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The Center for Cooperative Problem Solving, at Virginia Tech, seeks to advance Adaption-Innovation (A-I) theory, and the KAI, through teaching, research, and outreach.

The following efforts have been identified as priorities of the Center:

  • Teaching of KAI Accreditation Courses, Master Classes, and KAI Events for the continuing education of KAI practitioners around the world.
  • Providing instruction for graduate courses associated with the Problem Solving for Leading Change graduate certificate, a twelve credit-hour certificate offered through on-campus and online learning environments.
  • Facilitating community viability through leadership workshops and trainings for cooperative extension personnel, local government officials, and community leaders.
  • Implementing a multi-institutional research agenda to examine the further application of A-I theory as it relates to areas of problem solving, leadership, community viability, team science, organizational and societal change, systems thinking, and behavioral health.
  • Building a community of KAI practitioners around the world through mentoring programs, research symposia, collaborative workshops, and educational sessions.

Please email us at to discover ways in which we may work together.