Matrix conference

I have been meaning to write a bit of a Matrix update for a few days but never seem to get a round to it, probably because what there is to report is not entirely concrete.
Although there is still support for MATRIX as a concept, with decreasing resources across agencies, putting together a conference looks tricky. As far as I can tell Matrix is exploring working with Youthwork the conference and continuing to be a brand around professional formation and development. Matrix may also explore opportunities to deliver training and learning in other formats/places.
I am saddened that MATRIX is currently not going to be a conference as such. One of the barriers I believe though is how much we as youth workers approach things as consumers. We too easily end up with, I want the conference to be my ……. brand of theology/worship tradition/practice approach.
We need a conference that reflects the values that we espouse, learning from difference, encountering other and willingness to re-evaluate what we thought. I believe that we need something like Matrix if as Christian Youth workers we are to grow, learn and impact the world we serve.
If Matrix doesn’t exist where no we go to learn, grow, worship and find the stuff that inspires and annoys, affirms and challenges, builds up and breaks down?

5 Replies to “Matrix conference”

  1. Can agree on a lot you have said here blogger boy, if only rolltheRock were a bigger organsiation I would host the thing myself, and enabel it to happen. there is nothing as challenging, reflective, ha ha ha a, out there for those who need, and want to discuss, devlop, challenge, investigate, very sad if matrix no longer exists

  2. “One of the barriers I believe though is how much we as youth workers approach things as consumers” – surely the biggest barrier are the organisations that put the thing on are not willing to invest in it – its the usual case of ‘we think youth are important’ but we are not going to pick up the bill for it.

  3. “One of the barriers I believe though is how much we as youth workers approach things as consumers… If Matrix doesn’t exist where do we go to learn, grow, worship and find the stuff that inspires and annoys, affirms and challenges, builds up and breaks down?”
    Ummm… Isn’t that the very consumerism that you were concerned about? (that these things can’t happen outside *my* niche conference?)
    And, my perception (rightly or wrongly) is that Matrix was created specifically to target a niche of consumers who felt that “Youthwork the C” didn’t cater to them as “professionals” (sits back and waits for the flames).

  4. Ray *laughing* …. ouch but I can’t argue with the logic. Thanks for the critique of my theory.
    Although Youthwork the Conference have introduced the early day thing for full timers I still think they will have a tough time encompassing everyone from ocassional volunteers along a whole spectrum of experience right to JNC Lifers.
    Hey ho
    and btw I will be at Youthwork the Conference.

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