Proceedings of the WAIC 2009 Kathmandu, Nepal

The 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, November 16-19, 2009. This conference drew 400 participants from 40 countries who participated live in Kathmandu and also virtually from their homes around the world. We hereby present you the proceedings of this conference to remember your presence then or as a warm-up for your presence in Ghent next year.

Proceedings of the 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, Kathmandu

Early Bird Registration: Special AIP for first 150 registrations

Thanks to Innovation Partners International, the Taos Institute and AI Practitioner, we are happy to announce a donation of the AIP Special Conference Issue of Video Essays: Innovation and Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Images, Positive Action, on a USB wrist band. On the flash drive, there are short video essays showcasing outstanding examples of AI innovation. They come from around the globe and from diverse social and business situations such as staff collaboration in hospitals, professional development of teachers, turning around the lives of the homeless as well as developing new corporate cultures and new business products.


The Story as it Happens (by Mario Gastaldi)

We started a few months ago, and recently decided to tell the story of this conference as it is happening, and well in advance of next April, when the real Event will take place. We thought it would be interesting to share something with you from the backstage.

As to the work of organizing the conference, most of it is being carried on by our friends in the Local Organizing committee, and they do deserve full recognition for it. The rest of us in the Advisory board, with them, is taking part in intriguing conference calls and dense conversation threads as we contribute ideas to the theme of the conference, its design and how we will let all of you know about it.


Pre-Conference on 24th and 25th of April

Professor David Cooperrider, the founder of AI, will host a 1,5 day workshop on the fundamentals of Appreciative Inquiry. If you want to hear the AI story from its very origin until today, please be invited to meet David and participate in this opportunity from the first row. Firstly, David will teach you the fundamental principles of AI. Secondly, he will testify of the most uplifting AI practices he met throughout his entire career. Finally, this workshop will help you to discover your own path to incorporate these AI principles and practices in your own personal or professional live.

The workshop takes place in Ghent, from April 24th in the morning till April 25th at noon, at the same place and right before the World AI conference. Please be invited to this special and unique occasion.

More information: click here.

Information on Host City and Conference Venue updated

Dear all,

This weekend we updated the information about the beautiful city of Ghent as the host city of the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2012. Also you can find updated information on the conference venue. Later this day we will give more information about accomodation and hotel possibilities.


Conference Team

Call for Proposals Online

From today on the call for proposal can be found online. This 5th World AI Conference is designed for anyone interested in sharing, exploring and exchanging stories and practices demonstrating the connecting and generative power of AI. Fields of practice can be either your organizational, community, region, business or personal life.

We cordially invite researchers, AI practitioners and organizational leaders to submit proposals for papers, and proposals for symposia and workshops which explore and deepen the theme of this worldwide event: “Towards an ‘economy’ of connecting strenghts: scaling-up the generative power of AI”.

More information on submitting a proposal on this website or in the full call for proposals.