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.