Human development professionals from four continents will converge in Dublin, September 14th-16th for P20 Talks 2014. Billed as “The World’s Only Professional Conference for Life Skills Educators,” P20 Talks is structured around the concept of Life Skills Report Cards and advocates a more proactive educational process for skills that have traditionally fallen under the generic umbrella of “parenting.”
The conference is organised by LinkedIn’s top ranked parenting group – Parenting 2.0.(P20) – that counts 5000 professionals in over seventy countries as members. P20 Talks presentations diverge from traditional parent conferences by advocating parents embrace the wisdom of third party educators for Life Skills in the same manner they routinely do for academics, sports and music.
“Take any persistent, pervasive, problem,” says Parenting 2.0 Founder Marlaine Cover, “and you will find its roots in an inferior educational process. Societies around the globe routinely prepare adults to respond to crisis in the Life Skills arenas – lawyers, doctors, military – but they do not proactively teach children skills necessary to avoid crisis in the first place.”
Thirty “Thought Leaders”, from the US, India, Australia, and Europe, will address topics ranging from digital safety, financial literacy, and interpersonal communication – all with the goal of establishing new standards for human development in the twenty-first century.
Evidenced by the group’s more than 200 Ambassadors in over 100 cities around the globe, and Cover’s book about their advocacy “Kissing the Mirror: Raising Humanity in the Twenty-first Century” status as an Amazon bestseller, the self-described “Grassroots consciousness movement” shows promise of success.
The first P20 Talks Conference, a bi-annual international event, was held in San Diego, California in 2012. Organisers selected the Castleknock Resort and Hotel in Dublin for P20 Talks 2014. P20 Talks 2016 will be in Sydney, Australia. “Our list of Thought Leaders – which includes Social Workers, Psychologists, Teachers, Digital Safety and Financial Literacy experts – represent the types of professionals that will find P20 Talks well worth their investment, says Cover. Conference and Registration details can be found here.
I am honoured to be a part of this awesome family and making a presentation in Dublin.