Plenary Session 2: Prof. Dr. Kenneth Gergen and Prof. Dr. Danielle Zandee in a dialogue about newest insights from social constructionism and AI ‘Genomes of Meaning and the making of Worlds’
Kenneth J. Gergen is a Senior Research Professor at Swarthmore College, and President of the Taos Institute. He has served as president of two divisions of the American Psychological Association, and the Associate Editor of both the American Psychologist, and Theory and Psychology. Gergen has been a major contributor to social constructionist theory and organizational change practices. Among his major works are Realities and relationships, soundings in social construction; The Saturated Self; An invitation to social construction; An Invitation to Social Construction; and most recently, Relational being, beyond self and community. Gergen’s work has received numerous awards, including fellowships, foundation awards, and honorary degrees in both Europe and the U.S.
Danielle P. Zandee is Professor of Sustainable Organizational Development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen, the Netherlands. As one of the Chairs of Nyenrode’s Center for Sustainability, she develops theory and practice to facilitate collaborative processes of change that nurture sustainability in and of organizations. Danielle studies and applies Appreciative Inquiry since the mid 1990’s when she was a PhD student in the Organizational Behavior department of Case Western Reserve University. In her work, she renews and strengthens the philosophy and craft of Appreciative Inquiry, by exploring its potential through a discursive, artful and relational lens. She embraces Appreciative Inquiry as both a dialogic approach to OD and a generative form of action research. Danielle serves on the Conference Organizing Committee of this 5th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference.