Appreciative Inquiry; Bridging past strengths with future ambitions
2-6 July 2013, Linz, Austria
About the course
Our societies are constantly changing and organisations are expected to adapt to changes around them. However, many change processes fail to produce the promised results and bring both conflicts and frustrations with them. To create efficient change processes it is necessary to have both a strong management commitment, as well as broad involvement from the whole system. It is important to have a clear vision as well as to follow up on the concrete actions.
Appreciative inquiry is an innovative approach to change management (and evaluation) which meets the above criteria. The approach is highly visionary and participatory. It operates by putting people in touch with the greatest satisfaction and pride in their life, their work or their community, and then asks what needs to be done to make that possible more frequently. Whereas traditional organizational development starts with problems, deficiencies and failures - and thus generates blame and frustration – appreciative inquiry starts with success, even very small success, and builds from there, generating hope, motivation, commitment and enthusiasm throughout the organisation.
The course will focus on building management commitment, on planning and facilitating a successful appreciative process as well as on the follow-up, ensuring that new initiatives are embedded in the daily practice.
The course will give you…
Insight into the theoretical foundations of appreciative inquiry
An understanding of how to create management commitment as well as involvement of the wider system
A chance to practice different methods within this approach – asking the right questions that draw out resources, create new perspectives and alternative ways of dealing with difficulties (such as resistance)
Methods to structure and plan open-ended processes … and the confidence to facilitate them even when things do not turn out as planned
A possibility to work on a tailor-made plan that fits your actual programme/project development and/or evaluation-needs (selecting the right focus, involving stakeholders, planning the process and the follow-up)
An opportunity to receive coaching on your exact challenges in relation to implementing your ideas at home
The consultant that will be running this course is Yvor Broer or Lene Mogensen. Depending on the group size a second consultant will be attracted.
The full call for the course, including a day-to-day programme, can be downloaded here. There is a maximum of around 18 places for this course and the course fee is 900 including VAT.
Grundtvig course references:
Course number: NL-2012-293-002
Session number(s): 46160 for the July 2013 course Comenius course references
Course number: NL-2012-292-002
Session number(s): 46159 for the July 2013 course