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Appreciative Inquiry – Theory, Practice and Foundations

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This is a new and exciting programme which is being offered for the first time in Ireland. Rather than just another technique, Appreciative Inquiry is presented as a radically innovative approach to facilitating change. Illustrations of this constructive approach to organisational transformation will be drawn from work with small and large corporations, with communities, and with international organisations addressing global issues.

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a powerful new vehicle for energising positive change in an organisation’s or community’s human, ecological and economic functioning. Its aim is to discover, expand, and sustain an organisation’s root causes of success.

As a next generation approach to the whole field of organisation change and development, AI is a consulting process which grows out of social constructionist thought and its applications to organisation and community transformation.

While AI is very effective in facilitating change at the individual and small group level, AI is particularly useful in complex environments and situations with culture transformation, restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, programme formulation and evaluation, strategic planning and for relational processes such as union/management relationship, teambuilding, conflict and capacity building. AI also enables managers to make the essential leap in becoming true leaders of their organisations.

Who is it for?

This programme is designed for managers, human resource professionals, organisational and community facilitators, from corporate, governmental and charitable, not-for-profit organisations. – anyone who wants to get a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry.

Developed over the past two decades, this workshop uses an experience-based model that prepares consultants to work with AI in client systems and prepares leaders and managers to use AI for working with organisation and community change.

Rather than just another technique, AI is presented as a radically innovative approach to facilitating change. Illustrations of this constructive approach to organisation transformation will be drawn from work with small and large corporations, with communities, and with international organisations addressing global issues of trans-boundary concern.

Programme Outcome

This in-depth workshop will cover both the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. Special attention will be given to the power of positive questions; the simultaneity of inquiry and change; the function of narrative and metaphor in human systems transformation; how to deal with spiralling vocabularies of human deficit, how to create alignment across functional, generational, cultural and technical boundaries; and how to build global organising capacity to meet the challenges of the next millennium. In addition to becoming familiar with tools for applying AI in organisations and other human systems, workshop participants will:

  • Receive support in actually practising appreciative topic identification, question construction, interviewing skills, grounded visioning, translating the vision into innovative processes, practices, roles and structures and implementing for sustainability
  • Work through case examples of actual Appreciative Inquiry consulting projects that are brought by other participants
  • Become familiar with the multi-disciplinary principles, research and theory base of AI
  • Develop their ability to apply the AI framework to a variety of interventions such as: Strategic Planning, Internal Auditing, Organisational Redesign, Mergers, Teambuilding, Programme Formulation and Evaluation, and Diversity.
  • Learn how to introduce this strikingly different approach in ways congruent with AI philosophy.

Appreciative Inquiry is based on a reverence for life. It is an inquiry process that tries to apprehend the factors that give life to a living system and seeks to articulate those possibilities that can lead to a better future. More than a method or a technique the appreciative modes of inquiry are a means of living with, being with, and directly participating in the life of human systems in a way that compels one to inquire into the deeper life-generating essentials and potentials of organisational existence”. David L. Cooperrider, First proponent of the Theory and Methodology of Appreciative Inquiry 1986, Centre for Appreciative inquiry, at Robert P Stiller School of Business at Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont USA.


Facilitators:

Barbara Sloan is President of Sloan Dialogs, LLC, an internationally recognized consultancy specializing in change, strategic planning, executive coaching and team building. She facilitates high quality dialogue among people and groups to spark creativity, establish understanding, and forge alliances – to realize the capacity for full collaboration.

She designs and facilitates meetings that bring together stakeholders with very different needs who, after working together for two to five days, reach an unprecedented level of agreement and establish a newly collaborative way or working together.

Barbara also specializes in providing customized coaching for executives aimed at helping organizations improve results by maximizing the performance of key individuals. Her clients tap into their deep aspirations and strengths, expand their awareness of the impact of their leadership on others, and increase their effectiveness through open and genuine dialog with their colleagues, staff and other stakeholders – creating strong relationships, alignment and commitment to shared dreams.
The philosophy and approach that guide her work is called Appreciative Inquiry (AI). The energy and enthusiasm generated through this process fuels real and practical change in individuals, teams and whole organizations. She is a pioneer in the use of AI for whole system change efforts and in coaching. She offered pre-conference sessions on AI Coaching at the International Conferences on Appreciative Inquiry in 2001 and 2005 and has developed the first training course in AI Coaching which is offered through NTL Institute in the US and the Lincoln Workshop Series in the UK.

Barbara has over 30 years of experience and her clients include profit, non-profit, public and private sector organizations. This work has taken place in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East Her previous positions include Director of the NTL Institute for Organizational Change (NTL) and Policy Analyst, Senior Consultant in management development and Manger of Career Development at the World Bank. She is presently on assignment in Bahrain with Zain, a telecom company providing wireless phone and data services in much of the Middle East and Africa.


Mette Jacobsgaard is an organisation and development aid consultant with a background in law and social and political sciences from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Cambridge University, UK. She has worked with Appreciative Inquiry since 1994 and was one of the first to be trained in Appreciative Inquiry in Europe. Mette is a member of the NTL Institute for Applied Human Behavioural Science and among a group of 22 Founding Partners in Appreciative Inquiry Consulting – an organisation that is committed to advancing work of significant and enduring consequence through the development of people and organisations that lead – organisations, industries, and individuals that are working in a positively correlated way toward a world future of: (1) prosperous and sustainable economic development; (2) human and ecological well-being; and (3) an awakening to a set of higher values (emerging global ethics) that are able to inspire human action in the service of the widest possible goal.

Mette has worked for 27 years in the field of international development in a wide spectrum of cases and countries. Her client base stretches from grass roots development projects in rural Africa and Asia to high-level work with governments, ministries and judiciaries world-wide. In addition, Mette is a trained mediator and has worked with mediation and conflict resolution in diverse environments.

Mette also works as a trainer of Appreciative Inquiry and trains groups both in Europe as well as in Africa, Asia and the US. A number of grass roots training interventions in Africa and Asia have been conducted over the years where the goals of the projects have been to advance progress toward sustainable development and to facilitate sustainable livelihoods by providing governmental and non-governmental organisations with a better method of designing and delivering programmes.

Mette has used AI as an approach that facilitated communities, organisations, projects and NGOs move beyond participatory problem and needs analysis. The focus has been on identifying and building on past achievements and existing strengths within a community, establishing consensus around a shared vision of the future, and constructing strategies and partnerships to achieve this vision.

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