AI world conference round-up

AP co-director Tim (left) meets AI founder David Cooperrider

The world AI conference is over and we’re back in Liverpool following a week of amazing experiences in Ghent – such a beautiful city, full of friendly and hospitable people. So much happened we’ll need a bit of time to unpack, reflect and think through all the learning, sharing and connections. Needless to say, there are too many high points and WOW moments to record all of them – but we thought we’d try!


Here are a few of the opportunities we enjoyed:


  • Deepening relationships with AI friends across the world, and making new ones in Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Canada, USA, Australia, Holland, India, Nepal, Norway, Egypt, Germany and South Africa.
  • The lovely Ghent bars and restaurants which enjoyed our custom
  • Time to sell and market our appreciative journal, Food for Thought. Copies were sold, key connections made and there were several requests for the journal in different languages! If you’re interested in coming to our launch in Liverpool, register your place here.
  • Time to deepen our learning though listening to the presentations of David Cooperrider , Ron Fry, Gervase Bushe, Diane Whitney, Lindsay Godwin, Joan MacArthur Blair, Jean Cockerel, Steve Onyett, and Ken Gergen (founder of Social Constructionism)
  • A long conversation with David Cooperrider (who’s pictured above with Tim), and his appreciation of our AI-influenced World Café support materials
  • The launch of the special video-based edition of the AI Practitioner: 13 videos plus a detailed 34-page complimentary PDF documenting the creative ways in which people use Appreciative Inquiry in their work and their lives to tell their stories.  AP’s work with homeless hostels is one of the featured videos.
  • Being inspired by and dancing with Playing for Change at the closing session


Now it’s time to think about and raise the resources to attend the next World AI conference – in South Africa in 2014…