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Appreciative Resilience and Educational Development

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Join Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell for a dynamic web-talk on their recent work in Appreciative Resilience. Educational Developers do powerfully important work inside organizations. They see the innovation on the horizon and translate it for individuals, teams and the entire organization. One of the innovations institutions are calling out for at this time is the practice of resilience as a process to help sustain the work of higher education. Appreciative Resilience takes the power of appreciative inquiry and embeds it into resilience practices as individuals and organizations journey through hope, despair and forgiveness. You will leave our time together with new ideas and ways to practice resilience.

Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell are Co-Presidents of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting. They profoundly believe that education is the most powerful force for social and economic good in the world. Together they have more than 50 years of experience in higher education and have taken that experience into their consulting practice. They specialize in collaboratively design­ing strategies to surface the wisdom of individuals, groups and organizations in order for them to build positive futures and to respond effectively to change. They are authors, facilitators, speakers and thought leaders. Both have held positions from faculty to administration in the Canadian College system with Joan going on to be a college president. They have authored many articles on appreciative inquiry and leadership. Also, they have published two books: Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force and Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness.  You can find out more about them and read the first three chapters of their resilience book here cockellmcarthur-blair.com.