What’s Next for Democracy? (By Michelle Strutzenberger)

More than 2,000 years of democracy have brought many changes to our world. More change is on the way. In the 21st century, democracy movements have been seen across the world. The cry for deliberative democracy is being heard around the world, and is being enacted from Nepal to Bhutan, and from Syria to Somalia.  It’s met with some success.

But the work isn’t done. (more…)

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. (more…)

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, and shot video clips of songs as ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘One Love’ in which all of these musical cultures and people seamlessly flowed together. (more…)

Participant portrait: Daniel

AI is taught at many different Schools and Universities. Daniel Richardsson from Sweden is a teacher at Mid Sweden University. His AI course runs at the Quality Department at the Faculty of Techical and Sustainable Development. He is also AI consultant and…. an athlete. What brings him here, to #2012WAIC? (more…)

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 do we get civilians involved? (more…)

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 being, individualism and diversity, idealism and materialism, we will find the freedom we most desperately need. (more…)

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 can do as AI practitioners, to increase the impact of any AI intervention. (more…)

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’… (more…)

It is Happening… (by Koen Joly)

For a week now it is happening.
I can’t find the words to describe what.
But one thing’s for sure: it is happening.
People from all over the world came to the ICC in Ghent.
They met the other participants.
They contributed  to the community site.
They attended keynotes, poster sessions and workshops. (more…)