Welcome to Day 1 of Evaluation 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota from the Minnesota Evaluation Association, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. I am Melissa Chapman Haynes here with the MNEA Board of Directors.
Minnesota is proud of its strong evaluation community and we are celebrating the convergence of the evaluation world in our back yard.
Connect. Learn. Community.
These are three central tenets of our local affiliate, enacted through our by-laws and programming, and reflected in our membership of 370 members, and counting. We invite you to engage with us – through stillness – at our sponsorship at Evaluation 2019, on the mezzanine level of the Minneapolis Convention Center. With over 3,000 people from around the world convening in our lovely city, we have created a space for you to take a quiet break from the pace of the conference to reflect, meditate, work, or just enjoy whatever brand of peace you need.
In this space, available from Wednesday through Saturday, you will find the following:
- Gratitude prompts and questions for you to reflect and center yourself
- Quiet space to work, journal, or reflect
- Conversation starters, for introverts or others who want ideas for how to meet new people
- Books about Minnesota for you to browse, including Minnesota trivia (please leave them there!)
- Minnesota-themed coloring sheets and markers
- Stress balls
- Mints and chocolate
“Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything.”
How do you spend downtime at the conference, or any event where you need to get away? We challenge you to take a picture and share it with us, wherever you are in the world! Tag #MNEval and #Eval2019. And follow us on Twitter, @mnevaluation!
We hope to see many of you in the next few days, although we will leave you alone, should you be in our sponsorship space!
Rad Resource: If you are not able to attend the conference, build community by connecting online or with your local affiliates or other VOPE. If you are at the conference, attend a TIG business meeting or connect with others from your local affiliate.
Hot Tip: Howto practice loving kindness meditation.
- Find a quiet place. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
- Imagine yourself feeling physical and emotional wellness and inner peace. You are right, just as you are right now.
- Repeat some reassuring phrases – some examples
- May I be happy
- May I be safe
- May I be healthy, peaceful, and strong
- May I give and receive appreciation today
- Allow feelings of self-compassion in.
- Do this for as long as you would like. Feel free to think about other people in your life that you are grateful for and repeat this meditation, with them in mind.
Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.