College of Continuing Education
Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an energizing approach for
sparking positive organizational change and
group/community development. Unlike the traditional
problem-based approaches which focus on what is not
working well, AI focuses on what is working well
(appreciative) by engaging people in asking questions
and telling stories (inquiry). This shift in focus to the
positive generates life within the
organization/group/community allowing it to move
more effectively towards its goals.
Dr. Jeanie Cockell is a dynamic facilitator who is known for
her creativity, sense of humour, sensitivity, and ability to get
diverse groups to work collaboratively together. She is a
leader in Appreciative Inquiry as an organizational and
community development process, a research and evaluation
methodology, and foundation for fostering collaboration in
groups. She trains facilitators for the Centre for Appreciative
AI is a way of being and seeing. It is both a worldview
and a process for facilitating positive change in human
systems. Its assumption is simple: every human system
has something that works right – things that give it life
when it is vital, effective and successful. AI begins by
identifying this positive core and connecting to it in
ways that heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire
action for change.
Since the 1980s, AI has been used to bring about
collaborative and strengths-based change in
communities and organizations worldwide.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this two-day workshop, participants will
be able to:
Explain basic theory, concepts, models and uses of
Appreciative Inquiry
Engage in an appreciative inquiry using the 5 D
model (Define, Discover, Dream, Design and
Determine ways to apply AI in their own
Jeanie has been an educational and organizational consultant
since 1999. She has extensive experience in facilitating,
training, evaluation and research, coaching, conflict
resolution, leading and collaboratively designing strategies for
individuals, groups, organizations and communities to build
positive futures and to respond effectively to change.
Jeanie specializes in working with groups and brings to that
work a wealth of experience and doctoral research. She uses
“making magic” as the metaphor for the facilitating she does
with groups that results in improved communication where
appreciation is combined with critical reflection to enhance
goal achievement and working relationships.
Jeanie built her consulting practice out of her broad
background in adult education, including teaching and college
leadership roles in British Columbia. In 2005 she moved to
Halifax, Nova Scotia. She continues to travel across Canada
and the US to deliver workshops, speak at conferences, and
consult for clients from various sectors.
$755 (hst incl.)
Teaching Methodology
This workshop will include a variety of activities
including interactive presentations and discussion of
theory and practice, as well as interviewing, telling
stories, writing stories, generating themes from these
stories, creating images and designing strategies.
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Ask about our special rate
for graduates of the
Certificate in Adult
Materials included
(light snack served in a.m.)
Please register online or contact:
Dawne Walker, Program Manager, College of Continuing Education
1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 2201, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 (902-494-8837)
LeMarchant St.
Halifax, NS