Transitions are curious creatures. It doesn’t matter if the change comes suddenly or drags out over the course of, let’s just say perhaps, two-plus years because of a global pandemic. That change can catch you off guard…and perhaps, leave you bewildered. There’s that moment of panic where the only question on your mind is, “Okay, now what?” Moving backward to how things were before is always tempting because nostalgia and selective memory long for the good ol’ times that never actually happened. Standing still is also alluring because we may not like where we are, but at least we know the ground under our feet. There is comfort and stability in knowing the problem. Moving forward, however, is scary even when you know it’s the right direction. Forward is full of mystery, risk, failure, and adventure. Forward is the space where we put what we’ve learned to work – when we reimagine, reconnect, and restart our vision for our communities. Join us for POD22, either online or in Seattle, as we create a space to start something new and incredible.
This year, we as an organization will re:imagine our approach to conferencing by offering an online conference experience and an on-ground experience in Seattle. One POD Network, two distinct paths grounded in a shared community. As we take a risk in re:imagining how we do conferencing, we ask you to take that risk with us. We invite you to submit proposals that share your “Re:” moments. Those places in your centers, departments, institutions, and in yourselves where you decided to reimagine, reconnect, and restart your plans, priorities, and practices. We hope you will join us and encourage you to submit proposals inspired by the following questions: