Program 27/04/2012 Poster Sessions

The poster boards are 1 m (39,27 inch) wide on 2,5 m (98,42 inch) high. We advise a usable space for the poster of 90 cm (35 inch) in width and 120 cm (47 inch) in height (portrait orientation).  We will provide special double sided adhesive tape.

Present. type Presenters Title summary
Poster Ielse Seale
Marionette Myburgh
Authentic Leadership in Undergraduate Nursing Students: An Appreciative Inquiry The healthcare environment in South Africa is constantly changing and the community expects quality care from nurses and midwives. Professional nurses and midwives are independent practitioners working in a multi-disciplinary environment where authentic leadership plays an important role. Leadership development in the undergraduate nursing programme is of utmost importance to prepare nurses and midwives to be hopeful, optimistic and resilient authentic leaders in a changing healthcare environment. The participants reported that the Appreciative Inquiry workshop helped them gain self-awareness about their own abilities regarding being genuine and having passion for their purpose, practicing their values, developing connected relationships and exerting the self-discipline required to achieve positive outcomes. Leadership mentoring and experiential learning are important components in the effective preparation of students as professional authentic leaders of the future. Development of such leadership is not an automatic by-product of well intentioned education but must be actively encouraged.
Poster Joan Hoxsey Finding the Sweet Spot of Engagement:  Using Appreciative Inquiry and the VIA Engagement is a big issue for everyone from parents, teachers, supervisors to CEO’s.  This workshop will be a highly practical one looking at how to use Appreciative Inquiry and the VIA strengths assessment to engage people in ways that are highly productive.  The VIA, created by Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson, has been well researched across cultures and provides individuals with highly useable information about their strengths.  Used in conjunction with Appreciative Inquiry it can provide us with the ‘sweet spot’ of engagement.
Poster Sally Cray
Sonia Vougioukalou
Thriving in a challenging economic climate. How AI valuation can help organisations in the voluntary sector Thriving in a challenging economic climate. How AI valuation has helped transform organisations in the voluntary sectorThe current global financial recession is undoubtedly affecting organisations in the voluntary sector (VCO’s). Whether this be through reductions in donations from private individuals or through a reduction in opportunities to bid for government grants. A key feature of VCO’s is that they are dependent on a large number of dedicated volunteers. It is particularly important to engage them along with service users and paid staff in moving forward, so that everyone’s energy is focussed in the same direction.It is this backdrop that sets the scene for a year- long AI project in Kent, England.  I had become increasingly aware of Voluntary organisations struggling to maintain a cash flow and becoming more and more concerned about their longer term viability. I could see that confidence was diminishing and anxiety was setting in. As I work in a University I was able to bid for some Funding to pilot an approach to Valuation using Appreciative Inquiry, a way of engaging the organisation in intelligently refocusing its activities and drawing out energy and momentum for positive change from within rather than seeking external expertise to “do to” the organisation.This poster presentation will share one of the case studies and highlight some of the key project milestones that could form the basis of an interesting open space discussion.
Poster Marcel Van Marrewijk Positioning ‘strength based change’ in a integral, phasewise approach Van Marrewijk has developed an integral, three-dimensional, – multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder – framework, coined the Cubrix. This framework has been introduced in an AI-action learning project in the Netherlands, in order to position AI and strength based improvement with respect to various paradigms in organisation development. AI suggests to relate the qualities of the so-called ‘power -‘ and ‘control oriented’ methods with the ways in which connectedness is the core issue. AI evidently fits this latter paradigm, but its success relates to the degree people and organisations can bridge the new appreciative ways with old-economy-style approaches.On the other hand, AI shapes the culture and structures of projects and organisation types that align with this paradigm of connectedness.The Cubrix provides insights for context related organisation development and performance improvement.
Poster Markos Perrakis Making the impossible possible. Appreciative leadership in 90 min There are a lot of leadership styles in our daily practice like liberal, autocratic, situational, charismatic etc.These (and many other combinations) may be efficient depending on the current conditions in certain places with specific audience but ‘external reasons may divert the desirable results easily, especially in nowadays when the crisis and negative thinking are dominant, the behaviour and the situational factors are changing rapidly.A.L. motivates and mobilizes people instead of keeping them in a “hold on”, unknown and unsecure position.It is always welcome and effective, based on appreciation, respect and positive thinking.The Appreciative Leadership is fast, creates enthusiasm, reduces defence mechanisms, and improves organizations by tracking out what is working and even more by trying to get more of it.It increases the self-confidence and self-esteem by getting the best out of the people who are engaged in a system in order to achieve optimal performance
Poster Melissa Vanbeselaere
Johan Thibaut
Ann Schillemans
The challenge of connecting formerly independent and often even competing (research) groups in the broad context of the KULeuven How to integrate a strengths-based form of leadership and collaboration in the context of an academic and often competitive environment as a university? How to establish connectedness between competing research groups and autonomous professionals? And does the establishment of connectedness between research groups result in an academic advantage? How to integrate several educational programmes to common standards? These are challenging questions inspiring several people of the KULeuven to bring together their expertise and strengths in order to implement three types of projects: two combined strengths-based leadership development projects and two cross-organisational projects. These questions will be explored in the context of developing a general strengths-based strategy within a university. In the form of a symposium key actors, involved in these different projects will be brought together in order to exchange their experiences, including successes and problems they had to solve.
Poster Jannie Pretorius
Christo Van Wyk
Neil Diamond: An Educational Appreciation This multimedia presentation of a research project explores the kinds of knowledge and learning that might be involved when educationalists use popular music as a platform for professional development and lifelong learning. The Appreciative Inquiry 4D-cycle provided us with a framework for the specific kind of learning experiences that might be possible when educators appreciate works of art – in this case, the live performances of the popular music star Neil Diamond in South Africa – to enhance their professional knowledge and development.We have found clear evidence that educators can learn appreciatively from the arts about their educational practices. The study participants indicated that they learned from Diamond about, inter alia, the interaction between themselves and the learners in their classes, that his passion inspires them, and that educators, too, have to prepare thoroughly.We shall demonstrate that educationalists, once they are aware of the arts as a potential platform for professional development, would be empowered to achieve excellence in their pursuit of this kind of development.
Poster Neena Verma ‘VALUE Leadership : An Appreciative Leadership approach to leading for Sustainable Development’ Global sustainability concerns have both stirred our conscience as a civilization and challenged our business sense to find practical ways to fulfill our economic needs without eroding ecological health and wealth. Triple bottomline concerns are growingly inspiring business world to think beyond profitability and invest responsible thought to include sustainability concerns in their business agenda. This paper urges business leaders to adopt VALUE Leadership to create ‘sustainable value’ by simultaneously addressing economic, social and environmental concerns.  VALUE Leadership is a five-phase ‘Appreciative Leadership for Sustainable Development’ framework which the author has designed seeking inspiration from the transformational leadership by S.P.Oswal (an accomplished Business and Social Impact Leader in Indian Textile Industry) of VCAP (a socio-economic-ecological innovation in the state of Punjab, India) which was aptly called ‘Bloom in Gloom’ by its stakeholders. VALUE framework is sculpted by the principles of ‘appreciative inquiry’ thereby according it conceptual validity and practical applicability.
Poster Miriam Subirana
Jerico Pilar
Discover and Empower Mentors in Organizations Presentation of a successful mentoring program at Banesto Bank, Spain. Workshop on how to create mentors in-company.Successful mentoring programs are rooted in the Constructive Principle of Appreciative Inquiry, where the system is defined by how people develop it.In spite of all the advantages of having mentors in the business world, there are very few Mentoring programs to apply within organizations. In this workshop we will explore how to create mentors within organizations. We will see the example of the Mentoring for risks program at Banesto (Spanish Bank of Credit), in which 500 bank managers became mentors of over 1000 workers/managers of the Bank.By Miriam Subirana and Pilar Jericówww.miriamsubirana.com and www.pilarjerico.com
Poster Miriam Subirana
Jerico Pilar
Creative and Inspiring Leadership. Powerful Relationships. CREATIVE AND INSPIRING LEADERSHIPA creative and inspiring leader comes out of the circle of fear, anger and sadness. In this workshop we explore how Appreciative Inquiry and creative visualization, affirmations, meditation and powerful questions helps us to cross these bridges:From fear to trust and personal power.From anger to compassion.From sadness to wholeness and freedom.POWERFUL RELATIONSHIPSOrganizations are a net of relationships and conversations in which we formulate demands, we make offers and we arrive to agreements, we listen to each other and we acknowledge each other. These are the five creative acts in relationships. To improve our capacity of relating to others is to empower our capacity to create powerful relationships.How to come up to the necessary conversations to enhance trust and empathy? Which conversations will help undo the negative impact and protect us in the future? Which conversations do we need to have that will empower us?Workshop delivered by: www.miriamsubirana.comDirector of www.yesouisi.es where she delivers AI workshops and trainings.
Poster Stefan Cantore Connecting the strengths of Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology to enhance the theory and practice of Organisational Change. The word “positive” has become very popular in the worlds of psychology and organisational change but means different things to different people. The language of positivity is still some way from a place of shared meaning. This is compounded by professional domains of meaning making that still separate the individual from the social. Positive Psychology literature for example, emphasises the well-being of the individual whilst Appreciative Inquiry literature tends to focus on the growth of organisations and communities. They do, however in themselves, represent a significant splitting off from previous paradigms of thought and practice in the fields of organisational and individual change.This paper aims to engage in a conversation around the question ‘How can the combined strengths of Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology deepen our collective understanding of the nature and practice of positive change in organisational contexts?’
Poster Hein Zegers Are we selling lies as scientific facts? Connecting business practice and scientific research Happiness & well-being: connecting business practice and scientific research.In the past 5 years, we have participated in 102 happiness-related events. This way, we took part in over 500 presentations world-wide on the topic of happiness and well-being. These happiness presentations range from very academic/research-oriented to very popularizing/customer-oriented. The present study analyzes these presentations. Both content and style are being analyzed, using Appreciative Inquiry to approach and bridge the two worlds of science and practice. How can both researchers and practitioners learn from each other in ways that benefit both? What valuable lessons can both communities give to each other?
Poster Ronda Held
Thomas Joyleen
Appreciative Inquiry for a positive experience of ageing: A learning journey in South Australian Home and Community Care services. There is much gloom and doom in Australia about the ageing of our population and the potential drain on society’s resources.   Within this context the Better Practice Project has for 14 years been bringing a message of hope to those working with older people in the community in South Australia.  A recently released Handbook for Co-ordinators “Imagining a Better Life for Older People” utilised Appreciative Inquiry to reframe the traditional processes of “assessment” and “care planning” in working with older people.   This paper will describe how this new way of talking and thinking has influenced service delivery and ways of engaging with older people. It will also examine the opportunities and challenges of using appreciative approaches across a diverse range of home and community care services in the state.
Poster Justine Lutterodt The Ethical Leadership Dilemma There is evidence that leaders in the corporate world with the strongest moral compass may also have the most trouble fitting in.  This hypothesis is substantiated with existing research and explored through a set of thirty interviews.  The resulting segmentation has implications for leaders and organisations striving to promote more ethical cultures.
Poster Karin Van Kesteren
Cora Reijerse
AI on the hot spots and the person of the facilitator. How do we facilitate teamlearning where their work or their internal communication is not always easy: The power of gerative relationships.We work with different kinds of teams:-     Conflictuous teams-     Teams that work ‘in the mud’In this paper we focus on our approach as facilitator: what in our character, our personal history helps us to be the rigth facilitator? What strength ded we develop from our history?In our paper we will describe several cases we are working on:1.     The original questions when our clients contacted us2.     The way how we examined these questions and helped our clients to formulate their goals and the results they expected3.     The proces we followed.4.     The results of these processesWe think that appreciatieve approach in learning an organising teams is facilitating to improve the efforts and internal communication. In this paper we elicit the working principles of our approach. How do our personal skills, our personality and our personal history help us to work on generative relations in these teams. Why do we act as we do?
Poster Dennis Fredrickx
Wouter Visser
Anne Spruyt
Woody Van Olffen
Using Appreciative Inquiry to improve a world-wide safety culture NINA is a worldwide safety program for a Dutch multinational. Our assignment – ‘help us improve our safety culture’ – includes the design and execution of the implementation strategy and interventions. In our poster we provide examples of how we applied AI-Principles for this (international) behavioral change program. And we provide our experiences with non-AI principles we adhere to. By using a mix of stories, theories and own experiences we want to communicate our most valuable lessons learned & insights.
Poster Paranjpey Neelima Appreciative Inquiry, Generativity & Collective Efficacy: Building the Generative Capacity of Organizations The goal of this conceptual paper is to understand the relationship between appreciative inquiry, generativity and collective efficacy in building the generative capacity of the organization. Generative capacity is the ability of organizational members to constantly inquire and question about organization’s functioning and come up with novel ways of improving and developing organizations. The paper postulates that generativity and collective efficacy are two necessary conditions for building generative capacity of the organization. And Appreciative Inquiry is transformational when it builds generative capacity in the organization. The paper proposes a model and develops propositions based on relevant literature.
Poster Paul Lee Appreciative Inquiry for Marriage Excellence AI is a powerful, systemic, strengths-based approach for developing stronger marriages.  Beginning with AI assumptions, couples are guided through the 4D cycle, discussing four Affirmative Topic areas: 1. Who are we?  How do we connect with each other?  3. How do we connect with others?  4. How can we make positive changes in all affirmative areas?  Positive questions focusing on their strengths highlight and magnify those strengths, generating positive ideas and ways to enrich their marriage with new attitudes and behaviors.  Latent strengths are awakened and new strengths are created resulting in increased cooperation, commitment, and improved interaction.  Couples learn to ask their own positive questions focusing on the explored and new areas in their marriage.  Staying positive about their marriage encourages the couple to build a more successful and satisfying marrriage.
Poster Antonio Sandu
Daniela Cojocaru
Appreciative ethic of care Ethic of Care is a theoretical model centered on interdependence of the actors involved in care. The ethic of care model takes into consideration the fact that certain communities and/ or individuals are more vulnerable than others, and should be given more attention in the care process. An ethical assessment of the impact of care is needed for these categories of persons. The Ethic of care model states the absence of a universal truth of self moral standards that must be taken into account in the process of care. This paper will focus on Self management and self-care skills development, as part of chronic care model. The practical implementation of these principles of ethic of care was taken into account regarding the doctor-patient relationship, from the perspective of the patient with chronic diabetes. In the analysis of categories we followed the interpretative grid for ‘self-perception of wellbeing’ and self-care management.
Poster Antonio Sandu
Simona Ponea
Ethical and Philosophical Appreciative Counseling Philosophical counseling proposes to transform lives, by rediscovering interrogative and interpretative dimension of human consciousness and its application to the everyday experience of metaphysical freedom implemented from the metaphysical plan into the social plan. Applied philosophy states in areas such as: psychosocial counseling, management strategies, ethical guidance, thus becoming part of social action. On one hand, the appreciative inquiry model has as an epistemological ground the principle of social connectivity and interdependence. Individuals are not only equipped with self-actualization potential which can produce social change, they are the very key in changing attitudes through attitudes they generate in social networks and the answers generated within these networks. The individual’s autonomy is, in the context of appreciative philosophical practice (counseling), represented especially through this self-actualization potential.
Poster Freddie Crous A Life worth living in the Overberg, South Africa The people of a village located in the picturesque Overberg in the Southern Cape of South Africa were devastated when one of their inhabitants – the wife of the local pub-owner – was murdered by another of its inhabitants.  When the incident took on an ugly racial colour the women of the village decided that restorative action was needed.  Someone suggested an Appreciative Inquiry (AI).This paper presents a case of how an AI encouraged a community to collectively focus on what gives life to their village (in spite of the fact that a life had been taken) – to envision and co-create a better future for all.  What made this case extraordinary was its scope and the challenges that were faced given the ‘boundaries’ that had to be crossed – especially those of racial, language and gender differences.  Nevertheless, none of the negative predictions made by the sceptics came true, and the event turned out to be truly restorative.
Poster Sigrid Winkel
Frank van Erkel
Ralph Weickel
Bringing Together Two City Districts that foster Growth and Nurture the Best of Each In 2009 Frank van Erkel was one of initiators of restructuring the governmental organisation of the city of Amsterdam. Frank was leading CEO for the merger of two city districts in Amsterdam with 125.000 inhabitants. In leading change he uses a combination of positive inquiry and creative problem solving.Frank will share how he used Appreciative Inquiry to engage individuals and groups in a dialogue about the potential of the merged district to serve both citizens and individual employees and guide participants of the workshop through the appreciative inquiry process he used to build his leadership team, engage his management team and combine two districts.  He reached across the two districts and listened to stories of aspiration, hope and dreams facilitating a process of self-selection to new positions and new ways to function in the merged environment. The merged district has as its focus the building of individual and districts strengths to deliver the best and consistent service to the citizens of the district.  He will highlight the best practice of engaging the whole in dialogue and share some of the conversations held and the forums used.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use these forms in a large-scale process to reach across organizations to build capacity for change and operate in a new environment.
Poster Lou Van Beirendonck The color of Talent is purple The impact of Appreciative Inquiry on the future of competency and talent management in organisations.PHD research-based paper
Poster Stefan Cojocaru Appreciative case management. Using the principles of Appreciative Inquiry in social intervention The article presents several approaches to social intervention in direct services for the vulnerable and disadvantaged persons. After reviewing the case management focused on resources and needs, results and objectives, the problem is presented vision of case management centered on appreciation. Changing the language used in defining and turns to face as one of the main beneficiaries of social services resources in producing positive change. Our study highlights the importance of language and perspective approach to social service recipients in obtaining commitment for positives changes.
Poster Annelies Poppe
Koen Joly
Conflictcoaching by walking Conflicts are part of life.We believe that global conflicts can be resolved by individual experiences.This paper is a proof of a practice that works.Inherent in conflicts is that we are stuck. It becomes very difficult to look at things in an appreciative manner. On top of that, inquiry becomes hard because our convictions fill up our mind.During our walking workshop we want to explore the things that help people to become appreciative again.We illuminate 3 topics that are important in the solution of conflicts.1. Empowerment.2. Your personal manual.3. Seeing the other person in an appreciative manner.
Poster Tobias Schueth Appreciative Inquiry in the Community Action for Health Programme in Kyrgyzstan The Community Action for Health Programme (CAH) in Kyrgyzstan is a countrywide program and part of the national health reform program. Presently (2011) there are about 1,500 Village Health Committees (VHCs), covering around 80% of all villages and over 2.5 million people.AI was introduced in this programme in 2009 in three ways. It was used for strategic planning by all VHCs; time was allocated in all meetings of staff and VHCs to share good stories; and all staff was encouraged to experiment with an appreciative view in all interactions with VHC members and among each other.The results regarding the VHCs were increased self-confidence, motivation, energy, and unity, resulting in a great increase in the number of own initiatives. Regarding the staff we noticed greater motivation and responsibility, improved skills to find creative solutions, and improved relationship among each other.
Poster Daan De Bruijn
Cora brink
Independent and self-reliance: the power of strenght based type of dialogue Changes taking place in the Dutch social care practice and policy are amongst others focussing on what can be done to enable people to lead an independent, good and fulfilling life the way people want it.In the poster showcase we will present a vivid image of what concepts like independence and self-reliance mean for the actual strength based dialogue between professionals and people using services, by means of stories, images and diagrams of-     central psychological theories like strength based theory and the circle of behavioural change of Prochaska and Diclemente-     methods and instruments like motivational interviewing and Family Group Conferencing-     examples of what this approach does with people, with their life stories.We will also briefly connect the interaction between individuals and what is needed in organisations and how this necessary change can be realised. Links with the AI approach are obvious.
Poster Alan Woods Creating a Quality Assured AI Practitioners Academy The spectre of clients and organisations scaling back their organisational development and HR spend due to the global recession means we have to work doubly hard to convince our clients that AI is not a soft and fluffy alternative. It can and does deliver greater organisational strength and performance.But how do we “prove” it does?This poster aims to suggest that perhaps now is the time for AI to grow up and that a professional academy should be established with practitioners having accredited skills, knowledge and experience based upon occupational standards and qualifications. By creating formalised tiers of practice we can, as internal or external consultants, leaders or change facilitators, sustainably embed AI in the businesses we work with or in. We must create the long term option for businesses to use qualified consultants and qualified internal staff to embed AI as the tool for sustainable growth.
Poster Yan Bello Appreciative Storytelling: Crafting Generative Conversations that Create Shared Meaning and Visions In today’s knowledge-based economy, experience-based information plays a critical role in most projects, business and societal decisions affecting success. In countless situations, the chances of success strongly depend on effectively tapping people’s implicit knowledge and experience to generate the appropriate motivation and attitude to sustain a culture of organizational performance and achieve project goals. To address these challenges, many organizations are relying on exploiting and cultivating organizational conversations and dialogues that foster creativity, innovation and participation. Discover an effective conversational-appreciative communication approach based on successfully combining Appreciative Inquiry with the ancient art of Storytelling to generate deep social/informal learning in projects, organizations and communities. Using appreciative storytelling as a collaborative search to identify and understand strengths and greatest potentials is experienced and reframed as an effective “how-to” way to co-create project visions, shared language/understanding around better practices, richer concepts and metaphors of success to create deep generative connections.
Poster Lieve Scheepers The CosmoGolem Bolderberg: about talent and resilience In 2009 I took the initiative to build a Cosmogolem, a wooden statue of artist Koen Vanmechelen, in our Flemish village Bolderberg. This arised from a desire to stimulate the dialogue around talent and resilience for a wide audience and especially for young people.The Cosmogolem is a statue that doesn’t communicate itself but invites to communication. The underlying belief is that every human being, every child, has the right to share his or her story with someone. Because only if you tell it your story gets filled in, obtains color and meaning.The 4 steps of the A.I. process have literally become “the road” to the artwork. A story portrayed, on what is possible if people are connecting as individuals on a shared desire. And how the A.I. thoughts deliver the supporting principles to obtain a beautiful generative process between many enthusiastic people.
Poster Justine Lutterodt The Hidden Challenges of Ethical Leadership Recently, in the wake of financial and environmental crises, there has been a renewed interest in ‘ethical leadership’ in the business world. But what does this really mean and why does there appear to be so little of it?This talk examines the evolution of the traditional concept of ethical leadership, along with its shortcomings, and suggests an alternative approach.
Poster Vicky Daniels AI in the world of horses; an ideal atmosphere for generative connection An ideal atmosphere for generative connection.Change happens when people truly come together. When they collectively gain new insights and create a positive future image. This momentum generates the energy to shift perspective and evokes the creativity to find opportunities, to help this future emerge into the present. There is great value in uniting two wreck braking models for change; Appreciative inquiry and Horse assisted development. In an interactive poster showcase supported by a visual storyteller, I will explain live how this perfect match comes into place.The world of horses an ideal atmosphere for generative connection. It is filled with respect, honesty and trust. Horse Assisted Development builds a mindset crucial for unrolling a successful AI process. It thrives on her power to bring a group truly to the present, connect them with their authentic self and develop the quality of their relationships. Working with horses will intensify the energy and vision generated in each AI phase. The trust in their power to really change is build. The base for a successful AI process is made.
Poster Claire Lustig-rochet Looking at MBTI type development with an Appreciative eye Self awareness tools such as the MBTI are often seen with a deficit based approach, driving us past our strengths to focus on our weaknesses. When exploring the implications of our MBTI profile we tend to dive into our least preferred function, looking at it as a source of problems to be overcome. Or we may discover our type without having the clues on how to make a deep meaning of it, we might then wonder ‘so what?’.In this workshop we will apply the generative power of AI to explore a deeper meaning of our preferences with an appreciative eye, i.e. looking at the assets of our type. Pre-requisite: to know one’s type.We will explore through paired interviews all our functions, and we will discuss lessons learned from a perspective of development being driven by life and energy giving forces.
Poster Mysore Ramachandra Traces of AI / Eastern Cultures This poster is an invitation to revisit the cultural anchors and ethos preserved over centuries and finds application in practice in natural way.
Poster Katrien Massa Appreciative Inquiry when love gets tough In this workshop we would like to inquire the value of AI in situations of conflict and interpersonal tension. As mediators we discovered a lot of AI in good mediation approaches. We want to offer participants the opportunity to look at their own conflicts more constructively and appreciatively. We will create a context in which participants can reflect and learn about handling tension and conflict by deep appreciative inquiry. We want to offer them a set of questions for relational practice especially adequate when interests seem to polarize.
Poster Julie Porskjaer
Maja Haslebo
Appreciative inquiry in a performance context This poster will present original ideas from our new book “Practicing Relational Ethics in Organizations”. We show how appreciative inquiry, relational thinking and successful handling of ethical challenges in organizations are closely linked. We unfold how moral obligations and entitlements exist in everyday spoken and written communication in organizations and thus how organizational members may work strategically to change such obligations and entitlements. We also unfold five moral compass points embedded in relational ethics which will greatly improve the quality of ethical reflection and dialogue and of moral action in difficult situations in organizations.
Poster Ilse Vanderstukken
Joep Nieuwesteeg
Young HR-students experiencing Appreciative Inquiry Students discover international HRM in a specific way. They use principles of AI to produce their international project.They choose their favorite countries of the world to start a virtual company. The purpose is to design the global HR-policy of this company. For interviews social media or e-communication tools are used.At the end of the project a meeting is organised where students of Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands deliver their own global HR-strategy.
Poster Pascal Van Loo
Lieven Callewaert
SAM: Social Architects of meaning. How to enhance the global Learning Village? Sam has been founded by Lieven Callewaert & Pascal Van Loo in 2011 to connect communities and organisations, aiming to enhance and support societal, ecological and economical transitions.Connectivity and connectedness, some of the basic values of Appreciative Inquiry were the inspiration for us to give ground to the initiative.With SAM, we want to shape the architecture of what a connected community for change means.With our poster, we want to present our results and findings in prototyping and building these new forms of collaboration, and invite the Appreciative Inquiry community to share their findings and thoughts on how we can further develop as a “global learning village”, where globally connected local communities make the difference in daily life, through the way we live, act, share and inter-act…
Poster Hilde De Man
Koert Eeckhout
Sofie D’ours
Annelies Maes
AI with focus on safety behaviour We guided 4 workshops in CRI Ghent to give their safety observation tours (walks and talks) a new boost. The aim was to make these tours more vivid and positive by asking good questions and having a good connection with the persons they have to observe.In giving them an example of questioning each other in a positive way we tried to make their walks and talks more acceptable and held in a good atmosphere. Instead of learning to give the good advises, they learned to ask positive, open questions to reflect on their safety behaviour. Furthermore, applying the method of AI resulted in an evaluation of the walks and talks and provided food for thought on how the tours could become a mutual learning process and become more effective.
Poster Gertruida Swanepoel
Mark Oranje
Albert Thomas Ferreira
Elsona Van Huyssteen
Exploring hope – Appreciating the unexpected stories This study explores what gives town planning students hope and positive actions towards the future. This study forms part of pre-hypothesis research for the project Imagining South Africa. This research’s Appreciative Inquiry application had a dual focus on what created hope through eliciting stories and the stories encapsulated by the individuals in photographic images. Appreciative Inquiry was used because it seeks positive notions about the future, within individual’s experiences or life worlds. This study focussed on the shared future perspectives and their implications for town planning. Town planning is inextricably linked to the future, and visions of a hopeful future. Noticeably all town planning students have stories of hope which embrace certain values some of which are shared values and has the possibility of creating a shared future. It becomes apparent that ordinary people in ordinary situations can create hope for themselves but also for others.
Poster Gladstond Xavier Gnanapragasam
Florina Benoit
Asking the right questions Objective:To enable the participants to understand the use of AI in organizational change using theatre.The workshop will consist of practical ways in which the participants are introduced to multicultural approaches to AI. This is based on the practical experiences of successof AI in South Asia in various settings.
Poster Bert Smits Network Participation hosts a generative process of giving meaning to the concept ‘participation’ We would like to do a poster presentation on our organisation: Netwerk Participatie vzw. For us it is a case about cross-boundaries cooperation between individuals and (their) organizations. The network gathers professionals that have an interest in co-creative processes. It is a platform that gives people the opportunity to initiate own initiatives in order to produces new insights on the field of participation as also initiatives, which aim to professionalize others.The network had already numerous activities such as large group conferences, a 6-day course, breakfast-meetings, publications on the topic…AI is for the network not only a method but also a way of thinking. We build our activities from this perspective via the sharing and examination of practices. That is also the perspective of our presentation. We believe that our network can be an interesting case but our also looking for ways to improve what we our doing.
Poster Orfee Melsen The You in U In this workshop the mediaproject work with Appreciative Inquiry in a neighbourhood of Utrecht is presented and a starting point for discussion. The title ‘the you in U’ refers to the best of a person connecting and creating changes in his/her living environment. Through AI the neighbour with its talents starts to create with others, changes the perception and makes changes from within. The working method is with AI as a philosophy through a cultural and media magnifying glass and people as agents of social change in the community. The workshop inquires the power of AI in building and re-connecting communities.Discussed topics are ‘Appreciative Inquiry as Philosophy and Fuel for Change’; ‘Culture and media as Sustainable Motors’; ‘Microwork and Macroresults’; ‘Using Media Interactively and for Perception Change’; ‘the Networked Digital Localist’; ‘Co-creation and Engagement in Building a Generative Community’; ‘The World of Words, but also Images, Sound and Inspiration’.
Poster Lisa Miller
Carol Carpenter
Appreciative Inquiry as a Foundation for Sport Collaboration The purpose of the study was to investigate sport leaders’ perceptions of collaboration needs of sport teams and their perceptions regarding the use of appreciative inquiry.  The research used an interview approach to collecting data.   Ten secondary school sport leaders were interviewed using a semi-structured format to allow for exploration of the topic.  Sport leaders were selected through case sampling.  Purposeful case selection of sport leaders was based on attaining diversity of the sample according to age, ethnicity, gender, and years of experience.  Participants completed a demographic questionnaire and provided responses to interview questions about their perceptions of sport leaders’ knowledge and openness to appreciative inquiry.   Data were analyzed and coded for themes.  Findings indicated that sport leaders held strong beliefs about the use of appreciative inquiry for collaboration.  They believe in benefits from collaborating more closely with other coaches and athletic directors to meet the needs of athletes.
Poster Mille Duvander
Stine Lindegaard
Creating a world Appreciative Inquiry community It is time to strengthen the relationships between practitioners of Appreciative Inquiry across the world. Everywhere in the world Appreciative Inquiry communities grow and people join in to learn, share, spread and develop their practices. Now it is time to make it easy for everyone in the world to connect and get access to the huge amount of resources that already exist in the world. We want to create a world wide access point where everyone can find practitioners and resources that can improve their own ability to apply Appreciative Inquiry to their challenges. We have three intentions with this poster: 1) to engage practitioners in sharing resources and connections worldwide, 2) to create an international breakout group of practitioners, who want to contribute to the creation of Appreciative Inquiry Community International and 3) to launch an the idea of an international Appreciative Inquiry Community.
Poster Juergen Berkessel
Robyn Stratton-Berkessel
Transforming content to be mobile, interactive, engaging and playful Our work is to faciliate organizations in formulating mobile strategies, and to design and build mobile apps that engage and interact with an increasingly mobile aware world.We practice the Appreciative Inquiry framework in all we do: how we engage and interact with clients as well as how we work with their content and shape their stories for mobile readiness. The transformation of static content to tablets and mobile devices leads to experiences that are tactile, dynamic and interactive, resulting in higher engagement, delight and a sense of wonder. We allow the curiosity and playfulness of children to be our inspiration in this still new, yet exponentially growing mobile market place.
Poster Annet van de Wetering
Anne Schacklady-Smith
Leif Josefsson
Co-creating a learning society, from improvement till innovation in adult education The project team represents the European network that is represents the community of practitioners, scholars, and client groups involved in AI and strength based change.The project seeks to strengthen the work already carried out in this network as well as ensure the dissemination and exploitation of the learning and development beyond the network – specifically aiming at the adult education sector.Through one conferences with 32 experienced practitioners, best practices are discussed, methods shared and formed the input of the E-book that is co-created together.

2 Responses to Program 27/04/2012 Poster Sessions

  1. Can you tell us about the poster environment? Are chairs or tables present or do we stand next or in front of our poster?

    looking forward to the congress,
    best regards,
    Cora Reijerse

    1. Conference Team says:

      Dear Cora,

      The poster will be available throughout the conference, starting from the 25th of April. Poster presentations will take place during the timeslot 16:30 – 18:30 on April the 27th. Participants of the conference will have the opportunity to walk around in a market place setting. Doing so conversations will arise around the posters and their authors next to it.
      No chairs or tables are needed for that, it’s a free ‘walk around and connect’ moment.
      Hope this suits as an answer to your question.

      Greetings,

      Conference Team

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