Appreciative Inquiry Basics: a tool in collaborative and participatory practices
Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This workshop will explore Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a powerful vehicle for setting in motion waves of positive organizational change. The practice of AI is grounded in an intense exploration of unconditional positive questions that can uncover an organization’s best practices and innovations, as well as the conditions that allow it to thrive.
AI focuses on what works. So, instead of asking, “What are our problems? What hasn’t worked?” we might say, “Tell me a story about a time when things were going really well around here. What conditions were present of those moments?” This simple shift in perspective constitutes a powerful intervention that can begin nudging the organization in the direction of the inquiry—and toward radical innovation. AI also takes on tough issues by exploring what we are learning from difficult situations and how we have worked together in the past to build resilience and community.
Appreciative Inquiry invites people to engage in a collaborative discovery of what makes their organization effective—in economic, ecological, and human terms. This dialogue stirs up energy, excitement, and insights. Organization members then weave that new knowledge into the agency’s formal and informal systems, such as the way they develop and implement business strategy, measure progress, or organize themselves to accomplish tasks. In this way change begins simultaneously with inquiry, allowing true learning to take place. Problems get replaced with innovation as conversations increasingly shift toward uncovering the organization’s positive core.
In this workshop we will explore how to practically apply this positive approach within organizations and communities. We will use a sample interview guide and explore how to use this to open meetings, trainings, strategic change initiatives – even in individual coaching.
This workshop will be co-facilitated by: Lucia Alcåntara and Nancy Fritsche Eagan