W16 - Appreciative Inquiry Questions to Bring Out the Best in Families Dawn Dole - USA / Diana Whitney - USA
Families matter. They play an essential role in the well-being of individuals and communities. Throughout their lives parents, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents all depend on family for identity, belonging, and nurturance. Healthy families provide support to their members of all ages—from tiny infants to frail elders.
At the heart of the family is the development of healthy children. Families provide security, opportunities for experimentation and learning, encouragement and guidance to children from birth through formation and into adulthood. Children learn first through non-verbal communication, second by watching and copying parents and siblings, and third through open dialogue and debate.
Families serve as a cornerstone of society. Taoist philosophy suggests that when relationships in a family are in order, then society can also be in order. When there is an appropriate expression of authority in the family, so it will be in society. When there is respect for differences among family members, so too will there be respect for differences in society. When there is peace in the family, there can be peace in the world.
In this workshop, we hope it will pique your interest in the power of positive questions to create the reality you most want for yourself and for your family. We hope it will give you insight into how to generate even greater joy in the good times; and how to see positive possibilities and navigate choice-fully and confidently through life’s challenging times. It is through appreciative dialogues that life with our families and relationships are nurtured, grown and become life-giving and fulfilling. Isn’t that what family is all about?
We also hope that the questions we explore in this workshop will open your eyes – your appreciative eyes – and that you are more able and ready to see the good within your friends and family members. When you look through your appreciative eyes, what do you see in your children? When you listen with your appreciative heart, what do you notice about your spouse and your friends? When you ask questions from your appreciative mind, what do you learn about your siblings and parents?
The questions and conversations we will explore, and that we invite you to have within families and friendships provide opportunities for us to co-create the world in which we most want to live. Using positive questions to share our hearts and minds with each other creates a world of love and respect.