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Seattle University
Seattle, WA
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Our themes include:

The value of vacations
Time for Parks in celebration of the Centennial of the U.S. National Park Service
Changing Education
Time and Freedom
Time and Happiness
Time and Social Connection
Time and Health
Time and Technology
Time and Justice
Time and the Environment
Positive Changes in Business
Progress on Family and Sick Leave
Changing Workplaces
Changing Policy
Changing Culture
Time and Democracy
The historical fight for leisure

Time for Parks and a trip to Mt. Rainier or a day of Happiness Initiative Leadership Training.

Our 3 day conference begins on Thursday evening, August 25th, just two days after the American Sociological Meeting in Seattle ends. August 25th is the actual Centennial date for the National Park Service, and we will be offering attendees who show up early two options: a day excursion (affordable additional charge) to Mt. Rainier National Park, about 2.5 hours from Seattle. Mt. Rainier is an amazing place, a 14,410-foot volcano surrounded by vast gleaming glaciers, beautiful flower-strewn meadows and lovely small lakes. Well leave by bus from Seattle University at 8:30 a.m., giving us 4-5 hours in the park before we have to head back. If you have never been there (or even if you have!) you are in for a treat at this spectacular National Park, one of the nations oldest (created in 1899).  The other option is a Happiness Initiative Leadership Training, initiated in 2010, this training gives you the tools, knowledge and resources for direct action for social change and transformation for a new economic paradigm in your community, company, campus or city. The training will focus on issue of time balance.

Thursday reception

The official conference will start Thursday evening with a welcoming reception and time to meet your co-conference-goers. The main program starts on Friday morning with a plenary session including a keynote speaker, three other plenary presenters and four mini (six minute) Pecha Kucha-style presentations, as well as an extended networking/coffee break. Plenaries will be held only on Friday and Saturday morning to ensure wider engagement and greater choice of topics for attendees.

Interested in Presenting?

Pecha Kucha-style sessions. Pecha Kuchas, a concept pioneered in Japan, are fast-paced visual presentations on a topic that included 20 power point slides and 20 seconds of commentary on each slide. They are fast and entertaining ways to engage the audience with a topic and stir interest. Please let us know if youd like to present one!

Poster sessions. During the lunch break, anyone who would like to do a poster session will be welcome to do so in a classroom reserved for group tables and poster sessions. Poster sessions are a way for individuals who are not doing a plenary talk or workshop to present some of their research to the wider conference audience.

Afternoon workshops. Afternoons will be filled with two sets of 90-minute breakout sessions and another extended coffee break. The first breakouts (eight for each session) each afternoon will be two-four person panels relating to the above conference themes. We will be able to accommodate about 40-50 total workshop panelists, who will have10-15 minutes to present, followed by small group conversations and large group discussions. If you are interested in being on a panel, please contact John at jodg@comcast.net.

The second set of breakout sessions will be facilitated conversations to allow the entire audience to brainstorm, network and add their ideas. The focus will be on building a larger movement for work-leisure balance and how we all work effectively in the futurepossible partnerships, funding opportunities, creating Take Back Your Time Day events, reaching media, needed research, promotion, etc. We will collect all ideas and share them in a document after the conference. This will be an opportunity for each of you to talk about your own work and how it connects to Take Back Your Time. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by Take Back Your Time board members.

Evening sessions. After dinner, evening sessions will include a Friday night keynote, additional Pecha Kucha sessions and films and videos.

The conference will end on Saturday evening, so participants may return home on Sunday unless you want to hang around and vacation in sunny Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. This is truly our best time of year, weather wise and the mountain trails are all free of snow!

Cost. Low-cost facilities at Seattle University enable us to offer this conference for a lower conference fee than most. The cost of the conference for all 3 DAYS will be:

$125 before April 30
$150 before June 30
$175 final pass price

Low income and student rates will be $50 less than regular rates.

Day passes will be available at $50 less than the full conference fee ($75/day)

Accommodations and Food. Conference goers are welcome to stay with friends or in hotels, etc. but Seattle University provides low cost accommodations and meals. We will have more information on this soon, but you will be able to obtain lodging and meals for a total of $60-$100 a day depending on choice of accommodation. The caterer, Bon Apetit, offers an excellent choice of vegetarian, local and organic food.
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Seattle University (View)
Seattle University 901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
United States



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