AN APPRECIATIVE JOURNEY:
      DISCOVERING
  APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY
            FNS Forum, Nov 2008
Denise Wright, Fiona O’S...
TRADITIONALLY...




The journey for a better future has often led people
and organisations to look for Problems...
TODAY...




We are here to learn a Better Way...An Affirmative
Way
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY



Appreciate: To value what is of WORTH

Inquiry: To discover through the use of questions
WHY APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY?




Strengths-based approach to change
LEARNING OBJECTIVES



To showcase AI to the community

To allow the participants to embark on an
Appreciative Inquiry of ...
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY



       Affirmative
         Topic
BEFORE WE BEGIN...



Facilitators’ role and responsibilities

Housekeeping

Working agreements
DISCOVERING THE BEST OF
       WHAT IS

Think back to the time when you    If you are not a facilitator/trainer/
first beca...
DREAMING...WHAT
                  MIGHT BE
    What is different? 

    What is the situation? What are you doing?  With? ...
DESIGN


Provocative Proposition/s

Why Provocative? - To inspire you to challenge
assumptions, routines and to stretch th...
DESIGN

Some Common Elements in a   Some criteria for Good
Provocative Proposition:    Propositions:

   Strategy         ...
EXEMPLAR: PROVOCATIVE
      PROPOSITION


Noel E K Tan is an outstanding hands-on parent to his
3 children. By being their...
EXEMPLAR:
FNS – Organisational Consciousness
Network



 “Singapore is the Appreciative Inquiry hub of SE Asia by
 2020. A...
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY



       Affirmative
         Topic
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FNS Appreciative Inquiry

  1. 1. AN APPRECIATIVE JOURNEY: DISCOVERING APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FNS Forum, Nov 2008 Denise Wright, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Noel E K Tan
  2. 2. TRADITIONALLY... The journey for a better future has often led people and organisations to look for Problems...
  3. 3. TODAY... We are here to learn a Better Way...An Affirmative Way
  4. 4. APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY Appreciate: To value what is of WORTH Inquiry: To discover through the use of questions
  5. 5. WHY APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY? Strengths-based approach to change
  6. 6. LEARNING OBJECTIVES To showcase AI to the community To allow the participants to embark on an Appreciative Inquiry of their own facilitation aspirations as the subject matter
  7. 7. APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY Affirmative Topic
  8. 8. BEFORE WE BEGIN... Facilitators’ role and responsibilities Housekeeping Working agreements
  9. 9. DISCOVERING THE BEST OF WHAT IS Think back to the time when you If you are not a facilitator/trainer/ first became introduced to teacher, what made you give up facilitation/training/teaching. your Sat morning to come here? What makes you proud to be a What makes you excited to be here facilitator/trainer/teacher? today? What do you value about the work What do you value about the work you do? you do? What are your core strengths? What are your core strengths?
  10. 10. DREAMING...WHAT MIGHT BE What is different?  What is the situation? What are you doing?  With? For? How do you feel?  Who else notices that something is different?  (ie. your peers / co- workers, boss, friends, family, community, direct reports etc) What are they noticing about you?  About your work? How are they responding?What else are they noticing?   Who else is noticing?   What are they noticing? What else?   REPEAT at least 3 times until you have a rich picture of what is different, how and for whom.
  11. 11. DESIGN Provocative Proposition/s Why Provocative? - To inspire you to challenge assumptions, routines and to stretch the status quo Why Proposition? - It is a description of your dream, not yet realised
  12. 12. DESIGN Some Common Elements in a Some criteria for Good Provocative Proposition: Propositions: Strategy Is it Provocative? Shared Values Is it grounded? Are there existing examples or evidence of the Skills ideal being a real possibility? Societal Purposes Is it desired? People Qualities Is it stated in Affirmative Terms?
  13. 13. EXEMPLAR: PROVOCATIVE PROPOSITION Noel E K Tan is an outstanding hands-on parent to his 3 children. By being their best friend, playmate, fellow-learner and teacher, he makes a great impact on how they grow and develop as human beings, contributing to the societies they will live in and in time, raise their own children to do the same.
  14. 14. EXEMPLAR: FNS – Organisational Consciousness Network “Singapore is the Appreciative Inquiry hub of SE Asia by 2020. Appreciate Inquiry is the preferred approach to organisational consciousness. We offer products, services and best practices to individuals, teams and organisations, government and NGOs. As AI catalysts, our purpose is to engage organisations and society so that they purposefully contribute to the growth of individuals, communities and government.” Methods of Strategic Collaboration, Feb 2008.
  15. 15. APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY Affirmative Topic

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