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Case Study: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Enable Urban Renewal, Economic and Workforce Redevelopment

Event Date: May 11, 2016 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online Training
Event Cost: Free and open to the public

One of the best ways of learning Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is to take a close look at its application and impact in the real world. This webinar will introduce participants to Neighborhood Centers Inc., a Houston-based human service agency and Appreciative Inquiry champion that is turning traditional models for urban renewal, economic development, and human capital growth upside-down—so much so that the White House has sought their counsel on multiple occasions. Participants will learn the Neighborhood Centers story, tap into their trials and tribulations, and gain valuable lessons learned in applying AI to transform the “how” of your work.

The series will be facilitated by Jen Hetzel Silbert. Jen has an unshakable belief that people can create anything they set their mind to. A skilled community facilitator, she knows the art and neuroscience of getting diverse perspectives to think and talk differently. She is a trained restorative practitioner, working in partnership with the Youth Restoration Project to strengthen school communities using this proven means of conflict resolution. In addition to Learning401 curation, Jen is an organization development consultant at Spartina Consulting, which takes her workshops and strategic planning to schools, community organizations, Fortune 500 board rooms, and rural African and Amerindian villages. Jen co-authored the book Positive Family Dynamics: Appreciative Inquiry Questions to Bring Out the Best in Families.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.