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The Power of Appreciative Inquiry. Bliss W. Browne President Imagine Chicago www.imaginechicago.org. Understanding Appreciative Inquiry.

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the power of appreciative inquiry

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry

Bliss W. Browne

President

Imagine Chicago

www.imaginechicago.org

understanding appreciative inquiry
Understanding Appreciative Inquiry
  • A major assumption of AI is that in every community something works. Change can be managed through the identification of what works, and focus on how to build on it.
  • Focusing on what works as opposed to what problems the community is having differentiates AI from traditional problem solving approaches.
introduction to appreciative inquiry

Denise M. Pizzulli:

Denise M. Pizzulli:

Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
  • Inquiry into the “art of the possible” should begin with appreciation.
  • The first task is to describe and explain those exceptional moments which give energy and activate members’ competencies and energies.
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Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
  • Inquiry into what’s possible should be applicable.
  • Study should lead to the creation of knowledge that can be used, applied, and validated in action
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Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
  • Inquiry into what is possible should be provocative.

An organization/community is capable of becoming more than it is at any given moment, and learning how to determine its own future.

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Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
  • Inquiry into what’s possible should be collaborative.
  • There is an inseparable relationship between the process of inquiry and its content.
appreciative inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry
  • Appreciative inquiry helps us to understand the “best of what is” in an organization or social system; and leads to imagining and creating a collectively envisioned, grounded, future.
inquiry
Inquiry
  • Inquiry is our most important tool in creating positive change.
  • The seeds of change are implicit in the questions we ask.
  • The more positive the question, the longer-lasting the change
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Problem Solving vs. Appreciative Inquiry

  • "Felt Need" Appreciating
  • Identification of Problem The Best of "What is"
  • Analysis of Causes Imagining
  • What might be"
  • Analysis of Possible Solutions Shared Dialogue
  • "What we most want"
  • Action Planning Innovating
  • "What will be"
  • BASIC ASSUMPTION: BASIC ASSUMPTION:
  • LIFE IS A PROBLEM LIFE IS A MYSTERY
  • TO BE SOLVED TO BE EMBRACED
  • Note: From D. L. Cooperrider and Associates (1996).
  • A constructive approach to organization development and change.
appreciative inquiry process
Appreciative Inquiry Process
  • Focus on key Affirmative Topics – topic choice is a fateful act.
  • Identify and Value the “Best of What Is” using positive data collection techniques.
  • Articulate Provocative Propositions.
  • Collectively imagine what can be, building on this trustworthy foundation
  • Innovate by creating the shared Vision.
six aspects of change and development of which to be aware
Six Aspects of Change and Development of which to be Aware
  • Knowledge of the community is critical to determining its destiny.
  • The seeds of change are implicit in the first questions we ask.
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Six Aspects of Change and Development of which to be Aware
  • A critical resource we have for creating positive change in our communities is our imagination and the capacity to free the imagination and the mind of groups.
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Six Aspects of Change and Development of which to be Aware
  • Our imagination and mind are constrained by bad habits, limited styles of thinking, underlying assumptions and traditional rules of organizing.
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Six Aspects of Change and Development of which to be Aware
  • Our styles of thinking rarely match the increasingly complex worlds in which we work… We need to discover more creative and fruitful ways of knowing.
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Six Aspects of Change and Development of which to be Aware
  • All systems (organizations and communities), as living constructions, are largely affirmative and respond to positive thought and positive knowledge.
harnessing imagination
Harnessing Imagination
  • Appreciative Inquiry gathers positive stories and images
  • Our minds are stretched by hearing what is possible
  • Positive images lead to positive action
positive image positive action
Positive Image Positive Action
  • Medical research on the placebo effect.
  • Medical research on the link between negative and positive effect on healing
  • Education: Pygmalion Effect
  • Sports Psychology on the power of imagery of differential self-monitoring.
  • Emotional Intelligence
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Positive Image-Positive Action
  • Change happens at the level of discourse.
  • The best clue to a system’s health is to listen to how its members talk about the future.
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Positive Image-Positive Action
  • Our habitual styles of thought, assumptions, and rules of analysis often have ironic consequences of exacerbating the very problems we have so carefully diagnosed.
  • Energy flows where attention goes.
how can we engage new constituencies and build community participation
How can we engage new constituencies and build community participation?
  • Recognize what community values
  • Connect people and opportunities
  • Leverage existing community networks, especially organizations which cross boundaries (like faith communities, businesses, schools, hospitals)
imagine chicago
Imagine Chicago
  • Track record of building hope and civic investment on six continents
  • Develops uncommon connections that expand what’s possible
    • across generations
    • across cultures
    • across sectors
    • across divisions of geography and economics
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IMAGINE CHICAGO
  • Designs projects that build capacity
    • of the individual participant
    • of their organization
    • of the community

Makes resources available on-line:

www.imaginechicago.org

imagine chicago s ngo role
Imagine Chicago’s (NGO ) role
  • Strategic design partner
  • Community development model resource
  • Trainer
  • Facilitator
host organization role
Host organization role
  • Determine focus and scope of community building pilot
  • Select design team
  • Design and implement project
  • Hold community summit
  • Document project and share findings
next steps designing what can be
Next steps: Designing what can be

Why: Key reasons to do the work and use this approach?

Who: Targeted collaborators? Staff resources? Leadership team?

What: Core focus/products and outcome goals?

When: Project/course timetable?

How: Which target community?

creating what will be
Creating what will be
  • This course will give you tools and practice in AI
  • You will provide leadership to help develop this community of practice in Chicago
  • Everyone will design and implement an AI protocol during the course, working alone or in teams with others
  • Implementation must be completed and written up as a case study by Dec.15
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