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Center for Positive Change: Summit FAQs

An AI summit is an opportunity to transfer the power of change to all of the people that are affected by its' outcome. This includes the leaders and employees of the organization at every level and expertise, as well as "external stakeholders" who will also benefit tremendously from a successful AI summit. An AI summit harnesses the "logic of the whole," and enables quality relationships to be developed between individuals who otherwise would have never come together. Summits give a voice to everyone involved.

The people that are involved in the AI process inevitably let their guard down, and a sense of liberation replaces doubt and skepticism. This liberation leads to empowerment, which leads to excitement, which in turn manifests itself into a positive change. The most difficult task of a leader who wants to advocate change is not only convincing a group that change is warranted, but also what the change should look like. An AI summit allows this thinking process to evolve naturally, and sometimes in reverse order. Once people realize themselves that they are not operating at their full potential and they discover truly better and more efficient ways of doing business, advocacy ends and encouragement begins. The AI summit gives everyone the opportunity to create a living mission statement that isn't just a paragraph posted on the wall; it's an operational mindset!

The AI summit process is divided into three major phases: planning, execution, and follow-up.  The first step of the planning phase comes in the form of an Executive Steering Committee (ESC).  The ESC consists of a group of people (~10-30 depending on the size of the organization) who all meet for a two-day meeting hosted by Dr. Barrett and co-facilitators.  The meeting will focus partly on AI education and partly on summit preparation.  After everyone has been educated in the way of AI, the committee then needs to make a decision concerning sponsoring a summit. The first question obviously is "can our organization benefit from an AI summit? And, are we willing to allocate the time and resources to sponsor one?" Once the decision has been made to have a summit, the ESC needs to begin the planning process. The summit needs to be "designed." The most fundamental design feature will be the summit topic. The topic of the summit will give the summit participants an idea of what needs to be accomplished during the summit, and it gives the ESC some control by highlighting a specific area of interest. There are also many logistical issues that need to be addressed  prior to a summit. Of course all of these issues can't be covered in one or two days, but the ESC can identify and delegate and produce a means for getting the work done (i.e. setting up a planning committee & developing a timeline).

The second phase is summit execution.  A summit is a four-day event that brings together people from every level of the organization plus external stakeholders.  There is no set size for an AI summit, but they usually consist of about 100-300 people.  Each day of the summit is dedicated to one part of the AI 4-D model. The first day is discovery . On this day, participants define themselves and point out personal and organizational strengths. The second day is dream . This day is devoted to members sharing their visions of what the ideal should look like. Day three is the design day on which a bridge is built between discovery and dream (how do we get there from here?). The last day is destiny . This is when the action teams proclaim their intentions and form pilot project teams based on the last three days of discussion.

The last phase of the AI summit process is follow-up.  In this phase, pilot groups work on the issues that emerged out of the summit process.  To assist pilot groups, the CPC can provide a means for online collaboration to provide greater flexibility in information transfer.  The CPC can also facilitate post-summit progress meetings and help with analyzing AI impact.  The length of the follow-up phase can last months or even years, depending on how the organization operates.

If you would like to inquire further please email the CPC.