Emerge is an innovative, 28 month, user-centred, investigation-led, consortium-based project, funded by the JISC and guided by the principles of appreciative inquiry. There are about 28 institutions, 45 project teams and 210 individual participants. The aim is to support the formation of an "effective and sustainable community of practice” around the Users and Innovation Development Model, using Web2.0 technologies.
Emerge is the support project for the JISC Capital Programme, Next Generation Technologies and Practices (Users and Innovation) strand
Communities cannot be magicked into being We do not know how to make a CoP It has to be enquiry-led It has to be fun Opening stance
Investigating the processes that support the emergence of our community
Facilitation of community development features Examples of activities collective inquiry A meta-community of purpose community defines own activities Promoting the ‘affinity’ that brings members together mutual engagement, using shared repertoires collective negotiation member profiles blended, flexible, distributed tagging to establish links between members visual mapping of existing communities & interests creation of member run interest sub-groups & meeting places exit strategy skilled human facilitation member created content & scheduled web-workshops purposeful engagement
Appreciative Inquiry: The 4-D model Positive topic choice DISCOVERY Appreciating ‘the best of what is’ DREAM Envisioning ‘ what could be’ DESIGN Co-constructing ‘ what should be’ DELIVER Sustaining ‘ what will be’
The act of research has a transforming effect on the subject of research. The aim of research is to bring about change.
Appreciative Inquiry attempts to get beyond the essentialism, ethical foundationalism and hierarchies of identity politics to embrace a more radical constructionism in relational theory. (Gergen, 1999)
Appreciative inquiry is criticised for unknowable interiorisation and being "... Pollyanna-ish or excessively focused on warm, fuzzy group hugs" (Grant and Humphries, 2006 p. 404)
e.g.: it …is different to critical knowing; it has its basis a metaphysical concern positing that human life is a miracle that never can be comprehended fully (Cowling, 2001, p. 34)
By applying a rigorous, anti-essentialist, critical theory-led approach, appreciative inquiry can provide a firm foundation as a research approach and evaluation methodology.