Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Jane Magruder Watkins has worked in the field of Organization Development for 40 years. She has worked in and consulted to organizations in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. Her work in over 50 countries has grounded her work in a global consciousness that values the diversity and possibility. Since the mid-1980's, she has worked with David Cooperrider to develop and spread Appreciative Inquiry (AI) around the globe. As an early innovator in the use of Appreciative Inquiry, she has experimented with its application in all aspects of organizational life in multiple settings and cultures, as well as in personal growth and human development. She is especially intrigued with the emerging global environment that is calling for new and innovative processes and approaches to change. She sees Appreciative Inquiry as a bridge that enables organizations, communities, individuals and couples to embrace the emerging paradigm, recreating themselves and their realities by imagining and living into their own unique visions of the future.
Jane has held director level positions in two International Development Agencies, served on the director's staff of the Action Agency, and has owned her own business.
Jane served as Chair of the Board of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral and is an Emeritus member of NTL. She has established an Appreciative Inquiry Certificate Program with a partnership between NTL and the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University. She is a Founding Partner of AI Consulting and a principal in the firm of Appreciative Inquiry Unlimited.
She teaches Appreciative Inquiry in Pepperdine University's MSOD and EdD programs and with the OSR Master¹s program at the University of Seattle. She also teaches AI through NTL, the Taos Institute, and in client organizations. She has published several articles about AI and is co-author with Bernard Mohr of the best-selling AI book: "Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination." Jane has an MA in English Literature; an MS in Organizational Development and 2 years of post graduate research and study at Cambridge University, UK.
November 16, 2009 at the AI World Conference in Nepal, Jane received the Lifetime Achievement Award, from David Cooperrider, for her history of excellent work in Appreciative Inquiry throughout the world.
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