“Appreciation” Focus at 2015 Spring Institute

This year’s ISW Facilitators’ Spring Institute moves to the East Coast, to the Tatamagouche Centre in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. The Institute will focus on the power of an “Appreciative Inquiry” approach grounded in an ISW framework.

Joan McArthur-Blair

Joan McArthur-Blair

If you can attend, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the intertwining of AI with the ISW. Together we will co-create experiences with two enthusiastic and knowledgeable proponents and practitioners – Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair – and all the amazing facilitators who are coming together.

Authors of a popular book “Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education”, with a variety of papers and workshops to their credit (see http://cockellmcarthur-blair.com/writing/), Jeanie and Joan are both excited to welcome everyone to lovely Nova Scotia. “As ISW facilitators, we’ve always created… an appreciative environment in order for people to grow. It excites me that we can bring appreciative inquiry into the foreground and frame the Spring Institute around it…we will get to play with it more.” Joan explained during a brief Skype chat.

Jeanie Cockell

Jeannie Cockell

Jeanie added a historical perspective, describing their first introduction to AI during a 2001 Spring Institute, where Charles Miller and Nancy Stetson did a session. “We went away with a long reading list and the next client I worked with in 2001 …trusted me to try it. Using appreciative inquiry has been an amazing journey”

Come co-create and exchange as we explore the connections between appreciative inquiry, ISW and higher education. Join ISW facilitators from across Canada and beyond, from June 3 to 7, 2015.