On April 25th Marlboro College hosted the first ever RBA Master Trainer & Practitioner conference at the Sally Fox Conference Center in Waterbury.
40 people attended with the goals of:
Grounding as a group in Vermont's progress and current status with accountability,
Communicating about what support members of our community need in order to move forward with this work,
To learn, get new ideas, integrate methodologies and thinking, and feel re-inspired,
And maybe most importantly, to build relationships with others who are a part of the movement.
In addition to networking and kicking off a statewide community of practice, participants took part in four workshops, RBA for Strategic Planning, Principles of Adult Facilitation, RBA and Collective Impact, the Role of Trust in Developing Shared Measurement Systems, and Navigating the Nuance of training in RBA.
Folks reported feeling relieved to attend a master's level conference and to network with peers. One attendee reported, "I loved being in the room with so many smart, committed and passionate people. I loved hearing about successes and challenges - it made me feel okay about where we are with the RBA process."
The conference will be offered again next year, with the intention of including an even greater number of participants.