Keynote Announcement: Ilja Heitlager (Schuberg Philis)

This keynote presentation is part of a plenary session about AI in business. It is the objective of this presentation to provide the audience with a story about Schuberg Philis, a company based on the strengths of the individual employees. It tells the 10 year history of the company, the 100% culture, called cupfighting and how the company’s success followed its focus on the quality of the service provided to its customers and partners. Following a tradition of yearly get-togethers it was now time to bring the whole system together, company, customers, partners and suppliers. About 200 people sat for three days last February to ask what’s next? and discuss what is beyond cupfighting in an Appreciative Summit.

World Map Participants

Talking about a World Conference, these countries will all be present at the 2012 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference in Ghent.

Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Mali, Nepal, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia.

About Hotel Accommodation

In organizing the conference, we pre-booked some hotel rooms in the city of Ghent for our conference participants. Some of you have already booked one of more of these rooms. At the same time we noticed that there are still many rooms left. For us, it is not quite clear whether that is due to the fact that participants are searching for accommodation themselves or participants are waiting to book last minute.

At the same time our conference takes place in Ghent, a large conference on seafood is taking place in Brussels (the capital of Belgium). Hotel owners sended us a message that the scale of this conference is affecting hotels all over Belgium and that they cannot longer hold our reserved rooms than only for a few days. If you have not booked your hotel room or B&B, we advise you to do so this week. This can be easily done via our ‘hotel accomodation’ page.

Keynote Announcement: Mario Fleurinck (CEO Melotte)

“A sustainable economy: Harmonised interaction between local societies and globalised ecosystem thinking.” Melotte, a breakthrough business case.  His vision of a blue economy (vs. green) is the baseline. He will explain how this vision is brought into practice by a viable business case in Direct Digital Manufacturing

This contribution is part of a timeslot around business/entrepreneurship/new economy and specifically focuses on the concept and realization of ‘a new economy’. It brings the voice of business and entrepreneurship, next to other contributions, which are focusing more on the socio-cultural aspects of positive business and society change. The contribution of Mr. Fleurinck is highly ‘systemic’, builds on a ‘positive and sustainable’ vision on people and society.

WAIC App is Live

Updated News!

The 2012 WAIC app – your mobile conference concierge, including details of the pre-conference workshop with David Cooperrider –  is now available for download from iTunes and Android app stores.


And, as you can guess, we have more wonderful surprises, too!

WAIC Mobile App (blog by Robyn Stratton-Berkessel)

WAIC is less than four weeks away and we are counting down the days till we all gather at ICC in Ghent. To anticipate some to the excitement, the Conference mobile app will be available for download during the week of April 1st from iTunes, and the Android market place soon thereafter. We’ll let you know for sure when it’s launched!

Take a look at the video clip to help you appreciate the app, its design, features and functions.

Our little team of three has been working closely on the app since January.  The team is Juergen Berkessel, founder of Polymash Inc, mobile strategy and app development company, Niel Van Meeuwen of Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel.  It has been a privilege to create this app.  We feel already very closely connected with all the presenters and facilitators and their content, so we can’t wait to meet you in person.


Cover Story Magazine – Leadership Excellence

Last December, on behalf of his colleagues at the Weatherhead School Executive Education, Case Western University, David Cooperrider, Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and OB, proposed doing a special edition of Leadership Excellence. He provided 13 articles authored by the faculty who deliver their Leadership Deep Dive pro- gram—a senior executive immersion that combines the best of the best from the School that designed the first Phd in OD and Change in 1960, thanks to Herb Shephard, Warren Bennis, Don Wolfe, David Kolb, Suresh Srivastva, and others. The place continues to be a seedbed of pioneering theory/practice with award-winning thought leaders such as Richard Boyatzis (author of Primal Leadership), David Cooperrider and Ron Fry (creators of Appreciative Inquiry and the world inquiry into Business as an Agent of World Benefit);and Diana Bilimoria (author Handbook on Women in Business Management) and others.

We are happy to make a digital copy of this special issue available. This has been made available by:
Leadership Excellence Magazine and Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School Executive Education’s “Deep Dive Leadership Program” which features Ai and Ei and includes four exciting articles by Ai pioneers thought leaders David Cooperrider and Ron Fry, and others, looking at leadership from the micro (mindfulness) to the macro (the new strengths economy.)

Download the Special Issue here.