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Are you passionate about helping people, teams or entire organizations, schools and communities to navigate disruption more confidently?

Do you wish you had a network of positive change leaders you could learn from, grow with and be mentored and supported by, as you work to make change happen?

Perhaps you’ve:

  • Struggled to win the buy-in of your stakeholders or win over your cynics, even when you’ve done everything right.
  • Found that helping people to create truly meaningful change is challenging, even when you have a whole toolkit of positive psychology tools to draw upon.
  • Discovered that gaining commitment rather than just compliance for change is difficult, even when you’ve been using the best organizational development or change management tools
  • Uncovered that complex, adaptive systems like people, teams and organizations are messy and dynamic, no matter how much leaders try to control or manage them.
  • Learned a bit about Appreciative Inquiry and realized you need more training to confidently leverage this powerful change approach, particularly on the psychology and neuroscience of this methodology.
  • Realized that it’s lonely on the cutting edge of leading change, even when things aren’t going too badly.

Here’s the good news: after many, many requests to teach people both the theory and practice of creating positive changes that enables people, teams, and systems to thrive, we’ve done it.

It’s called the Certificate In Creating Positive Change.

Starting on March 18th (AEST) 2021, running for 13 weeks, with a 90-minute live, online class every week, you’ll get all the tools, resources and support you need to:

  • Make the science of positive change accessible and actionable to people by teaching them to create tiny change habits that amplify their capabilities, confidence and commitment to navigate the messy reality of change.
  • Design psychologically safe coaching conversations for groups to more effectively, joyfully and sustainably co-create positive changes with even the most cynical and reluctant people
  • Build thriving workplaces, schools and communities by taking a strengths-based, appreciative inquiry approach to creating positive changes that fuel belonging, bolster resilience and improve outcomes.


  • "I am a certified Change Management professional who has studied positive psychology at a certificate and graduate level, and found this program to be shooting off all kinds of new fireworks! "

    Samantha Foulds

  • "This course was a fantastic resource for learning about concepts one can use to facilitate positive change. The wealth of information and resources provided gave me practical knowledge of how to use Appreciative Inquiry and tools I could immediately apply."

    Valerie Teglia

  • "A refreshing and exciting approach to change and positivity – the teachers live it and breathe it and have inspired and prepared me to go out and do it. "

    Brett Leadbetter

  • “This class helped to build my foundation in Appreciative Inquiry and gave me more confidence, motivation and tools. I love that I was able to feel like I effectively learned while participating asynchronously.”

    Amalia Cochran

  • "One month after the end of the program, I am still buzzing, developing and applying the content to my own program. Rich, hugely insightful, practical and a beautifully presented and supported program. Absolutely worth your time and investment. "

    Louise Wiles

  • "Great return on investment. I've already completed lots of training and certification courses on a range of diverse topics but this one was a highlight for me. The program will challenge and extend your thinking about change and leadership and how to be the very best change agent you can be, no matter your role. "

    Danielle Jacobs

What Will You Learn?

Delivered over 13 weeks, the Certificate includes weekly live training classes and field experiments to give you all the resources, tools and support you need from our highly sought-after team of positive change researchers and practitioners. The Certificate includes 20 hours of evidence-based learning and coaching which covers:

Month 1:

Navigating The MESS

Month 1:

Navigating The MESS

  • Discovering the surprising truths about thriving through change
  • Unpacking the science around positive systems change.
  • Learning how to help people embrace change by seeing old things in new ways
  • Designing appreciative coaching conversations that spark meaningful change commitments – even among your cynics
  • Diving into your coaching kit of appreciative inquiry topics and questions.

Month 2:

Building Your
MAGIC Toolbox

Month 2:

Building Your MAGIC Toolbox

  • Learning how to amplify people’s levels of change ability, change motivation and psychological safety to make navigating change easier and more effective, even in the midst of disruption.
  • Understanding the evidence-based MAGIC factors of change: Meaningful, Activating strengths, Generative conversations, Inviting self-organization, and Clear feedback and feedforward.
  • Playfully experimenting with done-for-you evidence-based MAGIC tools including: tiny habit guides, learning loop check-ins, change readiness assessments, appreciative inquiry workshops, and appreciative inquiry summits.
  • Co-creating your own MAGIC tools to help the people you’re supporting to navigate change.
  • Being clear on your roles and goals in order to do no harm and navigate the cynics as you help others to care for their wellbeing.

Month 3:

Making Change

Month 3:

Making Change Happen

  • Designing a positive change project to help others using the MAGIC tools you’ve discovered.
  • Showcasing how you’re helping others navigate the mess and magic of change.
  • Discovering the power of asking for help and the gift of reciprocity when it comes to creating positive change.

Guiding you through each learning step will be our team of globally sought after wellbeing and positive change researchers, practitioners, teachers and coaches including: Dr. Michelle McQuaid, Michelle Etheve, Louis Alloro, and Maureen McKenna. Between us we have trained more than 250,000 people to spark measurable changes in more than 4,800 workplaces, schools and communities from more than 75 countries around the world.

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Teaching Team


An honorary fellow at Melbourne  University’s Graduate School of Education, Michelle McQuaid (MAPP) is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. Having completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor David Cooperrider on how AI Summits create positive disruptions in systems, Michelle has spent the last decade exploring the fusion between systems thinking, positive psychology, and appreciative inquiry. A practitioner at heart, with more than 25 years of global experience creating positive changes in systems of all sizes, Michelle thrives on helping people, teams, and organizations to create positive changes.



Louis Alloro (MAPP) helps schools, companies, campuses, and cities build their psychological muscles and rally together using the science of wellbeing to ideate, coordinate and execute on positive change projects. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing, co-founder of The Change Lab, and a social entrepreneur producing highly sought after, evidence-based learning experiences around the world. He has trained and certified thousands of practitioners and workplaces in applied positive psychology and creating wellbeing for over a decade and is currently pursuing his PhD in systems informed leadership and change.



With a Masters of Science in Coaching Psychology, Michelle Etheve specializes in enabling people to create purposeful, strengths-based change and to thrive as they create, learn, and experiment together. As co-founder of The Change Lab, she helps to create cultures of curiosity by teaching people how to design and ask better questions. Michelle has designed and delivered Appreciative Inquiry summits, positive change experiences, and coaching development programs in workplaces, schools, and communities around the world.

Here’s How The Certificate Works:

Each week you’ll attend a live 90-minute class. − We know this is a time commitment but there are so many great things we can give you to help you create more positive change in the world.

All classes are recorded − If you want to go back at your own pace, or you can’t make it to the live class one week, then you’ll have the recording which is yours to keep.

Cheat sheets and challenges are available – To help you transfer your learning into the real world, we’ll provide a cheat sheet summarizing the key content and a weekly practical positive change challenge, so you can immediately apply what you’re learning.

Accountability is strongly encouraged – We know creating change can be hard – even when its positive change – so we’ll be checking in at the start of each call on your experience with your positive change challenge to help you maximize the value of this program.

A Positive Change Toolbox is built – Throughout the training, we’ll be giving you a range of tools to help you craft generative topics, ask appreciative questions, hold strengths-focused coaching conversations, and design appreciative inquiry workshops and summits, to name just a few.

Support is ongoing – To keep us connected and accountable between sessions, you’ll have access to a private area to ask questions, share inspiration and seek support throughout the training program.

A certificate is awarded – Attend the classes and complete the challenges and we’ll provide you with a certificate for participation at the end of the program.

To accommodate different time zones and daylight savings changes during this period, the times will be as follows:

*please note this time changes during the block

March 17, 24, 31 April 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9, 16
New York Wednesday 4.30pm Wednesday 5.30pm Wednesday 5.30pm Wednesday 5.30pm
Los Angeles Wednesday 1.30pm Wednesday 2.30pm Wednesday 2.30pm Wednesday 2.30pm
Melbourne Thursday 7.30am Thursday 7.30am Thursday 7.30am Thursday 7.30am
London Wednesday 8.30pm* Wednesday 10.30pm Wednesday 10.30pm Wednesday 10.30pm
New York March 17, 24, 31 Wednesday 4.30pm
April 14, 21, 28 Wednesday 5.30pm
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Wednesday 5.30pm
June 2, 9, 16 Wednesday 5.30pm
Los Angeles March 17, 24, 31 Wednesday 1.30pm
April 14, 21, 28 Wednesday 2.30pm
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Wednesday 2.30pm
June 2, 9, 16 Wednesday 2.30pm
Melbourne March 17, 24, 31 Thursday 7.30am
April 14, 21, 28 Thursday 7.30am
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Thursday 7.30am
June 2, 9, 16 Thursday 7.30am
London March 17, 24, 31 Wednesday 8.30pm*
April 14, 21, 28 Wednesday 10.30pm
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Wednesday 10.30pm
June 2, 9, 16 Wednesday 10.30pm

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Join us for the Certificate In Creating Positive Change

You can grab your seat for just

One-time payment



3 monthly payments



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If you have a group of colleagues who would like to complete the certificate together please contact for group pricing. Or if you have circumstances that create significant financial or other barriers to this program, please email for scholarship application information.


Our Risk-Free Guarantee

We’re sure you’re going to find the Certificate In Creating Positive Change enormously valuable – and we’re willing to back it up with a hassle-free guarantee.

If the certificate doesn’t give you what you need, just let us know within the first 14 days of the program. Provided you can show us that you’ve been doing the work, but what we’re teaching just isn’t adding value, we’ll send you a full refund.

With this in mind, we do kindly ask that before you enroll, you are fully committed to gifting yourself this time and showing up to support yourself.

Phew! We know that’s a lot to absorb!

Let’s make it simple. If you’re ready to:

  • Play with the latest research and tools to help you take your ability to create positive change for others to the next level,
  • Dance more confidently between the mess and the magic, and the chaos and order that is part of any human system,
  • Be part of a like-minded community of change agents from around the world who are willing to support and empower each other,

then the Certificate in Creating Positive Change is for you.

It’s our heartfelt hope that you’ll join us today.

Warmest wishes,

Michelle, Louis & Michelle

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. We’ll cover enough of this research so you have just what you need.
Not at all. We’ll cover enough of this research so you have just what you need.
We’ll jump on Zoom (an online video conference platform you can access really easily through your web browser) and spend about 60 minutes teaching the content outlined for each module. Then we’ll open up for questions and reflections for the last 30 minutes. You can stay for the whole call or jump off when the teaching is done. All calls are recorded so you can revisit any part of them at any time.
All the calls are recorded so you can catch up as you need and if you have burning questions, you can submit them in the Slack chat channel at any time for us to answer.
The group will be the perfect size so everyone’s questions can be heard and answered so that you get as much value as possible.
It’s easy to participate in the coaching calls, all you’ll need is 1. A computer (laptop or desktop), tablet, or Smartphone 2. A reliable internet connection 3. A web browser (like Firefox, Safari, or Chrome) We’ll send you clear instructions for joining in on the workshops in our reminder emails.
No, our sessions are planned to be time-zone friendly wherever you are in the world. Just check the day and time zone list above.
Absolutely! If the certificate doesn’t give you what you need and you’ve been showing up and doing the work, just email our support team within 14 days of your purchase. We’ll send you a full, hassle-free refund.
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