One of the beautiful things about being a scholar-practitioner, with one foot in academia and the other out in the "field", is that there are always new opportunities to bring these worlds together.
Below are a few examples of things I currently have cooking to bubble up new global possibilities.
In June 2018, over 800 people from over 30 countries gathered in Fort Worth, TX for the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA). Co-convened by the Cooperrider Center for AI and the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), the WPEA brought together diverse stakeholders interested in accelerating positive education around the world.
As part of the core leadership team for this project, I helped strategically plan & design the WPEA (for 2 years!), as well as co-facilitated this global event that continues to have ripples today,
Our Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is currently exploring collaborative possibilities with The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), to build on the work of the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) by leveraging the approaches of Positive Education to accelerate the realization of the 17 UN Global Goals.
After a generative meeting in Geneva in October 2018, we are working to map our a strategy for this exciting idea and attract resources to make it happen.
Stay tuned as this project begins to take shape!
One of the most amazing gifts of the academic world is this thing called a sabbatical. From the Oxford Dictionary, the word comes from the late 16th century Latin from Greek sabbatikos ‘of the sabbath’ and means:
"a period of time when somebody, especially a teacher at a university, is allowed to stop their normal work in order to study or travel."
As such, I am currently turning my energies to some new writing projects, speaking at two world conferences (The World AI Conference in France and IPPA World Congress in Australia), and rejuvenating my soul.
Stay tuned to see what I am cooking!
One way I love seeding possibilities is through keynotes and workshop presentations. Some examples of recent keynotes I have led include:
Get news about upcoming global AI events, projects and possibilities I am working on that you can join!