MAG's Confluence: A Sharing of learning, questions, & dreams

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Confluence: A coming together of mighty streams to catalyze transformation that includes and transcends our individual selves, our groups, our organizations, and our networks.

What Is the Confluence? 



Confluence participation is at capacity. We are thrilled there has been so much interest and apologize that we can't accommodate a larger group. All new registrants will be put on a wait list and notified if space opens up.

The Confluence will be a vibrant 2.5 days of exploration with a group of about seventy-five thinkers, activists, artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and other leaders like you.

It is not a conference! Its purpose is to consider how we work together to both defend and protect what’s important in our immediate future while we strengthen relationships and build common vision for the long-haul. We will share learning, ideas, questions, and dreams as we actualize, deepen, and strengthen the five elements we believe are critical for transformative change: advancing deep equity; influencing complex systems; developing a leaderful ecosystem; valuing multiple ways of knowing, and building the inner capacity to transform our nation.

The design team is coming together now to create what we hope will be a catalyst for continued collective action, experimentation, and building. Stay tuned for more on design, speakers, and facilitators!

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Who’s Interested

At least sixty folks from across issues and disciplines have already indicated their interest in coming together, including people from Thousand Currents (IDEX), NY Black Lives Matter, Emerging Arts Professionals, Social Transformation Project, URGE, Arts & Equity Network, The Whitman Institute, CASA de Maryland, Monterey Institute of International Studies, CADRE, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Words Beats & Life, National Immigration Law Center, Everyday Feminism, CultureStrike, Jobs With Justice, and Interaction Institute for Social Change.


Can I Participate? 

Currently at capacity, the Confluence is invitation-only. There are so many of us who share values and care about justice. We appreciate and want to build with all of these people.  For this event, we are starting with a small group relative to this larger community. We are considering how we get to a mix of people who are committed to racial equity and span a range of geographies, sectors, issue areas, identities, approaches to change, and experience with the 5 elements.

We welcome your sharing of information about the Confluence and hope you will. Please let us know if there is someone you think we should consider inviting or if you are interested in attending, but did not receive an invitation. As registrations come in, we will be considering how we get to the mix outlined above and, as a result, there may be a short delay in confirming that there is space available. For inquiries about attendance, please email Natalie Bamdad at 


When and Where Is the Confluence?

Dates: June 7 - 9, 2017

Wednesday, June 7 begins at 1pm
Thursday, June 8 begins at 9am
Friday, June 9 begins at 9am and ends at 1pm

Location: Catalyst Ranch, Chicago, Illinois


How Can I Join the Wait List?

If you have received an invitation from us, please follow the below two steps to join the Confluence Wait List below.


1. Fill out the Confluence Wait List form.  Once we've confirmed you have a space, proceed to step 2 below.

2. Pay Your Participation Fee (Only after we've confirmed you have a space).

The participation fee is a sliding scale of $250.00-650.00. Please pay what you are able to afford as the higher payments will help to subsidize participation for those at the lower end of the scale.

If you are not able to afford the participation fee, please reach out to Natalie Bamdad to inquire about scholarship opportunities. She can be reached at 

This participation fee includes breakfast and lunch at the Confluence as well as materials. It does not include transportation, hotel accommodations, dinners, or other incidentals. 

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Support Others to Attend the Confluence

If you’d like to help provide access to this Confluence for those who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend, you can donate by clicking the button below.


The Hampton Inn, West Loop is a 5 minute walk to the Catalyst Ranch. The group rate for a room at the Hampton Inn is $219/night plus tax for June 7th through June 9th (available until May 8th). You can access the block rate by calling the hotel at 312-648-0000 and referencing the group name "Management Assistance Group-The Confluence" or book online by clicking here.

HI Chicago Hostel: For a more affordable option, the HI Chicago Hostel offers private rooms starting at $124/night plus tax. It is a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk to the Catalyst Ranch.

We would also like to give participants the option of sharing rooms to reduce costs. If you are interested in being connected with another attendee for a room share, please fill out the following form.


If you have any questions, please contact us!