Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Kristin believes that magic can happen when people come together around issues they care deeply about. She embraces human-centered relational approaches that engage diverse strengths and perspectives to address complex issues and support positive change in organizations, communities, and systems. Kristin is Principal of Community Strengths, working with organizations and communities to support generative possibilities.
The following are examples of projects in which Kristin engages with teams to co-design and implement innovative solutions:
Past projects include:
Kristin currently serves as a representative to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations for Generations United.
Kristin is an adjunct professor at Dominican University School of Social Work and faculty of the Taos International Diploma in Social Construction and Professional Practice.
Kristin is passionate about relationally-engaged research and embraces a social constructionist orientation to designing research. She and Celiane Carmargo-Borges developed an approach and give workshops on Designing Research. She is one of the core team members who started and continue to support the Taos International Relational Research Network.
Kristin holds a Ph.D. from Tilburg University and an MBA from University of California, Davis. Kristin’s doctoral research focused on the power of engaging voices that may be marginalized in communities through collaborative dialogue that leads to personal and collective social action.
You can find writing by Kristin at https://medium.com/@KJBodiford. You can find Kristin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KJBodiford and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbodiford/
Below are several of her publications.
Butts, Donna and Bodiford, Kristin (2018). Family and Intergenerational Relationships. Social Isolation in Later Life: Strategies for Bolstering Health and Well-Being, New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Bodiford, Kristin and Araali, Arthur Namara (2018). Youth and Older Persons as Agents for Change: Creating an inclusive and age-friendly society for all. The Global Age-friendly Community Movement: A Critical Appraisal. New York: Berghahn Books
Bodiford, Kristin and Araali, Arthur Namara (May 2015) Appreciative Intergenerational Community Building: A strengths-based approach in Uganda. Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner “Intergenerational
Appreciative Inquiry in Conversation and in Action”.
Bodiford, Kristin and Camargo-Borges, Celiane (August 2014) Co-editor of Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner “Appreciative Inquiry: Bridging Research and Practice”.
Bodiford, Kristin (2013) “Youth-led dialogues for positive change/ Diálogos Dirigidos por Jóvenes para el Cambio Positivo” La Revista Eleuthera. Revista Volumen 8 Enero - Junio 2013
Bodiford, Kristin (2013) “Choppin’ it Up – Youth-Led Dialogues for Positive Change” in Exceeding Expectations: Stories of Appreciative Inquiry in the Schools. Dole, Dawn; Godwin, Lindsey & Moehle, Matthew (Editors) Taos Institute Publications. Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Hunter, Rebecca; Anderson, Lynda; Belza, Basia; Bodiford,Kristin; Hooker, Steven; Kochtitzky, Chris; Marquez, David; Satariano, William; (April 2013) “Environmental Issues in Promoting Healthy Aging: Linking Applied Prevention Research and Public Health Practice through the Healthy Aging Research Network” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD).
Bodiford, Kristin (2013) “Intergenerational Community Building” Aging in Community. Blanchard, Janice & Anthony Bolton (Editors), Second Journey Publications. Chapel Hill, NC
Godwin, Lindsey; Kaplan, Pascal; and Bodiford, Kristin (2013), Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation, in D.L. Cooperrider, D.P. Zandee, L.N.
Godwin, M. Avital & B. Boland (eds.) Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Volume 4), Emerald Group Publishing
Limited, pp.89‐ 113
Godwin, Lindsey; Kaplan, Pascal; and Bodiford, Kristin (2012), “Beyond the Room: Leveraging Collaborative Technology to Engage the Whole System” The International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry Practitioners. The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: Explorations into the Magic of Macro-Management and Crowdsourcing
Bodiford, Kristin (2012) “Choppin’ it Up” The International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry Practitioners. Innovation and Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Images, Positive Action.