The themes and focus for Congregation

We are building a better tomorrow

  •  2013 was social media
  •  2014 evolved to digital media
  • 2015 was how technology impacts on work and personal lives.
  • 2016  broadened to ‘The Future’
  • 2017 expanded to ‘Innovation’
  • 2018 explored ‘Ideas’
  • 2019 was ‘Community’
  • 2020 was ‘Society 3.0’
  • 2021 was ‘Leadership’
  • 2022 is ‘Purpose’

Submission Guidance on ‘Purpose’ Theme for #cong22

Last year the theme of ‘Leadership’ embraced a very wide canvas of how we lead, what we can learn from good/bad leaders and is needed in a leader.  In 2022 we will be evolving this conversation into the world of ‘Purpose’.

There are many definitions and descriptions of  Purpose but one I liked was ‘it can guide life decisions, influence behaviour, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning”.  Another differentiated Goals, Meaning and Purpose into what we do, why we do it and the impact of what we do.  The why, what and the existential quest for purpose has been a core struggle for humanity for generations.  From the philosophical question of why we are here and ‘what’s it all about’ we also need to find purpose in work and at home.  Without purpose or a North Star we are in danger of drifting or worse just giving up.  Frequently we only think about purpose when its too late or faced with a crisis.  We all have our own unique perspective on what it means and this year we hope to take the previous themes forward with a focus on this core area of our being.  The previous topics of the future, community, society and leadership all intertwine with this years theme.  Philosophy, spirituality, mindfulness are all part of this debate but so is the real leadership challenge of creating meaning in work and teams.

Firstly we are looking for people from diverse background from sociologists, technologists, start up experts, change management, innovation/disruption consultants but also psychologists, physicans, teachers, academics, business owners, politicans, researchers through to farmers, spiritual, mindfulness and healers.   We are also looking for attendees from different age profiles to ensure the voices of all generation are heard.  The range of backgrounds and age means no one direction of thinking dominates.

Secondly we want people to consider ‘Purpose’ from the perspective of a blank canvas and challenge themselves.  As demonstrated by last year’s theme we need strong leadership but leaders need purpose and also need to communicate this to their followers.  CongRegation gives us permission to take a new look at something we rarely consider or have not thought deeply about.

One of the outputs of CongRegation is an eBook and the posts are the chapters in that book.

We want perspectives, stories, case studies, opinion pieces, how to’s, experience based, wish lists, academic, thought leadership looking at this area from multiple angles.

Posts could debate specific thoughts, methodologies, technologies or focus on the psychological and social aspects.

Theme Guidance
#cong22 'Purpose'

The Past

What can we learn from those who pondered purpose and existence in the past?
Does purpose change over the ages?
What did the ancient greeks believe?

The Present

How does our society influence purpose?
What structures are needed to guide us?
Has consumerism and accumulation of wealth become our sole purpose?
What does it mean on a daily basis?

The Future

Will does the future hold for us, can we shape it?
How will technology morph our sense of purpose - will data and AI rule?
Will a sense of common purpose emerge?
Will the planet unite around one mission?
Will it take a catastrophe to unite humanity?

#cong22 'Purpose'

  • What is purpose?
  • Do we need a sense of purpose?
  • What guides us?
  • Do we have life purpose?
  • What are our central aims of life?
  • How do we keep on course?
  • Does it need reawakening or is it innately within us?
  • Do you find purpose or does it find you?
  • Can you craft your own purpose?
  • Do we inherit purpose from our parents?
  • What can we learn from the past?
  • Does it transcend national boundaries?
  • What does purpose influence?
  • Does social media impact and influence our sense of purpose?
  • Does our personality types influence how we think about purpose?
  • Is it an individual thing need group thought?
  • How does technology influence in an age of data, AI and augmentation?
  • Ethics and Purpose
  • Does purpose drive politics and governance?
  • Can we be true to sense of purpose?
  • Do we need a hierarchy of purpose – purpose as a human being, a citizen, a parent and worker?
  • How do business leadership drive and communicate purpose?
  • Do we need a vision to have purpose?
  • Can we merge nationalist sense of purpose with our own personal version?
  • Does personal purse need to merge with the interests of others?
  • What do we want to be remembered by?
  • Does purpose help us to lead happier and more fulfilling lives?
  • What happens when we have no sense of purpose in our work, family and lives?
  • What can we learn from poetry, fiction and movies?
  • What happens when a sense of purpose is destructive to society and is corrupted?
  • The economic and health benefits of ‘Purpose’
  • What if Purpose was a wonder drug?
  • Does Philosophy ask the questions and Science prove/test them?