A Note from our Director

Greetings to all of you around the world!  We hope that your 2018 has unfurled with new joys and wonders.  Our new year has begun with several high notes already.  As you can read more below, we were thrilled to start the new year by participating in the Ben & Jerry’s annual global franchise meeting and continuing to lift up the “Core Academy” work we are leading with that company.  Our team also had a productive site visit to Texas with our partners at IPEN to further plan for our upcoming World Positive Education Accelerator event in June.  If you have not heard it already, I encourage you to grab a cup of tea and enjoy the podcast “Positive Education  2018 – An Appreciative Inquiry Summit” conducted by our very own AI Center field practitioner, Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, who interviews our summit project manager, Molly McGuigan. We hope many of you will join us for this transformational event in June (register using the code WPEAFriends and receive a discount!)
Although the ground is still frozen here in Vermont, we know that the spring will soon be here.  As William Bryant once wrote, “The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.”  We invite you to share what new buds you are tending to and what new leaves you look forward to unfurling in 2018. What exciting things are bubbling for you? Share with us on social media (our twitter is @DLCCenterforAI) using the hashtag #2018Joys

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

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

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
Ben and Jerry's Annual Meeting
Lindsey Godwin and William Hancy recently attended Ben & Jerry’s Global Franchise Meeting 2018 in sunny San Diego. They attended franchisee meetings, manager meetings, and community sessions that reviewed last year’s accomplishments and the next years’ pathways. They also participated in a community project that benefited a cultural hub in eastern San Diego, sampled all of the new flavors coming out in 2018 (which they are sworn to secrecy not to divulge!),  and took advantage of interacting with as many people as possible to discuss Ben & Jerry’s Core Academy courses that are co-developed and co-taught by members of Ben & Jerry’s and that AI Center staff. Look for Champlain College’s and Ben & Jerry’s relationship to grow throughout the campus, as we all look for ways to compliment each other’s strengths and create new possibilities in business and education!

You can read more about the work we do with Ben & Jerry's
StrengthScope Returns to Champlain
Our partners from StrengthScope returned to the Champlain campus in January to lead faculty and leadership teams through StrengthScope Mini-Workshops. In these workshops, members of the StrengthScope team facilitated participants' discovery of how to "upgrade energy" in work and life. 

"The Strengthscope U.S. Team was thrilled to be able to meet with the Champlain Cabinet and help them learn more about the Strengthscope approach and the power of 'energy intelligence.’ The work that both Champlain and the Cooperrider Center do is so vitally important, and we are hopeful that our technology will help accelerate their amazing impact on the world!"
-Anissa Norris, Chief Operations Officer, StrengthScope U.S.
For more information about StrengthScope
AI Commons Feature

Elevation and Change: A New Cooperrider Godwin 8 Stage P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. change platform for Appreciative Inquiry as a Positive OD Process 
by David Cooperrider and Lindsey Godwin

The task of this article is to sketch out the essence of an early articulation of conscious co-elevation, an affective theory of social construction that is to meaning-making human systems what genetic change is to biological systems. It is a uniquely human evolutionary process of positive change, and implications for change are vast. What have we learned about non-deficit, life-centric and full-spectrum strength powered change? This article–a feature choice published in the AI Practitioner–also proposes a new Cooperrider-Godwin 8-Stage P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. change management platform.
To download this article, visit the AI Commons
AI Practitioner Spotlight
Shining a Spotlight on some of the amazing AI Practitioners around the world!
Ada Jo Mann has 35+ years of experience collaborating with clients on strength-based approaches to strategic planning; organization assessment and design; whole system change; program development and evaluation; inter-organizational partnerships; team building, and training. She has directed or participated in assignments in over 50 African, Asian, Caribbean, Central and South American and European countries. Using practical, strength-based and participatory management approaches she has advised and trained over 1000 leaders. Through her work both in the US and abroad Ada Jo has increased the managerial capacities of a broad range of institutions including government agencies, bilateral and multilateral development organizations, non-profits, boards and community groups. She is a pioneer in the field of Appreciative Inquiry in the non-profit and international development arena and Founder and former Managing Co-Owner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, LLC. For seven years she was Director of a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the organizational capacity of non-governmental organizations in all regions of the world. She co-created and was the first Director of the Small Project Assistance Program, a 30 year partnership between USAID and the Peace Corps.
For more information and to connect with other practitioners
AI World Inquiry Spotlight
Hear Cees Hoogendijk's reflections on the AI World Inquiry – Question #2  “The Impact of AI on You”.  Cees shares how AI helped change his personal path.
Share your AI stories in the World Inquiry!  Learn more at: 
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:
February 20th, 12-2PM
March 20th 12-2PM
April 24th 9-11 AM
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
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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