Learning Diagonal Conference: June 29, 2013 ~ Ashland, VA
WHAT: The first ever Learning Diagonal Conference!
WHEN: June 29, 2013 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
WHERE: Patrick Henry YMCA; Ashland, VA
WHO: Families Welcome (Ages 9+)
NOTE: BYO Food/Drink or skip out to nearby restaurants for lunch. Casual Dress.
Learn. Play. Discover. Imagine. Connect. Share.
Dynamic, insightful presentations followed by personal and group challenges.
Brain Games, Strategic Thinking, Creativity Development and more…
If you stepped outside of your comfort zone, what could you do?
We have been talking to friends, family, customers and chess camp participants about why we are so crazy about chess. Of course, we believe that chess really is awesome. However, the main reason we love it is because it presents ongoing, ever increasing challenges. The better you get, the deeper the strategies you can learn, the better opponents you can play, etc. And, acceptance of that challenge improves not only chess skills, but cognitive and life skills. For example, chess teaches you things about how your particular brain works (and how to work with it), how to pursue a challenging goal, your personal strengths and weaknesses, etc. Obviously, chess is not the only activity that provides opportunities to push ourselves past our preconceived limits to find out what is possible. When we talk to other people that are excited about sharing their passions with others, it is often for the same reasons that we love chess. That led us to think how cool it would be to gather some of these people together with some awesome participants and see what magic might happen. So, we asked some of the most inspiring, interesting and passionate people we know to volunteer their time and they did! We all agreed that this event will be FREE. You will have to register as we will have limited slots. We didn’t want payment to be a roadblock for anyone. Come experiment with us!
The Learning Diagonal conference is designed to inspire individual and collective action to change ourselves and the world. Our speakers are passionate experts and cutting-edge thinkers who push the envelope of what is possible and bring out the best in others through active participation in shared experiential learning opportunities. Our attendees are curious, energetic participants who come ready to shape the experience with their own ideas, skills and expertise. No one at our conference is a passive vessel. Everyone leaves ready to change themselves and the world. The conference is designed based on the following beliefs:
- Maximum growth is achieved by challenging perceived fears and limits in order to approach new learning opportunities with the confidence and enthusiasm necessary to significantly shorten the learning curve.
- High-level achievement is facilitated by strong personal and community relationships, emotional competence, values-driven action and personal development.
- The best learning methods are effective across disciplines. While excellence in a particular discipline is achieved by dedicated and focused training, cross-training is the best method for keeping the mind and body in a continuous state of active learning.
- Physical and mental training are both essential to accelerating the learning curve.
About the day: Leaders may offer dynamic and insightful presentations followed by a personal or group challenge, an opportunity to learn by doing. We will not be sitting and passively taking in information. We will explore, discover, play and learn together. While domain-specific skills may be taught, the overarching goal is to provide an opportunity to challenge one’s self, to learn skills that apply to whatever your goals are.
For more information, click on the conference link above.
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