I’m making a big announcement in this episode. My brand is all about positive change, and if I didn’t practice that, then you could say I’m not practicing what I preach. I’m excited to be trying something new again. My podcast is changing with the times. We are changing to a season format. I invite you to find out more.
Imagine what's possible when vast numbers of inter-disciplinary groups are engaging in dialogue regarding learning and leadership. Many inspiring stories of learning leaders in this issue of the International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry will engage, inspire and invite you to reflect on yourself and others as learners and leaders.
Molly McGuigan's special talents and background enable her to be the project lead for a truly significant global undertaking on the topic of positive education 2018 that will extend way into the future. The World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) is a four-day conference including a three-day Appreciative Inquiry Summit. It's a massive collaboration of global players who've been actively bringing positive education into school systems all over the world. There are many, success stories to be shared and many, many more to co-create.
New literacies for life – a set of skills, tools and principles that will guide us in the 21st century. Some think that these literacies are most appropriate for leaders of organizations, but they will work in any set of circumstances in our complex world.
An exploratory conversation that goes in many directions and leaves us with the question, what is human energy, or relational energy between people. We explore topics, such as empathy, intuition, connection, humanness, curiosity and more.
An appreciative voice provides safety for others to speak their truths. It is invitational and watchful. An appreciative voice is unhurried and patient. It can reframe situations to be helpful and resourceful. It is flexible. The appreciative voice is inclusive. It acknowledges diversity and identifies opportunities to offer possibilities to hold the space for transformational shifts to emerge.
What happens when you walk into the wrong room and find that this “wrong room” becomes, in fact, the best room you could possibly have entered because what you learn there and who you meet change the trajectory of your life. Say yes to everything!
When did you last come away from an experience that had such an impact on you that you were filled with a joy and a hope that transformed you? You witnessed human flourishing and unity with others. You felt inspired by the conversations and connections. You felt alive, energized and a sense of wholeness, oneness and community that sent peace and infinite hope for what else is possible cursing through your body.
In this dialogue what unfolds is that it's the intimate conversation you have with another that potentially changes you and the other can expand to strengthen humanity's collective capacity to bring about personal and social change and even transformation.
We are on the cusp of personal and collective evolution. The new brain, the neocortex enables us to evolve from our old modus operandi as mere survivors to learn ourselves into new patterns of kind-heartedness and compassion. When we can flourish together, living from our wholeness, we become the new human, and with greater conscious intentionality we collectively co-create the new world.