Annual Member Conference 2021

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Our 2021 Flagship Event brings our Campus, Perth, and Auckland together for a hybrid of live and virtual events. Tailored for students of all levels, we study, practice, and connect to address our naiveté and aspirations about building surplus in many Conditions of Life.

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Our Annual Flagship Event

As we teach it, even in the face of uncommon global circumstances, our mantra “do not lower your aims” is our guiding ethic for designing our annual flagship event. In fact, during this unprecedented time, it matters more than ever that we utilize the ecology to uncover new strategies, craft powerful solutions, and develop resourceful connections. We urge you to do the same.

To care for you during the Covid-19 pandemic, the details on this page are subject to change.

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Influence Ecology 2020 Annual Member Conference, Ojai, California

The Annual Member Conference is a global affair offering our Members an unparalleled opportunity to connect, study, and practice. While the actual conference is Wednesday-Friday (or Thursday-Saturday in Australia/New Zealand), our conference week seeks to include attendees, spouses, and guests and offers two additional days for Founder Studies*, social events, and the pleasures of the venue and surrounding area.

Led by the Founders, Program Leaders, and some of our most Advanced Members, this conference provides highly specific and purposeful training and teaching tailored to help individuals within our collective Membership expand their capacities, increase their transactional effectiveness, and accelerate their learning.

The conference is designed for three different audiences: our fundamental level (FOT/Membership), advanced level (MAP), and our elite level (MAP2/Esteemed Alumni). The conference is tailored to provide attendees with the environment, guidance, and opportunity to assess and think accurately about their Conditions of Life. Attendees use the opportunity to evaluate the previous year as they look to reinvent their practices, habits, and transactions to support their aims in the year ahead.

Founders Studies with special guest presenters from the Institute of Transactional Philosophy, and are only offered as a virtual event. Founder Studies are an opportunity for The Institute of Transactional Philosophy to address its most recent academic findings, projects, and offerings.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”2021 – The Year of Surplus”]

2021 is the Influence Ecology Year of Surplus.

We’ll launch the theme officially during the conference, but upon examination, we may not be fit for surplus (a surplus of health, activity, money, relationship, and other Conditions of Life). So what must we consider about our fitness? How does surplus continue to elude us?

The Ambitious Professional’s Guide to Surplus offers a year-long journey to navigate from point to point in diverse and sometimes unfamiliar terrain while moving at speed. It can move you and your study groups through thresholds of fitness for surplus.  You can conquer hurdles, steer clear of danger, and track milestones along the way.  The guide will not only introduce new concepts and principles but also will help establish potent new practices and habits. These include checklists, inventories, and provocative questions – all supported by individual and group activities, check-points, and more.

A Preview: The Ambitious Professional’s Guide to Surplus

We will address the primary breakdowns to surplus:

  • Where are we aimless?
  • How are we naive to maintenance?
  • Which Conditions of Life are threatened?
  • How is my surplus addressed through other people?
  • Do I have a surplus of influence?
  • What exactly is satisfaction?
  • Why don’t people know how to have?
  • What is the gap of duality?

The gap of duality is the gap created by one’s inability to account for whole systems. For example, there is no real separation of mind and body, but we sometimes think and behave as if these are distinct. We threaten our satisfaction and surplus wherever and whenever we think and behave as if aspects of a whole are separate and distinct.

This gap can occur when we don’t embody the framework of Transactional Competence™; when we can’t think, act, and behave according to the transactional narratives, transactional behavior, or the true nature of ecologies.

Viewed in its philosophical dimension, transaction denotes a reciprocal relationship between that which acts and that which is acted upon. In this relationship, both become united for the moment in a mutual transition or “transaction.” It is a process in which both are reciprocally transformed. That is to say, the nature of the change each undergoes is affected by the presence and influence of the other. The relationship forms a bond of unity which contradicts any absolute separation or isolation which […] is imposed by dualistic categories.

Phillips, Trevor Joseph (2013). Transactionalism : an historical and interpretive study.

The conference is the opportunity to discover where we are naive and to practice the embodiment of this philosophical dimension.

[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”A Hybrid Event: Live + Virtual Attendance”]All details in this section are subject to change. 

We are planning this conference based on the current facts available from the World Health Organization (WHO). While we would all love to meet in person, current governmental health and safety protocols only allow us to offer the conference on our virtual campus and live in Auckland and Perth – and – simulcast it our virtual campus for those who prefer the safety of home. To connect the entire ecology, we offer a hybrid-event that uses our virtual campus to ‘be together’. For in-person events, we will follow local governmental health and safety protocols. We have moved our 2021 contract with the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar resort to the following year on Jan 17-21, 2022.

Note: Some portions of the conference will be recorded for internal purposes, however, these recordings will not be made available for later viewing and can only be experienced by attending those sessions.

The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority. We have been actively monitoring the evolving situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our policies are designed to accommodate the needs of our attendees and we will continue to review them as the situation progresses. Should circumstances arise such that the attendee is prevented from participating in the live event as a direct result of mandatory government-imposed travel restriction, and/or quarantine conditions imposed by governmental/local authorities, you will have the option to either attend virtually or transfer the amount of the registration fee only to a future event (see Tuitions and Tiers below). We are not responsible for and will not refund individual attendees for any other expenses related to your planned conference attendance. These expenses include but are not limited to, transportation costs such as airline or train tickets and related fees, hotel reservations, or any other expenses.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Tuitions and Tiers”]

Tuitions vary by geography and tier: Live-Access, Virtual-Access, and Limited-Access.

During this unprecedented time, we are offering conference pricing based on Purchasing Power Parity, which serves as an economic adjustor to satisfy exchange rates between countries in relation to the exchange of similar goods. A hybrid event allows for unique pricing.

All tuitions below are expressed in US Dollars.

Tuitions and Tiers





Australia $2507 $2089 $1379
Canada Not Available……… $2001 $1321
New Zealand $2028 $1690 $1115
United States………… Not Available $2500 $1650

Live (in person)

This is only available for Auckland, New Zealand, and Perth, Western Australia. For those in the Asia-Pacific region unable to attend due to Covid restrictions, we encourage your participation in the Virtual or Limited Tier.


Delivered on the Influence Ecology Virtual Campus, this tier is aimed primarily at the North American participants. The schedule is posted in Pacific Time. It includes socials, zoom socials, and a flagship dinner made possible with a local food-delivery gift card (details to follow).


This is available for both virtual and live locations and is restricted to the three-hour daily portion (Founder Studies and Conference) lead by the co-founders.

How will my tuition be handled if I’ve already registered?

For North American participants, you’ve automatically been moved to the Virtual Tier and have received a credit for the difference in price, plus a $300 bonus credit. This can be applied to any new purchases (it can not be applied to existing invoices).

Example: At the time of her purchase, Mary paid $2900 for her Cabo Annual Conference. Since the Virtual Tier tuition is $2500, she gets a $400 credit for the difference, plus a $300 bonus credit. She can now apply this $700 credit towards a future conference or program.

If she chooses to move to the Limited Tier, she will receive a credit for the difference in price, but there is no bonus credit (hint – we want your participation in the whole conference where possible).


Our CFO, Darryl Anderle, has calculated the exact credits for each participant and has supplied this information to Registrar, Liz Smiley. We are not responsible for and will not refund individual attendees for any other expenses related to your planned conference attendance. These expenses include but are not limited to transportation costs such as airline or train tickets and related fees, hotel reservations, or any other expenses.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Covid-19 Live Event Protocols”]While there are fewer Covid-19 restrictions for those residing in Western Australia or Auckland, New Zealand, for those gathering in live ‘pods’ in North America, we require that you adhere to the protocols established by your local officials. Where applicable:

  • Practice social distancing and good hygiene (wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and clean and disinfect surfaces).
  • We will address additional safety protocols about using materials, microphones, greetings, handshakes, hugs, and more during the conference.

If you are unable or unwilling to abide by these health protocols – or if you show any symptoms, you will not be permitted in the conference hall, social events, or flagship dinner.[/vc_toggle]

Tuitions vary by geography and tier: Live-Access, Virtual-Access, and Limited-Access.

Three Locations. One Flagship Conference.

Three Venues

Our Campus



1 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

New Zealand

Findex Auckland
Level 29, 188 Quay Street
Auckland 1010

One Conference*

All three venues allow a hybrid of live and virtual access to in-person participation, social events, and the flagship dinner. Using virtual and streaming technology, we’ve configured the venues and events to bring all attendees together for three hours each day — while offering live interactive segments specifically for each event time-zone. Some live and virtual access options are available for different tiers.

Concurrent Sessions

Our Virtual Campus, Perth, and Auckland will be connected together as one event via streaming from 3-6 pm Pacific each conference day (this is 12-3 pm Auckland time, 7-10 am Perth time).

*Dates differ by time zone. Institute Studies will be held on the Virtual Campus only. The three remaining conference days will be a hybrid of live and virtual sessions. Each location includes a Welcome Social and Flagship Dinner.


Co-Founder John Patterson
Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels
Vice President Drew Knowles

Program Faculty John Baigent, Marne Power, Joni Rocco, and Dr. Gary Ward

Three Live Locations. One Flagship Conference.

[vc_toggle title=”Schedule” open=”true”]This schedule is subject to change. 

All locations – live or virtual – are together for three hours each day for all five days. These segments will not be recorded for later viewing and real-time attendance is the only means to participate.

The first two days are the Founder Studies delivered solely on the Virtual Campus. The three remaining conference days will be a hybrid of live and virtual sessions.

Both live locations will serve lunch and beverages. The Welcome Mixer (live or virtual) will follow the second day of Institute Studies. On the final evening of the conference, Influence Ecology will continue its tradition of hosting the Annual Member Conference Dinner.

LOCATION 1 – Virtual Campus (Pacific Time)- Conference Week Schedule 2021

Date Conference Social
Monday Jan 18———- 3:00–6:00pm Founder Studies (Virtual Campus Only)—–
Tuesday Jan 19 3:00-6:00pm Founder Studies (Virtual Campus Only)—– 6:30–7:30pm Welcome Zoom Social
Wednesday Jan 20 10:30am–6:00pm Conference
Thursday Jan 21 10:30am–6:00pm Conference
Friday Jan 22 10:30am–6:00pm Conference 5:00–7:30pm Final Zoom Mixer + Flagship Zoom Dinner

LOCATION 2 – Auckland (New Zealand Time)- Conference Week Schedule 2021

Date Conference Social
Tuesday Jan 19———- 12:00–3:00pm Founder Studies (Virtual Campus Only)—–
Wednesday Jan 20 12:00-3:00pm Founder Studies (Virtual Campus Only)—– 5–6:30pm Welcome Social
Thursday Jan 21 9:00am–4:30pm Conference
Friday Jan 22 9:00am–4:30pm Conference
Saturday Jan 23 9:00am–4:30pm Conference 5:00–8pm Cocktail Mixer + Flagship Dinner

LOCATION 3 – Perth (Western Australia Time)- Conference Week Schedule 2021

Date Conference Social
Tuesday Jan 19———- 7:00–10:00am Founder Studies (Virtual Campus Only)—–
Wednesday Jan 20 7:00-10:00am Founder Studies (Virtual Campus Only)—– 5–6:30pm Welcome Social
Thursday Jan 21 7:00am–2:30pm Conference
Friday Jan 22 7:00am–2:30pm Conference
Saturday Jan 23 7:00am–2:30pm Conference 5–9pm Cocktail Mixer + Flagship Dinner

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