Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry through an AI Summit Experience

  • 16 Jul 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


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Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry through an AI Summit Experience with Jane Magruder-Watkins and Maureen (Mo) McKenna

Creating the Climate for Canadians to Flourish 

An Appreciative Inquiry Summit Experience.

“As people come together to accomplish ‘doing good’ out thereundefinedthat is, concentrating and connecting their strengths in the service of building a better organisation, or city or worldundefinedthey too begin to activate the PERMA mechanisms for their own and others’ flourishing.”

~~Professor David Cooperrider


Do you want to learn about Appreciative Inquiry (AI) AND experience an AI summit facilitated by two of the most experienced AI practitioners in the world?  Have you been incorporating AI into the work you do, and yearn for the experience of participating in a summit?  Perhaps you are only now learning how AI can support Positive Psychology at the organizational level.  If you can say ‘yes’ to any of these questions - this is the workshop for you!


Join Jane Magruder-Watkins, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) pioneer, guru and Maureen (Mo) McKenna a leading Canadian AI facilitator, in a highly experiential approach of how to use the principals and methodology of AI into your work and your life. 


AI focuses on what is working well by engaging people in asking questions and story-telling. As well as a process for facilitating positive change, it is a way of being and seeing the world every day. AI begins by identifying the positive core of any system and connecting to it in ways that heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change.   


The focus for our inquiry will be discovering the positive core of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) and together dream about how we can help all Canadians to flourish.

You will walk away from this workshop with the energy and confidence to begin incorporating AI into your work right away!


Jane Magruder Watkins has worked in the field of Organization Development for more than 40 years. Her work in over 50 countries has grounded her work in a global consciousness that values the diversity and possibility. Since the mid-1980's, she has worked with David Cooperrider to develop and spread Appreciative Inquiry (AI) around the globe. In 2009 Jane received the Lifetime Achievement Award, from David Cooperrider, for her history of excellent work in Appreciative Inquiry throughout the world.

As an early innovator in the use of Appreciative Inquiry, she has experimented with its application in all aspects of organizational life in multiple settings and cultures, as well as in personal growth and human development.    She has published several articles about AI and is co-author with Bernard Mohr of the best-selling AI book: "Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination." 

Maureen McKenna is a dynamic and innovative facilitator, mentor, thinking partner and executive coach.   She has worked in the field of Organizational Development and Change Leadership since 1995.   Maureen is well respected by her clients for her ability to challenge their mental models, helping them to successfully reframe from traditional problem solving to focusing on their strengths to create innovative and sustainable solutions. As a “thinking partner” to fellow consultants and professionals, Maureen mentors and coaches them to achieve extraordinary results.

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