Tapping the Soul of Higher Education

From Threads to a Quilt – AI in Education


There are moments in a higher education institution’s life that have a powerful impact on the organisation and the people who learn and work there. A higher education AI summit is one such moment. This article explores the elements, purposes and examples of AI summits in colleges and universities that bring students, faculty, staff, administrators, external stakeholders and communities together to collectively tap the soul of higher education. In restrospective by the authors:

From Threads to a Quilt – AI in Education

AI Practitioner asked reflective questions in 2017 resulting in :

  • What were the effects? Results?
  • What did you learn through this project, as an AI practitioner?
  • How did you take this forward?
  • How could this knowledge help us and our clients remain appreciative and curious in difficult times?

Jeanie and Joan, co-presidents of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting, specialize in collaboratively designing strategies to surface the wisdom of individuals, groups and organizations in order for them to build positive futures and to respond effectively to change. They work with groups of all kinds to make a positive difference. Co-authors of Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force, they are currently writing Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey Through Hope, Despair and Forgiveness, due out in 2018.


Author: Jeanie Cockell

Jeanie “makes magic” through engaging her clients in collaboratively co-creating appreciative and transformative relationships. As a presenter, writer, facilitator, teacher and consultant, she inspires individuals and organizations to respond effectively to change by building on strengths and successes. Contact: jeanie@cockellmcarthur-blair.com

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Author: Joan McArthur-Blair

Joan is a writer and speaker who grounds her AI and leadership work in her love of words and in the possibilities of higher education. Her background is in higher education, a world where she spent 28 amazing years, most recently as a college president. Joan and Jeanie co-authored the book, Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force. Contact: joan@cockellmcarthur-blair.com

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  1. Roopanandi

    Insightful and applicable.

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