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What’s Emerging from 2012 WAIC? (via @AxiomNews)

We found this call on the website of AxiomNews… Just before the 2012 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference (WAIC) in Ghent, Belgium, co-organizer Philippe Belien mentioned he believed the gathering would generate “a lot and enough.” During the event, Dr. Ron Fry and Dr. Gervase Bushe delivered a provocative presentation on moving beyond positivity. One of […]

About AI Books and Articles (by Joeri Kabalt)

We received this e-mail from Joeri Kabalt, presenter at the conference. She provided us a beautiful list of interesting literature around the different keynotes we couldn’t keep a secret for you. “Dear Colleagues, What a great conference! During the conference and especially during and after the keynotes, I have talked with some of you about […]

Frustration mounting as years since apartheid lengthen. What could possibility-oriented dialogue offer? (by Michelle Strutzenberger)

More than 19 years since apartheid legislation was dismantled in South Africa, the dialogue in that country is one of increasing frustration, especially from the people who have given their lives for the democracy they now have. Feelings are running high that a betrayal is happening, says resident Anastasia Bukashe.

Playing for Change: connecting the world through music

The final story shared of the conference, was delivered by Francois Viguie of Playing for Change. A decade ago, filmmaker Mark Johnson and his team set out to create a documentary about ‘music from the streets’. A firm believer in the connecting and unifying power of music, he filmed singers and musicians from different countries, […]

Leo Bormans on how to scale up positive change (by Saskia Tjepkema)

Leo Bormans is a ‘man on a mission’. Full of humor and energy, he delivers a keynote on Saturday afternoon on how to put a megaphone on the positive message. How do we engage more and more people in generative conversations and change? How do we get the attention of politicians, business leaders, media… How […]

Values Talk Resonates. Creating new stories about our world begins with return to core values: Luc Verheijen

Klaas van Egmond’s quick review of the past 2,000 years, the catastrophes we’ve brought on ourselves as humanity and what’s needed to avoid a final calamity ended with a standing ovation at the fifth annual World Appreciative Inquiry Conference Friday. The Dutch professor’s central point? That it is at the centre of four ways of […]

Increasing the generative potential of AI: Ron Fry and Gervase Bushe – 2 –

“AI has the potential to unleash transformational change.” Ron Fry and Gervase Bushe agree upon that. “It has been proven, in practice, but also by research. So the real challenge now is to figure out how to really make that potential come true.” In the second half of their keynote, they explore different things we […]

Going beyond positivity: Ron Fry and Gervase Bushe -1- (by Saskia Tjepkema)

It’s quite a challenge: delivering a keynote speech on Saturday Morning, 8:30, on the final day of an intense conference. Not a problem for Prof. Gervase Bush and Prof. Ron Fry. They picked up some burning questions that were ‘buzzing’ throughout the conference. Starting with the one about ‘positivity’…