Culture Vision And Appreciative Inquiry - Conference 2009 (B2)
Two approaches to community change. Theme reframing can lead to exciting
improvements in quality of life and economic
Problem Solving Appreciative Inquiry
deficit-based change strength-based innovation growth.
• Have pain or feel need • Value and gain understanding • “Arts and culture are luxuries to be developed and funded
• Identify problems of the best of what exists
after pipes, policing, and potholes”
• Conduct root cause analysis • Envision what is or might be in
• Analyze possible solutions the future? • Is the topic about culture as a luxury?
• Develop an action plan • Dialogue and design what • “Arts and culture activities and industries are drivers of a
should be in the future.
• Implement “Treatment”
• Create what will be.
creative economy which result in outstanding quality of
life, prosperity, safety, and which has the capability of
Community has Community is transforming our community.”
Community is a problem to be Community is a web of
solved. It’s a structure to be strengths with infinite capacity,
fixed. infinite imagination. It’s alive.
Basic beliefs about community change
• What we focus on becomes our reality.
HIGH PERFORMING LOW PERFORMING
• Reality is created in the moment, and there are multiple
+ 6:1 ratio of positive– 1:3 ratio: one positive
(strength-based and statement in the • Every community, organization, or team has aspects that
opportunity) focused team for every three work well and are life-giving.
dialogue to negative deficiency focused
(deficiency focus) statements. • People have more confidence and comfort to journey into the
dialogue. future when they carry forward awareness of previous
success and positive feelings.
+ 2:1 ratio of inquiry 1:20 ratio: one inquiry • The mode and language of inquiry affects the community
(learning focused (open-learning type being observed.
questions) versus questions) for every
advocacy (closed twenty remarks
positions) type based on advocacy.
Let’s try it out!
How do we get to an • Think about a time in your life when you
were most engaged or felt most alive –
understanding? one of the experiences that defined you as
a person. One which you’ll never forget
and which you often go back to as
important and powerful for you.
• Does it stretch, challenge, or interrupt the status
• Are there examples that illustrate the ideal as
Making Connections • If it could be fully actualized, would the
community want it? Do you want it as a
• It is stated in affirmative and bold terms?
Discovering how thoughts are • Does it provide guidance for the Red Deer’s
interrelated, lead to powerful future as a whole?
creativity and new approaches. • Would many people want to participate?
• Does it stimulate intergenerational/community
• Is it good for the community, the individual, and