Wick van der Vaart

Wick van der Vaart was born in Rotterdam in 1962 and currently lives in Amsterdam. He has Master Degrees in Dutch modern Literature (1988) and Social Psychology (1999), including a two year program on the Social Psychology of Interventions. Recently he has become a certified Appreciative Inquiry-consultant, with the NTL Institute for Behavioural Science.

Wick is the founder of the Institute of Interventionism. The Institute for Interventionism delivers a two year post-master program on Interventionism (training, coaching, and consulting). In December 2009, the first group of students graduated. Currently (2013) the fifth cohort of this program is running.

The Institute also runs a two-course programme on the ‘Theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry’, so far 30 students have completed this. Since 2013 the Lincoln Workshop Series offers its programs on Appreciative Inquiry in Amsterdam, in collaborator with the Institute of Interventionism.

Wick is an enthusiastic, lively trainer, coach, and consultant himself. His main work is with governmental organizations, such as the Dutch IRS, the city council of Amsterdam, the social security organizations, etc. He has been a teacher in social psychology at the Free University in Amsterdam for 7 years and is a guest lecturer in four other academic institutions. He is the Chairman of the Dutch Association of Psychologists for the task force Training & Development. Since 2010, he is a NTL member.

Wick loves to communicate with colleagues who work all over the world, especially when he is in Bethel, Maine, the home town of the NTL Institute.

“It’s my dream to create a better world, by influencing the ways people think and talk about their work life and the way they cooperate. I am deeply influenced by the work of Kurt Lewin, especially his work on a democratic climate. I feel that Appreciative Inquiry has the power to bring people together, get them really connected with each other and have them engaged in conversations about the issues that really matter to them. And while having these dialogues, they are changing their futures. By ex-changing appreciative words, they are creating appreciative worlds.”