Appreciative Investigations Master Class Brisbane 5 August 2016

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Appreciative Investigations Master Class Brisbane 5 August 2016

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In partnership with Laing O'Rourke, Art of Work will deliver a one day Master Class on Appreciative Investigations - a systematic approach that takes organisations to the heart of how work is done.

Most organisations routinely investigate when things go wrong, but they rarely have a structured approach for investigating how and why people are successful in their work. The purpose of Appreciative Investigations is to improve organisations’ ability to proactively learn from normal work, to discover what people do to achieve successful outcomes, and to appreciate and build on strengths that are already present in the organisation.

Attendees of this one day Master Class will learn how they can improve performance (productivity, efficiency, well-being, safety) by exploring the resources, tools and strategies people rely on to achieve successful outcomes, and the conditions and constraints that help and hinder work.

Through a combination of lectures, workshops, and case studies, attendees will build an investigative tool to uncover details about work that other formal observations and auditing methods do not capture. The day will cover the following questions:

  • What do you look for to understand and improve work if it isn’t deviations or unwanted behaviours?
  • How can understanding work performance improve deviation management?
  • How do you carry out an Appreciative Investigation in practice?
  • How can the gathered information help to improve work?

Participants of the Master Class will receive a facilitator’s guide on how to design and carry out Appreciative Investigations. 

This Master Class joins Daniel Hummerdal, the Director of Innovation at Art of Work, and Dr Drew Rae from the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University, who together will deliver a challenging day for anyone who is interested in implementing new ways to assess, understand and improve safety.

When:        5 August 2016, 8am-5pm
Where:      Laing O'Rourke office, 825 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Price:         $970 (including GST), 10% discount for SIA members. Please contact Art of Work is you wish to purchase more than 4 seats.



Daniel Hummerdal

Daniel is the Director of Innovation at Art of Work and is recognised in Australia and overseas as a leading safety thinker and practitioner. After an initial career as a commercial pilot, Daniel studied psychology, graduating with a Master of Science in Psychology from Linköping University in Sweden. Daniel also holds Masters level courses in Human Factors in Aviation. He has worked as an accident investigator with the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration, as a Human Factors consultant with  Dedale (France), and been engaged in industrial safety research in Sweden, France and Australia. Daniel has most recently been the Safety Innovation Leader for  Thiess based in Brisbane and prior to this corporate role he was the Safety Practices Leader at Sinclair Knight Merz. Daniel is passionate about finding innovative ways to help organisations to improve how work happens. He is also the founder of


Drew Rae

Drew is Manager of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University, where he directs and teaches into the postgraduate programs in Safety Leadership. Drew’s research brings a critical cross-disciplinary approach the examination of myths, rituals and bad habits that surround safety practice. Drew’s recent publications challenge the common assumption that risk assessments and incident investigations lead to safer work. He suggests alternatives based around a better understanding of the constraints that prevent safe innovation, and the resources that support successful work.

Drew started his career as an engineer working with the safety of submarines, minesweepers, and hydrographic survey vessels. Since then his interest in the intersection of safety research and safety management has led to involvement in tunnel ventilation systems under Hong Kong, railways in India, autonomous vehicles in England, radiation therapy in the USA, and occupational violence in Queensland hospitals.

Drew has previously taught or researched at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of York, Australian National University, and University of Queensland. He also presents the popular “DisasterCast” podcast, examining the history, causes, and prevention of major accidents. Drew has a PhD and a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering, both from the University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Australian Safety Critical Systems Association.