Who is Real Conversations?
Real Conversations is a community of independent professional facilitators, consultants, coaches and health practitioners who are passionate and committed to promoting a shift towards healthier communities. Our purpose is to “invite possibilities to emerge and manifest” through engaging people in facilitated conversations. Our role is to provide opportunities for people to connect across organizations to experience meaningful, productive conversations that lead to initiatives to build thriving communities.
What are we currently doing?
These are the 2 areas that we are currently exploring.
Reel Conversations at the Movies
In support of Real Conversations in Mental Wellness, we are showing thought provoking movies with real conversations afterwards. Join us in June:
- Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-9:00 pm, in the market area, “The Economics of Happiness”, to explore the importance of measuring happiness. Donations to the World Happiness Bank/Fund/Trust and Serve First.
Real Conversations in Mental Wellness
See thriving communities where all citizens are better served …
Join other stakeholders … moving beyond awareness …. to solutions …
Shift the health system in wise and uplifting ways …
We hosted the first in a series of Real Conversations in Mental Wellness on January 16, 2012
What is a Real Conversation?
This facilitated experience will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds to focus on topics of common interest in the field of mental health and wellness. Guided by leading edge group processes, participants will engage in authentic conversations on topics of their choice to create initiatives leading to action and results.
What were the Outcomes of this Event?
On January 16, 2012, at the Canadian Mental Health Association, participants from organizations (e.g. Royal Ottawa Hospital, Kemptville District Hospital, Causeway Work Centre and Desjardins Financial Insurance) and individuals (e.g. naturopaths, homeopaths, wellness coaches and spiritual leaders), engaged in authentic conversations on mental health. These diverse participants discussed what was needed to improve mental health and identified the need for a distinctive new term and identity, such as “Mental Wellness”, which we adopted immediately. Education and awareness of the issues, as well as outreach to and respect for the individual were all highlighted as high priority needs to improve mental health. Also needed was alignment on a vision, a clear message of intent involving action, focused topic areas, diverse participation, energizing/inspiring gatherings and follow-up between events. We also heard a desire for integration of the whole, versus terms that divide such as Conventional and Complementary. We are adopting an Integrative approach.