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2007 International Appreciative Inquiry Conference Calls for Workshop Proposals

The 2007 International Appreciative Inquiry Conference will be held at the Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida on September 16-19, 2007. With an emphasis on spreading new tools and sharing real-life stories from organizations demonstrating innovation and impact, the conference hopes its workshops will bridge between theory and practice. Visit the conference website which will be opened by February 1st, 2007 at: www.2007aiconference.com or contact Lindsey Godwin, the Conference Workshop Chair, at: Lindsey.Godwin@Case.edu for more information.

Workshops are not limited to, but are especially invited, which touch on the application areas of the conference:

* Using a Positive Lens in Product Design, Organizational Design, and Positive Emotional Engagement With Customers (for example IDEO and AI’s 4-D methods together)
* Strength-based Approaches to Business Strategy (“SOAR”)
* Corporate Branding and New Tools for Knowing What Makes You Special
* Mergers of Strength for Joint Ventures, Teams, Alliances and Post-Merger Integration
* Lean Management and Quality Manufacturing With a Positive Lens
* Positive Psychology, HR, and Strength-finding Coaching Models
* Positive Approaches to Sustainable Value Creation and Green Eco-Imagination
* The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and Strength-based Approaches to Creating High Engagement Organizations (e.g., “The Great Game of Business”)
* New Training Tools for Teaching Managers about Positive Psychology, Human Strengths, and the Non-deficit Change Approaches of Appreciative Inquiry
* Leadership as Appreciative Intelligence—Seeing “the Mighty Oak in the Acorn”—Mindsets, Ways of Being, and Qualities of Relating
* Appreciative Inquiry for Webs, Communities of Practice, and Organizational Learning–“Accelerating Strengths Networks”

Workshop Goals and Format:

The conference organizers are looking for workshops which are rich in example, interactive and engaging, and which touch on the most interesting change management agendas of business, government, and civil society organizations. In the past we have found that the very best workshops have at least two presenters—one from the company or organization being highlighted, and another from outside the company or organization.

There will be two types of workshops showcased at the conference:
1) Up to 30 conference workshops of 1.5 hours in length each
2) Up to 8 pre-conference workshops, they will each be all-day in length (approximately 6 hours of contact time)

Please submit up to two workshops for possible consideration in the conference agenda.

Review Timeframe and Process

The deadline for submissions is February 20th, 2007. You will be notified by March 5, 2007 as to whether your workshop has been selected for inclusion at the conference. If you are selected, a final draft of your workshop description and materials will be due by March 10, 2007. Additionally, one complimentary conference pass will be given per regular workshop session selected and one conference pass and 4-night room expense pass will be given for each pre-conference workshop selected.

A committee led by Lindsey Godwin at Case Western Reserve University will review all workshop proposals. Acceptance will be based on an evaluation of the potential of the workshop to advance the thinking and practice of strength-based innovation, change, or design within organizations and its fit with the overall conference agenda. Half the workshops selected will feature work being done in business and industry; the other half will be divided between governmental and non-governmental organizations.

All workshop proposals submitted will also be considered for possible feature in a new book titled “A Symphony of Strengths”. This will be a special volume designed after the conference to be published by Elsevier Publishers as part of their ongoing book series called Advances in Appreciative Inquiry.

How to Submit

To submit a proposal, use the on-line easy submit form at: http://webutil.case.edu/surveyor/wsb.dll/6/AIworkshops.htm

You will be asked to include the following in your proposal submission:

* Your name and contact information
* Your proposed workshop’s title
* Your preference for consideration as a pre-conference (6 hour) or regular conference (1.5 hour) workshop
* The list of proposed presenters/facilitators for the workshop and a brief (3 sentence) bio for each
* A brief description of the workshop (350 words or less – approximately 1 page)
* A brief explanation of how your workshop advances the thinking and practice of strength-based innovation, change, or design within organizations (150 words or less – approximately ½ page)
* Technical requests for the workshop
* The conference thematic area to which the workshop relates

Also, as part of the organizers’ outreach searching for the best and most diverse work happening in the domain of strength-based organizational change, please answer the following question when you submit your proposal:

Assuming anything imaginable is possible and you could suggest any three possible speakers and/or workshop presenters in the world—people you would love to see and interact with at the Conference— who would you name? What people? What companies or organizations? What possible topics or resources do they bring?

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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