It is hard to believe that December is here and thus the end of the year is upon us! As we begin to close out 2017 and prepare to welcome 2018, the quote from T.S. Eliot is echoing in my mind: “For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.” Indeed, we are looking forward to the new voice of 2018 to begin its song. We know some of those notes will include our World Positive Education Accelerator event in June (registration details and a special discount code are below), as well as our AI Community Jam in September (save the date below!), and many other opportunities for us to connect with each of you in person and virtually.
Even as we begin to turn our attention to next year’s words, however, we invite you to celebrate all that happened this past year. What were your high points from 2017? What brought you joy? Share with us on social media (our twitter is @DLCCenterforAI) using the hashtag #2017Joys
~Lindsey Godwin, Cooperrider Center Director
Registration for the World Positive Education Accelerator is NOW OPEN!
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.
Promo Code: WPEAFRIENDS
With the help of Josh Blumberg, Director of Academic Technology, we had the opportunity to participate in a pilot test for Champlain's new Light Board. Check out our fun video on the Appreciative Inquiry 4-D Model by clicking above!
New Book From Appreciative People
It all started with a conversation between Appreciating People and Dr. Lindsey Godwin at the 2015 World AI Conference in Johannesburg. We explored the potential of developing a practical AI resource that combined appreciative journaling with accessible simple activities that could support a AI practitioner at the start of their AI journey. Over two years later – and many more conversations with people like Jackie Kelm – Reflections was launched at the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) Learning From Excellence conference. Sponsored by Appreciating Church, WMASHN and David L Cooperrider Center for AI, Champlain College in Vermont, it also has a foreword by Jane Magruder Watkins and Ralph Kelly. Reflections is Appreciating People’s latest publication, a workbook and practical resource. It’s a combination of appreciative journaling, a gratitude diary and skills and techniques to develop your Appreciative Inquiry practice.
Several AI Badge Candidates and Ambassadors attended two interactive workshops with Jackie Kelm, author of The Joy of Appreciative Living. Jackie's questions ranged from “Tell me all the good things you can about ISIS” to “Who performs better, people who spend more time training physically or more time visualizing their result?” These questions and their responses led to stories and examples that brought each of the six AI Principles to life in very profound ways. William Hancy and an AI Badge Candidate, Zynab Makki, helped introduce AI practices to Dr. Allen-Pennebaker’s two sections of COR-230: Ethics and the Environment: Stuff. Ms. Makki guided students through paired interviews and discussions using strength-based, positive questioning. This brainstorming technique helped students come up with ways to make positive change in the environment. Dr. Allen-Pennebaker stated, "It was really fun to incorporate some AI into my classes, and will do it again for sure! It was great to work with [William], and I was very impressed with Zynab.”
If you would like more information on the AI Badge Program, please contact William Hancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AI Commons Feature
Are you looking to for an outlet to connect with the global AI community? The AI Commons offers a space for individuals around the world who are writing, researching, and practicing AI to be included in an ever-expanding directory. Are you interested in connecting with an AI Practitioner? You can search the hundreds of individuals who have already joined this directory.
INTRODUCTION TO APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY WORKSHOP
Champlain College - Burlington, VT
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. We are currently scheduling our 2018 dates. Please watch out for our January newsletter for the announced dates!
Are you an advisor or becoming one? Learn how to put this framework into practice! An Appreciative Advising course will be offered online February 5-March 16, 2018 with a registration deadline of January 8, 2018
Are you a higher education administrator in a current supervisory role or do you aspire to become a supervisor? This hands-on and applied class covers a range of topics including how to run effective staff meetings, conduct effective assessment projects, on-board and supervise employees, and more, through an Appreciative Education/Advising lens. An Appreciative Administration course will be offered online February 26-April 9, 2018 with a registration deadline of January 29, 2018.