Thank you to everyone who took the time to support CPPA2012, the first conference of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. We were thrilled to see so many people who attended, tweeted, Facebooked and positively vibed us. (Yes, I made up that last phrase…)
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of preparation for the conference, and, admittedly, a bit of a blur. All I know is that somehow I got to Toronto on Thursday, spent all of Friday and Saturday on my feet meeting incredible people, and now it’s Sunday.
Some of the feedback that people gave to me and other members of the Board:
- the speakers were top-notch
- the venue was gorgeous
- the weather was amazing (we special-ordered that…)
- the keynotes were fabulous
- the science was strong
- the applications were creative and true to the science
- the variety of topics was meaningful
- the volunteers were friendly, helpful, and positive
- the conference ran on-time and very smoothly
- there was a natural high buzz in the venue the entire time
- the conference delegates were all fabulous to meet
And if it was just one person who told us this, we might think they were being nice. But, as the Board sat down at our celebratory dinner last night, we shared stories over and over and over again of people who came up to compliment the conference – and several people called it the “best conference” they had ever been to.
So if you missed it, become a member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association because we will be posting presentations (all the ones we have permission to post) on our members website. Also, check out the #CPPA2012 Twitter stream – several attendees were kind enough to tweet from their respective sessions and keynotes.
Our plan is to alternate years with IPPA and their next World Congress is in 2013, so stay tuned to CPPA to see what our 2014 conference plans are! In the meantime, the hope is to start creating regional chapters and special interest groups along professional and personal interest lines. Keep in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook and through our website to learn more and how you can be involved if you wish.
Bottom line: the conference was amazing. We created a lovely positive bubble where people learned, connected, grew, flourished and re-energized to go out into the world to do good. We couldn’t have hoped for anything better than that.
Starting July 29, I will be attending a Neuroscience boot camp at the University of Pennsylvania. The curriculum is intense, and I hope to have time to blog about it. The boot camp lasts 10 days and I will be learning about fMRI technology as well as parts of the brain and how it functions. I also hope to make some connections between the brain, positive psychology, and how we respond to change stimulus. Stay tuned!