Friday, March 3, 2017
During February, I had the privilege of travelling to Auckland to attend the ImagineBetter Annual Assembly. This conference was entitled, "Will you Friend Me? Social Capital and the Value of Relationships" What a perfect conference for me to attend on behalf of Befriend! Speakers Al Condeluci and Janet Klees facilitated two days of enlightening workshops to dive deep into the immense value that our relationships have for our lives. I learned more about Social Capital, Social Influence Theory and Social Role Valorisation, and how these theories can be applied practically to enable people to build genuine, lasting relationships. Lifelong learning is really important to us, to continue developing and evolving Befriend to be as effective as it can possibly be in enabling people to be connected, and live good lives. The connections I made were equally valuable, strengthening our global network of peers and allies. My few days in Auckland also gave me the opportunity to catch up with my good friend Grace, who showed me some of the sights, including this pic of us at the top of One Tree Hill. I've returned home to Perth filled with inspiration, ideas and hope for a bright future for the Befriend Community.