June 2016
Dear members,
Summer has sneaked in on us here in Hong Kong with one early typhoon skipped us by last week. The climate has changed drastically bringing up more and more thoughts in how we can change and take action to address issues right in our face before it is too late. We have been using Playback Theatre as a tool and there are many different approaches. This week, in fact, in just two days, for two weeks, Jonathan and Nisha Sajnani will be facilitating an online exchange hub on how we can deal with the change of climate in our Playback world - from providing a platform to share and express feelings, we have now marched into the era of using Playback for change. Conflicts have happened within our community and in conferences. How then, do we suggest to deal with these conflicts? To manage our own conflicts will provide insights on how we can effectively apply this tool that we love so much in the areas we care about.
I look forward to exchanging with you soon. If you haven't registered yet, please do so now. Just follow the instructions below or email:Jori Pitkanen
President, IPTN
begins Friday 3 June and finishes Monday 20 June, 2016.

Conflict at Conferences
As playback theatre expands in the world, its practitioners  come from a wider and wider range of backgrounds and views. It is inevitable that we will not always find agreement.
And is agreement even the goal?
In this exchange hub we will examine the place of conflict at conferences. We will:
  • review past gatherings; and
  • see what can be learned from them;
  • we will investigate playback's core values; and
  • we will try and develop some guidelines for handling (not eliminating) conflict at future meetings.

We look forward to getting together with you and learning from each other.
 Jonathan Fox and 
 Nisha Sajnani will co-ordinate these conversation hubs.
To be involved -
  1. sign up the conversation by registering at http://iptn.boards.net on or before 27 May, 2016
  2. email:Jori Pitkanen a brief introduction of yourself and why you want to join this hub
For enquiry in registration: Please email: Jori Pitkanen
IPTN Vision
The IPTN provides an independent, inclusive and global platform that strengthens Playback Theatre Practice through connection and mutual influence.
A conversation hub
Building on the vision of the IPTN, we want to strengthen our community of practice by encouraging an exchange of experience and thinking about our playback theatre work. We are keen that we can continue to learn from each other through a process of telling, listening and responding.

We want to introduce the idea of an online conversation hub. Several times a year we are going to propose a subject area that we can explore together. We are not looking to find definitive answers to a question, or to find a solution to a problem, rather, the intention is to engage with each other and to listen to different ideas so that we can extend our understanding of this work that we are all involved with. In this way we may be stimulated to find some new pathways forward in our own practice.

A conversation will last for three weeks. Each time we will create a group that you will need to sign into beforehand in order to take part. We will close the group as we begin the exchange. You will be notified of the dates and the topic of each hub via email and they will posted on the website.
We are still learning how to make this as lively and participatory as possible. This time in order to reduce anonymity and bystanding (stances we want to discourage) we want everyone who signs in to introduce themselves so we know who you are, and we would like to encourage active participation so that we are creating something together.

International Playback Theatre Network
Website: http://www.iptn.info/
Email: info@iptn.info