Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop
Sunday 23 June 2019
Full Day: 09:30 – 16:30
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A POSTIVE REVOLUTION IN CHANGE
the world’s foremost authority on strengths-based, positive change, internationally renowned for his research in appreciative inquiry, USA
“The growth and application of Appreciative Inquiry over the past two decades has been nothing short of phenomenal. It is arguably the most powerful process of positive change ever created.”
--Kenneth J. Gergen, Ph.D., Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College
In a world where 80% of all change efforts falter or fail, the Appreciative Inquiry approach is being hailed as a breakthrough with its unification of the strengths revolution in management, design thinking, and the positive psychology of human flourishing. Join us for a rare opportunity to spend in-depth time with David Cooperrider, world-leading change agent, in an inspiring, interactive, and highly engaging workshop.
Be rivetted as David tells the stories of his work with companies such as Apple, IBM, National Grid, Roadway Express and the UN, and provides the theoretical backdrop for a full blown approach to positive organisation development and change. And while leaders use the term “positive change” frequently and loosely, it’s only recently that the term has taken on systematic, strengths-based, and scientific meaning.
Tools such as the “4-D” cycle, the art of the question, the Appreciative Inquiry Summit method, and generative metaphor intervention, support leaders of workplace wellbeing and change with something that is strengths-inspired, scalable, and flexible. It provides teams with a shared roadmap. For organisations, it provides a consistently positive theory of change that can be applied to strategic transformations in everything from leaner and greener operations and culture development, to strategic planning and innovation with stakeholders and whole systems.
You will find your own sense of hope growing as you build new skills, see fresh data sets, and look at cases of remarkable change that grow on and thrive not just over one or two years, but decades. Appreciative Inquiry is meant to help you and/or your team to think bigger, braver, and bolder and to leverage the underestimated role of “the positive” as you build toward a future of full spectrum flourishing, that is, a world where business can excel, people can flourish, and nature can thrive.
This workshop is especially relevant for anyone interested in advancing workplace wellbeing while elevating business success and organizational innovation.
Two Day Conference
24th & 25th June 2019
Monday 24th June 2019
HAPPINESS, HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
8:30am - 10:00am
Be motivated to make some relatively small adjustments in diet and lifestyle that can have a profound effect on your overall wellbeing with infectiously enthusiastic UK science journalist, TV presenter and best-selling 5:2 Fast Diet and Fast Exercise author, Dr Michael Mosley: “ I’ll be sharing with you the very latest scientifically backed advice on ways in which you can fight the ageing process, and refresh and reinvigorate the body.”
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY Q & A
Lifestyle and heath writer at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Your chance to ask a question of one of the world’s most popular health science journalists and researchers.
Smart people can do dumb things when it comes to their bodies. So what’s missing? Clearly there are many factors that influence health, but there’s another intelligence that’s critical for bringing the body out of its state of neglect. And that’s BQ or body intelligence, the ability to notice body sensations, listen to them, then respond in a way that respects the body’s needs, so enhancing our quality of life.
Diabetes has enabled me to discover what it really means to be healthy. You’ve probably heard it countless times before, but the key to good health is balance. Make movement your mantra, nourish your body with the nutrients it deserves, and be mindful in each and every moment. My approach goes beyond successfully managing diabetes. It’s an approach to life that lays the foundation for health and happiness – whether you are living with diabetes or not.
10:00am - 10:45am
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
10:45am - 12:20pm
THE TELOMERE EFFECT: A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO LIVING YOUNGER, HEALTHIER, LONGER
International expert in chronic stress, mindfulness, wellbeing, and healthy ageing and co-author with Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn of The Telomere Effect, USA
Be captivated by cutting edge research from Professor Elissa Epel, a psychology researcher who investigates the depths and intricacies of the mind- body connection. Together with Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, she has found that our everyday lifestyle choices can either protect or deplete our telomeres, the protective tips of chromosomes which are predictors of early disease and ageing.
A stressed-out, overburdened journalist is on a mission to find out if meditation really can revolutionise her health and happiness. For her new documentary, Shannon Harvey has put mindfulness to the test by becoming a human guinea pig and enlisting a team of Australian scientists to track her while she meditates every day for a year. Featuring celebrities and scientists alike, Shannon will reveal a sneak-peak of the film before its release and share remarkable stories of transformation.
HEALING INVISIBLE WOUNDS, ONE MOMENT AT A TIME: MINDFUL TRAUMA RECOVERY FOR REFUGEES
Working with traumatised refugees to develop science-backed interventions that could prevent a mental health disaster, Israel
A mounting body of research is supporting the value of adopting a whole-school approach to wellbeing, with measurable benefits in school culture, personal wellbeing and even academic performance. Hear insights gleaned from a decade of pioneering Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School and be motivated by an inspiring and accessible vision for the future of education.
THE NEUROSCIENCE OF CREATING LASTING POSITIVE HABITS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR LONG-TERM HAPPINESS
Master trainer and leading advisor in the practical application of positive psychology
Why do people find it so hard to change when they know it’s good for them? Even when faced with a life-threatening situation, people tend to resist change despite knowing the repercussions. The core of the challenge is changing behaviour – and our brains are extremely effective in tenaciously maintaining the status quo.
12:20pm - 1:50pm
HAPPINESS & CONNECTION
1.50pm - 3:15pm
Loneliness is an issue. A huge sixty percent of Australians “often feel lonely”*. Its unsettling fingers manage to penetrate the cracks in all our lives, and while it is more evident if we live alone, sometimes the worst type of loneliness is when we are in a relationship (or in a crowd). As the world is more connected through technology, it is ironic that we feel less connected. Rather than dwell on its prevalence, health consequences, or advocacy options, we can focus on looking loneliness in the eye and learn practical solutions to tackle it head on. Get some great ideas for developing your own anti-loneliness tool kit.
*Source: Lifeline “Loneliness Survey” 2018
The Stories Inside Us
For five years, Doris Brett and Kerry Cue have been running salons aimed at reclaiming conversation, connection and learned wisdom. The salons are places where people, many of whom have never met before, come together to think about their lives. The stories that emerge in these salons – courageous, hysterical, moving, inspiring, large and small – are the ones that we have all lived but rarely get to share.
How do you rebuild your life after surviving a natural disaster like the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami? Few journalists witnessed, let alone experienced, this cataclysmic event that killed over 230,000 people. Be inspired by John Maddocks’ story of resilience and personal transformation while overcoming the acute traumatic stress caused by extreme life threat: “Trauma is a harsh way to learn, but the results can be incredibly positive and liberating.”
PANEL: DEEPENING YOUR MIND-BODY CONNECTION FOR A HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER LIFE
What can you do to better understand your mind and body connection? Get some insights from world leaders in the field and be inspired to makes some changes in your life for increased health and happiness.
3:15pm - 4.00pm
FINDING HAPPINESS THROUGHOUT LIFE'S JOURNEY
4.00pm - 5.30pm
Be inspired by a man who celebrates mother nature in all her cycles and seasons and has an all-consuming passion for plants and people. Share his delight in the joys a garden can bring.
THE WOMAN’S BRAIN: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF HEALTH, HORMONES AND HAPPINESS
Neuroscientist specialising in translating brain research into simple actionable strategies for creativity, health and wellbeing
Understanding how the brain grows and changes through the stages of life is key to health and wellbeing. Explore what happens inside the brains and bodies of women as they move through the phases of life, and the unique – and often misunderstood – effects of female biology and hormones.
Much of the conversation about our use of technology is negative, tainted with moral panic and misinformation. Psychologist Jocelyn Brewer wants to change that. Her Digital Nutrition philosophy seeks to consider ways in which we can positively shape our tech habits by creating a savvy, sustainable relationship with our devices and the apps and games we consume.
A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. Be inspired and informed by this crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for a humane and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives.
Lift your heart, open your mind and experience the joy of music with a renowned musician who has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, collaborated with Phillip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, and played Carnegie Hall.
Close Of Day 1
Tuesday 25th June 2018
HAPPINESS, LEADERSHIP & CHANGE
8:30am - 10:00am
HOPE FOR THE WORLD: APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY & POSITIVE INSTITUTIONS
The world’s foremost authority on strengths-based, positive change, internationally renowned for his research in appreciative inquiry, USA
Be galvanised and motivated as David Cooperrider shares his big hope for the world and explains the power of questions in leadership – how we become what we study and how we live in worlds our questions create. Explore his ground breaking proposition that the quest for a flourishing earth is the most significant positive psychology and workplace happiness opportunity of the 21st century. When our organisations work toward building a sustainable future and flourishing world, we too are poised to thrive in ways that elevate innovation, workplace wellbeing, and our own and others’ flourishing.
Using data from over 2,000 appreciative inquiry interviews into “business as an agent of world benefit” and tools from his new, co-created 8-stage P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E change model, David employs a myriad of rich and powerful stories to illustrate that working to solve humanity’s greatest social and environmental challenges brings out the best in us and our institutions.
PROFESSOR DAVID COOPERRIDER Q & A
workplace wellbeing teacher, playful change activator and best-selling author
Your chance to ask a question of one of the world’s most renowned change agents.
SACRED LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMING OUR WORKPLACES
Wakka Wakka Wulli Wulli Traditional Owner, transformational leadership mentor and researcher in the field of leadership psychology and First Nations knowledge systems
Sacred leadership has nothing to do with power, money or ego and everything to do with humility and emotional intelligence. Although the term was coined by Harvard Professor Robert Kegan, the practice of sacred leadership isn’t new. Sacred leaders bring transformational integration to all systems having consideration for the impacts on the planet, on other people, their relationships and their work.
IN CONVERSATION: THE HAPPINESS FAIRYTALE
Best-selling author of Happy Never After and High Sobriety, award- winning journalist, and natural born storyteller with a passion for equality, social justice and mental health
With humour, insight and compassion, Jill Stark sets her own lifetime of mental health battles against the backdrop of a stressed-out, “always on” modern world that has learned to view sadness and failure as abnormal. And she asks the question, what if the key to contentment was letting go of the happy ever after fairytale and rewriting the script?
10:00am - 10:45am
HAPPINESS, FORGIVENESS & SOCIAL JUSTICE
10.45am - 12:20pm
FORGIVE FOR GOOD: A PROVEN PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
Pioneering researcher into the healing power of forgiveness, author of the best-selling Forgive for Good and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, USA
Discover the benefits of forgiveness and how to use it to increase your happiness and wellbeing. Dr Fred Luskin, the director of the largest clinical trial of forgiveness and international studies on the victims of political violence, shows that learning to forgive improves our emotional and physical well-being. Holding onto resentment or hurt disrupts our personal and professional lives, leads to bad decision-making, and releases stress chemicals that have a negative effect on our health. Yet all too many of us clutch our grievances and give away our power by remaining victims of the people who have hurt us or of our own mistakes. Learning to forgive enables us to move beyond victimhood to a life of improved health and contentment.
Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman has a wonderful ability to balance dark and troubling subject matter with the human capacity for love and friendship. At a time when children are more aware than ever of the world’s troubles, Morris champions the power of storytelling to help them face the challenges ahead and stay optimistic about their capacity to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Hear about the value of stories for young people in developing resilience, empathy, optimism and hope.
Men and boys, young and old, are frequently told to “man up”. But what does this mean? And is it helpful? Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with being a man but outdated definitions of masculinity contribute, undoubtedly and unfortunately, to many and varied problems; for men and the women in their lives. The good news is there are healthier ways to define manhood and healthier ways for men to think and act. Being a man need not be a bad thing after all!
It all started in July 2013 with a church roadside sign: “Dear Christians. Some PPL are gay. Get Over It. Love God”. That sign ignited a social media revolution, and catapulted Father Rod Bower onto the public stage. Discover more about this passionate social justice campaigner and be inspired to stand up for the rights of others.
12:20pm - 1:50pm
HAPPINESS & OUR EMOTIONS
1:50pm - 3:20pm
Anger is everywhere — behind everything from road rage to wrap rage, domestic violence to international conflicts. People cling to their anger, as a tool of influence and a driver of revenge. But is anger really ever useful? And can we learn to overcome it? Learn a new way of viewing people and their actions that is at once powerful and serene.
Anxiety is part of our common human condition and so often a double edged sword, being often associated with inherent qualities of deep compassion, empathy, analytical thinking and creativity. Between a situation and a response there is space to choose which path you want to follow – you can either be bossed around by fear and worry or embrace resilience strategies and empowered choices to stand up to the challenges.
Be moved and inspired by a deeply personal story of what the mental health journey has been for a young man, his friends, and his family. After a lifetime of battling with mental illnesses and losing his brother to suicide, Nic has come through the other side, not held back by his past when he believed happiness was an impossible goal and at times something he didn’t deserve. Speaking out to reduce mental health stigma and lower the barriers to seeking help, Nic’s solution is simply to start the conversation – in his words, “There can be something really powerful about learning through the experiences of each other.”
PANEL: HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE GREATER GOOD?
We would all love to contribute to a better world and yet so often we feel helpless in the face of what seem to be insurmountable problems. What actions can we take to improve the lives of those around us and to make the world a better place?
Be entranced by beautiful music and images as you are lead on a guided mediation, connecting our hearts and minds.
3:20pm - 4:05pm
TIPS FOR ENHANCING YOUR DAY TO DAY LIFE
4:05pm - 5:30pm
Perfectionism is on the rise. New data shows significant increases in perfectionism in young people since the 1980s fuelled by social media and widespread expectations of a University education. We’ll look at some renowned sportspeople, authors, scientists and business leaders who have stuffed up and how they responded to their mistakes. Learning to challenge perfectionist thinking and persevering, rather than procrastinating, when faced with problems and obstacles helps individuals to achieve more success as well as be happier and bounce back more quickly from setbacks.
It seems like we’re all busy these days. Unbelievably busy. Meshel Laurie knows all too well what that’s like. Hear how she found hope in an unexpected place and how you too can free yourself from the grind of your unbelievable busyness.
Be entranced by a series of stories about happiness and wellbeing accompanied by short visual presentations.
Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images for 20 seconds each slide. The image advances automatically while the presenter talks along to the images.
We know that unresolved conflict impacts our mental health and wellbeing. Then why are so many of us conflict avoiders? Change the way you think about conflict. Appreciating difference and knowing how to engage constructively makes all the difference.
When Sean Hall founded Energx to help people prevent and overcome burnout, little did he know he’d discover something magical. After working with thousands of everyday Australian’s he discovered a recipe for joy, and he can’t wait to share it with you.
How are we supposed to live in a world of extreme eating? Don’t we deserve a little drop of pinot and a piccolo sometimes? Celebrity food bloggers and chefs are everywhere looking insta happy and insta glamorous…but what about the rest of us who have laundry, kids, dogs, and a busy full time job? Let Michele explain why you can have a few treats and still lead a happy and healthy life!
Remember the person you were a year ago, a decade ago… Look who you’ve become since then. No doubt, you are at the very least slightly less lame than before. To be human is to be ever changing. Some changes are so significant, so magnificent that the transformation is unrecognisable. Now, are you living your inside truth?
Close of Day 2
Wednesday 26 June 2019
An opportunity to delve more deeply into a topic of your choice with leaders in their fields – enhance your conference experience by choosing one morning and one afternoon workshop!
09:00am - 12:00pm
Workshop 1: The Art & Science of Forgiveness
Dr Fred Luskin
Pioneering researcher into the healing power of forgiveness, author of the best-selling Forgive for Good and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, USA
The practice of forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt, depression and stress and lead to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self-confidence. In this workshop you will have a rare opportunity to work with the world’s leading authority on the power of forgiveness, Dr Fred Luskin, who will provide guided practice in the 9 Steps to Forgiveness as developed by the Stanford Forgiveness Project.
Learn how practice in guided imagery, narrative, cognitive disputation and cultivating positive affect can be applied to forgiveness, and discover how forgiveness can lead to enhanced well-being through self-care. The Forgiveness Project has worked with people all over the world with hurts big and small and has shown countless thousands that they do not have to remain stuck in past hurts, bitterness and grievance.
What would it mean to work in tune with your bOS – your body’s internal operating system? Rather than have your day shaped by the iOS of your devices? Or the never ending external demands of your job? The modern workplace has become a place where people disconnect from their bodies in order to get the job done – where we literally take leave of our senses. This comes at a high cost to our bodies as well as quality of work. There is a better, body-intelligent way.
In this practical workshop we will explore how you can get more out of your day by shaping your work ethic and work culture around the features of the body, including the 24 hour, 12 hour and 1.5 rhythms that affect our energy attention. We will also cover how you can create team norms that support better ways of working.
Explore emerging research, approaches and tools to help you increase your awareness, understanding and ability to handle all emotions. Drawing on her expertise training coaching practitioners, consultants and leaders, Sue Langley will translate research into practical applications and share successful strategies. Learn about universal and individual emotional triggers as well as how to intervene through body and brain-based strategies to halt the progression of emotions not serving you.
Take your emotional awareness, understanding and agility to the next level. Using experiential activities and tools, participants will explore how to bring to life:
- Understanding of the range of emotions how the energy of emotions impacts cognitive function
- Using emotions through physiology to generate outcomes both cognitive and relational
- Exploring emotional labour and the impact on mental health and wellbeing
- Understanding the universal and individual emotional triggers
- Exploring the progression of emotions and how to both identify and handle that progression
- Using experiential activities that can be used individually and in groups to improve learning about emotional agility and the power of all emotions in a fun, evidence-based way
The workshop will be fun, engaging, and based on science and evidence from a range of noted researchers. The content will be shared in a way that builds learning and understanding and the ability to use these tools and activities in real life, for yourself and with your clients.
Workshop 4: Unsubscribe, Unfollow, Unplug: Taking Back Control Of Our Technology Habits
Psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age
Psychologist and founder of Digital Nutrition™ Jocelyn Brewer wants to empower humans to take back control of their tech habits and build a relationship to their digital devices without the need for ‘detoxes’ or deletion. In this workshop she will take you through a range of practical strategies to help you digitally declutter the online accoutrements you’ve gathered in the last decade.
She will explain how technology is designed to hijack your attention and your risk of being swamped by too much information. Discover practical strategies for switching off from the never-ending-stories and online content and find out how to apply the principles of mindfulness, meaning and moderation to your scrolling and swiping habits.
You will learn:
- How your attention is hijacked by devices, apps and games
- Strategies to take back control of your email, social media feed and ‘always-on’ mentality
- How to apply the 3M’s of Digital Nutrition
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Workshop 5: In Conversation - Mindfulness Interventions For Mental Health
This engaging “in conversation” session will include an intimate onstage interview, audience Q & A and excerpts of documentary footage of Amit’s team working with refugees in the Middle East. Participants will also engage in guided mindfulness meditation practice.
In today’s high-pressure world, it’s easy to set impossibly high standards for ourselves and others. When we fail, as we inevitably do – we can be overcritical of ourselves and others. Perfectionism is linked with ambition but it can be destructive and cause high anxiety and procrastination, relationship problems and depression. New data shows significant increases in perfectionism in young people fuelled by social media.
This interactive workshop differentiates between healthy and unhealthy perfectionism and provides easy-to-understand tools and activities to counter perfectionism and teach ourselves and others the skills that contribute to greater happiness and wellbeing such as self-compassion, perspective-taking, realistic goal-setting. If you think you’re a perfectionist, this workshop is for you. This workshop will also be useful for teachers, and anyone working with young people.
Workshop 7: Mastering Anger, Frustration & Irritation: Practical Skills For The Dark Emotions
CBT specialist working with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress
Anger is the central emotion involved in family and relationship conflict, domestic violence and interpersonal problems in the workplace. People tend to revel in their anger, using it as a tool to manipulate others and as a motivator for revenge. However, it is rarely effective. Anger typically interferes with change processes and is associated with failed negotiations, marital distress, sadness and depression, and poor interpersonal functioning.
In this workshop Professor Menzies will explain the basis of anger and how to overcome it. You will learn to:
- find humour and gratitude in annoying situations;
- develop a more enlightened attitude to how people ‘should’ behave;
- ditch the bad habit of singling out individuals to blame, and;
- discover the benefits of patience and empathy.
The human body is a gift. How you move it, what you put in it, the hormones that control it, and the mindset you attach to it all play a critical role in your quality of life. We all have the potential to thrive, rather than merely survive. My aim is to equip you with the tools required to live your best life! My 5-pillar approach: exercise, nutrition, daily living, mindfulness, and insulin & blood sugar control, will enable you to take control of your health and live a long, happy life.
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