A Note from our Director

Happy New Year!
No, I have not lost track of what month it is; I know it is August and December is still several months away. However, as we prepare to welcome the beginning of a new semester at Champlain College, I am filled with the same eager anticipation for new beginnings that I have on New Year’s Day. With new students arriving soon to begin their college journey, coupled with familiar faces returning to the rhythms of our academic calendar, I am filled with a myriad of hopes and dreams for the school year ahead. At the Center, we are looking forward to expanding our AI Badge program for undergraduates, ongoing support of the World Positive Education Accelerator work, new educational offerings, and supporting the growing global AI Community. It is a New Year indeed! Sarah Ban Breathnach once wrote, “New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change” In the spirit of Appreciative Inquiry’s  Constructionist Principle, every day can be New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day if we choose to frame it as such…each day can be a fresh start, a new chapter, a new question to be asked. In that spirit, what fresh start are you looking forward to this month? What are you working to appreciatively accelerate in your own life and work? 

Share it with us on social media if you like (our twitter is @DLCCenterforAI) using the hashtag #AppreciativeNewYear 

September 7-9
AI Community Jam
Burlington, VT

September 11

NE Strength-Based 
Book Group

3:30 - 5:30 PM

September 17-21
ISODC International Conference
Dublin, Ireland

September 19-21
AI Practitioner Certification

Burlington, VT

October 24-26

Facilitating Appreciative Inquiry Training
Burlington, VT

Nov. 12- Dec. 7, 2018
4- Week Online AI Course

January 7 - March 30, 2019
12- Week Online AI Foundations

March 6-8, 2019
AI Practitioner Certification
Burlington, VT

March 20-23, 2019

World AI Conference
Nice, France
Become an AI Practitioner!
Don't miss out on registering for our
AI Practitioner Certification Program September 19-21st!

Space is limited.
For More Information and to Register for the Certification!
WPEA Updates
Below is a wonderful video, showcasing highlights from the
World Positive Education Accelerator! 
WPEA in the Media: 
AI Commons Feature
Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare 1st Edition
by Natalie May, Daniel Becker, Richard Frankel, Julie Haizlip, Rebecca Harmon, Margaret Plews-Ogan, John Schorling, Anne Williams, and Diana Whitney

Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a positive and collaborate approach to organizational change, is taking hold in clinics, classrooms, and executive offices of leading healthcare organizations worldwide. Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best is a practical toolkit designed to stimulate positive change and engage others in creating the healthcare environment so desperately needed today. It is an encyclopedia of positive questions to help you and your team: Harness the creative energy and passion of people at all levels; Focus positive energy on the challenges facing your healthcare organization; Create a culture of top quality care; Learn about and support the best of caregivers, patients, and families; Embrace improvement opportunities with commitment and optimism; and Build collaboration based on trust and a belief in the best of one another. AI thought leader, Diana Whitney and the team of healthcare professionals at the University of Virginia Health System have joined together to provide this book of questions and AI activities designed especially for hospitals, clinics, medical educators, and health care leaders.
For More Information, Visit the AI Commons
AI Practitioner Spotlight

Fernando Caballero Ponce (Fer) is a coach and consultant with a passion for helping individuals, teams, organizations, and societies to discover their strengths, identify opportunities, and create a plan with meaningful results for positive change.

Fer has been integrating Strengths-based and Relationship Systems Intelligence practices into coaching, teaching, outdoor training, and consulting. He works with organizations in leadership solutions, team development, executive coaching, and strategic planning.

His training and experience allow him to objectively incorporate different groups of people to work together positively towards a common goal. He draws his experience from working in different milieus such as Spain, India, Egypt, Nepal, Tanzania, Turkey, and Perú.

His studies and training come from highly recognized institutions in North America, Europe, and Latin America. He holds a M.A. in Group Psychology from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and a B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Lima (Perú). He is a recent graduate from the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certification at the Stiller School of Business (Champlain College, USA) where he was a student of David Cooperrider, Lindsey Godwin, Pru Sullivan, Jackie Kelm, Joep C. De Jong and Jackie Stavros, the creators and lecturers of The Prestigous David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, the global Center of Excellence in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management.

He is an ICF certified coach graduated from ORSC™ certification program at CRR Global (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) and a CTPC™ – Team Performance Coach and is certified in Leadership Circle Profile™ and Team Diagnostic™ assessments. Fer is an Associate of the Taos Institute.

Specialized in adventure activities and inspiring experiences used to create earning opportunities for personal and interpersonal development, Fer has designed a Strengths-Based / Andes Leadership Trek with Llamas!! Herein, Fer uses techniques derived from Appreciative Inquiry, Team Diagnostics, among others, to help teams work together in a natural setting.

Fer also received extensive professional Experiential Learning training in organizations such as Where There Be Dragons (Sierra Nevada, EEUU), Outward Bound (Spain), the National Outdoor Leadership School (Nols Patagonia) and he feels tremendously grateful for fomenting his passion for climbing mountain ranges like Himalayas, Alaska, Caucasus, Andes, Pyrenees, and Alps.

He is currently based in Lima and holds Peruvian and Spanish citizenship.

For more information and to connect with other practitioners
Watch Fer's strengths-Based / Andes Leadership Trek Video
AI World Inquiry Spotlight
Listen to Jen Silbert discuss with Ada Jo Mann the story of how she came to find Appreciative Inquiry.
Share your AI story here
Upcoming Events: More information
September 7-9 | Burlington, VT

We’re proud to remind you about our 2018 AI Jam, building on the success of our first gathering at the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College in beautiful Burlington VT. 

Our theme for 2018: Elevating Appreciative Voices and Choices Every Day.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is more relevant and needed today than ever. AI is  made for these times. 

This year our theme is one that can’t be ignored: making appreciative choices in every moment to elevate our Appreciative Voice through the media, in public forums, in organizational life, and in our daily conversations. 

“When the gift of a philosophy about life as change and a community that lives this out by nurturing possibility in one another then is something for which you are looking, it has been my experience it all comes together in #AIJAM” - Richard Manley-Tannis, participant in 2017.

General Registration Fee, between April 1 - July 31 - $350 USD
General Registration Fee, between August 1 - September 7 - $450 USD
Student Registration Fee - $150 USD
  • Registration includes all appreciative learning activities, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and an evening reception at the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College.  
  • Space is limited so register early!

Hosted by The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Taos Institute with dedicated planners and dreamers.

For more information and to register
NE Strength-Based Book Group
September 11, 2018
3:30-5 PM EST

Several years ago, the Northeast Strengths Based Network formed a book discussion group to offer an opportunity to explore the rich literature of strengths based practice. We are happy to now be under the umbrella of the David L Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and are extending an invitation to all interested to join us in lively conversation that often extends beyond the field of strengths based practice. The group is very informal, self-organized, and willing to let the conversation emerge as it needs to.

This session of the book group will be discussion Building Resilience With Appreciative Inquiry by Joan McArthur-Blain & Jeanie Cockell. The meetings are always the second Tuesday of the month from 3:30 - 5:00 pm ET. Here are the upcoming reading assignments:

September 11: Prologue, Chapters 1 & 2
October  9: Chapters 3 & 4
November 13: Chapters 5 & 6
December 11: Chapter 7 and Epilogue

You can join in September using the following zoom meeting information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16465588656,,823975538#  or +16699006833,,823975538# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833 
    Meeting ID: 823 975 538
    International numbers available:
ISODC International Conference: Leadership in Turbulent Change
September 17-21 | Dublin, Ireland

Join OD leaders such Wayne Boss, David Coghlan, Amandine Savall, and Henri Savall for a dynamic exchange of ideas, informative workshops, and hands-on international consulting experience.  

Held at the stunning Royal St. George Yacht Club, attendees will learn how the OD community can be—and already is—a powerful tool to help organizations across the world create greater agility and change readiness. 

The program includes many opportunities for organizational consultants and scholars from Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia to network and discuss future partnerships. Register today to be a part of the dialogue. 

Experience International Consulting with leading international OD Consultant with volunteer organizations!  
Click Here for More Information and Registration
AI Practitioner Certification 
Burlington, VT
Foundations: September 19-21, 2018
Capstone: March 6-8, 2019


Designed by Appreciative Inquiry co-originator Dr. David Cooperrider and AI thought-leader Dr. Lindsey Godwin, this program presents a proven approach to accelerating organizational change by showing how to focus on and leverage the core strengths of any organizational system. Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, learn how and why Appreciative Inquiry works, explore the power of questions to seed positive change in any situation, and discover how to engage others in the change process for lasting results. By working on an application project specific to your own organization, you will have the opportunity to create positive change that bridges high ideals with a results-oriented mindset.

Sign up now, this program is filling up fast!
For More Information
Facilitating Appreciative Inquiry Training ("FAIT")
October 24-26, 2018 | Burlington, VT

Confidently facilitate meetings and workshops with your teams or clients using ​Appreciative Inquiry.

​Change begins with the very first questions we ask. ​Our questions are fateful. They determine what we find. Explore "FAIT-ful" questions with us.

​If you've taken an Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry workshop, Appreciative Inquiry Certification, or completed the Positive OD Certification at Champlain College, you may be wondering...
What next? How can I apply this exciting approach with my team or with clients?

Join other enthusiastic learners who want to put their foundational knowledge
in Appreciative Inquiry into action!

Learn essential facilitation tools to immediately begin implementing AI-centered practices in your organization and catalyzing positive change! 
For More Information and to Register
2019 World AI Conference
March 20-23,2019 | Nice, France

Abstracts to the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference will be accepted through September 30th! 

Join and meet up with an international AI community to share and learn from each other in generating constructive conversations between all world actors for jointly taking care of common good.
From the founders to the newest voices, the conference will favor diversity of expressions and endeavor cooperation.  
It is dear to our hearts to carry on the work undertaken during the lasts WAIC.
We cordially invite you to come and share friendly and joyful conversations between citizens of the world, under Nice shining sun! 
- Jean Pagès and Jean Christophe Barralis on behalf of the hosting team, international advisory board, and all conference partners
More Information on how to submit your proposal
For more information and to register
NEW Appreciative Inquiry Courses Online!

We are excited to launch our online AI programs! We offer both a 4-week course and a 12-Week Foundations course. Please see below for detail.

Online 4-Week AI Course

November 12–December 7, 2018
  • Preliminary exposure to Appreciative Inquiry through readings, online discussions, and personal application opportunities.
  • Build capacity to apply AI Principles to personal life while understanding AI's larger applications.
Online 12-Week Foundations Program
January 7, 2019 through March 30, 2019
  • Focus on AI's most important methods, processes and frameworks.
  • Utilize AI as a tool for organizational change.
  • Understand the 5-D framework in detail.
  • Learn the underlying theory and principles of AI.
  • Design AI questions and applications.
  • Explore AI applications through periodic webinars and coaching sessions.
  • Applies to personal, interpersonal, and touches on organizational levels.
For more information and to register

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