Tuesday, March 19, 2019
10:45 AM
11:00 AM

Preconference - Welcome to Nice with Jean-Michel Galy Nice City Deputy Mayor in charge of the delegation "Live better one's life and city"

11:00 AM
12:45 PM

Preconference: Introduction to AI in France & Open sharing about AI development in your countries

Appreciative Inquiry
Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen
PreConference
  • Jean-Christophe Barralis (IFAI )
  • Bruno Carly (AMAHE)
  • Bernard Tollec (TURNINGPOINT )
  • Jean Pages (IFAI )
  • Claire Lustig-Rochet
  • Christine Cayre (Affaires d' Optimisme - IFAI )
  • Kti D (KtiD )
2:00 PM
5:00 PM

Preconference: Opportunity of the 21st century How Macro AI can be the most powerful form of Micro AI, “The Quest for a Flourishing Earth is the Most Significant Appreciative Inquiry” with David Cooperrider and Ron Fry Case Western Reserve University

Appreciative Inquiry
Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen
PreConference
  • Ronald Fry (Case Western Reserve University)
  • David Cooperrider
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
9:00 AM
10:30 AM

K1 - The new equation of change : 8 Steps for Leading P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. Change David Cooperrider - USA / Lindsey Godwin - USA

As we peer into the future horizons of the field of Organization Development, we are excited to share the new change equation we believe will create a seismic shift in our approach to leading change within our organizational systems.  We posit that a change initiative’s success is predicted by the collective experience the system has of co-elevation, divided by its experience of deficit despair (C=cE/D). Just as our bodies thrive when they are fueled by nutrient dense foods, so too do we propose a concept we call the “strengths-density” of change initiatives. It is made up of three things: 1) Whole-power, the state where we experience the entire spectrum of strengths both within and outside a system; 2) Why-power, the meaning making that happens collectively which an entire system co-creates their shared purpose; and 3) Way-power, the enacted prototypes and tools that enable a system to enact their vision for the future.   To help you put these concepts into motion, we will also share the 8 steps we are using to bring positive change into organizations, cities, communities, UN meetings, whole industries, and even individual level change.
AI research and development
Keynote
  • Lindsey Godwin (Champlain)
  • David Cooperrider
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

ME01 - MEET THE EXPLORER AI & R&D N°1 -

ME01A - Developing students in education’s well-being through Appreciative Inquiry - Marine Miglianico - Canada ME01B - Appreciative Inquiry research : past, present and future. Marine Miglianico - Canada ME01C - Appreciative leadership in deprived communities in South Africa Hanna Nel - South Africa ME01D - Chasing The Paper Chase: An appreciation of a timeless movie Jannie Pretorius - South Africa ME01E - An integrated service-learning praxis framework to develop appreciative leadership and positive institutions - Karen Venter - South Africa
AI research and development
Meet the explorers
  • Heidi Morgan
  • Marine Miglianico (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
  • Hanna Nel
  • Jannie Pretorius
  • Karen Venter (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W01 - The wholeness, the social and the intimate spheres: Practiting organic growth Mille Themsen Duvander - Denmark / Eva-Andrea V. Erichsen - Denmark

The workshop will consist of a micro introduction to the theory of organic growth created on behalf of a phd research project and of exercises used to practice more balanced and sustainable development processes. Organic growth was conceived during an inquiry into the field of AI practitioners (Cooperrider, 2017) and is an ideal theory of how to develop in sustainable ways. Most AI practitioners live in a world of disturbances, fast pace, instability and overload of information - a world where a growing number of people in general get acquainted with stress, anxiety and depression. The AI practitioners involved in the project showed a certain consciousness around their everyday in micro-moments, a tendency to keep re-introducing the knowledge and wisdom of appreciative inquiry and positive psychology in their lives. Many expressed inspiration from quantum physics (Bohm, 2005) and lived an understanding of interconnectedness, where everything is connected to everything and an approach towards life where love is the foundation (Laloux, 2014). In the workshop we will practice how to handle and thrive in a challenging workplace and situations with possible verbal and physical threats (Poole, 2012). We will train to be aware and use spheres, communication skills, body language, self confidence and self defence skills (Winther, 2014). The workshop participants will be active, use the room and try different small physical exercises. Together we will explore how using the body affects the mind. This is inspired by the idea of the wholeness between the micro-system and the body and the relations around that micro-system. Growing organically is in this way also a question about training and practice and getting stronger in the energy field and in the body - because these are related. In some ways this workshop represents a spectacular visit into the future (Gergen, 2015). The future where humans are living the weird science of quantum physics where love is a foundation. Adding from theory and thought experiments this workshop gives also practical ideas of what this future may look like. From our perspective learning is always more fulfilled with the use of the senses and to only speak to heads seems old fashioned. This workshop will invite wholehearted, full body, playful and complete energy micro systems into the room and onto the floor. To connect, sense, be, explore and have fun. Together.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Eva-Andrea V. Erichsen
  • Mille Themsen Duvander (University College Absalon)
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W02 - Practising change together – towards 5th generation evaluation Cathy Sharp - United Kingdom / Belinda Dewar - Scotland

Working in conditions of social and organisational complexity makes new demands of evidence as it rests on help to determine ‘wise actions’ in real-life situations (Sharp, 2018 forthcoming). In a recent keynote speech in Scotland, Michael Quinn Patton has described traditional evaluation as a ‘barrier to transformation’ and that ‘we are familiar with systems thinking, but we haven’t used it in evaluation’ (Quinn Patton, 2017, 2018). Gro Emmertsen Lund (2011, 2012) has proposed that there is a need for what she calls ‘5th generation evaluation’ that would better reflect the paradigm shift brought by complexity and the wider recognition of the social construction of knowledge. Fourth-Generation Evaluation pointed toward more responsive, democratic and participatory evaluation models, which enabled respondents, users, stakeholders and others to gain insight, influence and a share in decision-making processes on their own terms (Guba and Lincoln, 1989). Amongst practitioners, commissioners and funders of public programmes there is a clear appetite for different approaches to evaluation (McNeil, 2018; Sharp, 2018). The need for new forms of developmental evaluative thinking, appreciative and collaborative inquiry and action research to create embedded learning is well overdue. As a response to traditional evaluation practices and rooted in appreciative inquiry, 5th generation evaluation seeks to strengthen working relations and the coordination of actions. It assumes that appreciative and challenging inquiry that is contextual, relational and open-minded will create better opportunities for change and development than critical testing, exposure, diagnoses, comparison, analyses and prescriptive conclusions. This workshop contributes to emerging dialogues about the need for a model of ‘5th generation evaluation’ based on a recent review of literature and practice (Sharp, 2018 forthcoming). This workshop will introduce and test a series of provocative propositions, that may serve as navigation aids in this terrain. These provocations are a practical tool, that might be used with any group in the earliest stages, that seeks to establish a bespoke set of values and principles of how they wish to work together and how they wish to judge the quality of their work.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Belinda Dewar (University Of The West Of Scotland)
  • Cathy Sharp (Research for Real)
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W03 - The ‘do-ability’ of an appreciative inquiry PhD Tamsin MacBride - United Kingdom

We are a group of researchers who have undertaken/are undertaking a PhD using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), valuing its strength based, possibility and generativity focus. As part of an ongoing inquiry group we have been exploring the tensions between the methodology of AI and the traditional PhD approach. Action research, once at odds with the traditional PhD route has become a legitimate methodology across disciplines. Literature also discusses tensions surrounding participatory action research (PAR) and the traditional PhD route. As a group of researchers at various stages of our research careers we concur with the view of Moore (2004) that choosing this mode of research can potentially lead one into a ‘paradigmatic battle’. We will explore in our workshop how this ‘battle’ or encounter with differing views within academic cultures, can present opportunities for robust dialogue and high quality research outputs. With Appreciative Inquiry increasing in popularity as a research methodology it seems timely to explore and develop guidance around supporting PhD researchers in adopting this approach. During this workshop, we will share with participants our own journeys of being Appreciative Inquirers during our PhD studies. We will then invite participants to explore with us possibilities in terms of how to support PhD students and their supervisors using Appreciative Inquiry. Using a range of creative methods we will facilitate dialogue around the following themes: • Appreciative Inquiry- Structure and (exploring) Self – How might we understand spaces for inquiry into self, and the role of emergence within the traditional PhD structure? • Appreciative Inquiry and writing with a critical voice- what can this look like in the context of an appreciative literature review • Appreciative Inquiry and Demonstrating Quality- how might we support PhD students in creating convincing arguments for the rigor and quality of AI and what does Bushe and Kassam’s (2005) transformational change criteria have to contribute to this? • Appreciative inquiry and New Knowledge- How might we best understand the requirement for new knowledge when using a methodology that forefronts ‘inquiry as intervention’ and asks ‘what might yet become?’ ahead of describing ‘what is’ As an output of this workshop we hope to co-create guidance that may potentially support future PhD students using Appreciative Inquiry as their methodology and their supervisors.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Tamsin MacBride (University Of the West of Scotland )
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W04 - It's time to "Drench" - living the Dream before action Wasundhara Joshi - India / Sankarasubramanyan Ramamoorthy - India

We have been consultants, trainers and practtioners of Appreciative Inquiry for the past 15 years. We have implemented and experienced the "5D" process in our work with client organizations. We have seen how the energies pick up with the Definition step, groups become emotional when they share stories as part of the Discovery process and there is palpable excitement when the group is able to articulate what they really want for themselves. We have experienced the same energies within us too. The first three "Ds" nurture the "being" of people, groups and organizations and they get in touch with the enormous potential they have. These are also processes where "generativity" is at the highest. The steps of Design and Delivery (Destiny) focus on "doing" and oftentimes "convergence" resulting in the decline of energy. The reality of having to "do" many things hits the person/ group and the transformational effect of the dream starts to change into some transitional steps. Some years ago, we felt the need to help the clients and systems to "Drench" in that energy, "just be" and suspend all actions before embarking to act. This was like a break in the process of the 5D cycle and just staying and savouring the sweetness of the experiences they had in the journey. In our experience, we have seen that "drenching" helps the group allow the design and delivery to emerge rather than force certain actions typically like an "action plan" from past experienc. We hare using the OAR and BEL model to explain what happens during the "Drenching" process - The Observer and her Body, Emotions and Language. The whole process of defining the focus of our inquiry, listening to and sharing stories when we were at our best and developing the collective image of the future that we want to bring to the present helps in shifting the "context" and the "field" within the group or person. This shift in the context manifests itself in the shifting emotions and the languaging that starts to emerge in the group - new beliefs replace the old, words that have more energy seem to flow into their vocabulary and it all manifests in their body as presence. We will share these stories, offer our conceptualisation behind the "Drenching" phase and also demonstrate the process in the workshop. Some of the questions we explore is around "how does our body respond when we reconstruct our social reality?" "How does our presence shift with our changing emotions and language and vice versa?"
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Sankarasubramanyan Ramamoorthy
  • Wasundhara Joshi (ChangeWorks India Pvt. Ltd. ; Action Against Hunger, India)
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W05 - “All schools should be like this” – The Learning Journey of a School for Drop-outs Ingebjørg Mæland - Norway / Åse Falch - Norway

To: WAIC France From: YouthInvest AIB, Norway (translated to English) (UngInvest AIB, formerly known as Arbeidsinstituttet in Buskerud) Offer to the Conference on Appreciative Inquiry The YouthInvest AIB offers WAIC plenary or workshops on how to use Appreciative Inquiry (AI) (Cooperrider& Srivastva, 1987, 2008), social constructionism and strength-based tools in transformation of culture, in order to release the potential in the whole organization. The practical methods and tools we want to tell about in WAIC are a result of an ongoing development work since 2005. We have used the 5D model, over and over again. Both students, teachers and leaders know the process, and it has helped us to create YouthInvest AIB as a learning community (Senge, 1990 Bushe, 2010), to develop distributed leadership (Gronn, 2002) and to transform the culture to a high-quality culture (Schein, 1998). During the years we have “played with the 5-d process” in many different ways, and we are continually constructing our wanted future together. The results have often been far better than we expected and dreamed about. The enthusiasm and learning in the organization has increased. It hasn’t been like a positive line straight to heaven. We have had our ups and “small” downs. But our experience is most of all happier and prouder people, more laughter and friendly supporting focusing on best case - we dear to do some more experimental work. It has been useful for us to learn from Bushe (2007, 2010) to understand that it isn’t just about the positive. We have learned a lot from generative theory (Bushe 2007, Gergen, 1978, 2010, 2015) and tried to think differently about the things we take for granted. About YouthInvest AIB YouthInvest AIB is a county municipal, practice-oriented and strength-based training offer to young people, aged 16-24. The aim is to recruit and retain young people in upper-secondary education, so that they gain qualifications and become attractive prospects for future working life. Trusting relationships are built through dialogue that emphasizes the young person’s strengths, enabling each individual to start utilizing his or her unique potential. This contributes to higher completion rates, improved learning outcomes and young people becoming active members of society with jobs and meaningful lives. Admissions are ongoing throughout the school year. Our teaching effort is continuous, which means changing the young person’s way of think
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Ingebjørg Mæland
  • Åse Falch (Bfk)
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W07 - Creating your personal AI cards from the new 5P Framework David Shaked - United Kingdom / Bernard Tollec - France / Claire Lustig - France

WHY THIS TOPIC? Having developed the new 5P framework (Presence, Paradigm, Principles, Process, Parts& Pieces) that highlights the wealth and breadth of being and doing AI, we invite the participants to reflect, discover and extract the essence of their AI journey – past, present and future. The final outcome for each practitioner would be a set of personal cards they can take home with their unique AI DNA map. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS WORKSHOP? • Participants will have the opportunity to widen their awareness of AI and experience its wholeness • Clarify next steps for individual development in AI • Participants will benefit from the collective AI resources and wisdom in the room to develop themselves further WHAT WILL WE DO? Experience the 5P framework as a resource to clarify where you’re at and where you want to go as an AI practitioner Exchange with other participants to maximise your learning and enrich your perspective Create personal AI DNA cards FACILITATORS: Bernard: A strengths-based coach and a director at Turningpoint, where he is responsible for the “Positive Transformation” practice: Leading transformation projects in organisations and NGOs. He has been training AI for 10 years. Claire: is a member of NTL and has been a coach, consultant and teacher of AI since 2012. She has created “Au Coeur de l’AI” (At the heart of AI), a website and workshop dedicated to the appreciative mindset. David is an AI author, practitioner, trainer and coach. He has been working with AI since 2007 In the private, public and non-for profit domains. His book, “strength-based Lean Six Sigma” was published by Kogan-Page 2013. LOGISTICS Delivered in English. We envisage max 60 people (split into 5 groups) STRUCTURE: 1. Introduction of the facilitators & 5P framework 2. Through movement in the space, we will physically connect with the 3 main stages of our AI practitioner journeys - our past, present and future journey of AI with the help of the 5P lenses, and in small groups discussions, a. Where did I start my AI journey? b. What is the focus of my present experience of AI ? c. Which aspect of AI am I attracted to develop in the future ? 3. Crystallise the new insights and capture on personal
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Bernard Tollec (TURNINGPOINT )
  • David Shaked (Almond Insight)
  • Claire Lustig-Rochet
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W08 - The World AI Inquiry: Viral Voices of AI Impact Lindsey Godwin - USA / Joep C. de Jong - Netherlands

The authors’ research into the impact of Appreciative Inquiry around the world started just over a year ago and is ongoing. The purpose of this research project is to demonstrate the broad impact AI has had over the past twenty-five years across multiple sectors, diverse organizations and in numerous locations around the world. We are accomplishing this demonstration of AI’s global impact through a global call for audio and video stories. The objectives of the AI World Inquiry are to: 1. Stimulate a global conversation about the viral impact Appreciative Inquiry has had on the lives and work of the thousands of individuals who have been introduced to it over the past 25+ years all around the world. 2. Create and host a searchable archive for these audio and video stories of impact on the AI Commons. 3. Identify the many ways in which AI has sparked new knowledge and innovation. 4. Use narrative and storytelling to uplift the field of Appreciative Inquiry. 5. Demonstrate the use of “crowd narrative” to determine collective impact—an innovation in qualitative valuation. 6. Attract new individuals to learn more about the worldview, practice and impact of Appreciative Inquiry. The project is being carried out under the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College, supported through a series of grants from the Taos Institute. The implementing pro-bono team includes Lindsey Godwin, Ada Jo Mann, Joep C. de Jong, Sallie Lee, Madison Kopeck, and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel. David Cooperrider also serves as an advisor to the implementing team. PROPOSED WORKSHOP DESIGN Our workshop will build on the ongoing World Inquiry of AI Impact and allow participants to witness how their stories impact the well-being of the world. The workshop will be highly interactive and will include the following activities: 1. Introduction by the facilitators to the purpose and process of the World Inquiry to date; 2. Briefly showing a few examples of existing videos already curated and viewable on the AI Commons website; 3. Paired interviews using the appended World Inquiry four interview questions; 4. Participant creation of a Wall of Wonder of AI Impact; and 5. A collective celebration of AI Impact in our own lives. It is also the hope of the World Inquiry team that they will be able to staff a booth at the conference where participants can sign up to have their stories of AI impact videotaped for inclusion on the AI Commons.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Lindsey Godwin (Champlain)
  • Joep C. de Jong (JLS International)
10:45 AM
12:00 PM

W74 - Co-authoring Communities, Weaving alternative stories into the fabric of society -Griet Bouwen & Marianne Schapmans - Belgium

During the past two AI World Conferences, a quest to find and understand ways of being, doing and contributing to the common good in organisations, networks and communities was ignited. The love for story (which grew from practicing Appreciative Inquiry) was – and is – the golden thread in this search. In 2012, we were deeply inspired by Peter Pula, founder of Axiomnews (Canada), and started experimenting with Generative Journalism, a unique approach to journalism that participates with organisations in uncovering strengths, hopes and possibilities. What we saw happening in our practices was so hopeful that it set us on a path of a deeper understanding of the magic of stories in communities. Another threat was woven into the fabric of our thoughts and practices in 2015 when we met the Re-authoring the World approach, as developed by Dr Chené Swart (South Africa). During long conversations during and after the conference, we started seeing and exploring the transformational nature of stories in community. In 2018, we started looking back at six years of the development of practices and later also the processes and we called it ‘storyweaving’: weaving people’s experiences as stories in the community and beyond. There is so much yet to begin to understand about what it is that creates the magic and transformation we see happening in our communities. What contributes to the shift of the taken- for-granted ideas and beliefs in the larger society that surrounds our communities? With these questions in mind, we started to reach out to practitioners, philosophers, social scientists and people who experienced and/or witnessed our work. This is where the documentary enters our journey. During this workshop, we proudly present the public première of the documentary ‘Co-authoring Communities – weaving alternative stories into the fabric of society’. In this documentary, we embark on a journey to a deeper understanding of the supporting practices, processes and invitations to co-author the past- present- and future stories of communities. You will be taken on and invited into co-searching with us what the co-authoring practices bring to and in organisations, networks and communities. We invite you to enter the co-authoring space by bringing the offerings of your moved heart, your curiosities and imaginations by making sense and meaning together with us.
AI and social and societal evolution
Workshop
  • Marianne Schapmans (Iedereenverdientvakantie)
  • Griet Bouwen (Nieuwmakers)
1:00 PM
1:30 PM

K2 - Positive Organizations? Eric Mellet - France

AI research and development
Keynote
  • Eric Mellet (Eric@mellet-consulting.com)
1:00 PM
1:30 PM

K2 - The Evolution of Generative Change Theory: From Appreciative Inquiry to Dialogic Organization Development Gervase Bushe - Canada

This presentation will describe how 25 years of practice and research on appreciative inquiry has influenced the evolution of organization development and leadership practice, and in turn, how that can influence successful appreciative inquiry. How academics and large consulting organizations think about leading and changing organizations has changed quite a bit, and AI was a major, if not always acknowledged, catalyst. These include the shift from “planned change” to “generative change”, the integration of social construction with complexity science into managerial thinking and practice, the emergence of positive organizational studies, and the current enthusiasm for organizational “agility”. Using stories from his consulting practice, research, and recent book on Dialogic Organization Development, Gervase will focus mainly on how recent developments in change theory helps us go beyond the 4 Ds to understand what is required for appreciative inquiry to be used successfully for transformational change.
AI research and development
Keynote
  • Gervase Bushe
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

ME02 - MEET THE EXPLORER AI Personnal Life & R&D -

"ME02A - Embeding Appreciative Approaches In Graduate Education Programs: Lessons Learned from Research and Practice Matthew Moehle - USA" "ME02B - Exploring Student Midwives’ Experiences – (The ESME Project) Belinda Dewar - Scotland" "ME02C - The Power of a Question in a Culture of Critique Oona Shambhavi D'mello - USA" "ME02E - Appreciative Dialogue In Therapy: Moving Beyond Self-doubt Through Inspirational Discourse Keith Storace - Australia"
AI research and development, AI and personal life
Meet the explorers
  • Belinda Dewar (University Of The West Of Scotland)
  • Matthew Moehle (Southern New Hampshire University)
  • Oona Shambhavi D'mello (Art for Self-Reliance Foundation )
  • Keith Storace (Swinburne University)
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W09 - Authentic Appreciation & AI Principle of 'Authenticity' (Proposed New) Neena Verma - India / Ronald Fry - USA

This workshop will inquire into deep meaning & promote self-awareness in AI practitioners regarding the idea of ‘being AI’ not just doing or applying AI for others. The workshop will be experiential & interactive, creating exploratory space for participants to discover their own way of embodying/being appreciation not just enacting/doing appreciation. We will all share stories, let the truth unfold & co-create appreciative wisdom. As appropriate, authors will share their stories of deep authentic appreciation through journeys of conflict, grief & adversity. If inquiry is the mind of appreciative inquiry, appreciation is its heart & soul. However, only an inquiry coming from a state & space of authentic appreciation can lead to meaningful discovery, well-meant dream, committed design & inspired destiny pursuit. Appreciation is authentic when it comes from deep felt experience. It is much vaster & expansive than praise & positive words. It begins with a unique quality of noticing self & other, and traverses through acknowledging, affirming, valuing, amplifying, enhancing value, reaching crescendo of generative meaning creation & expansive growth. Appreciation feels natural & flows spontaneously, when there is congruence between thought, feeling & action. When appreciation is done or performed as ritual, task, procedure or activity, the process of inquiry tends toward superficial, momentary positivity that may be lacking in substance, depth & impact. At the core of this workshop is a proposed new ‘AI principle’– the principle of ‘authenticity’. The context & relevance of this principle arises from common observations –  ‘Appreciative’ mistaken as ‘creating positivity’ – may overshadow the process & quality of inquiry, which is central to AI  Appreciation overdone without clear focus & direction – may leave people disillusioned at a later stage  Appreciation coming from out of context/proportion Pollyanna (positivity bias) at the expense of wholeness, runs the risk of robbing the experience of meaning & generative potential. In such an event appreciation may be happening without alignment to real, shared purpose. The workshop would facilitate an experience for the group to explore their own meaning of appreciation, the way they engage with the process of appreciation both as the one appreciating & the one receiving appreciation. A framework for Authentic Appreciation in the larger realm of AI will be offered.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Neena Verma
  • Ronald Fry (Case Western Reserve University)
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W10 - Politics for the common good: Appreciative inquiry as a critical micro practice of change Robbert Masselink - Netherlands / Danielle Zandee - Netherlands

Uncritically striving for the common good covers over the political contestation that is unavoidable when trying to answer the question: Good for whom? In this workshop we will approach appreciative inquiry as fundamentally a “critical” micro practice that challenges the status quo and strives to find common ground for change by recognizing and including difference into the inquiry. The background of our argument is that despite people’s best intentions, and the development of new organizational models, organizational life has grown more complex and demanding over the last twenty years. Can we confidently and affirmatively answer the question that organizations have become better workplaces, that is, more ethical, healthy and sustainable? How do we determine such progress? How do we help (or hinder) processes of change, improvement and innovation in the interest of the common good? To explore these important questions we take a micro perspective on appreciative inquiry and highlight its political and ethical dynamics. Following a pragmatic line of reasoning, it is not in people’s intentions but in the actual unfolding of interrelated actions that the ethics and the politics of their collaborations become visible. A critical appreciation of such moments may create openings for constructive change. In the workshop we will outline the critical dimension of appreciative inquiry and explain the meaning and importance of appreciative inquiry as a micro practice. Together, we will explore the implications for the inquiry process – what it means to be appreciative and how to facilitate inquiry from an understanding that our choices are going to affect others in ways that contradict what was originally intended. We believe that generating constructive change conversations necessitates reflection on our actions and their consequences. Thus we will invite participants to zoom in on the micro dynamics of their appreciative inquiry experiences. Together we can highlight the ethical, political tensions that we live through in those moments and explore helpful – perhaps activist – possibilities for change facilitation. We explore the contribution of AI-facilitators who are participating in the same process as the participants, hence experiencing these tensions too and probably contributing to them in involuntary ways.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Robbert Masselink (Keynoteconsultancy)
  • Danielle Zandee (Nyenrode)
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W11 - Démarche appréciative et alliance thérapeutique entre patient et praticien : narrativité et empathie Agnès Trébuchon / David Da Fonseca / Jean-Christophe Barralis (France)

Dans la posture appréciative lorsque les patients racontent une histoire positive, les effets de cette narration déclenche le processus chimique des neurostransmetteurs tels que l’ocytocine et la sérotonine. Ces derniers facilitent la confiance, l’empathie, le dialogue mutuel. Un sujet passionnant abordé par un angle scientifique avec des intervenants experts tels que : Le Professeur Agnès Trébuchon, neurophysiologiste et neurologue à Hôpital de la Timone, initiée à l’Appreciative Inquiry Le Pr David Da Fonseca, pédopsychiatre, chef du pôle psychiatrique de l’APHM à Marseille, praticien en Appreciative Inquiry Jean-Christophe Barralis, psychopraticien, agréé par la Fédération française de psychothérapie et de psychanalyse, cofondateur de l’Institut Français d’Appreciative Inquiry,  Situation : La relation praticien-patient est définie comme une relation thérapeutique, qui par sa nature peut être considérée inégale : le patient souffre et demande de l’aide ; le praticien médical ou thérapeute aide le patient grâce à son savoir technique et ses connaissances.  Question : Dans cette situation, comment favoriser la relation ? , comment optimiser la confiance et faire que le lien patient-praticien soit au service du soin médical et thérapeutique ? Adaptation : Afin de faciliter ce lien et la réussite du traitement, il est important d’adopter une posture accueillante et de confiance. Cela participe dans la réussite du traitement. L’approche appréciative , basée sur les forces et sur ce qui fonctionne bien, est une méthode facilitatrice dans le contexte thérapeutique, médical et chirurgical . En effet, elle déclenche un processus d’alchimie et de chimie neuronale par des étapes successives , permettant un abord optimal du patient. Depuis l’accueil dans la salle d’attente jusqu’à l’intervention , adopter une attitude appréciative tel que inviter à raconter des histoires positives permet une neurochimie fort facilitante pour le déroulement des soins à prodiguer. Souligner les éléments positifs, engager des conversations autour d’expériences réussies , inviter à une narration sont des facteurs importants dans l’alliance thérapeutique(1).  Dans cette posture appréciative lorsque les patients racontent une histoire positive, les effets de cette narration déclenche le processus chimique des neurostransmetteurs tels que l’ocytocine et la sérotonine.  Ces derniers facilitent la confiance, l’empathie, le dialogue mutuel (2). Ils interviennent aussi dans la modulation de la douleur (3), un double effet analgésique central et périphérique(4). De plus, ils permettent de limiter la production de cortisol(5) , élément perturbateur au cours des anesthésies. Un autre acteur neurochimique telle la dopamine permet une bonne observance du traitement et un engagement fort de la part du patient.  Ce concept d’alliance thérapeutique appréciatif fondé sur l`humain apparait comme une forme nouvelle de relation patient-praticien. Aborder ses patients autour de cette approche est un outil et une clé précieuse à intégrer dans une démarche de soins indispensable à la réussite du traitement et de la psychothérapie.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • David Da Fonseca
  • Agnès Trébuchon (Ap Hm- Aix Marseille Université)
  • Jean-Christophe Barralis (IFAI )
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W12 - AI in Europe – generating new practices, co-constructing our next legacy Miriam Subirana - Spain / Joep C. de Jong - Netherlands

You are invited to a dialogue circle on how all of us have moved Appreciative Inquiry further, wider, deeper in our lives, and in our work throughout Europe. We will update each other on what we have generated through our practices and work together on our aspirations for the next level of AI in Europe. This is a workshop by practitioners for practitioners – a time for co-learning, networking and co-constructing how to deepen and expand the AI way of knowing at this significant time in Europe. Joep and Miriam will facilitate the dialogue. Both have been part of the European Appreciative Inquiry network for many years and have, through their own practices, taken the appreciation and use of AI to many different cultures, countries and continents.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Miriam Subirana (IDEIA)
  • Joep C. de Jong (JLS International)
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W13 - Appreciative Inquiry and T`ai Chi Kineo Eberhard Belz - Switzerland / Varje Sommerhage - Switzerland

Appreciative Inquiry and T‘ai Chi Kineo - Discover, Explore, Relate T`ai Chi Kineo is a specific approach in movement. The strength of this approach in movement is very close and adjuvant to the basic kognitive perception in Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology. You start where you are, you focus on what is there, you discover and appreciate the energy. Your energy, the energy around, the potential and the possibilities of the situation - beyond right or wrong , here and now. Your unconditioned perception opens up. Tools are the seven elements of movement, the three-circle-principle, the three modulations in self-dialogue and partner-dialog. Experiencing the unconditioned perception enables you to discover and to direct the positive core in dialog. This process offers an enormous generative capacity and flexibility in the work with coachees, teams and organisational structures. It develops you in a very concrete and practical way to notice “what is there” and what “life offers” in the very concrete situation. The interaction of physical and kognitive unconditioned perception deepens and promotes any AI process on any level.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Eberhard Belz (belz consulting)
  • Varje Sommerhage
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W14 - AI for psychotherapic Ecuador Lorena Merino - Ecuador / J Barona - Ecuador

Abstract: This presentation will set forth how the integration of the two methodologies – AI and Theory U – better enable individuals and organizations of all sizes to ensure the success of their change processes. As a profound explorer of serendipitous moments, I’ve never allowed any to pass me by: in 2007, when I was at Case University earning my certificate in AI, I was invited to be a member of the Emerging Leaders for Innovation Across Sectors – ELIAS program, an initiative launched by MIT and the Presencing Institute. The program has produced only 24 – the world’s first Theory U experts. I understood this was my calling: to join the two methodologies. The Appreciative Inquiry has become the lens through which I see everything. It is no longer possible to view things through any other lens than AI. The 4D Cycle has become so automatic, particularly the practice of projecting dreams – with all of its attendant physical and mental consequences – prior to planning that I am not even aware of it any longer. The appreciative approach to feeling others and situations has prepared me to serve as a distinctive intervenor in facilitated professional Theory U processes. After, as Bill O’Brien, former CEO of Hanover Insurance, put it in an interview with Otto Scharmer, “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor.” Conclusion: by applying AI + TU in combination, each consultant and practitioner has the power to provide his/her clients with faster, easier and more accurate assistance. The change process proved delightful for organizational teams, including individuals engaged in complex coach processes.
AI research and development
Workshop
  • María José Barona Morey
  • Lorena Merino (Hospital de los Valles)
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

W15 - Appreciative Inquiry: Generative? Genarrative? Cees Hoogendijk - Netherlands / Gervase Bushe - Canada

Cees Hoogendijk is working on his PhD “Genarrativity: Reshaping the Generativity of Appreciative Inquiry in Organizational Life”. The object of his academic inquiry is the behaviour or a community of AI practitioners within the large organization of the City Council of The Hague. This growing community consists of alumni from the in-company AI training, which ‘secretly’ (or at least unofficially) has been provided by Cees since 2013. His research question includes: “What is the reach and impact of the AI-behavior of these less or more experienced practitioners? If we call this approach of ‘teach them to do it themselves’ an innervention, how does this relate to the more common provided intervention called AI-summit? How generative is this way of slowly growing AI into an organization?” Especially the last question asked for a panoptical inquiry into the meaning and application of the word generativity, resulting in the PhD chapter “In Search of Generativity”. Cees discovered that generativity is being used in so many different definitions - outside and within the AI-domain - that the word itself is in the need of clarification, before it properly can be used to qualify the various effects and impacts of AI and other OD practises. To reveal some preliminary insights: the qualifier ‘generative’ is more often connected to objects and results, than to processes. Generativity is mostly defined as ‘producing unexpected new ideas’. What about generativity as transferring the AI-skills themselves to others? Like creating offspring in a biological sense? Should this ‘level’ of generativity be included in what may be called Generativity as a framework? Would the highest level perhaps be known as genarrativity (with an a), referring to the inter relational qualities of communication? How could the reshaping of the qualifier Generativity contribute to the ‘life giving promises of AI’ and to ‘spread AI in the world’? The workshop is expected to be generative in the sense of ‘creating new perspectives’. Gervase Bushe has to be appreciated for his extensive research on the effects and further development of AI, and for repeatedly including the word generativity within the AI context. More AI-practitioner than scholar, and a non-conformist in his work to enhance the adaptivity of organizations in a complex environment, Cees is delighted and honoured to have this generative public dialogue with Gervase, where both try to ‘generate’ the AI practise into further flou
AI research and development
Workshop
  • Cees Hoogendijk (OrgPanoptics & Instituto Ideia)
  • Gervase Bushe
2:30 PM
3:45 PM

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.
AI and personal life
Workshop
  • Diana Whitney
  • Dawn Dole (The Taos Institute)
4:15 PM
5:45 PM

K3 - The Dark Sky Brightens: Resilient Conversations Jeannie Cockell - Canada / Cheri Torres - USA / Jackie Stavros - USA / Joan McArthur-Blair - USA

As AI practitioners, we strive to generate positive change. This work both demands and builds resilience in each of us and fosters our drive to fuel meaningful conversations. In this interactive keynote, we will engage you in the practice of appreciative resilience through play, music, stories, and dialogue. You will take away innovative ideas to use throughout the conference and beyond to engage others in deepening the practice of appreciative resilience and conversations worth having.
AI and business environment, AI and personal life
Keynote
  • Jackie Stavros (Conversationsworthhaving)
  • Joan McArthur-Blair (Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting)
  • Cheri Torres
  • Jeanie Cockell (Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting)
6:00 PM
7:15 PM

ME03 - MEET THE EXPLORER AI Personnal Life -

ME03A - La magnificience appréciative : les propriétés "auto soignantes" de " l'intelligence reconstructive de l'AI" Caroline Boivin & Philippe Maherault - France ME03B - Conversations with Business Professionals: Perspectives on Mentoring International Students / Natalee Popadiuk - Canada ME03C -Discovering our children's talents with AI - Jean-Claude Willig - France ME3D - Cultivating Flourishing Workspaces supported by human-centered Organizational Governance (hcOrg) - Claudia Gross - Egypt 
AI and personal life
Meet the explorers
  • Claudia Gross (CG Consultancy, Life at Work - hcOrG, speakGreen)
  • Caroline Boivin
  • Philippe Maherault
  • Natalee Popadiuk (University of Victoria)
  • Jean-Claude Willig
6:00 PM
7:15 PM

W17 - Embodied Appreciation with Creativity, Courage and Openness Mark Dodsworth - South Africa

How ?? By re-learning how to live into the Bio-Centric way! Mark and Marlies have designed a workshop where you will get to re- evaluate YOU , and how you SHOW UP in life with appreciation as a leader, an inspirer, a guide and a facilitator. Join us and enjoy connecting with the humanity in yourself and in others, seeking to put LIFE at the centre. We will guide you through a creative journey that will enable you to deepen the positive impact and imagination at play in creating your desired world of work and play. Our creative facilitation techniques incorporate the four learning styles; kinaesthetic, visual, aural and emotional. In this way we create an environment where everyone is engaged and involved. Through a process of active listening, seek to understand first, pause and then choose your action, living in feedback. “Listening creates relationships” Margaret Wheatley Through the following three lenses and using the wisdom of the body, we aim to co-create a meaningful journey of discovery into what enhances life: Openness- The art of deferring judgement. It’s a vital step that's necessary between action and reaction. We will practice how to experience and see possibility. By opening our senses, we are able to heighten our awareness through simple mindfulness techniques and positive reframing. Courage- Engage the heart. In a nurturing space, enhance your ability to let go of certainty and allow for emergent creativity and the authentic expression of yourself. Connect with your inner voice and express your potential more fully while at the same time, learning to sit with uncertainty. Appreciation- Seeing new perspectives. Develop an attitude of gratitude and feel the effects of the language of appreciation for yourself and others, looking for what gives life to a system and within yourself and in relationship. Together we will identify ways to add value and build possibilities.
AI and personal life
Workshop
6:00 PM
7:15 PM

W17 - Embodied Appreciation with Creativity, Courage and Openness Marlies Grindlay - South Africa / Mark Dodsworth - South Africa

How ?? By re-learning how to live into the Bio-Centric way! Mark and Marlies have designed a workshop where you will get to re- evaluate YOU , and how you SHOW UP in life with appreciation as a leader, an inspirer, a guide and a facilitator. Join us and enjoy connecting with the humanity in yourself and in others, seeking to put LIFE at the centre. We will guide you through a creative journey that will enable you to deepen the positive impact and imagination at play in creating your desired world of work and play. Our creative facilitation techniques incorporate the four learning styles; kinaesthetic, visual, aural and emotional. In this way we create an environment where everyone is engaged and involved. Through a process of active listening, seek to understand first, pause and then choose your action, living in feedback. “Listening creates relationships” Margaret Wheatley Through the following three lenses and using the wisdom of the body, we aim to co-create a meaningful journey of discovery into what enhances life: Openness- The art of deferring judgement. It’s a vital step that's necessary between action and reaction. We will practice how to experience and see possibility. By opening our senses, we are able to heighten our awareness through simple mindfulness techniques and positive reframing. Courage- Engage the heart. In a nurturing space, enhance your ability to let go of certainty and allow for emergent creativity and the authentic expression of yourself. Connect with your inner voice and express your potential more fully while at the same time, learning to sit with uncertainty. Appreciation- Seeing new perspectives. Develop an attitude of gratitude and feel the effects of the language of appreciation for yourself and others, looking for what gives life to a system and within yourself and in relationship. Together we will identify ways to add value and build possibilities.
AI and personal life
Workshop
  • Mark Dodsworth (Redzebra)
  • Marlies Grindlay
6:00 PM
7:15 PM

W18 - Amplifying Kindness at Home Using Appreciative Inquiry - Andrea Frank - USA / Allen Keitz - USA / Marge Schiller - USA

Our workshop will involve amplifying kindness at home and in settings that impact us as individuals and how we bring those interactions home. Our design involves sharing some of our experiences as we have experimented with the topic on this journey. Participants will proceed through sessions where they can complete a self care/ self compassion assessment and identify what are the questions for kindness that lead to the most generative connection across contexts. Some scenarios will include amplifying kindness in traffic, while dealing with challenging customer service interactions relating to home repairs or internet service providers, increasing kindness with our partners and with children/ grandchildren. We will also have an opportunity to report out some of our ideas to the larger group after having shared in smaller groups. My colleagues, Marge and Allen will need to participate remotely as family health concerns are preventing their travel at this time.
AI and personal life
Workshop
  • Allen Keitz
  • Andrea Frank (AndreaKaneFrank.com)
6:00 PM
7:15 PM

W19 - Appreciation - How to use our brain effectively - An introduction into and an experience with the Appreciators’ Traffic Light Model - Gertraud Wegst / Reto Diezi - Germany

The Appreciators’ Traffic Light Model describes different levels of consciousness with their practical implications. Participants will apply it to their own topic and be able to adopt it for their daily use. What is needed to create an appreciative environment? In everyday’s life we have to deal with numerous challenges. How we react is an indication of the underlying consciousness in this moment shaped by our brain functions: ● Are our red buttons pushed? - (Re-flex) RED ● Is something missing or wrong here? - (Re-action) YELLOW ● Or does our whole system work in coherence, integrated? - (Respons-ability) GREEN Easy to apply, the Appreciators’ Traffic Light Model offers helpful criteria with which we can discern and assess our own behaviour in a given moment. This allows us to provide a space for our creative brain - right and left hemisphere - to fully function in coherence with our whole system. Steps are: ● handling our reflex reactions ● detecting our default mode for spotting mistakes, problems, and weaknesses ● letting go of being right ● being willing to change perspectives ● finding steps for growth and development ● creating and being the desired future ● fulfilling on the desired future by inspired actions and supportive community. Welcome to life!
AI and personal life
Workshop
  • Gertraud Wegst
  • Reto Diezi