Appreciative Inquiry

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Traditional Approach
Traditional Approach




Appreciative Approach
Appreciative Approach


Appreciative Inquiry Model
Appreciative Inquiry Model

Appreciative Inquiry Process – Day 1


1. Define
  • Transformational Learning
  • Explore the issue
  • Reframe: problem, challenges, issues

2a. Discovery Part 1, Inquire into the exceptionally positive moments
  • Personal narratives
  • Interview (1/2 hour each, timing is important)
    • First question is about the past-positive
    • Second question is inward
    • Third is about the future of the organization
  • Remember: Inquire, active listening, in pairs

2b. Discovery Part 2, Share the stories and identify life-giving forces
  • Six in each group (timed)
  • Talk about (3-4 minutes each)
    • High points
    • Quotable quotes
  • Brainstorm the themes
    • Assign roles: recorder, timekeeper, facilitator, presenter
  • Collapse these themes to 3-5 themes
    • Every group writes these themes on a piece of flipchart. Each flipchart is placed together on a wall.
3. Dream
  • Create an energy diagram that depicts this theme
    • Each participant was given three dots (stickers) to place next to themes that energize them
  • Create a visual image: song, art, skit, music…
  • Give appreciative feedback, with only one clap to keep the momentum going
  • Create a provocative proposition (aka statement of preferred future)
    • It must be in present tense
    • It must be accomplishable
    • It must be grounded and real
4. Design & Destiny/Delivery
  • Each group creates a group intention
  • Each participant creates a
    • Commitment or
    • Gift or
    • A request