W72 - Aesop and Appreciative InquirySally Beth Shore & Michael Shore - USA

Friday, March 22, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
AI and social and societal evolution

Aesop and Appreciative Inquiry

As AI Practitioners, we have the opportunity to help organizations and individuals find, craft, and perpetuate a culture of positive story-telling that can be a foundation for an appreciative world community. From Aesop to Dr. Seuss to J.K. Rowling, stories shape how we see the world and act within it. Unfortunately, modern communication technology and social media can encourage the proliferation of stories of misery and oppression contributing to more of the same. As AI practitioners, we have the opportunity to turn this tide.  

Just as Aesop’s fox chose the story he told himself about the (sour) grapes, this workshop will explore the potential for using the principles of Appreciative Inquiry to choose and shape our narratives so that we can help ourselves and others to create a generative way of being in the world that is compelling and contagious.

Participants will use real-world examples to craft appreciative stories from the ground up. We’ll practice drawing listeners in to the story, conveying fundamental truths, and how to use questions to bring a positive frame to the party. Participants will come away from the workshop with an approach for weaving storytelling and appreciative questioning into a single narrative.

Sally Beth and Michael Shore own Tipping Point Renewable Strategies and Heart of Waraba, bothI' devoted to supporting businesses doing good in the world. Sally Beth is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a background in teaching and Michael is a serial entrepreneur who helps CEOs and business leaders engage customers, employees, and investors through appreciative storytelling. 

(Both the tortoise and the hare will attend this workshop, so don’t miss the race!)