Developing an Appreciative Mindset

October 28 - November 22, 2019

January 20 - February 16, 2020

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Developing an Appreciative Mindset

Gain preliminary exposure to Appreciative Inquiry and how to begin to apply it within your own life. Through an interactive online portal with readings, videos, online discussions, and personal application opportunities, explore a new appreciative topic each week. Learning applications are designed to provide you with experiences in AI's unique form of delivery through interviewing and inquiry. There is an emphasis on journals, reflection, and sharing learning through online discussions.

Weekly Topics:

  1. Week 1: Appreciative Living
  2. Week 2: The Elevation of Strengths
  3. Week 3: The Spectrum of AI Applications
  4. Week 4: Personal and Professional Applications

Elements of Each Weekly Module

OVERVIEW: Brief details of learning aims

RESOURCES: Readings/videos for your self-directed review

APPLICATIONS: Activities to put your learning into practice

DISCUSSIONS: Online forum to share and reflect with other participants

LIVE MEETINGS: A "real time" conference call for us to connect as a learning community.
Live meetings will be recorded and made available aferward.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and apply the principles of AI to your personal life
  • Better recognize your own strengths and the strengths of others
  • Begin crafting your own AI inspired applications for your personal and/or professional life


Mary Jane DieterMary Jane Dieter

Mary Jane, the founder of Appreciative Pathways, is a facilitator who guides organizations and communities to discover, analyze, and leverage their collective strengths to co-create their desired future. For the past nine  years, Mary Jane has used Appreciative Inquiry as the foundation for her facilitation approach because of her belief that the best way to create positive change is to ask questions of the whole system about what works and why. In addition to the face-to-face Facilitating Appreciative Inquiry Training (FAIT) she and Liz Corcoran offer in collaboration with The Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Mary Jane also teaches others who are inspired to learn more about Appreciative Inquiry through The Center's 4-week online "Developing an Appreciative Mindset" course and the 12-week online "Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry" course. Mary Jane holds a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry from the Center and is also a Member of their Council of Practice. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California.