An Alchemy of Spirit
Ap-pre’ci-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 HONORING.
In-quire’, 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.
THE DISCOVERY PHASE“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize Winner)
- to learn more about what excites and engages the community’s interest and involvement in our work
It is always great when our community gets actively involved with us in the work we do. Tell me a story of a time you were really impressed and excited when members of the community got on board and really engaged in something you were doing.
Possible exploratory questions: Tell me more about what took place - who was involved?, how did it feel? What do you think contributed to their interest and initiative? How was this interest supported by you or your team? What else helped this to be an extraordinary event?
If you had three wishes for how your team or organization acts to get your community excited and engaged in your work, what would they be?
Reflect on/discuss what was shared in the interviews
THE DREAM PHASE"Martin Luther King did not say, "I have a strategic plan." Instead, he shouted, "I have a DREAM!," and, he created a crusade."Unknown source
What would it look like if we were at our best?
- visual images
- ‘provocative propositions’
‘What are the actions and commitments we want to implement which will make our dream come alive?’
Analysis of Causes
Analysis of Possible Solutions
Action and Evaluation
Appreciate existing strengths and wishes
Dialogue on what should be
Envisioning a preferred future
Action and Valuation
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