I had the pleasure of speaking recently with Meghan Keener, Discovery Channel co-ordinating producer, on the findings of a dissertation she’s just completed on positive media for a University of Pennsylvania masters in applied positive psychology.
KINGSTON, Ont. - A recent day with Margaret (Meg) Wheatley was like a mental and emotional spa betwixt the sessions of my life that so often feel like what I imagine white-water rafting to be — rapid paddling over surging waters.
When community developer John McKnight was hired to be a professor at Northwestern University, he was the only one not to have a PhD. Perhaps it was by this particular difference from his peers that he’s been able to make such an impact with his message about community development.
As a native Dutch speaker, the English language has a lot of secrets for me. I can imagine this also works the other way.
Times are changing thanks to groups of young, university-educated First Nations people in their 20s and 30s, who are passionate about their language and working to preserve it.
Whether it’s technical expertise or small- to medium-sized businesses, the Netherlands holds an abundance of assets that have been in large part unrecognized and unappreciated. Yet it is exactly these “un-glorified” gifts that could ring in the country’s future thriving.
Champlain College in Vermont announced a $10-million gift from Robert and Christine Stiller through the Stiller Family Foundation this week. Robert Stiller is the founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a financially successful entity that has also gained accolades for being a great place to work and environmentally responsible. A key aspect of Green Mountain's management practice was incorporating Appreciative Inquiry techniques. The gift from the Stillers will support the growth of the Champlain's Appreciative Inquiry programs, amongst other initiatives.
The Finance Innovation Lab, a U.K.-based entity, is a place where people who have good ideas about how to improve the financial system can take them and do something with them. The lab's stated intention is to "incubate and accelerate new forms of prosperity, for people and planet." It has built a diverse community of over 2,500 people who are committed to changing the system.
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