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AIC Membership Invitation

  1. 1. An Invitation From Joan Colleran Hoxsey D.Min., MSed. AIC Managing Partner
  2. 2. A Bit of AIC History <ul><li>In 1985 Jane Magruder Watkins met David Cooperrider at a conference about sustainability. As they talked it became clear to them that Appreciative Inquiry was much more suitable to the work being done in Africa than the methods then used. So they began to work to use AI in that context. </li></ul>
  3. 3. In the early 1990’s while Jane Magruder Watkins was chairing the Board of NTL Institute, David Cooperrider John Carter, Cathy Royal and Jane trained a group of fellow NTL members to use AI for a diversity study under the guidance of Cathy Royal. By 1994, NTL was offering workshops in AI primarily for OD practitioners – the business that NTL is in.
  4. 4. <ul><li>About the same time, at David’s suggestion, NTL joined the group sponsoring the formation of the Taos Institute, the brainchild of: </li></ul><ul><li>Diana Whitney of Taos </li></ul><ul><li>Ken and Mary Gergen </li></ul><ul><li>David and his colleague and advisor from Case, Suresh Srivastva </li></ul><ul><li>Harlene Anderson of the Houston Galveston Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Sheila McNamee from the University of New Hampshire </li></ul><ul><li>Their vision was that the Taos Institute would be a learning community about Social Constructionism as it was impacting the fields of Psychology and Organization Development/ Behavioral Science in systems. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The 1990’s By the mid-1990’s, many of the founders and others, who were beginning to use AI nearly totally in their practice, began to talk about creating some sort of association (perhaps a learning circle, or a way to share work, or even simply a membership organization). David and Jane often spoke about the need for gathering to share and better understand the phenomena of AI sweeping the globe.
  6. 6. And so . . . . Came into being. In 1999, a group of 22 dedicated AI practitioners came together with a vision of creating a global consultancy entirely dedicated to using appreciative, strength-based approaches to organizational change. We met four times a year for three years talking about purpose and principles, and ultimately creating a charter for a totally unique, networked Appreciative Inquiry Consultancy.
  7. 7. “ Founder’s Alliance.” Frank Barrett, US/California; Steve Cato, US/Washington; David Chandler, US/Colorado; David Cooperrider, US/Ohio; Joep de Jong, Netherlands; Marsha George, UK and US/Vermont; Mette Jacobsgaard, Denmark and UK; Jacqueline Kelm, US/Ohio; Ralph Kelly, US/Virginia; Jim Lord, US/Ohio; Jim Leudema, US/Illinois; Ada Jo Mann, US/DC and Ethiopia; Adrian McLean, UK and US/Vermont; Bernard Mohr, US/Maine and a Canadian citizen; Ravi Pradhan, Nepal and US; Anne Radford, UK; Diane Robbins, US/Washington; Judy Rodgers, US/Massachusetts; Marge Schiller, US/Massachusetts; Barbara Sloan, US/Virginia; Jane Magruder Watkins, US/Virginia; Diana Whitney, US/New Mexico. The Founders
  8. 8. <ul><li>Advancement of AI </li></ul><ul><li>Transformational Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Synergies </li></ul><ul><li>Generosity and Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Spirited Learning Community </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting the Individual and Collective Good </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgement </li></ul><ul><li>Co-Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to Organize </li></ul><ul><li>Local Authority and Decision Making </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomy and Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Support of AI Writing and Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Honoring Diverse Voices, Languages and Cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Living AI: Humility as Our Strength </li></ul>Principles of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting
  9. 10. <ul><li>There are a few ideas that form the foundation on which AIC stands: </li></ul><ul><li>The AIC Purpose and Principles </li></ul><ul><li>A set of By-laws as required by US law for Limited Liability Companies (LLC) </li></ul><ul><li>And some working processes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A “managing partner” role whose basic duties follow the LLC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership open to those who accept the Purpose and Principles Members enter and leave according to their own assessment </li></ul></ul>Key Decisions
  10. 11. <ul><li>Here is What Our Members Tell Us About </li></ul><ul><li>the Benefits of </li></ul><ul><li>AIC Membership </li></ul>
  11. 12. Benefits <ul><li>Practices have grown </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of personal growth </li></ul><ul><li>Have access to latest research </li></ul><ul><li>Have access to thought leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Have been able to influence the development of AI </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced growth through participation in learning and sharing especially as it relates to list serve and face to face meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Have made deep and lasting friendships </li></ul><ul><li>Have created new partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Have experienced AIC as an incubator of new ideas, innovation and theory </li></ul><ul><li>Have been exposed to “cutting edge” thinking and theory </li></ul><ul><li>“ Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner” </li></ul>
  12. 13. More Benefits <ul><li>Have “plerked” that is, they have experienced work as play and play as work </li></ul><ul><li>Have gained personal and professional relationships that have led to innovation and growth </li></ul><ul><li>Have had valuable face-to-face time together at rewarding Assemblies of the Whole (AOWs) </li></ul><ul><li>Have contact with AI practitioners across the globe </li></ul><ul><li>Have benefited from the dedication of these colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Have benefitted from the generosity of material and idea sharing from other members </li></ul><ul><li>Have experienced the value of having members who have a wide range in age, ethnicity and home base </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>AIC extends an Invitation to Grow, Be Supported by and Support Other AI Practitioners Around the World </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Joan Colleran Hoxsey, AIC Managing Partner, at [email_address] or Rebecca Beauman, AIC Office Manager at [email_address] for more information </li></ul><ul><li>Get in touch with our members whose names </li></ul><ul><li>can be found when you visit our website </li></ul><ul><li>www.aiconsulting.org </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>&quot;We must become the change we wish to see in the world.&quot; </li></ul>

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