Welcome to Trio!

Trio Gatherings provide a relaxed, neutral place where colleagues can interact on important topics for mutual learning and mutual support. They are informal and not sponsored by any organization/group. The gatherings are part of our commitment to encourage “global integration”—connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of the major issues facing humanity and in light of our core values and integrity. The hosts (Michèle and Kelly O'Donnell) are consulting psychologists working in the areas of personnel development for international organisations, humanitarian psychology, anti-corruption advocacy/action, and global mental health. The gatherings are done in sets of three, hence "Trio."

Update September 2022: We have taken a pause in our Trio Gatherings since 2017, primarily in order to help care for our parents, and hence being away much of the time form our home/base in the Geneva area. We have nonetheless hosted some similar events which overlap with the purposes of Trios. Trio Gatherings in the Geneva area are to be continued we hope in due course!

Global Citizenship

A trio of gatherings for mutual learning and support

Trio--2016, Geneva area

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--Trio 13: Global Citizenship for Sustainable Development (Saturday 11 June 2016); UN DPI/NGO Conference in Korea, Gyeongju Action Plan 2016: Education for Global Citizenship

--Trio 14: Global Citizenship for Eradicating Poverty (Saturday 22 October), film/discussion of Poverty Inc.--17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty)

--Trio 15: Global Citizenship and Sustainable Peace (Saturday 12 November, following Geneva Peace Week)

--Extra Trio session: Trio 16: Living in Integrity as Global Citizens (Saturday 10 December 2016); video on moral courage, brief readings, discussion, applications; note that 9 December is International Anti-Corruption Day and 10 December is International Human Rights Day) Click HERE for more information

Building the Future We Want--Being the People We Need

A trio of gatherings for mutual learning and support

Trio--March 2015, Geneva area

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--Trio 10: Challenges in Integrating Global Mental Health and Transcultural Psychiatry. Details: 2 March 2015, Monday. We watched the live webinar (organised by the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture) at our home from 19:00-20:30 followed by more discussion. Click here for more information

--Trio 11: World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. Details: 9 March 2015, Monday. The event was from 13:00-14:30 (presentation and discussion of the report) at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. We then met at our home after this event (organised by the Graduate Institute of Geneva, World Bank Group, IFRC, and World Vision) from 18:30—20:30. Click here for more information

--Trio 12: Leadership Challenges in a World of Turmoil. Details: The debate was on 12 March 2015, Thursday, 18:30 at the UN Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations, Geneva. It was organised by: the Sergiio Viera de Mello Foundation and the Graduate Institute of Geneva.We met at our home two days later, Saturday 14 March. 10:00—noon, for further discussion Click here for more information Note: CNN Broadcast

Virtue in a Virulent World

A trio of gatherings for mutual learning and support

Trio--Winter 2014-2015, CT, USA

This set of Trio gatherings took place in Connecticut, USA. They were oriented towards those who practice Christian spirituality and thus included Christian perspectives and Scriptures as part of the materials. Click here to access the materials and links: https://sites.google.com/site/virtrios/home/invite-trio-7-9

--Trio 7: 8 December 2014. Loving Truth and Peace (based on Zechariah 8:19). Power point presentation

--Trio 8: 13 December 2014. The End of the Age and the Age of Sustainable Development. Readings: UN Secretary General's Synthesis Report on the Post 2015 Development Agenda (December 2014), etc. Media: Rev. Chuck Smith's New Years Eve Message 31 December 1974 and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs lecture #70 2014 on Sustainable Development

--Trio 9: 17 January 2105.Living with Integrity and Courage. Readings: Matthew 10, Luke 6, High-Virtue Humans. Videos: Lucifer Effect by Dr. Phil Zimbardo (Stanford), What I Saw in War by Janine Di Giovanni (Newsweek)

Protecting People and Promoting Wellbeing

A trio of gatherings for mutual learning and support

Trio--Summer 2014 Geneva area

We have had another round of three informal get-togethers at our home this summer. This second “trio of gatherings” explored three important areas related to human wellbeing and protection: safety for humanitarian workers, support for global mental health/suicide prevention, and human security/sustainable development goals. Each gathering built upon a special event that was happening around the same time. Space was limited to 12 people. Kelly and Michèle (mcaresources@gmail.com)

Trio 4: Tuesday 19 August, 15:00-17:00. Safety and Support for Humanitarian Workers. This gathering features the live, online video stream from Humanitarian Policy Group on “Aid in danger: Violence against aid workers and the future of humanitarianism” followed by group interaction for personal/professional applications. Some related documents: Some related resources: UNHCR’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Staff (2013), UNHCR; Health Care in Danger , ICRC; Operational Security Management in Violent Environments (2010), Humanitarian Policy Group; and Approaches to Staff Care in International NGOs (2009), People in Aid/InterHealth. Refreshments provided. Note: World Humanitarian Day is 19 August.

Trio 5: Saturday, 6 September, 10:00-12noon. Support for Global Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. This gathering will continue the interactions from two events in the week: a) the two-day WHO mhGAP Forum (4-5 September, focusing on global mental health and suicide prevention); and b) the NGO Forum for Heath’s Global Mental Health Briefing (3 September, focusing on “human dignity and advocacy/access to mental health care). There will be two short videos on mental health around the world and a special group exercise to identify your personal/professional support network. Some reference documents are: WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, Mental Health and the Post 2015 Development Agenda (MGMH), and the World Suicide Report (launched 5 September). Refreshments provided. Note: World Suicide Prevention Day is 10 September World Mental Health Day is 10 October.

Trio 6: Saturday 20 September, 10:00—12noon. Security for All People and the Sustainable Development Goals. This gathering will include updates from the UN General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on the Post 2015 Development Agenda with a focus on human security and peace along with personal/professional applications (e.g., see concept note and programme for 12-13 September). The initial document for reference is the Open Working Group’s recommendations for the sustainable development goals (July 2014, 17 proposals and 169 targets) and a short video TBA (e.g., human security). Refreshments provided. Note: More reference docs will be forthcoming.

Work-Life Balance

A trio of gatherings for mutual learning and support

Trio--Autumn 2013 Geneva area

Getting started...In November 2013 we invited colleagues to come to our home in the Geneva area and delve into the topic of work-life balance. We had three informal gatherings (max 12 people). We emphasised our own self-care in the context of our impacting serious problems in the world as “forces for good.” Each week had a different theme interwoven with work-life balance—courage, contentment, and compassion—and involved an assessment tool, a brief reading, and interactions, These gatherings offered a safe “reflective space” for personal growth and mutual learning/support, and were much appreciated by the participants.

--Trio 1. Sunday, 3 November 2103, 2-4pm. Work-Life Balance and Courage. (brief online assessment and brief reading TBA). Moderator: Michèle.

--Trio 2. Saturday, 16 November 2013, 10-12 noon. Work-Life Balance and Contentment. (brief online assessment and brief reading TBA). Moderator: Kelly.

--Trio 3. Saturday, 30 November 2013, 10-12 noon. Work-Life Balance and Compassion. (brief online assessment and brief reading TBA). Moderator: Kelly.