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Appreciative Inquiry

What is it, how do we use it?

Erin Kane

on 11 January 2013

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What is it? How do we use it? Appreciative Inquiry "In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential." Appreciative Inquiry Commons The 5 Principles of AI Philosophy of AI 1) The Constructionist Principle: Our organizations evolve in the direction of the images we create based on the questions we ask as we strive to understand the systems at work.

2)The Principle of Simultaneity: Change begins the moment we ask questions.

3) The Anticipatory Principle: Our behavior in the present is influenced by the future we anticipate.

4) The Poetic Principle: Just as poets have no constraints on what they can write about, we have no boundaries on what we can inquire and learn from.

5) The Positive Principle: The more positive the questions used to guide a change process, the more long-lasting and effective that process will be (p. 5).

-Centerforappreciativeinquiry.net The 4 Stages of AI: 1) Discovery: Mobilize a whole system inquiry into the positive change core.

2) Dream: "What are we called to become?"

3) Design: Create 'possibility propositions' of the ideal organization, what will magnify our positive core and help us achieve the dream?

4) Destiny: strengthen the system by building hope and momentum and creating processes for learning, adjustment, and improvisation. Affirmative Topic Choice/Define A question on sexual harassment would become:

How do we create models of high-quality cross-gender relationships in the workplace?

Ways to fix recruitment problems would become:

Ways to accelerate recruitment

Remember to keep the topic broad so that you don't constrain your inquiry AI for Diversity Define: Who is among us to that have not yet been seen as leaders?

Discover: When have we seen these members (women, people of color, young people) lead and participate enthusiastically?
When have we had high numbers of these members in participation?
What programs are they more likely to attend? Dream: People coming together in partnership with all members engaged.

Design: "Learning and listening provide the tools for improved decisions when all contributions are valued"

Destiny: If we listen, and use what we learn to reshape our plans, we are already living into the potential of letting previously untapped leaders guide our decision making. Resources and AI Memories, Hopes and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congreational Change by Mark Lau Branson

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