A Note from our Director

Greetings!  As you will read below, we have many exciting events, announcements and resources to share with you once again this month.  Now that March is here, it feels like the days are flying by and we are already preparing to turn our clocks ahead here in the U.S. for Daylight Saving Time (it is the 100th anniversary of this tradition!) this coming weekend.  The changing of the clocks always evokes for me me the Appreciative Inquiry principle of social constructionism, which reminds us that words create worlds and that our reality is socially created through language and conversations.  One day we agree that a particular position of the sun in the sky is 12:00 pm and the next day, that same position is 1:00 pm…what a superpower we have to change the time!  Similarly, we have the same superpower to change our words and focus toward the appreciative with our colleagues, our families and even ourselves.  As you shift your clocks (if you do), I invite you to work on shifting your awareness to the strengths and opportunities that have perhaps gone unnoticed in yourself and others since the last time you changed your clock.  What new things might you notice if you do this?
We invite you to share what is ahead for you that you are excited about as you spring ahead into daylight savings time (think of it as an extra hour of sunshine vs. a lost hour of sleep). Share with us on social media (our twitter is @DLCCenterforAI) using the hashtag #SpringAhead

March 13
NE Strength-Based 
Book Group

3:30 - 5 PM

March 18-19
Facilitating Appreciative Inquiry Training
8 AM - 4:30 PM
Burlington, VT

March 20
Intro to AI Workshops
12-2 PM
Champlain Lakeside Campus

May 16-19
2018 Information Exchange on
Transformative Change and Innovation

Perrysburg, Ohio

June 25-28
World Positive Education Accelerator
Fort Worth, TX

September 7-9
AI Community Jam
Burlington, VT

March 20-23, 2019
World AI Conference
Nice, France
AI Badge Program Annual Registration
The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is excited to announce the annual registration for the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Badge Program! Champlain College Undergraduate Students who are currently in their first-year, sophomore, or junior year will be invited to learn more about the AI Badge Program at an open meeting later this month.
If you would like to learn more about our badge program or you are interested in being an AI Ambassador, which is a coach and mentor for an undergraduate student learning about AI, please contact William Hancy at or 802-865-8477.
Learn more about the AI Badge Program
Love Your Questions!
How do the questions you ask shape your perspective? In case you missed Lindsey Godwin's Valentine's Day Blue Stool segment, make sure you check out the above video, and explore how your can "Love Your Questions" everyday. 
Appreciating What’s Going Right in Business

AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher-education curriculum for the UN Global Goals and exploring positive and profitable business innovation. 

The AIM2Flourish assignment starts in the classroom, when students learn how to do an Appreciative Inquiry-style interview that focuses on what’s going right at a business. Using the UN Global Goals as their lens, students interview a business leader and write about a positive and profitable innovation. The students’ stories live on to inspire others. As of February 2018, business students worldwide have published more than 900 mini-case studies about businesses that are doing good anddoing well.

AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, led by Professor David Cooperrider, at the Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University. Send an email to get involved.

Send an e-mail to get involved!
Certified StrengthScope Practioners
William Hancy, Director of Operations for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and Tom Myers, Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Stiller School of Business both became certified Strengthscope Practitioners! Strengthscope is a leadership and management approach used to inspire individuals and teams to levels of collaboration and productivity they didn’t know were possible. The approach helps individuals and organizations operate at their peak performance by understanding what’s right with people, identifying strengths and motivations that might otherwise be overlooked, and engaging people in ways that allow them to “love work". Yes, love work! Quite a concept, yes? Please contact William ( or Tom ( if you are interested in learning more about what energizes and inspires people to be at their best and can’t wait to get up the next morning to go to work! 
AI Commons Feature

The Yin and Yang of Leadership:
A Theoretical & Practical Guide

by François Héon

At the Crossroads of Management, Psychology, and Philosophy, The Yin and Yang of Leadership offers a synthesis of leadership that can help any person and any group develop their own leadership. Whether you are CEO of World, Inc. or CEO of your own existence, The Yin and Yang of Leadership offers a new dynamic framework for leadership development and leadership. The Yin and Yang of Leadership, the theory and practice of leadership and the role of leadership in the development of leadership a global organization.
For More Information, Visit the AI Commons
AI Practitioner Spotlight
Shining a Spotlight on some of the amazing AI Practitioners around the world!

Co-director of Appreciating People, Suzanne Quinney is an organizational development practitioner, specialising in a strength based approach to change. She is an experienced facilitator/trainer and event organiser, and practiced in the use of World Cafe and Open Space Technology. She offers seminars and master classes on Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology, and organisational learning. Co-Author of highly recommended training resources and articles on AI, she speaks at national events and international conferences.

She was part of the team that won a Patient Safety Award in July 2017, for the training work done alongside Emma & Adrian Plunkett and the Patient Safety Collaborative of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network date she has collaborated with the Patient Safety collaborative WMAHSN in training 20 cohorts of wonderful NHS staff and 6 groups of staff from Care homes.

One of the most recent resources created by Appreciating People, and sponsored by Cooperrider Center, is Reflections. Realizing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry: an Appreciative Journal and Practical Resource Book.

For more information and to connect with other practitioners
AI World Inquiry Spotlight
Listen Tony Silbert reflect with Ada Jo Mann on some innovations he has seen in AI as part of our AI World Inquiry project. Do you have a story of impact or innovation in AI to share?  Join the #AIWorldInquiry
Share your AI story here
Upcoming Events: More information
Free AI Intro Workshops
Our monthly AI Introductory Workshop is free of charge and open to anyone in the community, so please feel free to forward it on to others as well. It will take place in room 101/102 in our Lakeside Miller Center building.
Our Upcoming Dates:
March 20th 12-2PM
April 30th 12-2PM
***Please note the April date and time change***

May 17th 9-11 AM
Sign up for a workshop here
NE Strength-Based Book Group
Tuesday March 13, 3:30 - 5 PM

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.

Our current book is C. Otto Scharmer’s Theory U. Here is the description from Amazon:
"In this ground-breaking book, C. Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways.
What we pay attention to, and how we pay attention is the key to what we create. What often prevents us from 'being present, ' is what Scharmer calls our blind spot, the inner place from which each of us operates. Becoming aware of our blind spot is critical to bringing forth the profound systemic changes so needed in business and society today.

First introduced in Presence, the U methodology of leading profound change is expanded and deepened in Theory U. By moving through the ""U"" process we learn to connect to our essential Self in the realm of 'presencing' - a term coined by Scharmer. When 'presencing' we are able to see our own blind spot and pay attention in a way that allows us to experience the opening of our minds, our hearts, and our wills. Through this process we are able to shift our awareness to allow us to connect with our best future possibility--and to realize it."

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday March 13 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm ET, and we will be discussing the first six chapters of the book.
To Join the discussion, you can connect through zoom:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656 
    Meeting ID: 111 209 437
    International numbers available:
Facilitating Appreciative Inquiry Training ("FAIT")
March 19-20, 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
Collaborate - catalyze individual, organizational and societal growth
Innovate - advance research, education, and advocacy
Transform - guide change that matters in our world 

Hosts:  ISODC & NEXUS4change at BGSU Graduate Programs in Organization Development & Change
Where: BGSU @ Levis Commons, Perrysburg, Ohio
When: May 16 - 19, 2018 (beginning with the pre-conference workshop in the afternoon and agathering the evening of May 16 - wrapping up at noon on May 19)
Why: We need you! This is the annual ISODC conference and we know you will flourish in your own personal and professional development and help colleagues flourish by attending this event.   
For more information
The World Positive Education Accelerator 
June 25-28 | Forth Worth, TX

The World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) is the first of its kind—integrating the International Positive Education Network's (IPEN) second Festival of Positive Education with Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry methodology. 

Similar to the 2016 Festival of Positive Education, the 2018 WPEA will elevate the inspiration and ideas of over 1,200 researchers, educators, practitioners, positive psychologists, agents of change and other parties interested in promoting both academic achievement plus character and well-being that lead to a flourishing life

You will have the opportunity to turn inspiration into action by participating in a day-long festival of positive education followed by a 3-day Appreciative Inquiry Summit—a strengths-based and task focused collaborative design-and-build process. Be engaged as co-designers, across all relevant and resource-rich boundaries, to share leadership and take ownership for making the future of positive education successful.  

As a friend of the AI Center, we are happy to provide you with a 10% off Promo Code that you can enter when you register. 
Click Here for More Information and Registration
September 7-9 | Burlington, VT

Join in the multi-generational gathering of students, practitioners, and the curious to celebrate Appreciative Inquiry, strengths-based and positive approaches to change and life.

Conversations, reflections, and a variety of activities offer endless opportunities for:
- Growing community
- Celebrating each other
- Contributing our stories 
- Learning together
- Sharing our aspirations
- Rejuvenating ourselves
- Welcoming the whole
Wherever you are on the AI Journey...Come Jam with Us!

Early Registration Fee, by March 31 - $275 USD
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
For more information and to register
SAVE THE DATE! World AI Conference
March 20-23 | Nice, France

On behalf of the WAIC Stewardship Council, we are excited to share that the next World AI Conference (WAIC) host country has been selected, and we invite you all to MARK YOUR CALENDARS now to join us for WAIC 2019 in Nice, France! Tentative dates have been set for March 20-23, 2019 and our colleagues from France will soon be following up with more details.

We had four very strong proposals from different regions of the world.  As such, the WAIC Stewardship Council was humbled by the task to review them and select the next WAIC host and it was a task we did not take lightly (members in our global group are listed below, who each brought a wealth of wisdom and experience from prior WAIC events from around the world).  To ensure that all proposals were equally considered, we reviewed each proposal along a variety of criteria and our deliberations were engaged with deep care and thought, as we could see the possibility of every proposal being a potential host!

We thank everyone who contributed to this generative process. And we now look forward to joining together to help ensure WAIC 2019 – France is a wild success! We hope to see many of you there.
WAIC Stewardship Council Members: 
- Joep de Jong (Netherlands)
- Mo McKenna (Canada)
- Dhruba Acharya - (Nepal)
- Luc Verheijen - (Belgium)
- Anastasia Bukashe -  (South Africa) 
-  Ada Jo Mann  - (US)
-  Ilma Barros - (Brazil) 
- Jackie Wong -  (Singapore) 
- Robyn Stratton-Berkessel - (US/Australia) 
- Ron Fry (US)
- Lindsey Godwin  (US)
- David Cooperrider (US)

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