NEWSLETTER 03/03/2017

A Note from our Director

Lindsey Godwin
Welcome to March and the beginning signs of spring that are emerging here in Vermont and elsewhere. Last week, we at the Cooperrider Center were fortunate to have a call with our Advisory Board members (who are all amazing, inspiring individuals…you can read more about them here. One of our colleagues shared a powerful question recently posed to him regarding how to decide if one should commit their energy to a project or initiative…he asked, “Is it legendary?”  What a provocative inquiry to consider!  Version 2.0 of this question might be, “How can I ensure that whatever I am working on will be legendary?”  I invite you all to ask these questions in your lives, because each one of us has the potential to create legendary impacts in our families, our organizations, our communities, and across our world.  We are excited to share here with you some “legendary” things we have happening here at the Cooperrider Center and we look forward to hearing what legendary work you are up to!  Share it with us on social media if you like (our twitter is @DLCCenterforAI) using the hashtag #IAmLegendaryBecause 

~Lindsey Godwin, Cooperrider Center Director
The AI Center Becomes Co-Publisher of AI Practitioner Journal
The Cooperrider Center is pleased to announce that we will be co-publishers with the Institute Voor Interventiekunde for the AI Practitioner : The International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry!  As many of you know, this publication has been the premier outlet for advancing the global practice of Apprecaitive Inquiry. The goal of the journal is to support a flourishing community of AI practitioners who in turn support each other in their work practices. If you have not already, we invite you to sign up for a subscription HERE.

AI Center Student Published
in AI Practitioner

We are excited to share that one of our student employees, Taylor Dancer, was published in the most recent printing of the AI Practitioner. 
Her article highlights her discovery of Appreciative Inquiry as a student working with the Cooperrider Center. She shares her visions for the future of AI, as well as invites others around the world to share their stories of the impact AI has had on their life through a world-wide inquiry project. 

Taylor’s article can be found here:

Equine Experiential Learning Demo

Students participating in an exercise where they needed to guide and build the horses through various obstacles without touching or bribing them.
Students of UVM's Equus class participated in a demonstration of Equine Experiential Learning on February 27th at the UVM Horse Barn Co-op in South Burlington, VT with Janis Cooper of EQnimity and William Hancy of the AI Center. As part of the Animal Sciences Program at UVM, Equus, offers a hands-on equine management experience. Through the demonstration, 15 students participated in two different activities, gaining awareness of how managing emotions, thoughts, energies, and behavior supports positive relationships and constructive outcomes with both humans and horses. Please look for Appreciative Inquiry through Horses programs to be announced soon. 

After the Summit:
Leahy Center's Evironmental Summit

In March 2015, regional environmental leaders joined forces for the Leahy Center Environmental Summit. They gathered to collaborate on resiliency and develop solutions to preserve and protect Vermont’s waterways. Watershed teams were also able to apply for grants through The High Meadow Fund and Lake Champlain Basin Program to fun their projects. These teams are now collaborating on watershed initiatives that promote awareness, while also implementing projects that improve the water quality. 
Please check out the video below to follow up further with these watershed teams.
Center Advisory Board Member Releases New Book
We are very happy to share the release of DreamMakers: Innovating for the Greater Good by one of the Center’s very own Advisory Board Members, Michele Hunt. 

“DreamMakers: Innovating for the Greater Good profiles stories of businesses, cross-sector initiatives and movements and whole communities that are collaborating to create a flourishing world. They all share attitudes and beliefs that transcend: who they are, where they live, or their individual circumstances.
The book provides a new definition of success, shares the stories of a number of businesses and communities and examines how the people that lead these successful organizations have made a significant difference.”
            -Greenleaf Publishing

You can purchase a copy of Michele’s book here:
Upcoming Events

Building Resilient Organizations
through Appreciative Inquiry

Conference Breakout Session
April 7, 2017 at 10:45pm
George Mason University's Well-Being Conference
Center Director Lindsey Godwin will be leading a workshop at George Mason University's upcoming Leading to Well-Being Conference on Friday, April 7th  at 10:45 AM. The session is titled "Building Resilient Organizations through Appreciative Inquiry.”  

Session description:  Everyone knows that change is the only constant in our organizations. Unfortunately, however, change is often a source of frustration in many of our workplaces – but perhaps it does not have to be.  We focus so much of our energy on solving problems to get the ‘right’ answer, but perhaps we need to focus more on the nature of questions we ask.  If what we ask in our organizations determines what we find, what new questions will help us create resilient and innovative organizations that help us flourish? Management Professor and Organizational Development specialist, Dr. Lindsey Godwin, will discuss the ways that questions can transform our perception of problems in order to uncover new possibilities for achieving positive results and cultivating resilient workplaces.  This workshop will introduce you to the theoretical foundations and assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry, as well as practical tools and techniques to create positive change and resiliency in your own organization 
More Info on the Conference

Save the Date!
Creating Flourishing Organizations
Through Trust and Collaboration

May 17 - 20, 2017
Champlain College, Burlington, VT
The International Society for Organization Development and The Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry are pleased to present an Information Exchange focused on Creating Flourishing Organizations Through Trust and Collaboration.
Why are Trust and Collaboration so important in our world today and how can they be used to create flourishing organizations? This Information Exchange will explore how we might create or strengthen trust and collaboration together to better create flourishing organizations. We want to continue transforming our organizations for the better, to this end, we look forward to sharing best practices and creating new ones together!

Inspirational questions we hope to explore:
  • What are the latest research & the best global practices around organizational flourishing?
  • What are the exciting advancements happening in the fields of trust and collaboration?
  •  What are the stories of inspiration we have and lessons learned about how to create flourishing organizations?
  • What’s next? How can we evolve our own work and practices to further support organizational flourishing?
Elements: Paper presentations, workshops, lots of conversation.  Keynoter (to be determined), electronic participation for those unable to attend in person.  If you would like to submit a paper or workshop, please 
To Register

Fourth Global Forum for Business
as an Agent of World Benefit

Discovering Flourishing Enterprise:
The Key to Great Performance

June 14-16, 2017
Case Western Reserve - Cleveland, Ohio 
The Cooperrider Center is excited to be partnering with the Fowler Center at Case Western Reserve University to support  the upcoming Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.
At the Fourth Global Forum, executives, entrepreneurs, and change agents will discover, design, and strategize around their own high priority initiatives.
The design areas of the Fourth Global Forum:
Participants work on their initiatives to advance existing priorities at the individual, organizational, and systemic levels. Vibrant Case Western Reserve University Fowler Center projects provide insights and stimulate action for flourishing:
For more information or to register, visit
For 25% off, enter Promo Code: CHAMPLAIN25
Early Rate: April 30th
Full Rate: June 14th

Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology

Featuring a special Founders Symposium on Appreciative Inquiry
July 13-15, 2017
Montreal, Quebec
Center Director Lindsey Godwin and Honorary Chair David Cooperrider will be a part of a Founders Symposium on July 15th at the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology. The symposium will present new empirical research pointing to the promise of the positive psychology field at the levels of enterprise teams, entire organizations, whole industries and cities, and even UN World Summits. You can register for the Fifth World Congress here.
Read More About The Founders Symposium
Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
Our monthly AI Introductory Workshops are free of charge and open to anyone in the community, so please feel free to spread the word to others as well. The workshops take place in room 101/102 in our Lakeside Miller Center building. You can RSVP to reserve your spot in an upcoming sessions via the following links:

Monday, April 10th, 2017 - Register HERE
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 - Register HERE
Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certification

Foundations: November 14-16, 2016
Capstone: May 2017
George Mason University | Fairfax, VA

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.
You can find more information about the program HERE 
You can register for the program HERE

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