Insights and Interviews from the 2015 FIGT Conference

Insight and Interviews from the 2015 Families in Global Transition Conference: Finding ‘Home’ Amidst Global Change. Out on Summertime Publishing and available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

Insight and Interviews from the 2015 Families in Global Transition Conference: Finding ‘Home’ Amidst Global Change

Out now on Summertime Publishing and available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

Taylor Murray, Lauren Owen, Lauren S Power, Beth Hoban

cover-668-x-1000Almost 20 years ago, four women sat round an Indianapolis kitchen table and had a dream. They dreamed of creating a conference that would inspire, support, inform and encourage families living overseas. 2015 marked the 17th Families in Global Transition conference which took place in Washington, DC, attended by people from every sector: corporate, missions, military and education. Researchers, teachers, spouses and authors joined experts in their field to share three common goals: to teach what they know; to make connections; to learn more about what it means to be globally mobile. This book of insights and interviews, garnered from the 2015 event and written by the Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residents provides those who could not make it to Washington a peek into what went on, what is said and what matters at FIGT. The 2015 theme was ‘Finding Home Amid Global Change’. Subjects such as belonging, the importance of rituals, transition and identity were discussed. There were workshops, keynotes and informal kitchen table sessions, but often it is what went on outside the sessions that had most resonance. This is when we met ‘friends we never met before’ and realised that FIGT is where we belong and where we do have a home. Every year four budding writers are selected to cover the conference. This year, the youngest contributor, Taylor Murray, was just 16 years old. Enjoy this book and take a peek into the world of change that is the home of the FIGT family – a family you too can be part of.

Jo Parfitt, writer, author, mentor

 

Author: Jo Parfitt

I have run my own business since I was 25, largely because I am a serial entrepreneur and cannot survive without the variety provided by being self-employed. After 10 years living and working abroad, we returned to England in 1997 and Summertime Publishing was born. In 2005 we moved to The Hague, then to Malaysia in 2014 and now back in the Netherlands. I have developed a business based on writing, publishing, mentoring and teaching what I know. I know how to write, how to publish, how to run a business despite international moves, how to network and how to live abroad. I find countless opportunities to change lives through my writing, teaching, speaking and mentoring and love nothing more than to 'share what I know to help others to grow'.