution Movement wishes to bring these values and the spirit of Forum to Italy, in order for these to embrace as many people as possible and sprout in the future.
Living the Forum in a residential form is fully part of the experience: “We make life together” says Alberto Segrera, at all levels, even informal and entertaining. Everyone is free to participate in the Community Groups or to follow the works presented by the participants.
In the morning, a shorter group meeting or “Weather Bulletin” was held opening the day, as well as on arrival on November 8th 2022 and departure on November 13th 2022: in this “Bulletin” the Community organizes and regulates itself. The Community Group was held every evening. Both groups are open to all participants.
The role of the Organizing Commission only had to bring the Community together, which, once reunited, was responsible for itself and its own decisions.
4 were the rooms for the presentation of the works.
The works, papers, seminars, small or large groups, workshops presented have been proposed by the participants themselves. All are at the same level. Everyone, as he/she sees fit, proposes to present his/her work during the Forum itself. There are therefore no pre-established conference programs.
As for the languages spoken in the Forum, even if Italian and English were the most used, everyone can speak in their own language. The mutual help between the participants is part of the spirit of the Forum and allows to overcome communication difficulties.
The venue, Borgo di Tragliata, is a village of ancient Etruscan origins, about 40 km from Rome and 30 from Fiumicino. The transfer from Fiumicino, Ciampino or Termini station has been organized and included in the cost of the Forum. There were single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, at different costs, for a total of 200 participants who were half that number due to covid and war.
We would have loved to make discounted rates for those coming from the most distant countries but unfortunately from an organizational and accounting point of view, this was not possible. We therefore warmly invited those who consider it necessary, to request contributions to the Solidarity Fund.