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When Appreciative Inquiry leads to transformational change

May 16 12

When Appreciative Inquiry leads to transformational change

“Appreciative Inquiry has the potential to unleash transformational change.” Professors Ron Fry and Gervase Bushe agree upon that. “It has been proven, in practice, but also by research. So the real challenge now is to figure out how to really make that potential come true.”

They delivered a keynote speech during the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference. In the first half they stressed the generative nature of AI, during the second part they explored different things we can do as AI practitioners, to increase the impact of any AI intervention.

Appreciative Inquiry: it's about more than positivity

May 14 12

Appreciative Inquiry: it's about more than positivity

Appreciative Inquiry is about engaging people in lively dialogue and reflections around powerful questions in order to foster development. 'A human system moves in the direction of its questions', is one of AI's core principles. So asking the right ones is key, those that bring energy and new ideas.

At the Fifth World Appreciative Inquiry Conference last April, prof. Ron Fry and prof. Gervase Bushe, held an interesting keynote on this generative nature of AI. As Ron Fry puts it: “The most amazing aspect of AI to me is that it always sets people in motion. Few begin an AI summit wanting more work to do; nearly all leave having volunteered to new cooperative action. Something happens: we call it generativity.”

WAIC Radio: tune in!

Apr 24 12

WAIC Radio: tune in!

Tjip, Suzanne, Pieterjan and Pepijn. In daily life they work as consultants and coaches at Kessels & Smit, but they are also Deejay’s. As a team, they create professional radio shows about innovation and learning. And for the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2012 in Ghent...

Applications open for Talent Week

Apr 17 12

Applications open for Talent Week

Van 25-29 juni organiseren Kessels & Smit en Take a Step Talent Week. Een programma van een week, speciaal voor jonge mensen om te ontdekken waar hun kracht ligt. Het staat open voor Europese jongeren van buiten Nederland. Hieronder lees je meer - in het Engels, om de blogtekst ook toegankelijk te maken voor de doelgroep. Op www.talentweek.nl is meer informatie te vinden.

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Day 2 Day Journal nr. 3: Let My People Go!

Mar 28 12

Day 2 Day Journal nr. 3: Let My People Go!

Tine & Lizelotte host the Day 2 Day Journal from the South Caucasus Youth Parliament 2012. They keep you updated about the latest debates, the hottest resolutions and the latest DSWY! Talkshow gossips. Check the edition of the third day. And stay tuned at the...

The difficulty of being Kathalijn Kalawati: finding myself in India

Mar 20 12

The difficulty of being Kathalijn Kalawati: finding myself in India

Losing yourself Consciously or not, everyone venturing into India is in search of something. Some are searching for a brief escape – or even an extended one (Where better to disappear then in a society of over a billion people?) Others are in a...

Personal heroes and commitment in India

Mar 5 12

Personal heroes and commitment in India

Last week I facilitated a workshop with operational managers on personal leadership. At the start, I asked everyone about their favourite hero and shared with them that Whoopi Goldberg is mine. Not because of her acting but because of her personality. Down to earth, optimistic,...

Shifting perspectives: from Organisations to ‘Organisings’

Jan 18 12

By: Andres Roberts | Category: Inspiration
Shifting perspectives: from Organisations to ‘Organisings’

To be a true learning company, it is a risk to hold the perspective of being an organisation. Because an organisation might be seen as static – a single unmoving way of being. To perceive yourself as an organisation suggests you may perceive fixed boundaries and rules. From here it becomes easier to build or hold barriers within and around you, restricting what you are and how you operate and how you move with the world. This is risky in a world that calls for creative, nimble and adaptive ways of working. We suggest that to be a true learning organisation, capable of swifter adaptation and movement, it is helpful to explore the perspective of being an organising. Organising is a term we are framing to provoke this way of being – always fluid, moving, learning, adapting. It illustrates the distinction between perspectives of static states and fluidity. And it is a verb: showing that it is work in progress.