David Cooperrider is best known as the co-creator and creative thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). His founding work with AI is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and collaborative design. Dr. Cooperrider’s work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale. Today AI’s approach to strengths-inspired change is being practiced everywhere: the corporate world, the world of public service, of economics, of education, of faith, of philanthropy, and social science scholarship—it is affecting them all.
In this keynote presentation, Cooperrider will explore the proposition that when people in organizations work toward building a more flourishing world, they too are poised to thrive in ways that ignite innovation, leadership development, and inspired workplace performance. Put another way, being a great corporate citizen “out there” is not only about serving external stakeholders; it is fundamental to bringing out the best in people inside the organization.
The businesses and institutions you work with daily in executive education have the opportunity to be the most positive forces on the planet. Dr. Cooperrider will show how the design of positive institutions—institutions that magnify and refract our highest human strengths outward into the world—is Business’s ultimate North Star. He will also discuss the transformational role university-based executive education programs can play as he envisions a watershed moment in organization development research and practice.
Be prepared for a keynote experience summed up best by Professor Marty Seligman, the father of the positive psychology movement who once wrote: “David Cooperrider is a giant: a giant of discovery, a giant of dissemination, and a giant of generosity.”