Mensa Foundation's Transformative Colloquium Journey

  • Aug 23, 2023
  • John Thompson, Mensa Foundation Director of Development & Organizational Impact

Three years ago, the Mensa Foundation embarked on a mission to better address the unique needs of intelligent and gifted individuals at different points in their lives. We recognized the importance of providing tailored support and resources that reflect the diverse journey of these exceptional minds. This led to the inception of our Colloquium series—a platform dedicated to unraveling the complexities of intelligence and giftedness. As we reflect on the last two colloquiums, we witness the evolution of ideas and the promising path that lies ahead.

Our Colloquiums serve as a testament to our commitment to expanding the dimensions of intelligence and giftedness. We understand that these concepts extend beyond conventional measures and that the human experience is varied and nuanced. These symposiums have become a forum for some of the brightest minds to convene, share insights, and explore innovative avenues of understanding.

In 2022, we boldly stepped into uncharted territory with the theme "Giftedness Across the Lifespan: A More Complete Picture" This dynamic symposium marked a departure from traditional perspectives. It celebrated diversity and exploration, with each life stage taking the spotlight.

Building on the success of 2022, the 2023 Colloquium delved even deeper into the intricacies of intelligence. Themed "The Talent and Potential of Neurodiversity," this symposium celebrated the strengths of neurodiverse individuals. Esteemed speakers Robinson highlighted the transformative power of embracing diverse cognitive abilities, emphasizing creativity, productivity, and holistic growth.

Looking ahead, the 2024 Colloquium, "Giftedness and Neurodiversity in the Workplace," promises to continue this enriching journey. Drawing on insights from previous events, this symposium will explore the convergence of diverse cognitive abilities in professional contexts. Our aim is to offer practical strategies, insights, and best practices that foster inclusive workplaces, harnessing the unique talents of gifted individuals.

The Mensa Foundation's Colloquium series underscores our dedication to intellectual exploration. These symposiums invite us to peel back the layers of intelligence across contexts and life stages. By embracing cognitive diversity, nurturing latent potential, and fostering innovation, the series transforms us into curious explorers on an intellectual odyssey without constraints. As we anticipate the 2024 Colloquium, let's remember that intelligence is a multifaceted gem, waiting to be uncovered in every individual and life stage.

The Mensa Foundation's Colloquiums offer a thoughtful platform to delve into the dimensions of intelligence and the extraordinary potential within each of us. As we move forward, we invite you to join us in Kansas City or via livestream, where thoughtful discussions and insightful exploration await.