Experts present at First World Congress on Positive Psychology
‘Our research is showing a renaissance moment, a positive revolution’

The First World Congress on Positive Psychology is taking place June 18-21 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bringing together academics and practitioners from a new field of inquiry to share their findings and best practices.

Since 1998, the field of positive psychology has had millions of dollars invested in research, new scientific journals, university graduate programs and media coverage, according to conference literature.

Organizers anticipate 1,500 attendees at the event, which is geared towards anyone interested in positive psychology. The conference aims to have participants come away with a better understanding of theoretical perspectives in positive psychology, to be able to integrate findings from the latest research into their own work and to use positive interventions effectively in personal and professional settings.

David Cooperrider, Weatherhead School of Management professor and developer of Appreciative Inquiry, will present a keynote on the Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions.

Cooperrider defines positive institutions as “organizations that elevate, connect and magnify, and refract our highest human strengths outward into society.” The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Weatherhead School is the first of its kind focusing on positive institutions and those creating sustainable value through the use of Appreciative Inquiry.

“In huge contrast to the headlines declaring the bankruptcy in the soul of business . . . our research is showing a renaissance moment, a positive revolution — business as a force for eradicating extreme poverty; business as a force for green innovation and eco-imagination; and business as a force for peace in high conflict zones around the world,” said Cooperrider in a press release.

Other featured speakers include psychology professor and architect of flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor and researcher in emotions and positive psychology Barbara Fredrickson, and a special lecture by world-renowned psychologists Martin Seligman and Philip Zimbardo.

The conference is sponsored by the International Positive Psychology Association, which promotes the science and practice of positive psychology and facilitates communication and collaboration among positive psychology researchers and practitioners. Visit to learn more.

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