What we're watching: 
This short video, " How to Find Bright Spots, " captures a couple of hard-hitting examples of how we usually are all too quick to focus in on ' what's not working ' vs. trying to understand ' what is working ' in order to clone and spread the latter. We agree!
What we're reading: 
The  5 Classic Principles of Appreciative Inquiry  are the building blocks of this process and mindset. Check them out and see which principle suggests that "the moment we ask a question, we begin to create a change."  What are the questions you're asking yourself?
Quote we're inspired by:  

"All leadership is appreciative leadership. It's the capacity to see the best of the world around us, in our colleagues, and in the groups we are trying to lead."

---  David Cooperrider                  
A few weeks ago we had 15 educators from around the world join us for our Global Education course - it was an inspiring week that combined classroom sessions, field visits, and guest speakers, all while developing educational interventions to address participant-specific challenges. The idea of focusing on 'bright spots', the power of the questions we ask, and seeing the strengths of our students/learners were integral to the week. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about how to move towards an 'asset based mindset' instead of the 'deficit based approach' both for yourself and others, join us for our upcoming Designing Your Life course on August 7th!  

See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday! 
The Centre's Team
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education
UN Mandated University for Peace
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