Media Crew covers WAIC news

Sixteen voluntary WAIC-journalists gather around the collective aim to make this World Conference become World News. Together with you, this team makes generative news that connects and scales up the best of this event. A constant stream of Appreciative Inquiry news will be available for those gathered at the conference as well as for the outside world. (more…)

Some impressions from a senior taking part in the Pre-Conference

As a person born during the war I feel enormously worried. Worried about the big gap between rich and poor, the unacceptable plundering and inequal sharing of our planet earth’s wealth. Worried about the waste of science and technology in service of a happy few. Worried the arms race, the unsustainable way of our economic activities and the hold up of millions of people by the financial institutions. Worried about the alineation produced by mass media and publicity. In short, I’m worried!


Keynote Announcement: Leo Bormans

Leo Bormans (B) is the author of the worldwide bestseller “The World Book of Happiness” in which 100 experts of 50 countries share their knowledge on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life. European Chairman Herman Van Rompuy has sent the book as a special New Year’s gift to all leaders of the world.

Leo Bormans has been working for more than 20 years for the government in Belgium on active citizenship, empowerment, communication, positive education and positive journalism. His initiatives have inspired lots of organizations and policy-makers. Now he has become an international ambassador of positive change and quality of life. The Conference of Appreciative Inquiry in Nepal has been one of the triggers in his life to focus on these topics. He is giving workshops and lectures for small groups and broad audiences all over the world. He also is a board member of the Foundation of her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde in Brussels and has organized different conferences in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with the contribution of experts in the field of positive psychology, including Lord Richard Layard (UK). In Ghent he unveils some of the secrets of how you get people engaged in change, active citizenship and responsibility: how to put a successful megaphone on the positive message?

Keynote Announcement: Koen Vanmechelen

The Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen (1965) is an internationally renowned, conceptual artist. In his work he uses a variety of artistic tools: from painting and video to installations, sculpture and glass.

One of his groundbreaking artistic projects is called The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project: a crossbreeding project with chickens. More specifically, the artist interbreeds domestic chickens from different countries aiming at the creation of true cosmopolitan chicken as a symbol for global diversity. The project occupies a unique place in art history and gained fast international recognition. It positions art categorically in the middle of society: between people, and always committed. At the World AI Conference, by talking about the Cosmopolitan Chicken, Vanmechelen will challenge us in our vision toward global questions about diversity and identity, uniqueness and globalisation.

Over the past decade Vanmechelen has collaborated with scientists from different disciplines. That earned him an honorary doctorate at the University of Hasselt in 2010. He has presented his work on almost all continents. Most recently his work has been selected and presented at the World Expo in Shanghai and the Biennal of Venice.