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  1. Vejle Spring 2017 – Detailed program

    The European AI Network meeting
    Vejle, May 17-19 2017

    The Detailed program

    Day one

    Time/ Day-date Wednesday 17/5
    Venue Rådhuset. The Town Hall.  Skolegade 1, Vejle.
    Meeting room 5
    Morning Arriving in Vejle, finding your hotel,
    Lunch Lunch on your own
    Check in and coffee
    14:30 Opening ceremony
    Late afternoon
    Connecting city and citizens – a model from Amsterdam

    “Bridging the gap between society and municipality. Trends in society and combining AI, Design thinking, U process and innovation processes.

    Discussion with introduction from Frank Van Erkel, The ChangeLab


    Connecting City and citizens – a model from Vejle

    Lisbet Wolters, City Architect, Vejle Kommune.

    She will engage us in a dream session about Vejle 2050 – how to shape the city for the future.

    How does Vejle engage local communities and citizens in the process of developing the city.

    Discussion on the topic. A dream phase that takes us 24 years into the future. How can we as AI people contribute to Vejle 2050?

    If time permits – The harbour changes

    What goes on and how have the people voices and ideas been integrated in the process. Would we have done it differently?








    20 –

    Wednesday evning in Vejle.

    Lisbet Wolters will take us on a city walk and talk about architecture, city flow and the development of Vejle. Endpoint at our next destination,

    Brød & Co (Bread & co) http://broed-co.dk/

    Here we will experience beer from local micro breweries. Local specialities and fantastic bread delivered by the local Bread Man. And a chance to talk to him about local produces and growing your business on yeast.

    Time in Vejle’s nightlife at your leisure

    Day two

    Time/ Day-date Thursday 18/5
    Venue Bygningen, (The Building) Ved anlægget 14b. Vejle

    An old union house from the start of the century.
    Inside the shopping mall Marys.








    A time for preparations

    Present your topics for Friday’s open space session.

    Preparation for consultancy –
    Creating groups and matching groups and companies. Preparing the work we will do in the afternoon.

    There is a common theme for all the consulting, and the companies are invited to send representatives to the opening and evaluation of the process.

    Lunch At the venue




    How to use AI in when you engage with your customers via digital (web based) communication.

    Key words for us as consultants:

    Appreciating the power of the www – and how to use AI out there…

    18.may Appreciating the power of the www – and how to use AI out there…
    13 -13.30


    Opening. How can AI influence our discussions on email, internal forums and social media? How to create discussions about strength based change online.
    13.30-16 Workshops with the network and the companies. Presenting challenges and working together.
    16-17 Sharing experiences and outcomes.
    (with the companies)
    Late afternoon Time on your own in the heart of the city.
    A walk on the Harbour can be arranged for those interested,
    Evening 19:00 Common dinner at Restaurant Shangrila
    Dinner is included in the meeting price, drinks you will pay separately.

    Day three

    Time/ Day-date Friday 19/5
    Venue Tårnværelset + Økolariet,  Dæmningen 11, Vejle
    Municipal meeting rooms.


    A day dedicated to ourselves

    Open Space. Bring projects, ideas, questions you want to explore with the network. Present the project, dilemma, challenge that you want your fellow participants comments on. Or enter the realm of active advisors trying to give life and solutions to these topics.

    Lunch At the Venue


    Thoughts around the future
    Evaluation and closing ceremonyWelcome to ???
    Late afternoon


    Jedi meeting

    For all those participants who are interested in influencing the future of the network. Newcomers are welcome.


  2. Vejle Spring 2017 – Practical information

    The European AI Networkmeeting
    Vejle May 17-19 2017

    Practical information:

    How do I get to Vejle?

    Nearest Airport is Billund (BLL) with a direct bus to Vejle.

    Or you can fly to Copenhagen (CPH) and take the train to Vejle. There are usually direct trains twice an hour from Copenhagen Airport. Occasionally you have to change at Copenhagen Central station.
    For train tables, ticket prices etc. Click here


    Participants must book and pay their own accommodation.

    We recommend the Cabinn Hotel or the Park Hotel. Both have very reasonable prices.

    For other possibilities try booking.com or airbnb.com

    After the Meeting

    If you want to spend the weekend in Denmark, you might be interested in visiting Denmark’s second city Aarhus 80 km north of Vejle. It is the European Capital of Culture 2017.


    Or if you want to stay in Vejle




    We will also be happy to provide you with other ideas, whether you stay in the area or go somewhere else.


  3. Next network meeting: Vejle Danmark

    We are sad to announce that we had to cancel the Vejle Meeting due to a too low attendance.

    If you already signed up and paid, the full fee will be returned to you as soon as possible.

    Should anyone find themselves with a non-refundable plane ticket to Vejle, Peter Sepstrup will be happy to make a private arrangement and be a guide to Vejle and do a reduced talk about AI and Government, connect to interesting people and help with accommodation.”

    Any questions you have in connection with refunds should be addressed to Cora Reijerse at cora.reijerse@gmail.com

    Other questions or comments are welcome at vejle2017@aicommunity.net

    We are sorry for the inconvenience.


    Next meeting is in Vejle, Denmark,
    on 17-19 May 2017


    AI and strength based approaches in the public space

    The locations are all in the centre of Vejle. We will be at Rådhuset (Vejle Town Hall); Bygningen, (The Building) and Tårnværelset + Økolariet (The Tower Room + the so called Ecolarium)
    Where is Vejle? Check it here. 
    You can see a short AI video made in Vejle at the bottom of the page.

    The program will start on the afternoon of Wednesday the 17th May, with the check-in and opening ceremony

    Vejle Municipality is going to introduce their methods for strength-based approaches to connecting people and city. These involve changing the organization to be able to be appreciative. We hope to include some similar examples from Amsterdam.

    We have also invited a couple of companies with a common problem:
    How to work appreciatively on-line? We will be working together around their challenges and create new learning together.

    We have a city-walk planned with the city architect, an open space with your own contributions and lots of other fun.

    The closing down ceremony will be on Friday the 20th May in the afternoon, followed by the traditional Jedi-meeting in the late afternoon. (15:30-17:30)

    As usual, it will not be passive listening. We will be on the move into the places in Vejle where things are happening, and working together, we hope to deliver interesting feedback and ideas to the people and organisations that will open their doors to us.
    And we will, of course, have time for ourselves with Open Space session where we can discuss topics relevant to the individual member or the whole community.

    Velkommen til Vejle

    Peter Sepstrup & Peter Lauritzen

    The detailed program can be found here.

    And practical information on transport, hotels etc. is here

    Did you like what you saw?

    The price for participation is € 145
    Plus a participation fee to the Network of € 50 for non members or € 25 for members.
    The price includes coffee, tea and water, Lunches Thursday and Friday. Samles of Danish food Wednesday and Dinner Thursday.

    Finally if you want more information or have any kind of question for us, please write to vejle2017@aicommunity.net

    Information on Vejle Kommune

    Placed in Jutland, near Legoland! 9th biggest city in Denmark with about 55.000 people. Part of a municipality (Danish: kommune) with a population of 112.000

    Vejle has had a development from a provincial town to what you might best describe as a tiny vibrant city – a Micropol.

    We will dip into this development and hear about how strength based approaches have been used in many of the projects. Especially around integrating the citizens and businesses in the decisions and executions in order to create a common idea of working together towards progress, rather than having it enforced on you.

    Finally there will also be the the opportunity to try the local restaurants and sample some of the great food and Danish beer. Unfortunately, the Global Warming is not yet permitting us to produce excellent wines – perhaps next time…



    Two Network veterans organise this event:

    Peter Sepstrup, who works with co-creation between government and citizens with a special focus on democracy and rural areas. Peter was part of organising the previous Vejle meeting in 2009



    Peter Lauritzen, who is now based in Prague, but originally comes from Aarhus 80 km to the north of Vejle. Peter worked with using AI in schools for difficult children in the municipality there. Peter was an organiser of the 2012 meeting in Zagreb and the 2013 meeting in Prague and has been involved in assisting the organisation of many of the latest meetings.


    Last time Peter & Peter did some AI stuff together in Vejle, were in June 2012.
    From that came a short film that tells the story of how the board of AI Community Denmark were engaged in a combined Metasaga and city tour.
    Hoping to be inspired to think good thoughts and find their voice.
    We invite you to see this small movie, which also gives you an impression of central Vejle.


  4. Join Hasselt on Facebook


    Dear members of the European AI Network.

    The Jubilee meeting in Hasselt, Belgium,
    Crossing borders, co-creation of flourishing futures
    Is about to start.

    No matter if you are going there in person or if you are back at your office, you have a possibility to join us via the Facebook event page made by the AI Community Europe.
    You can post comments or questions about what is going on there, pictures etc.
    Why not start by telling us about your fondest memory of one of the earlier meetings?

    You will find us here: https://www.facebook.com/events

    If you are a member of the group you will already have received an invitation to join at Facebook. If you are not a member yet you can follow this link:

    With the hope of good connections, co-creating from inside and outside we wish all of you gathered in Hasselt some wonderful days.

    Warm regards
    Peter Lauritzen

  5. Lincoln Workshop Series


    Lincoln, England 29 August – 2 September 2016 with  Mette Jacobsgaard & Barbara Sloan


    Lincoln, England  4 – 9 September 2016 with  Barbara Sloan


    Gallese, Italy  15-21 October 2016. With Mette Jacobsgaard & Wick van der Vaart


    More info on www.appreciative-inquiry.co.uk