Thanks for asking about the ADPCA 2014 conference in the UK, and thank you Ray for replying. Sorry it's taken a while for me to respond, but here is the most up-to-date news.
We now have an 8 person organising group and have started to look into venues. As soon as we have made a decision and put down a deposit we'll let you know. Kate in the organising group is handling publicity and marketing so look out for her posts in various forums.
We have had a LOT of interest in this conference, in the UK and internationally, and I think it's going to be a great event. As far as possible, once it starts the conference is in the hands of the participants. Although the organising group will set up the conference, once it begins our only role will be to try to ensure that the participants aren't obstructed by practicalities in having it the way they want it.
The conference will have a flat power structure - all participants are equal.
For anyone who hasn't been to an ADPCA conference before, or been involved with it before, the way ADPCA works is that it has a very small group of administrative roles like finance and such, but all decisions about the running of ADPCA are made by the members in business meetings at the annual conference.
I have experienced groups running that way and also where selected individuals make decisions on behalf of an organisation, and in my experience there is something very equalising and freeing about ADPCA's way of running their organisation. It has a very Person centred feel because it is wholly self-organised.
It is possible to join ADPCA - membership fees are low, but this is not a requirement for people wanting to come to conference. Conference is open to all.
We have a Facebook page and a twitter account too. www.facebook.com/ADPCA2014
I'll keep an eye on the forum here in case there are any more questions or comments