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The heart & soul in this conference does not cease! Today starts with a wonderful Venezuelan woman Dr.America Bracho quoting Paulo Freire “Consciousness increases in the presence of contradiction.” She spoke of the fragmentation of knowledge that Universities bring. They prevent us from seeing ourselves, an issue, communities, another person holistically. We learn, practice, perfect looking through one single lens we proudly call expertise, that our personal identities should be separate from our professional identities. Talking about the importance of inclusion and representation of communities we work with in the work we do she said, “Being something, means something.” She emphasized the power of the personal.

Today, like yesterday the language used in this conference impressed me. So many words and symbols I value were referred to. Here’s a list to ponder:

Multiplicity

Co-travellers

Borderlands

Congruence

Resonance

Inspiration

Metaphor

Intimacy

Connection

Warmth

Magic

Wonderfulness

Creativity

Meaning

Strength

Dream

Stories

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