Pre-Conference Program

Pre-Conference (24th and 25th April)

The pre-conference starts tuesday 24th of April at 9h30 until 17h00. Lunch will be foreseen between 12h30 and 13h30. On wednesday 25th of April we work together in the morning from 9h00 until 12h00. The Pre-Conference is also taking place in the ICC.

Professor David Cooperrider, the pioneering thought leader and co-founder of AI, will host a 1,5 day workshop on the fundamentals of Appreciative Inquiry. If you want to hear about the power of AI in business and society and learn key principles, practices, and applications, please join David and participate in this opportunity from the first row. Firstly, David will explore fundamental principles of AI and its theory-base. Secondly, he will share highlights of business results and societal impacts from stories with organizations that have used AI from Coca Cola to Wall-Mart and from the United Nations Global Compact to the Red Cross. Finally, this workshop will help you to discover your own path to incorporate these AI principles and practices in your own personal or professional life. One executive recently remarked following a recent session with David: “what you learn in a single day can change everything.” The applications for managers are far reaching: from growth and strategy work, to design-innovation and achieving operational excellence by building strengths-based organizations. Davids’ most recent work focuses on sustainable value as an innovation driver, where he believes it is the biggest business oportunity of the 21st century. It is all about purpose beyond the system itself–that’s when the best in human enterprise is magnified, and that’s when organizations are most effective, alive, and productive.

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 occasion. Information and registration can be found here.

David Cooperrider, PhD.
Fairmount Minerals Professor Weatherhead School of Management

David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Professor Cooperrider is past President of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and the Drucker School of Management. David is Faculty Chair of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value.

David has served as an advisor to senior executives in business and societal leadership roles, including projects with five Presidents and Nobel Laureates.  David’s ideas have supported the success of a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Sloan-Kettering, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, PWC, Parker Hannifin, Sherwin Williams, Dealer Tire, Wal-Mart as well as American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and World Vision. Most of the work has been inspired by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology for which Professor Cooperrider is best known. His founding theoretical work in this area has created a positive revolution in the field of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and sustainable design. Admiral Clark, the CNO of the Navy, for example brought AI into the Navy for a multiyear project on “Bold and Enlightened Naval Leadership.” In a like manner, Cooperrider was asked by the United Nations to design a historic Summit and meeting between Kofi Annan and 500 CEOs to “unite the strengths of markets with the authority of universal ideals to make globalization work for everyone.”

Cooperrider’s work—focusing on the question of change at the scale of the whole– is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale. At the recent international conference on Appreciative Inquiry hundreds of organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Yahoo! and US Cellular shared the breakthrough results they are experiencing as a result of becoming “strengths-based organizations.”

David’s often serves as meeting speaker and leader of large group, interactive summit events. His dynamic ideas have been published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization and Environment, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Inquiry, The OD Practitioner, and in research series such as Advances in Strategic Management. More popularly, Professor Cooperrider’s work has been covered by The New York Times; Forbes; NPR; Science, Fast Company, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Biz Ed and others. He has been recipient of Best Paper of the Year Awards at the Academy of Management and was named top researcher of the year at Case Western Reserve University in 2005.

Among his highest honors, David was invited to design a series of dialogues with the world’s top religious leaders, initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who said, “If only the world’s religious leaders could just know each other, the world will be a better place.” Using AI, the group held meetings in Jerusalem and at the Carter Center with President Jimmy Carter.

David was recognized in 2000 as among “the top ten visionaries” in the field by Training Magazine and in 2004 received ASTD’s highest award for “distinguished contribution to the field” of organizational learning. David also received the 2004 Porter Award for best writing from the OD Network, and was named 2007 Faculty Pioneer for his impact in the field of sustainability by the Aspen Institute.

In 2010 David was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Distinguished Fellow by the Drucker School of Management—a designation recognizing his contribution to management thought.

David has published 15 books and authored over 50 articles. Cooperrider’s volumes includeHandbook of Transformative Cooperation (with Sandy Piderit and Ron Fry); a series of books and handbooks on Appreciative Inquiry including Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change (with Diana Whitney); The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton); Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom (with Suresh Srivastva). David is editor of the research book series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry(with Michel Avital) published by Emerald, which is currently going to press with its fourth volume.

David’s wife Nancy is an artist. His son Daniel just graduated from University of Chicago graduate school where he studied the world’s religions; Hannah is a design student at Miami University of Ohio and Matt is doing his graduate work at Yale in environmental management and business.

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5 Responses to Pre-Conference Program

  1. Jan Bogaerts says:

    Graag registreren voor inschrijving aub

    1. Conference Team says:

      Dear Jan,

      Thanks for your reaction. You can fill in the registration form (accessible via the homepage)


  2. Karen Schultz says:

    I am looking forward to the preconference. Hoping to land in Belgium on Friday to take full advantage of my visit.

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