we work with groups as facilitators, consultants, coaches,
or therapists, we tend to start with the question, "So
what's the problem here? What's wrong? What needs to change?"
etc. The problem with this is that we place the spotlight
on problems that may have not been worrisome before we showed
up to highlight them. AI is an alternative way to support
people and groups by asking questions such as "what's
going well around here? What ideas can you tell me about
that I can share with others? How are you documenting your
excellence?" Your role takes on the form of one who
facilitates the discovery of conditions that made excellence
possible in the past, and ways to project more of this into
AI, we help groups articulate the themes and dreams of "what
could be" and "what will be." What will be
is the future envisioned through an analysis of the past.
The entire system maintains the best of the past by discovering
what it is and stretching it into the future possibilities.
This differs from other visioning work because the envisioned
future is grounded in the reality of the actual past.
in for a one-hour conversation at
2 PM EDT on Monday, April 14th
with Patricia Clason and Bert Stitt to learn more about
this exciting new participatory technology. We will discuss
the basics of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach. You
will learn how these techniques can help you to use appreciation
for positive experiences in life as the foundation for building
a practical vision and the strategic steps that will work
to achieve that vision. Please click
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Stitt operates a home-based consultancy from
Madison, Wisconsin. He provides facilitation services, public
engagement consultation, and organizational development
for community-building projects, coaching for non-governmental
organizations, mediation and facilitation for governmental
agencies, and strategic planning processes for associations,
foundations, and small businesses. Appreciative Inquiry
is a relatively recent tool that Bert is finding very useful
as he reaches into the toolbox while helping to build the
organizations he works with.
Clason has traveled across the continent
doing speeches, workshops and media appearances as a professional
speaker, trainer, consultant and writer, giving over 3,000
presentations for corporations, associations, government
agencies and nonprofit organizations. Now the Director of
the Center for Creative Learning which offers programs for
personal and professional development and has written many
articles, training programs and personal growth seminars
and is a sought-after guest for radio and television. Patricia
likes to focus on alternative methods of teaching and learning,
addressing the psychological perspectives and principles
behind the practical tools that she teaches. As a result,
audiences are often entranced with her and excited about
using these new ideas.
telediscussion will be held at 2 PM EDT on Monday, April
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