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Title: An Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

An Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
  • Dr John Peters
  • Academic Development and Practice Unit
  • October 2008

A word to describe working at UW
  • Demanding
  • Frustrating
  • Challenging
  • Soul destroying
  • unfolding
  • Exciting
  • Weaving
  • Exciting
  • empowering
  • New

Learning Outcomes
  • Set Appreciative Inquiry in the context of other
    applied research methods
  • Explain the key features of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Make an informed judgement about whether to use
    this method for
  • Research
  • Change Management
  • Implement a piece of Appreciative Inquiry

  • Explain the emergence of Appreciative Inquiry as
    a method
  • Introduce the AI framework
  • Do a small piece of AI
  • Discuss other applications

Appreciative Inquiry
  • Ap-preci-ate, v., 1. 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 2. to increase in
    value, e.g. the economy has appreciated in value.
    Synonyms valuing, prizing, esteeming, and
  • In-quire (kwir), v., 1. the act of exploration
    and discovery. 2. To ask questions to be open to
    seeing new potentials and possibilities.
    Synonyms discovery, search, and systematic
    exploration, study.

What is it?
  • A reaction against problem-focused action
  • Shifts focus to strengths and positives, to the
    positive core of a situation or organisation
  • Focus on social construction collective
  • A cooperative, coevolutionary search for the
    best in people, their organizations, and the
    world around them.
  • Cooperrider Whitney 2005

The Key Question in AI
  • The unconditional positive question
  • The 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.
  • What gives life here?

The 4-D cycle
  • Discovery Phase
  • Sharing the positives
  • Dream Phase
  • Sharing a vision
  • Design Phase
  • Sharing what should be
  • Destiny Phase
  • Sharing a commitment to change

1. Discovery Phase
  • What gives life here?
  • Making explicit and appreciating the best of what
  • What most enthuses you about ?
  • Tell the story about a situation when you have
    felt most alive, engaged, valued, etc.
  • Mobilising the community and sharing findings
    through propositional statements

Things that give life at UW 1
  • The people they encourage you and help you
    innovate and do things
  • If you have an idea you are encouraged to develop
  • I have the opportunity to work in line with my
    core values and beliefs
  • I have the opportunity to be creative and
    discover new things

Things that give life at UW 2
  • The students their enthusiasm, challenge and
  • Opportunity to develop personally and own
    learning with students and colleagues
  • The opportunity to make narratives from disparate
  • Being part of a community that caters for
    personal and professional development

Propositional statements
  • I feel life in working at Worcester when
  • There are opportunities for personal development
  • There is freedom and flexibility to develop ideas
  • There is encouragement and support
  • I can work pro-actively with students
  • My work is in line with my core motivational
    drivers, values and beliefs

2. Dream Phase
  • Envisioning what might be
  • So what is at our heart?
  • What should be the ideal?
  • What have we always wanted to be?
  • What is the world calling us to become?
  • Picturing a future drawing a vision

Visions of the University of Worcester
  • Constant circulation of positive energy
  • Nourishing
  • Open
  • Growing, organic no ceiling or limit
  • Connected
  • Community and participatory
  • Inclusive and non-hierarchical

3. Design Phase
  • Co-constructing
  • What should we be?
  • Possibility propositions and new organising
  • What would this organisation be like if it were
    designed to maximise the positive core and
    accelerate the achievement of our dream?

4. Destiny Phase
  • Not the action plan!
  • An inspired movement not a packaged product
  • Positive protest
  • Realising the dream
  • An appreciative organisation

Can we use this?
  • As an evaluation process
  • As an annual cycle
  • Constant renewal
  • Still issues about
  • action planning how does it get changed?
  • So what about the negatives?
  • As a marketing device!

  • Cooperrider, D Whitney, D 2005 Appreciative
    Inquiry a positive revolution in change, San
  • Ludema, J. Whitney, D. Mohr, B. Griffin, T.
    2003 The Appreciative Inquiry Summit, San
  • Ludema, J. Cooperrider, D Barrett, F. 2001
    Appreciative Inquiry the power of the
    unconditional positive in Reason, P. Bradbury,
    H. Handbook of Action Research
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