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Thriving Women, Thriving World: An Appreciative Inquiry Summit

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT:  Appreciative Inquiry Summit, including interviews and dialogue, interactive group discussions and plenary sharing

LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre | Meeting Room 216

IDEAL AUDIENCE: People who are interested in Positive Psychology, and who would like to design solutions for the thriving of all women, personally and professionally, both individually and collectively

This daylong Appreciative Inquiry Summit is based on a simple assumption: when women thrive, so too does the world. We all benefit when women are happy, safe and treated as equal, able to freely live a strengths-based life, have access to education, health care and financial resources, and when they contribute their unique gifts, wisdom and leadership in service to a thriving world.

Unfortunately, in many homes, organizations and parts of the world, this is not the case today. Women are suffering and so, too, are their children - our future.  While the long arc of history shows many gains for women and girls, there is still work to be done by both women and men to create conditions for thriving women, families, schools, and organizations around the world.

This full-day session is organized around the Appreciative Inquiry 4-D Cycle:

  • Discovery - We will begin by sharing stories and discovering what is currently being done around the world in support of women as full and equal leaders and contributors. We will explore what positive psychology has to offer as an antidote to systemic gender inequality and abuse, and as a support of the #metoo and #timesup movements, among others.

  • Dream - Recognizing that the world is not yet fully as we wish it to be, we will dream and envision thriving families, communities and workplaces where women are safe and supported to be strong and successful.

  • Design - With our visions in our hearts and minds we will courageously prototype design new programs, policies, and practices to create equality, and support women to give voice and form to our shared future.

  • Destiny - Finally, we will each ask ourselves, “Given this day of rich dialogue, learning and creative collaboration, what one thing - large or small - will we do, locally or globally, to create a world of thriving women as our human destiny?

The day is designed to be a powerful, full engagement, highly experiential, illustration of how Appreciative Inquiry can be used to create dialogue, build and strengthen relationships, and foster learning, co-creation and inspired action around a “hot” topic of global significance. Join us if you are a positive psychologist, researcher, coach or consultant committed to transforming historical and cultural patterns of gender inequality and abuse. Join us if you have been asking yourself, what more can I do to support and create safe and equitable families, communities, schools and work places where women thrive? Join us if you have a gender equality experiment, program or practice that you want to share. Join us and add your voice and your ideas to the global conversation, “Thriving Women, Thriving World.”

Workshop Leaders

Caroline Adams Miller   Caroline Miller Coaching

Caroline Adams Miller
Caroline Miller Coaching

Caroline Adams Miller is one of the world's leading experts on the science of goal setting and grit. She's spent more than 30 years helping individuals, leaders and companies to cultivate grit to achieve their goals and find personal and professional success. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is the author of six books, including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009). Caroline’s work has been featured in BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN.

Diana Whitney   Corporation for Positive Change

Diana Whitney
Corporation for Positive Change

Dr Diana Whitney, a leading figure in the fields of Appreciative Inquiry, Large Scale Organization Change and Spiritual Development, has been at the forefront of positive change theory and practice for three decades. She founded the international consultancy, Corporation for Positive Change and co-founded the social constructionist think tank, the Taos Institute. Her work, advising leaders, designing and facilitating social innovation, strategic culture change, merger integration and leadership development with Fortune 100 companies, global interfaith communities and professional associations, has gained her a world wide following.. She is a prolific and award winning author with twenty books and dozens of chapters and articles to her name, including The Power of Appreciative Inquiry (with Amanda Trosten-Bloom), Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change (with David Cooperrider), Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization, Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare and Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding.