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Wick van der Vaart
Instituut voor Interventiekunde
WG-Plein 255, 1054 SE
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
0031 6 150 11 771
Wick van der Vaart was born in Rotterdam in 1962 and currently lives in Amsterdam. He has master degrees in Dutch modern Literature (1988) and Social Psychology (1999), including a two year program on the Social Psychology of Interventions. In 2010 he has become a certified Appreciative Inquiry-consultant, with the NTL Institute for Behavioral Science.
He is the founder of the Institute for Interventionism. The Institute for Interventionism is the home for a two year post-master program on Interventionism (training, coaching, and consulting). In december 2009, the first group of students graduated. Right now the sixth and seventh cohort of this program are running.
Another program of the Institute is a two year course on the “Theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry”. So far 60 students have done this program. Since 2013 the Lincoln Workshop Series based in Lincoln, England offers its programs on Appreciative Inquiry in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Institute of Interventionism. Participants came from: Jordan, the UK, USA, Suriname, Russia, Serbia, Germany, etc.
Wick is an enthusiastic, lively trainer, coach, and consultant himself. His main work is with governmental organizations, such as the Dutch IRS, the city council of Amsterdam, the social security organizations, etc. He has been a teacher in social psychology at the Free University in Amsterdam for 7 years and has been a guest lecturer in three other academic institutions: the Universities of Utrecht, Leiden, and Amsterdam. For over ten years, he has been the chairman of the Dutch Association of Psychologists for the task force Training & Development. Since 2010, he is a NTL-member.
Wick loves to communicate with colleagues who work all over the world, especially when he is in Bethel, Maine, the home town of the NTL Institute. Since 2016 he is the Editor-in-Chief of the AI-Practitioner.
In his (very spare) free time, Wick loves to read and he has completed two Iron Man Triathlons, in Louisville, Kentucky (2014), and in Vichy, France (2015). He is the chair man of the Dolfijn Triathlon Team in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
“It’s my dream to create a better world, by influencing the ways people think and talk about their work life and the way they cooperate. I am deeply influenced by the work of Kurt Lewin, especially his work on a democratic climate. I feel that Appreciative Inquiry has the power to bring people together, get them really connected with each other and have them engaged in conversations about the issues that really matter to them. And while having these dialogues, they are changing their futures. By ex-changing appreciative words, they are creating appreciative worlds.”
Hans Alma, Ph.D.
Joep C. de Jong, BSc
Dian Marie Hosking, Ph.D.
Maurits G.T. Kwee, Ph.D.
Alexander J.J.A. Maas, Ph.D.
Joan Meyer, Ph.D.
José Otte, Ph.D.
John Rijsman, Ph.D.
Loek Schoenmakers, Ph.D.
Wick van der Vaart
Nicolaas J.J. van der Molen
Gerda van Dijk, Ph.D.
Rens van Loon
Ingeborg E.B. Vandepoel Ph.D.
Hen Wilkinson, M.Sc.
Celeste P.M. Wilderom, Ph.D.
Danielle Zandee, Ph.D.