Appreciating People support conference on Flourishing Schools

Flourishing schools conference Jan 22 2016It’s a year now since we published our How to be More Awesome journal – an Appreciative journal for young people, and we’ve really enjoyed increasing the amount of work we do with schools.

We’re proud to be presenting at the Flourishing Schools inaugural conference in London, on 22-23 January this year at TASIS The American School in England. The event is being hosted by the ECIS Flourishing Schools Committee and will expose delegates to both the skills and habits of flourishing, as well as providing teachers with the tools to develop a flourishing culture within the workplace.

There will be workshops on Appreciative Inquiry, resilience, mindfulness, grit, character strength and positive relationships. We’ll also be sharing with participants how AI can support a ‘flourishing’ culture in their own school.

One of the sources of inspiration for this conference is the ground-breaking work done by Geelong Grammar School in Australia, which has long pioneered the application of Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry. Geelong Grammar School invited Martin Seligman to spend some time at their school as they developed this approach. They’ve produced an excellent book, Positive Education: The Geelong Grammar School Journey and developed a Model of Positive Education.

If you’re interested in coming along to the Flourishing Schools conference, you can book a place here…

We’ve also recently trained teachers at The American School in England (TASIS) in AI and how it supports their focus on Positive Psychology approaches, and help them embed the idea of flourishing in their school. It was inspiring to work with such a dedicated and informed group of teachers, and to meet their new headmaster Dr Mindy Hong.

Appreciative journaling combines both Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry. You can find out more about our workbook here, which is designed to help young people flourish and build resilience.