Fall 2021 Virtual Gathering

October 21, 2021

3:00pm – 6:00pm EDT

via Zoom

Greetings, All –

While the conference is scheduled for April of next year, a part of the conference actually began a few months ago when a small group of about 30 participants gathered in a virtual environment to name some of the important unanswered questions in transformative learning and education.

Using a modified Open Space Technology, the group identified the following shared concerns: 

  • How could what we know about transformational theory assist those who are working within the domain(s) of diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • Why do individuals, organizations, and communities resist transformation?
  • In what ways do we transform the educational space to address democracy?
  • In what ways can transformative learning (transformation) help communities create a more sustainable environment/ learning organization?
  • How can transformative learning de-radicalize societies and create safer spaces of belonging and recognition for individuals?

We are now ready to continue this conversation with an expanded number of practitioners, scholars, and activists. We invite you to be one of these participants.

This time together has several outcomes. While we hope the gathering itself will foster a deeper understanding of these questions and facilitate expanded connections, we will also provide a path for participants to continue and share this work at the conference on April 6 – 9, 2022.

If you wish to participate, please pre-register by clicking the “Register” button below.

In addition, if you are interested in expanding your role with the conference and wish to volunteer your time to be on one of our four working committees, please communicate your interest by clicking the “Volunteer” the button below. The committees include:

  • Communications and Marketing
  • International Outreach
  • Hospitality
  • Diversity and Inclusion

We look forward to fostering rich dialogue and a coming together of a diverse population of people concerned with the development of a better understanding of the theory and practice of transformative learning. We hope to see you online later this month or at the conference next April.


Frank Conner, PhD, Co-Chair
John Dirkx, PhD, Co-Chair