THE WPEA EXPERIENCE

BIGGEST EVENT FOR INNOVATION, INSPIRATION, SHARING AND TAKING ACTION

 

Delegates from across the world will be turning inspiration into action at the combined Festival of Positive Education and Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Summit. Kick off with a full day of festival speakers, breakout sessions and networking activities followed by a 3-day AI Summit that will allow delegates to connect, share ideas and begin designing the future of global positive education.

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HEADLINERS & KEYNOTES

Influential and forward-thinking  leaders in education, business, government, technology and entertainment sharing their latest innovations and revelations in the field of positive education.  

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Student showcase

A unique opportunity to experience student research and creative endeavours from all disciplines within education. 

 

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Skill-based SESSIONS

Hands-on, interactive, skill-based sessions where participants will walk away with concrete skills, inspired thoughts and improved teaching methods. Creativity and innovation encouraged!

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Exhibitor hall/ community hub

An active community within WPEA. Exhibitors, food, refreshments, activities and a stage for educational performances and TED-talk-style sessions throughout. 

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debate, discuss, respond

Panel discussions bringing together leading thinkers and change-makers to debate, discuss, and respond to thoughts and questions from the audience for a high-level public exchange of ideas. 

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professional networking

Meet, share ideas and network with education professionals from around the world. With networking events every night, the opportunities are endless! 

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research poster sessions

Highlighting the latest, most challenging and interesting research, application, policy and ideas that can be filtered into schools, universities, organizations and the government.                       

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activities & performances

Meet, share ideas and network with education professionals from around the world. With networking events every night, the opportunities are endless! 


WHAT IS AN AI SUMMIT?

An Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Summit is a methodology co-created by David L. Cooperrider consisting of a large group strategic planning, designing and implementation meeting that brings a whole system of internal and external stakeholders together in a concentrated way to work on a task of strategic significance. At its heart, AI is about the search for the best in people, their organizations, and the strengths-filled, opportunity-rich world around them. 

the Cycle of an appreciative inquiry Summit

While the principles represent the underlying philosophy of AI work, the cycle offers generative yet practical, process model for approaching change at all levels within a system, from one-on-one coaching, to team building, to system-wide change.

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discovery

Appreciate

"the best of what is"

The discovery phase is based on a dialogue, as a way of finding ‘what works’. It rediscovers and remembers the organization or community’s successes, strengths and periods of excellence.

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Dream

Imagine

"what could be"

The dream phase uses past achievements and successes identified in the discovery phase to imagine new possibilities and envisage a preferred future. It allows people to identify their dreams for a community or organization; having discovered ‘what is best’. 

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Design

Determine

"what should be"

The design phase brings together the stories from discovery with the imagination and creativity from dream. We call it bringing the ‘best of what is’ together with ‘what might be’, to create ‘what should be—the ideal’.

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destiny

Create

"what will be"

The final phase is destiny and how it’s embedded into groups, communities and organizations. In early appreciative inquiry development, it was called ‘delivery’, based on more traditional organizational development practice.