The
Human Problem
Heather Schlegel
“World Problems”
• Pollution
• Limited Resources
• Global Warming
• Rising Population
• Water Crisis
• Peak Oil
• Economic...
Success
Appreciative Inquiry
Principles
• Constructivist Principle
• Poetic Principle
• Simultaneity Principle
• Anticipatory Prin...
Constructivist Principal
see the world as I am
“FIRST World Problems”
• Pollution
• Limited Resources
• Global Warming
• Rising Population
• Water Crisis
• Peak Oil
• Ec...
Constructivist Principle
see the world as I am
• I Pollute
• I use Limited Resources
• I make the world warmer
• I add to ...
Poetic Principle
what we focus on grows
• That Laundry list of problems
• Doom and Gloom media attitude
• Negative Gravity...
The Poetic Principle
focusing on what we want to grow
• Happiness
• Baby Steps
• Positive Reinforcement
• Small Solutions
...
Simultaneity Principle
inquire & change are simultaneous
• We are already changing
• Change in-flight
• No beginning, no e...
Anticipatory Principle
what we believe, we conceive
• Pure, Fresh, Clean, Re-Newed World
• Abundant Resources
• Plentiful ...
Positive Principle
identify and leverage strengths
• Communities
• Science and Discovery
• Open Communication, Sharing
• I...
Discover
• What characteristics supported human
success?
• What is the positive core of the human being?
• How has the hum...
Dream
• What is our purpose as humans?
• What is the (our) vision?
– Individual Perspective
– Community/collective perspec...
Design
• Relationships and Organizations
• Positive curiosity
• Confident in human abilities
Destiny
What will happen, is the only thing that
could happen
Conclusion
abundant problems, abundant solutions
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Heather’s project was “The Human Problem.” She observed that, “when I sat down to think about the big questions or problems in the world I could not find a big problem worthy of attention. So I went on a quick search to find what other people thought were the big burning questions of our age. Problems like pollution, limited resources, various crises, global warming and rising population. These are truly problems we must face. But why were they problems in the first place. How did they become problems?” She noted that at the time of writing, her “usual optimism was absent,” and decided to try “Appreciative Inquiry.” The paper emerged and “needless to say, she is no hooked on the Appreciative Inquiry method.

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  • The Human Problem: Or How to Solve All the World's Problems

    1. 1. The Human Problem Heather Schlegel
    2. 2. “World Problems” • Pollution • Limited Resources • Global Warming • Rising Population • Water Crisis • Peak Oil • Economic Crisis • World Wide Catastrophe
    3. 3. Success
    4. 4. Appreciative Inquiry Principles • Constructivist Principle • Poetic Principle • Simultaneity Principle • Anticipatory Principle • Positive Principle 4-D Cycle • (Define) • Discovery • Dream • Design • Destiny • The “Problem” of Species Success • What works when Success = Problems
    5. 5. Constructivist Principal see the world as I am
    6. 6. “FIRST World Problems” • Pollution • Limited Resources • Global Warming • Rising Population • Water Crisis • Peak Oil • Economic Crisis • World Wide Catastrophe Human Guilt
    7. 7. Constructivist Principle see the world as I am • I Pollute • I use Limited Resources • I make the world warmer • I add to a Rising Population • I contribute to the Water Crisis • I encourage Peak Oil • I made Economic Crisis • I create World Wide Catastrophe
    8. 8. Poetic Principle what we focus on grows • That Laundry list of problems • Doom and Gloom media attitude • Negative Gravity • Celebrity Solutions • Overnight Success • BIG! • Armchair visionaries • Fear based Inaction • This assignment!
    9. 9. The Poetic Principle focusing on what we want to grow • Happiness • Baby Steps • Positive Reinforcement • Small Solutions • Practice • Ongoing success • Celebrations • Everyday people • Encouraged Experimentation
    10. 10. Simultaneity Principle inquire & change are simultaneous • We are already changing • Change in-flight • No beginning, no end • Unusual thinking • Take responsibility for creating the problems - What are they really? • This presentation!
    11. 11. Anticipatory Principle what we believe, we conceive • Pure, Fresh, Clean, Re-Newed World • Abundant Resources • Plentiful diverse economic exchanges • Supporting Self-Actualized Population • Comfortable Climate for Life • Curious Excitement • Positive Pioneering • Ongoing Practice and Exploration New Set of Problems
    12. 12. Positive Principle identify and leverage strengths • Communities • Science and Discovery • Open Communication, Sharing • Increasing Stability, Certainty • Transformation of raw to refined • All those good human emotions – Joy, Love, Compassion, Inspiration, Cooperation • Tenacious
    13. 13. Discover • What characteristics supported human success? • What is the positive core of the human being? • How has the human positively impacted the earth, world, the solar system, etc?
    14. 14. Dream • What is our purpose as humans? • What is the (our) vision? – Individual Perspective – Community/collective perspective – Species perspective – Objective perspective – External perspective
    15. 15. Design • Relationships and Organizations • Positive curiosity • Confident in human abilities
    16. 16. Destiny What will happen, is the only thing that could happen
    17. 17. Conclusion abundant problems, abundant solutions

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