This session will equip school leaders and staff to understand and facilitate a process called appreciative inquiry using systems and design thinking to create conditions for school communities to thrive.

This includes strategies to acknowledge the system in which you are trying to effect change; build generative and collaborative conversations; and move from reactive problem solving to co-creating the future.

This approach which has been trialed with leaders and schools across the world, has demonstrated sustainable and energising growth. If you are seeking to kick start authentic systems change, or to deepen your efforts to embed well-being science within the fabric of your school community, this workshop will help develop your and your schools capacity for systems leadership to do so. It will challenge your thinking and provide an effective tool that you can utilise in your own context to co-evolve towards thriving.

All resources will be provided to take away to use this process in your own context.

Date and Time

Thursday 7 March 2024
9am – 4pm


$250 – One Person
$225 – Two or more per people
$200 – Five or more per people

Note: You do not need to register for the main 21CLHK Conference to attend this one-day workshop.


Andrea Downie

Honorary Fellow, Centre for Wellbeing Science, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Andrea is an educator, wellbeing scientist, action researcher and international keynote speaker who has worked with hundreds of schools and organisations on wellbeing science, systems leadership, education redesign and strategy.

Andrea is the co-founder of Project Thrive and an honorary fellow at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne.

She has extensive experience working both in and on the education system in teaching and leadership roles as well as consulting internationally. She is dedicated to making education the best and most desirable system in the world where wellbeing, agency, authentic and meaningful learning as well as opportunities and excellence for all, is at the forefront.

Andrea has both education and psychology degrees and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology with First Class Honours.