By the way the theme of the conference is "Moving Across Cultures: Bringing Empathy and Expertise to the Evolving Global Family". I like the word empathy.
What does empathy do according to the Greater Good Science Center? Empathy:
- reduces prejudice and racism
- reduces bullying
- promotes heroic acts
- fights inequality
- is good for healthcare
- cuts against self-interest, people with empathy are more likely to help people in need
The conference will take place at De Bazel Cafe & Conference Centre, Vijzelstraat 32 in
|Beautiful Holland photo by DrieCulturen|
Good things seem to happen at FIGT conferences. Killian Kröll, the current chair of the FIGT board grew up as a third culture kid (TCK). He was unaware of the impact of his upbringing. During a seminar he first heard the term TCK. That moment changed his life and he found his tribe. 2011 was the first FIGT conference he attended and then he was really sure that he had found his tribe. Read more of Killian's story and the FIGT conference 2015 as written by Lauren Owen.
Just in case you have not heard of Families in Global Transitions, you can visit the FIGT website for more information. The first FIGT conference was held in 1998 and Ruth van Reken the coauthor of the book "Third Culture Kids Growing up Among Worlds" was one of the initiators.