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Hope of the Amazon: 7th international conference in the Peruvian Amazon

Leadership, Creativity and Entrepreneurship for Community Development

Thursday 5th October 2017 - Saturday 14th October 2017

Iquitos, Peru

Hope of the Amazon
T-Consult, Peru
oezpa, Germany
Il Nodo Group, Italy
Centro Coaching, UK
The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, UK
anacom audiovisual
Diversity Development Consulting, Chile

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Participation in this event offers you, your organisation and your community the opportunity to learn about leadership, accountability and authority in complex systems, understanding your role and how your actions can matter in your community or your organisation as well as in the wider global society.

As a manager, the event offers you and members of your organisation a way to explore aspects of ethical leadership. This is an experiential event to work different aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Citizenship, Social Inclusion and Reflective Citizenship through understanding the roles of, and relationships with Native Community leaders such as those of the Amazon.The experience will enable you to co-design in relevant fields. We will work profoundly on the development of leadership through the analysis of the person in role within their organisation and in interaction with their context and environment.

As a citizen or professional, it offers you an experience to develop awareness of what it means to be citizen and a
professional in your country, developing responsible leadership with social and ecological consciousness.
As a representative from ethnic groups of the Peruvian Amazon, it offers you different ways to work on healthy
integration with modern world and develop leadership and entrepreneurial capabilities.

As a member of the Programme Beca 18, it offers you and the members of the University and Communities you represent with a range of unique opportunities to explore the dynamics of social inclusion within communities, organisations and government and the larger national and international society. As a student participation allows you to explore and develop psychological resilience for the process of adaptation within the university life; As a faculty participation allows you to increase your awareness of the social dynamics in order to develop strategies for inclusive education and policies for the integration of native students with in your organisation.

For all, it becomes possible to rethink and rework historical or racial prejudices. The conference provides an opportunity for encounters among leaders, citizens, professionals, managers and students; Peruvian people from diverse origins, and those from other countries. opening to
each a unique chance to explore the meaning and the consequences of human diversity, and to learn about otherness in a fruitful way.

These discoveries can transform your way of working together, of crossing differences with an/other in order to
enhance your individual and collective creativity, not only within the conference, but also in your back home communities and organisations.

Consequently, this event offer you unique opportunities to explore the meaning and the consequences of human diversity to learn about “the other”; and “alterity” in a fruitful way.

Would you like to find a different way to exercise leadership and authority in your community, in your organisation in an accountable and sustainable way as it
relates to its human and ecological environment? Would you like to explore this while you find a purposeful way to work on the relationships between you, your organisation and native Amazonian communities?

In a world full of rapid transitions, it is important to explore and learn how to contribute in a way that promotes sustainable solutions in dimensions which are organisational as well as ecological, psychical and cultural.

Entering into this exploration requires knowledge about the complex paradoxes within and between different perspectives. It also requires courage to act in an innovative and more balanced way without the safety of fixed positions or rigid roles.

On the one hand, as a western manager or manager from the Global North, you may think that managing sustainable transitions in Amazonia is too far away and someone else’s problem. And as a Native Community leader, you may think that management issues of national or international organisations may appear as very distant. Seen from afar, these dynamics appear to be too complicated and messy to intertwine in.

On the other hand, realistic hope is built of skillful participation in connecting these themes, based on accountability, compassion and love. The integration and encounter among different perspectives in order to understand the world we inhabit.

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Conference Aims and Primary Task

To learn from the experience of leadership, authority, accountability and love in order to promote a spirit of inquiry in the Peruvian Amazon

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Some concepts used by the staff to make sense of what is happening:

Here and Now: the space for learning and transformation Authority: the right to take action and make decisions on behalf of a group. A right that can come from various sources, such as from above, below, formally or informally.

Boundaries: separate and connect what is inside and outside. This includes boundaries between organizations and their environments, between sub- groups, between the individual and the group, and between the person and role.

Hope: “a leap on expectation.” Serves as a drive for emotions and human wellbeing. Concept with solid roots in systemic thinking through self-organisation and complex adaptation. The capacity for hope is develop within the first 18 months of life when there is an effective development process of the tension between trust and mistrust. (Erikson,E. 1968)

Leadership: exercised by offering meaningful direction that recognizes the needs of an organization or group.In a group can be thought of as representing or embodying the function of the group, especially its major function or primary task.

Love: as a resource to take care of oneself, the Other and the environment instead of as an idealistic and romantic feeling.

Primary Task: activities that must be accomplished for an organization to achieve its purposes.

Purpose: Emerging construct that requires constant personal and collective discernment during the processes of role taking. Its exploration increases human potential and explores questions such as why do I take a role in a system at a given point in time? Why a given organisational system exists? How does it contributes to the larger ecological system to which it belongs?

Radical Hope: Anticipated a good for which those who have the hope and yet lack the appropriate concepts to understand it. This hope is directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is...”Lear, J (2006)

Role: A particular part of the overall task that is assigned to, or taken up by, an individual, a group or an organization.

Spirit of Inquiry: Co-creation that encourages the openness to what emerges remaining curious and grateful to the lived experience without pre-judgment.

Sustainability: The search for the significative co-
existence within human systems and among human and ecological systems. (Mainteny, P. 2000)

Trust: the dimension for reparation and transformation of the relationships and relatedness towards the Peruvian native communities.

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We will work in non-conventional ways of learning requiring no specific type of education. The arts will be central to our working approach incorporating musical creation, dancing, crafting, painting among other dimensions for the exploration of cultural life. In this learning process, feelings, dreams, physical sensations, fantasies, wishes and desires will be resources offering each participant a valuable source of information about themselves and about the community as a system.

This is a unique opportunity to reflect about the human ecology of the Amazon, helping to document its wisdom before its lost.

Participants will share a number of sessions to work on the conference primary task and will also have the opportunity to work in different sub- conference structures according to their different experiences and areas of interest.

Participants will share a number of sessions from 09:00 a 20:00 in order to work on the primary task and they will have an opportunity to work on their different areas of interest. Additionally, they will be invited to participated on creating their own systems of work according to their different interests, needs and desires.

All together we will create an audiovisual research documentary to systematise our learning.

Full immersion for learning in real time
The Tavistock Group Relations Methodology “contributes to the capacity to develop and retain mental space of a benign, creative, contained and constructive nature” (Young, R; 1994). This mental space offer the possibility for emotional growth through the acceptance of the socially constructed aspects of the external reality of an individual and his/her community/group/organisation/society by confronting projection and denial at organisational and societal levels.

This event is a method for the study of community relations and the development of leadership capabilities. It requires full immersion and it takes the shape of a temporary cooperative that builds an experiential learning community with sustainable outcomes. We integrate different methodologies of the social sciences, including action research and applied psychoanalysis to work on the field of sustainability with an open systems approach. Our core praxis will build over the Tavistock Tradition of Group Relations and Mini-society Conferences. We have developed three interconnected sub-conferences offering multiple opportunities for experiential learning.

Each participant will take up different roles and responsibilities by participating in the design of various social and organisational structures. Inside the event, we will reflect upon reality as it is experience learning of the different dynamics involved in the process of role taking in turbulent environments and the dynamics of interdependency in complex systems.

Together we'll enquire into our development as a learning organization.

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The official languages of the conference include all native languages. The working languages of the conference are Spanish and English. The use of all native languages is
encouraged and open to exploration. Staff and participants will be working across language barriers.

Art, music, movement and audiovisual resources will be a source for communication. The team of staff and consultants will organise a system of translation and communication.
Participants are encouraged to create their own systems to work across languages, such system will be open to exploration.

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Entry Sub-conference- 09 - 14 October 2017

Design for those who attend for the first time and want to:
- develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills - gain a deeper understanding of rational and irrational group processes that influence the work of people, groups communities and organisations
- develop their capacity to exercise authority and influence on groups, communities and organisations
- develop psychological resilience in turbulent environments

Design Sub-conference - 05 - 14 October 2017

Design for those who want to:
- develop applications to the field of reflective citizenship, social inclusion and sustainability
- design socially sustainable organisational and community methodologies in turbulent environments
- learn about the psychodynamics of sustainability

Training Sub-conference - 05 - 14 October 2017.
Design for those who have two or more International conference experience on the Tavistock Tradition (minimum one week each) and that have as main goal to train internal or external consultants that will be able to contribute to the development of Leadership, Social Corporative Responsibility, Corporative Citizenship, Community
Development and Social Inclusion.


President of Hope of the Amazon Civil Association, Director of T-Consult Socioanalytic Practice, Professional Partner the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, Senior Consultant Centro Coaching UK.
Candidate Doctorate at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust & University of East London. She holds the Tavistock Consulting Professional Qualification in Consultancy (D10C). Member of the
British Psychological Society (MBPsS). Member of ISPSO and O.P.U.S. Psychologist accredited at Peruvian Professional School of Psychology. Faculty member of the MA in Health Services at ESAN University. OD Specialist and Coach/Trainer with 15 years’ experience of consulting in both private and public sectors across the globe. She offers clients rigorous research and consultancy skills,
specialising in organisational and social development with an emphasis on leadership and cultural change. Has achieved considerable success with blue chip companies and not-for-profits organisations, as well as within the health and education sectors internationally. Working with the Tavistock tradition, her approach is grounded in systemic and psychoanalytic thinking, with a holistic understanding of
organisations as living systems and communities.

A Director and Senior Consultant based in London and Gibraltar with broad consultancy expertise and a proven track record in the delivery of organisational development, leadership development and
executive coaching programmes in the UK and overseas. Fabio has operated as an Independent Executive Coach and Consultant since 2008, currently provide high level consultancy services to clients in industries that include Oil and Gas, Engineering, Banking, Cybersecurity, Utilities, NGOs, and the UK Public Sector. His particular strength is in equipping line managers with the skills to get the very best
performance from their teams. He draws on a wealth of personal knowledge and experience and uses this for the benefit of his clients. Prior to becoming a coach, Fabio has over 10 years experience as Head
of Engineering in the energy sector, building and leading the team through business and economic storms. Since 2016 he is the Executive Director of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of
Organisations (ISPSO) working with the Board of Directors.

Professor Özdemir is the Co-founder and Co-Director of oezpa GmbH Academy & Consulting, Bornheim and Director of the Researchgroup “Digital Transformation & Leadership” at the Institute of
Electronic Business, IEB”, University of Arts, Berlin. Professor Özdemir is Senior Lecturer in “Organisational Diagnosis & Consulting“ at the Fresenius University Masterclass in Business Psychology, Cologne.
He is Member of the Advisory Board of “Digital Change GmbH (DCG)”, Lucerne/ Switzerland. Hüseyin Özdemir works as Executive Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer and Moderator for processes of:
Organisational Development/ Change Management, Digital Transformation, Strategy Development, Team Building and Leadership Development. He is a Member and Cooperating Partner of the
International Coach Federation, ICF and Senior Coach as well as Member of `Council of Experts´ of DBVC (German Association of Coaching). Professor Özdemir is Business author on Leadership, Organisational Development/ Change Management, Digital Transformation and Coaching.

Psicóloga, Master en Gestión de Personal y Dinámica Organizativa de la Universidad de Chile, consultora organizacional y coach. Coordinadora Académica de Postgrados en Universidad del Desarrollo y
Directora de Diversity Development Consulting. Fue Jefa del Departamento de Salud Ocupacional de la compañía minera Tecnofast, asesora del Departamento de Estudios del Ministerio de Mineria, y además, como consultor externo contribuyó a la realización de estudios sobre los efectos de la discriminación en la salud mental de la mujer en la industria minera.

Administrator Academic manager Hope of the Amazon Civil Association, Iquitos. Technician Official Tourist Guide. Former volunteer at DESAP Organization “Sustainable Development of the Peruvian Amazonia”. VIVA Project Leader “Living Values” Ethical environmental partner. Winner of awards CIRCA2013 Bartolome de las Casas Institute and funded by the European Union. Finalist for the protagonists for change prize, UPC 2010. Trained group relations consultant. Participant of three International Group Relations Conferences conducted in Iquitos 2011,2013,2014. jhonerickrm

Estudiante de Economía en la Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana-UNAP, Especialidad de Economía, precedente de la Comunidad Nativa 12 de Octubre- Rio Tigre, de la Nacionalidad Kichwa,
Peru. Miembro de la Organización de Estudiantes de los Pueblos Indígenas de la Amazonia Peruana - Oepiap. Coordinator of environmental quality at river basin of the River Tigre. Miembro del Staff en Conferencia Internacional de Relaciones Grupales Hope of the Amazon 2012 -2013. Email:

Director asociado de HOTAA. Bachiller en Ingeniería de ecología en bosques tropicales ( Miembro activo en la organización de estudiantes de los pueblos indígenas de la amazonia peruana (OEPIAP) con el Rol de Fiscalizador 2017 al 2019 ( Experimentado en manejos integrados de recursos naturales en Oregon-USA. Consultor en entrenamiento en las conferencias de Relaciones Grupales para la Amazonia peruana de HOTAA. Líder de la “Comunidad Esperanza” 2012-2013. Experimentado en trabajos de permacultura “chacra”, e interpretación de
sueños asociando desde la cultura Awajun, con la tradicional experiencia de Atinia Pape. Actor cultural y voluntario en capacitación de madres y niños en computación básica de la “Fundación Cultural Yurimaguas” 2006-2007, Consultor en reciclaje y diseños de reutilización. Diseñador e Implementación en centros de dispersión adaptando a la sostenibilidad de los recursos Naturales

Directora del Centro Iquitos de la Asociación Civil Hope of the Amazon. Bachiller en ciencias de la comunicación, comunicadora de la ONG Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional, Coordinadora del proyecto de desarrollo para la elaboración de aceite y jabones de aguaje en la comunidad Vente de Enero, Consultora en entrenamiento de conferencias de Relaciones Grupales (RG) para la Amazonía Peruana. Staff en Conferencia Internacional de RG en ESAN 2012, UPC 2013 y Hope of the Amazon (2012 -2017).

Consultor artístico T-Consult. Consultor artístico de Relaciones Grupales T-Consult- UPC. Miembro del Proyecto Raíces. Constructor de instrumentos de viento con fines sanadores y terapéuticos en la
tienda LaRosa de Bambú (Inka Plaza-San Isidro). Acompañante en procesos musicales para la exploración del poder curativo de instrumentos ancestrales del Antiguo Perú. Consultor del Programa Esperanza para el Amazonas Emprendimiento y Cultura Sostenible.

Docente, consultor e investigador en gestión de organizaciones, analista organizacional y mentor en el desarrollo de habilidades gerenciales. Especializado en colaborar con instituciones privadas y
públicas para trabajos de planeamiento estratégico y cultura organizacional, en la construcción de liderazgo sistémico y en el desarrollo de competencias gerenciales. Tiene un MA en Organisational Analysis por el Grubb Institute y la University of East London y un MBA por la universidad ESAN, se ha entrenado en Socioanálisis por el IFSI en Francia y en el Perú por InnovAcción y T-Consult
Socioanalytic Practice, y se encuentra realizando estudios doctorales en el Doctorado de Gestión Estratégica del Consorcio de Universidades. Profesor Asociado en el Departamento de Ciencias de la
Gestión de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), y ha tenido oportunidad de escribir varios casos de estudio y artículos en revistas nacionales e internacionales sobre el liderazgo y la gestión
de empresas familiares, el desarrollo de competencias gerenciales y sobre la gestión sistémica en cambios tecnológicos.

Psychologist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS); expert in group psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychodrama and psychoanalysis for
adolescents. Co-Founder of the post-graduate Institute of Psychoanalysis for adolescents of the Italian Society of Relational Psychoanalysis (SIPRe). Lecturer of “Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama”
and “Family Psychotherapy”. Board member of “Il Nodo Group”, the association that organizes “ALI” (Authority, Leadership and Innovation) the international Group Relations Conference that was held for
the first time in Italy in 1998 in cooperation with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Member of the “ALI” Directorate for the 2016 and 2017 editions.
For more than 15 years I’ve worked in different clinical contexts as a supervisor and psychotherapist in several centers for mental health problems and institutions in northern Italy. In my work I integrate
the rigor of scientific research and theoretical studies on psychoanalysis and complex systems with creativity and innovation.

Consultora de Diversity Development Consultants. Ingeniera Comercial, Magíster en Gestión de Personas y Dinámica Organizacional, Universidad de Chile. Experiencia en elaboración de procesos de
recursos humanos en el ámbito privado y trabajo en consultoría a PYMES y organizaciones de la economía social y solidaria. Además, elaboración de estudios cuantitativos y cualitativos con enfoque de género, docencia en cátedras de liderzago, coaching y cambio organizacional.

Has a clinical background as Consultant Psychotherapist in general adult and forensic mental health in the NHS, he is also a Training Group Analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis (London), and senior
professional associate at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He is also Visiting Professor in Psychosocial Studies, and Founder member and Board member of the Association for Psychosocial
Studies (APS), an associate of the Organisation for Promotion of the Understanding of Society (OPUS) and associate editor for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and ‘Free Associations

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Info and Fees

The Entry Sub-conference is $1,800 USD + IGV
The Design and Training Sub-conference is $3,500 USD + IGV.

The event is non for profit and non-residential. All fees are re-invested on the sustainability of the Hope of the Amazons program. By participating, you contribute on the continuation of an inter-cultural learning centre that aspires to become self-sustainable and to the generation of knowledge for the sustainable integration of the diverse ethnic groups of Peru into modern life, preventing social conflicts and encouraging reflective citizenship.

Fees include participation in a conference observation event around the Amazons area and Role Analysis Sessions dedicated to transfer learning t o your back-home organisations.

Contribution to Hope of the Amazons community scholarships fund, an indigenous participants who are granted full tuition scholarships.

Fees do not include accommodation or meals.

The Administration could provide a list of hotels and restaurants upon request.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is the 15 September 2017.

Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana

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Associated to the Hope of the Amazon Program, Beca 18 or UCP, UNAP must request an application form to

Associates of Hope of the Amazon Program, OEPIAP, Beca 18 must request an application form and scholarship form to

All applications will be confirmed on written note by the Conference Directorate.

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Web Sites

Hope of the Amazon:
ozepa: http://ttp://
Diversity Development Consulting:
Il Nodo Group:
Centro Coaching:
The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations:

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