The Story as it Happens (by Mario Gastaldi)

We started a few months ago, and recently decided to tell the story of this conference as it is happening, and well in advance of next April, when the real Event will take place. We thought it would be interesting to share something with you from the backstage.

As to the work of organizing the conference, most of it is being carried on by our friends in the Local Organizing committee, and they do deserve full recognition for it. The rest of us in the Advisory board, with them, is taking part in intriguing conference calls and dense conversation threads as we contribute ideas to the theme of the conference, its design and how we will let all of you know about it.

This is a terrific experience, a great opportunity to connect or re-connect with many friends. Hopefully this one will be the first of a long series of frequent posts written by us, fellows in the Organizing Committee, and the International Advisory Board . Furthermore we warmly welcome those of you who are happy to share ideas both commenting to blog posts, and writing a post yourselves if you wish to share your appreciative inquiry experiences.

Please do! Write us to let us know. We already have some who offered to write for this blog, Things are looking exciting.

Today I would like to share two thoughts.

One relates to the circumstance that “the community of people applying AI at all levels or organizational and social life is growing continuously. Not limited by sector or continent. AI is a true global innovation. AI is changing the way that we look at change“. I would say that Appreciative Inquiry is becoming increasingly known both as a thinking framework, and a way to inspire change in organizations and communities.

Yet we think it is quite time that we scale up, and make this body of knowledge widely accessible, while involving as many as it is possible in a large conversation leading to inspiration, and to innovative ways to support change in organization, and the society at large.

My second thought relates to the design of the Conference itself. As you can see it is a work in progress that will soon be completed, and it is something we would love to hear your comments about. We had a recent interesting conversation around the design of the event, in relation to how we want to host our participants and how we think we can devise the best experience for them.

There is a sure need to provide content and learning by means of speeches delivered by the best known Appreciative Inquiry experts, researchers and practitioners in the world.

And we thought that many of the participants are going to appreciate to listen to the most recent thought developments and applications related to Appreciative Inquiry.

We also thought that many among the participants are likely to enjoy a very active and involving participation, where meaning, content and learning emerge as the outcome of well facilitated generative conversations.

 The general comment we shared is that the best design is probably a good balance among the two. Probably the design will provide a combination of both opportunities or maybe different streams suitable for different tastes.

What would be your preference? Please let us know in the comments.

 And this is all for today.

Tomorrow I am flying to Manchester to take part into our European Appreciative Inquiry Network Conference, another compelling experience we have al been looking forward to.

 Mario Gastaldi

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