Memories of Wick

People who knew Wick know that he was always working on inclusion in all of his activities. For example, he created an open atmosphere within his training groups, so that differences within the group could be appreciated. Part of his work took place within organizations. Something that always formed part of his planning is bringing people into conversation with each other. This stems from the philosophy of social constructionism: we create the world around us through conversations with each other. By deploying this philosophy as a professional and person, and because Wick is a person who likes to be among people, he has built up a very large network in his life.

The word ‘network’ does not actually describe the circle of people he has gathered. It is a community. We have a shared vision, and some of us do the same kind of work. Based on this idea, this website has also been created to include space for members of the community to search for each other online. Here, conversations can take place, thoughts can be shared and we can respond to each other.

What is very much appreciated, is that we keep in touch with each other via messages on this site. We therefore want to ask you a question: Tell a story about a good moment you have had with Wick, or in attending the Instituut voor Interventiekunde, or meeting him through his work for AI Practitioner. What did you experience, and what do you want to share with us? If you like, you can also send a photo.

The news about Wick will come as a shock for many, so let’s look up and give meaning to this difficult time.

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7 Replies to “Memories of Wick”

  1. I’m just sending a card and photos to Wick remembering times together in Gallese and London for AI programmes with NTL. Laughing with Wick and challenged healthily by his humour and world view. Remembering our first meeting in Bethel in 2009 where he spent lots of time videoing AI practitioners and asking them appreciative questions. Always joyful to be with you and sending love and positive vibes to you now. Love Julie xx

  2. Wick, gave vent, heel graag deel ik iets, maar dit gaat over lang geleden:
    Van de verhalen van Harro, mijn man, jouw hechte vriend tijdens de middelbare school, heb ik altijd geconcludeerd dat jij zijn middelbare schooltijd voor hem hebt gered. Doordat jullie elkaar vonden in jullie humor en dwarsheid en speelsheid, daar op die nieuwe vreemde school. Wat een heerlijke verhalen heb ik daarover gehoord. Bijvoorbeeld hoe jullie aan kwamen fietsen bij een groepje andere kinderen, steeds langzamer gingen fietsen, tot jullie gewoon omvielen. Die andere kinderen konden daar natuurlijk helemaal niets mee, maar het bezegelde opnieuw jullie vriendschap. Ik weet zeker dat jij toen heel veel hebt bijgedragen aan wat Harro is geworden – waar ik nog elke dag van geniet!
    De klappen van de kankerwillekeur zijn bizar en onvergeeflijk.

  3. Dear Nathalie,
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Wick’s passing.
    I met Wick some years ago at an NTL workshop in Bethel, Maine, in 2008. What went on during the daily sessions was mostly forgettable, but the group to which I was assigned, which included Wick, had a great time in the evenings over dinner and drinks. He was always at the center of everything. He was kind, generous, and very funny, by turns, be loud and boisterous or quiet and reflective, but always fun to be around. I saw him once more later that same year, when he was in Washington, DC, and we did keep in touch for a while by email. I feel fortunate to have known him, if only for a short time.
    My wife, Kathleen, and I will keep you in our thoughts.

    Ed Belfar

  4. Blessed with wonderful memories of dancing, singing with Nathalie and Wick in June this year in Cleveland OH at the 4th Global Forum, then hugging over the “May Peace Prevail on Earth” Ceremony, and bumping into each other in the street after the Forum had ended and agreeing to catch up and talk more about how we might pool our strengths to share the philosophy and practices of the work we love to do in service of our mission – bringing more of Appreciative Inquiry into the world. Most poignant for me personally was having Wick as such a fun guest on my podcast just a month later. Wick, so naturally overflowing with life’s positive force and also reflective and completive, as he responded in each moment. Wick, you are so loved and your legacy is huge.

  5. Blessed with wonderful memories of dancing, singing with Nathalie and Wick in June this year in Cleveland OH at the 4th Global Forum, then hugging over the “May Peace Prevail on Earth” Ceremony, and bumping into each other in the street after the Forum had ended and agreeing to catch up and talk more about how we might pool our strengths to share the philosophy and practices of the work we love to do in service of our mission – bringing more of Appreciative Inquiry into the world. Most poignant for me personally was having Wick as such a fun guest on my podcast just a month later, in July. Wick, so naturally overflowing with life’s positive force and also reflective and contemplative, as he responded in each moment. Wick, you are so loved and your legacy is huge. You are missed.

  6. Dear Wick,
    I pray that you join for eternity our Lord. I really appreciated your presence during the Human Interaction Lab you facilitated many years ago. I wish the best for Wick’s family.
    regards
    Bernard Tollec

  7. Wick van der Vaart was a participant in a Human Interaction Lab in Bethel when I met him. He was curious about all things NTL. He wanted to absorb all he could learn about the different labs NTL offered. He expressed a desire to become a member and he realized his dream. He will be remembered fondly. My condolences go out to his family.