#cong23 Press Release

Cong Gets A Dose of Reality

(14.11.2023) Cong Village in Co Mayo will get a strong dose of Reality from Nov24-26th with the celebration of the 11th annual CongRegation  (www.congregation.ie) mind mesh unconference.  Over 100 people will probe, discuss and share insights on this year’s theme of ‘Reality’ over 3 days and 7 different events.

The event kicks off with a night of ‘Reality Talks’ in Ashford Castle on Friday 24th November with Astronomer, David Moore from Astronomy Ireland,  Shaman Aldo Jordan from the Irish School of Shamanic Studies, Philosopher Stephen Costello, founder of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and virtual world avatar creator Aileen Carville, CEO and Co Founder of COLONII.

Saturday will see 100 attendees discuss their submissions in rotating huddles spread through multiple venues in Cong village during the full day unconference while their children enjoy ‘Forest School bushcraft workshop.

Following the unconference clowning artist Mitchell ‘Moshe’ Cohen, who is flying in from the United States especially for the event, will deliver a 1 hr session that will awaken playfulness in a mature way and develop the power to transform the energies that create disturbance and disconnect.  The workshop’s explorations and practices draw from physical theatre practices, clown improvisations, elements from butoh dance, qi gong and feldenkreis movement.  A second workshop led by Chris Reina from MakerMeet will use generated graphics to put attendees into places that are not real.   Using AI generated graphics and real humans along with a green screen and chromakey technology the workshop aims to take and make art, reality, illusion, confusion, ineptness and incompetence – while having lots of fun!

Saturday will finish off with a special performance of ‘The Magic Play’, which has recently completed its run the Bewleys Café Theatre in Dublin.  Branded as fusion of comedy, magic and theatre this play will take place in the beautifully restored All Saints Centre in Clonbur Village.

Sunday will finish off with a GeoWalk with a geologist from the Joyce Country Ecopark mixing myth, reality , fact and geology.

In order to earn a ticket each attendee submits a 600 word article, via the website, outlining their own unique perspectives, thoughts and experiences on the theme of ‘Reality’, all of which are published on the event website.  These submissions form the basis of the presentations on Saturday November 25th in small huddles of 10-12 people.  Each huddle is chaired and attendees are given 10-15 minutes to share the insights from their submission followed by a group discussion.  The huddles rotate 4 times giving all attendees the opportunity to present and meet as many of the other attendees as possible, in a peer to peer environment.

“The Reality theme builds on previous themes with submissions exploring the scientific and spiritual nature of Reality through to the grounded reality of everyday life.  Outside of the rich and stimulating discussions the event also forges deep and serendipitous connections, due to the informal presentation style and social locations used for the event.  In order to spark off inspiration attendees can also pick one of the curated books on reality that are available free of charge from the website” commented organiser Eoin Kennedy.

CongRegation is a free event and would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors

Mayo.ie, Blacknight, MKC Communications, Informed Decisions, Grow Remote, IRDG, Blockverse Ventures and the Advanced Productivity Skillnet.  All the submissions to date can be viewed on the website.  Submissions are now being accepted via the online form https://congregation.ie/submit-entry/

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For further information

Eoin Kennedy

eoin@congregtion.ie

086 8339549

CongRegation Celebrates 10 Years on Purpose

CongRegation (www.congregation.ie) #cong22, the annual mind mesh unconference, marks its 10th year with a return to Cong Village, Co Mayo from Nov25-27th under the ‘Purpose’ theme.

Attracting attendees from all over Ireland and overseas the event will see over 100 people earning their entry via a submission on the topic and debate it in small face to face huddles spread throughout Cong Village.

The event kicks off with a night of ‘Purpose Tales’ in Ashford Castle on Friday 25th November, followed by the all day unconference on Saturday 26th.  Saturday evening will see a variety of social events from a poetry open mic, sketch crawl to purpose workshops.  The event will finish with a social event in Cong Woods on the Sunday of that weekend.

In order to earn a ticket each attendee submits a 600 word article, via the website, outlining their own unique perspectives, thoughts and experiences on the theme of ‘Purpose’, all of which are published on the event website.  These submissions form the basis of the presentations on Saturday November 26th in small huddles of 10-12 people.  Each huddle is chaired and attendees are given 10-15 minutes to share the insights from their submission followed by a group discussion.  The huddles rotate 4 times giving all attendees the opportunity to present and meet as many of the other attendees as possible, in a peer to peer environment.

“This is probably the most challenging topic to date” commented event organiser Eoin Kennedy.  “For some people they only consider their purpose when faced with life or death situations, for others its their guiding principle while many businesses see it a central part of their culture.  Debating of this topic echoes back to the early philosophers yet it remains elusive and rarely given the airing it deserves, despite its importance.   Exploration of Purpose can be unsettling, highly motivating and most certainly deeply personal.   As each attendee captures their thinking in the submissions in advance of the weekend in November it means they are more open to informed debate and questioning.  Outside of the rich and stimulating discussions the event also forges deep and serendipitous connections, due to the informal presentation style and social locations used for the event.”

CongRegation is a free event and would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors Blacknight Solutions, Mayo.ie. MKC Communications, ICBE Advanced Productivity Network, Grow Remote and Common Purpose.

All the submissions to date can be viewed on the website.  Submissions are now being accepted via the online form https://congregation.ie/submit-entry/

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For further information

Eoin Kennedy

eoin@congregtion.ie

086 8339549

Press Release: CongRegation Virtually Tackles Leadership

CongRegation (www.congregation.ie) #cong21 the annual mind mesh unconference returns on November 27thas a virtual event with ‘Leadership’ as its theme.

Celebrating its 9th year the online format still features an earned entry via a submission, which are discussed in small moderated huddles.  Attracting attendees from all over Ireland and overseas the event will cover a wide range of perspectives and angles on the theme of ‘Leadership’.

In order to earn a ticket each attendee submits a 600 word article covering their own unique perspectives and experiences which is published on the website.  These submissions form the basis of the presentations on November 27th.  Each huddle is chaired and attendees are given 10-15 minutes to present followed by a group discussion.  The huddles rotate 4 times giving all attendees the opportunity to present and meet as many of the other attendees as possible, in a peer to peer environment.

Due to covid concerns the event has switched from its home in Cong, Co Mayo although some attendees will still be logging in from their favourite venue or at the specially organised socially distanced Crossroads centre.

“The submissions are really only a catalyst for discussion” commented organised Eoin Kennedy.  Adding he said “The real magic happens when people add their own perspective and tease out new ideas.  As everyone has had to earn their entry they not only come prepared but experience a true peer to peer environment.  In addition to generating new ideas the intimate structure forms strong bonds between attendees with many collaborating beyond the event.  Despite zoom fatigue after a year of lockdown, last year the online format attracted 80 attendees with the event lasting over 12 hours”.

Following the 4 one hour huddles the day finishes with the ever popular poetry open mic, featuring new and favourite poems moderated by Paul O’Mahony.  Some additional socially distanced social events will be organised for the attendees who log in from Cong.

All the submissions to date can be viewed on the website.  Submissions will be accepted up to Friday November 26th via the online form

CongRegation is supported by Mayo.ie, MKC Communications, the ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet, Grow Remote, Informed Decisions and Common Purpose.

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For further information

Eoin Kennedy

eoin@congregtion.ie

086 8339549