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.