In the Future
How do you see the future of the IPEA evolving ?
Actually, that is a really good question and will be part of our next IPEA newsletter which will be in the form of a 'long read'.
The IPEA has been in existence April 2010, nearly 11 years. It is time to consider how it moves into the future.
Hi Phil! It's clear that IPEA serves and amazing purpose and has reached so many. Thinking about the future - I wonder what are your thoughts about how to bring Polarity to the Global South and to actively promote teachers and students from minority groups?
From my own perspective I can imagine wanting and perhaps needing to step back from my role as the main driving energy behind the IPEA. I am supported by Morag Campbell, Liz Ferrara, Ruby Hand, Deidre Youngs, Preeti Salamanou and in the past by Suellen Trumbour Cheney, Heather Principe and Carol Ann Lucia. John Beaulieu is always available to give support and guidance. Yet age creeps upon us all and priorities change and I do want to ensure the IPEA continues into the future.
That is a great question. Somehow it feels as if the southern hemisphere gets forgotten and the idea of reaching minority groups is a deep concern. I have recently been wondering if the IPEA does not need to become more pro-active in promoting and supporting trainings.
That would be great. The pandemic has also proven the merits of virtual gatherings to some degree in their cost effectiveness and ability to reach those unable to afford travel and expensive retreats. Perhaps we could focus on smaller regional gatherings or training in nodes in each region to expand outward. I am thinking Mexico for Latin America, Indonesia for Asia-Pacific, and South Africa/Rwanda for Africa, for example. In Europe and N. America have more dedicated BIPOC-led or focused workshops to get the word out. It would also be cool after the pandemic to do a 'back to the roots' global gathering in Northern India - just fantasizing LOL.
Yes it is true the growth of online learning during the last 12 months has been phenomenal. I think the challenge is always going to be that you need some hands on work before you could get your certificate. Chris McGrath opened up Indonesia with his Polarity training there. Hopefully, that group can continue. I did a lot of training in South Africa in the 1990s but it has died away there. The multi-cultural groups we had there were extraordinary and broke down a lot of barriers. It was rather humbling to have white English, Afrikaans and people of colour from Soweto all working together. Polarity can truly cross boundaries. Cost is always an issue but with online learning that can be reduced dramatically, making it more accessible.
Many years back I almost got to do a training based in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with the Afar people. I have always regretted that it did not come to fruition. Maruti Seidman who passed away in March last year did a lot of training in Latin America. Most countries are often opened up to Polarity by one pioneering teacher but often the trainings do not continue. You need local teachers.