February 21 will be our first meeting of 2013. Reserve your place now !!!
AGENDA for Thursday, February 21, 2013
5:30 p.m. Light Supper and Networking
6:00 p.m. MFN News and Business
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Program:
TOPIC: Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Group Facilitation
8:30 Adjourn (Leave, More Networking, or Help with Cleanup)
Facilitator: Mary Kay Sauter, B.A., M.B.A., M.Div.
Sign up today to attend an informative, interactive session exploring Appreciative Inquiry as a positive method of facilitation. Leave with ideas to focus on your personal growth and professional development in 2013. Apply insights you learn immediately to your facilitation practice.
The Appreciative Inquiry model assumes that certain questions focus our attention in certain directions. If we ask negative questions, like "What's the problem?" or "What needs to be fixed", then our attention and expectations will focus in a negative direction. On the other hand, if we ask positive questions, like "What's working well?" or "What's the good in what we are doing?", then our attention and expectations will focus in a positive direction that encourages an atmosphere of continuous improvement. Instead of looking at what went wrong in the past, AI helps us envision what can go right in the future.
An Appreciative Inquiry facilitator will attempt to ask questions that help a group envision a positive, productive future based on the strengths and potential that exists in the group's present. The AI facilitator will use a cycle of four processes when working with a group:
1. Discover: identify group processes that work well
2. Dream: envision future processes that would work well
3. Design: plan and prioritize these processes
4. Deliver: implement the proposed design
The goal is to build on what works and on good performance that already exists in the group.
Mary Kay Sauter will introduce us to the basics of Appreciative Inquiry and how it can be used in working with groups. Then we will break into small groups to try out some AI concepts. Finally we will return to large group for reflection and discussion on application of AI in facilitation.
Mary Kay Sauter's Biography
Mary Kay Sauter is an ordained minister in the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. She is trained in interim ministry and has served as an interim minister in eight local congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has participated in at least five Appreciative Inquiry training seminars through the Clergy Leadership Institute. She is certified in Appreciative Transitional Ministry and has used Appreciative Inquiry facilitation in her work with congregations.
Mary Kay has also worked as a social worker in a settlement house in Minneapolis, served as Interim Associate Conference Minister in the Minnesota Conference office United Church of Christ, coordinated youth placement at North Dakota State Placement Services, taught Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of North Dakota, and served in the State of North Dakota House of Representatives.
Mary Kay earned a B.A. in social work from Bethel College; an MBA from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Please register now to reserve your place for the February 21 meeting.
This meeting is open to both member and non-members alike, and we encourage you to register so we know how many people to feed.
Online registration ends at 2:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.
MFN Members: Online Registration = $15.00; At-the-Door = $20.00
Non-MFN Members: Online Registration = $25.00; At-the-Door = $30.00
MFN Student Members: Online Registration = $5.00; At-the-Door = $10.00
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Minnesota Facilitators Network
The Minnesota Facilitators Network (MFN) is an association of professional facilitators dedicated to sharing and practicing the knowledge and skills of facilitation and to connecting facilitators and clients through networking. MFN maintains partnerships with professionals in related fields like organization development, project management, quality improvement, human resource development, coaching and other consulting specialties. MFN is also a partner with the International Association of Facilitators and the Institute of Cultural Affairs. MFN promotes and practices the ToP (Technology of Participation) methods of facilitation.
MFN web site: http://www.mnfacilitators.org