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Title: What is Appreciative Inquiry


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What isAppreciativeInquiry?
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Appreciative Inquiry
  • A Positive Revolution in Change

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Words Are Tools
  • To a hammer
  • everything
  • is a nail!

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Ap-preci-ate (verb)
  • valuing the act of recognizing the best in
    people or the world around us affirming past and
    present strengths, successes, and potentials to
    perceive those things that give life (health,
    vitality, excellence) to living systems
  • to increase in value, e.g. the economy has
    appreciated in value
  • Synonyms valuing, prizing, esteeming and
    honouring

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In-quire (kwir) (verb)
  • the act of exploration and discovery
  • to ask questions to be open to seeing new
    potentials and possibilities
  • Synonyms discovery, search, systematic
    exploration and study

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What Is Appreciative Inquiry Used For?
  • Consult with people
  • Learn from past experience
  • Involve whole organisation or community in change
  • Build a vision for the future that everyone can
    share and help put into practice

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What Is Appreciative Inquiry Used For?
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organisational Development
  • Action Research
  • Evaluation
  • Mentoring Performance Management
  • Leadership Training
  • Community Development
  • Business Excellence
  • Culture Change Transformation

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Where is Appreciative Inquiry Used?
  • Global
  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Africa
  • Asia

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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • In every human situation something works

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • What we focus on becomes our reality

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Reality is created in the moment and there are
    multiple realities

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • The language we use shapes our reality

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • The act of asking questions influences the
    outcome in some way

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • People have more confidence going into the future
    (unknown) when they carry forward parts of the
    present (known)

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • If we carry parts of the past into the future,
    they should be what are best about the past

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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8 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • It is important to value differences

From The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, by
Sue Annis Hammond
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Problem Solving
Appreciative Inquiry
AND
  • Felt need identification of problem
  • Analysis of causes
  • Analysis of possible solutions
  • Action planning
  • Assumes Organisation is a problem to be solved
  • Back Door whats in the way of what we want?
  • Deficit Thinking
  • Appreciate value the best of What Is
  • Envision What Might Be
  • Dialogue What Should Be
  • Innovate What Will Be
  • Assumes Organisation is mystery to be discovered
  • Front Door what is it we ultimately want?
  • Possibility Thinking

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The 4-D Cycle
Discover What gives life? (The best of what
is) Appreciating
Dream What might be? (What is the world calling
for) Envisioning Results
Deliver How to empower, learn, and
adjust/improvise? Sustaining
Affirmative Topic Choice
Design What should be - the ideal? Co-construct
ing
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Topic Choice
  • A Fateful Act
  • People, organisations and communities move in the
    direction of what we most frequently and
    systematically ask questions about!

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  • When I dream alone, it is just a dream.
  • When we dream together, it is the beginning of
    reality.
  • When we work together, following our dream, it is
    the creation of heaven on earth.
  • (Adapted Brazilian Proverb)

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  • Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
  • Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
  • (Goethe)
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