The Power to Create Change: Festival of Learning

The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) has announced that the 7th annual Festival of Learning will be held in Johannesburg on the 17th and 18th of May, and in Cape Town on the 24th and 25th of May 2018

With this year’s political transformations raising the hopes and expectations of the Nation, the Festival aims to ignite valuable conversations around the theme, ‘The Power to Create Change’.

So, what’s this all About?

The programme of interactive talks and panel discussions is aimed at exploring how the fields of psychology, counselling and coaching can lead to individual and group transformation for the betterment of society. The Festival of Learning breaks with tradition when it comes to presentation format, by focusing on generating dialogues and conversations that directly, and meaningfully, connect festival-goers and presenters. 

Festival of Learning

Leading academics and experts, thought leaders and authors will be guiding a variety of dialogues across a wide variety of topics. These topics will explore an individual’s power to create change in their own life, family, community, workplace and country. Conversations will range from the latest on single parenting and blended families to new perspectives on human sexuality and gender, as well as pioneering initiatives to handle drug use and addiction. Coaching dialogues will include cutting-edge views on themes such as mindfulness, emotional intelligence, the flow state, leadership, behaviour change, virtual coaching, cancer coaching, neuroscience and the roadblocks to change.

Talk the Talk

For the first time, the 2018 Festival of Learning programme will also include two panel-driven discussions at each event.  The Johannesburg panel discussion will focus on the relevance of psychology in South Africa and in Cape Town, the theme is “Feminism, Sexuality and Mental Health”.

In line with the Festival of Learning’s focus on generating significant conversations, a highlight of both the Johannesburg and Cape Town programmes will be the hosting of a Human Library. This innovative concept to inspire challenging, change-driven dialogues involves volunteers serving as books; and ‘reading’ them takes the form of conversations. This will be the first time a Human Library will be staged in Johannesburg. The books represent social groups who face prejudice, stereotyping and stigma, or who have endured experiences that are hard to talk about. The Human Library creates a safe space for their stories to unfold. Difficult questions and commentary from the ‘readers’ are expected, appreciated and encouraged in order for an authentic exploration of the ‘titles’, which can range from social status to sexuality, health to trauma and loss, religion to politics.

The 2018 Festival of Learning, hosted by SACAP

Here are all the details you need to know:

Johannesburg, 17 and 18 May

Venue: SACAP Campus, Rosebank
Times: 17 May from 5:30pm to 8:30pm / 18 May from 9am to 5pm
Human Library: 18 May from 11am to 3pm

Cape Town, 24 and 25 May

Venue: SACAP Campus, Claremont
Times: 24 May from 5:30pm to 8:30pm / 25 May from 9am to 5pm
Human Library: 25 May from 11am to 3pm

Tickets for the 2018 Festival of Learning are available through Webtickets. Costs are R200 for the full-day programme, which includes dialogues, panel discussion and the Human Library. Tickets for the short-talk evening programme, which includes catering and networking opportunities, are also R200. There is a special offer for students at R80 per ticket.

Do you want to win Tickets?

Who wouldn’t want to get in on the action?  This is a huge opportunity to engage with and learn from the most brilliant minds in town. 

We are giving away:

  • 1 set of tickets for the Joburg event on the 17th and 18th of May for you and your partner.  This is to the value of R800
  • 1 set of tickets for the Cape Town event on the 24th and 25th of May for you and your partner.  This is to the value of R800.

Yes, that’s right; you and your person could get the full experience for FREE.  All you need to do is *register on EduConnect.  You can do this below:

*When you register on EduConnect, you will simply get access to restricted content, packed according to your needs.  No spam.  We promise.

We will announce the winners of the tickets on 11 May 2018.

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We are really excited to be attending the Festival of Learning this year.  If you are looking for inspiration and to get stuck into difficult questions, this is NOT a festival to be missed.

For further information please visit: http://go.sacap.edu.za/psychology-festival