The World Appreciative Inquiry Conference will have its own radio this year. During the conference we will set up a unique experiment by making radio. Radio as a way of sharing stories, creating connection between people from inside and outside the conference venue. More news on this experiment still to come, but for now you can already warm up with this teaser.
Scaling-up the Generative Power of AI is the subtitle of the 2012 WAIC’s conference theme. On Saturday prof. Ron Fry & prof. Gervase Bushe will take the stage together in a joint keynote session to talk about generativity as a core-concept in the theory and practice of AI: Generative Engagement: Going beyond the Positive for Transformational Change
Prof. Dr. Ron Fry
Ron is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, consistently ranked one of the best in the world by the Financial Times. He has been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and the Weatherhead School’s Distinguished Service Award. He received his MS and PhD from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Ron is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functioning of the CEO. He is a co-creator of the Appreciative Inquiry approach and continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the field. His most recent books are Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity (Taos Publishing), with Frank Barrett, and Appreciative Team Building with Diana Whitney, Jay Cherney and Amanda Trsten-Bloom (iUniverse). He also recently co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the field (Quorum) and the Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (Stanford University Press).
With Professor David Cooperrider, Ron is co-editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and conducts the Weatherhead International Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry for the Betterment of Business and Society in Brazil, Belgium, India, Australia, Indonesia and the USA. He directs the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value’s World Inquiry Project. He has led and studied large scale, strength-based, multi-stakeholder change processes in a variety of systems including General Electric, World Vision, ArcelorMittal, Roadway Express, Akzonobel, Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Belgian Learning Network for Talent Development, SABMiller, ArcelorMittal Steel, and the US Navy.
We are honoured that Ron holds a keynote at this 5th World AI Conference, also because of the special relationship he has with Belgium & the Organising Committee. Since the mid 1990’s, Ron has led student exchanges between CWRU and KU Leuven University and participated in a growing network of AI practitioners through projects with STEBO, Kessels-Smit, Evenwicht, and alumni from KUL’s Certificate Program for Consulting in Groups and Organizations (CIGO). Collaborations with this network have culminated in the first ever Belgian Learning Network for Talent Development (now in its second iteration) and advising the core founding group for WAIC 2012.
Prof. Dr. Gervase Bushe
Gervase R. Bushe is Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. His has won awards for his research on teams, collaborative organizing, and organizational change. He has been experimenting with and studying appreciative inquiry since 1989 and published the first research assessing it. Over the past 7 years his studies have uncovered the critical role “generativity” plays in the transformational change potential of appreciative inquiry. He has lately turned his attention to developing an integrated theory of “Dialogical Organization Development” – processes of change that do not rely on data collection and diagnosis, but focus on changing conversations to transform human systems.
For 30 years Gervase has had a wide range of consulting assignments with organizations as diverse as General Motors, SAP, Novellus and Shell Oil as well as hospitals, schools, start up companies and government departments. He is the authour of Clear Leadership, a social constructivist model of the skills required to lead collaborative teams and organizations that has been translated into 4 other languages. Managers from companies as diverse as GE, Nokia, Corning, Emerson, Philips and Swedbank, have participated in his proven, developmental, leadership programs.Through his company, Clear Learning Ltd., he licenses trainers around the world to deliver Clear Leadership, Appreciative Leadership, Clear Partnership and Performing and Learning in RealTime.
Yesterday the early bird has passed. We did close the early bird rate now. Already 430 participants in total have subscribed for the conference and/or the pre-conference. The conference will already represent 35 countries in Ghent.
Thanks everyone for your registration, creating buzz and convincing friends or family to come. We are very happy with the number of participants already. There still is place for the conference, so keep on sharing the word, the buzz, the enthusiast reactions on this conference. Let’s be generative! See you all soon!
Last week our friends of Axiom News published their blog post about the conference app in an interview with Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, one of our developers. Interested in reading it?: you’ll find it here.
We updated our program page with the names and titles of the already confirmed speakers. Currently we are collecting all final proposal abstracts so we can start communicating them in a short period of time. It will again be a very powerful, diverse, beautiful, interesting, passionate, qualitative, creative, surprising, touching, captivating, well thought-out… but above all appreciative program. Hope to see you in Ghent, and again, watch out for the bird!
Please be aware that the early bird rate is valid up to January 31! Registrations are currently very encouraging and exceed our expectations.
Already 225 participants from 22 different countries enrolled for this worldwide AI event.
To be part of the 5th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, register online here.
Diana Whitney, Ph.D. is President of Corporation for Positive Change, a global consulting consortium dedicated to the creation of collaborative advantage and life affirming organizations. She is an internationally recognized consultant and pioneering thought leader on topics related to Appreciative Inquiry, the social construction of innovation and positive change, Appreciative Leadership and spirituality at work. Dr. Whitney is a co-founder of the Taos Institute, a fellow of the World Business Academy, and a Distinguished Consulting Faculty with Saybrook University.
She is an award-winning writer. Her major works include, The Power of Appreciative Inquiry (with Amanda Trosten-Bloom), Appreciative Inquiry (with David Cooperrider), Appreciative Team Building and her newest Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization.
Diana’s consulting focus is large scale and high engagement in the arenas of culture change, strategic planning, leadership development, merger integration, union-management partnership and service excellence. Among the many organizations who have benefited from her work are ACT, City of Regina, CA, Antofagasta Minerals, British Airways, Verizon, Glaxo Smithkline, Canadian School of Public Service, Merck LA, Sisters of Good Shepherd, University of Virginia Health System and the United Religions Initiative.
Mid-november I made my proposal to do a workshop during the fifth WAIC in Ghent. The topic I chose to work on is “Healing Dark Emotions through Appreciative Living”. I’m working on this topic for several years now and saw this as an ideal opportunity to show that AI is more then looking at the sunny side of life (and avoiding dark emotions).
Some days ago I received the following answer on my submission by mail: “The program committee selects your proposal conditionally. The question or request we have is: We believe in the generative capacity of unexpected combinations. This proposal is accepted under the condition that you share the workshop slot with Mrs Jeanie Cockell from Canada, who has submitted a similar proposal. Can you please let us know by return mail if you wish to re-submit your proposal, taking into account our question or request?”
Again we wish to thank the AI practitioners, researchers, organizational leaders & students for their enthusiasm and high quality submission.
The program committee is close to finishing the reviews of all proposals. Since we want to do this in the most careful way, the notifications will be sent to all submitters no later than January 9.
Early bird rates for conference registrations apply to January 31.
We all wish you the best New Year’s eve and are looking forward to meet you in Ghent in 2012!
On the eve of Christmass you can now find the provisional program of the #2012waic Conference. You can find it here. We already announced three of our central guest: David Cooperrider, Klaas van Egmond and Kenneth Gergen. Next week we’ll announce some new names in between the holidays. Keep an eye on our website for further information.
For now, enjoy the holidays with family and friends. And we’ll see you soon next week or in 2012!
The Conference Team