Program 28/04/2012 Breakout Sessions AM

Present. type Session title Presenters Title Summary
Paper AI Craftmanship Development Stefan Cantore Scaling up the capacity of the consulting community to practice conversational approaches to development – emerging lessons from work-based appreciative inquiry. This paper shares the early learning from my doctoral research project which aims to develop a framework for Conversational Consulting through personal and collaborative inquiry and practice. My working definition of Conversational Consulting is contracted, helping relationships through which people skilled and knowledgeable in conversation as a change process work with clients to create conversations that make a positive difference to businesses/organisations.My research is moving to its next phase with the engagement of clients through Appreciative Interviews and the wider global consulting community. This paper offers the headlines and the emerging generative questions which I hope will stimulate a conversation about how we can individually and together grow in our appreciation and practice of Conversational Consulting.
Paper AI in different research modes Bert Verleysen
Frederik Van Acker
The Impact of Appreciative Inquiry on Employee Work Engagement Explained through Basic Psychological Needs and Motivation Appreciative Inquiry (AI) provides a sound paradigm for transformational change in organisations. Questions still remain about what turns AI into an effective method. This paper reports a quantitative study that investigates the relation between key aspects of AI, namely connectedness and appreciation, and work engagement. It is conjectured that, through fulfilling basic psychological needs, AI key aspects nurture intrinsic motivation, hereby impacting on work engagement. Based on the responses of employees working in organizations whether or not characterized by systematic AI-practices, we explore if a higher level of self-reported connectedness and appreciation improves the level of work engagement, and if there is a mediating effect of intrinsic motivation and basic psychological need satisfaction on this relation between AI and work engagement.
Paper AI in different research modes Stefan Cojocaru Appreciative supervision. Effects of appreciative supervision on the social practices The paper presents the analyse how social workers results are influenced by the appreciative supervision, we initiated an experiment in which we aimed to measure the results of their activities with beneficiaries. The results were tested in two different approaches: one focused on the problem and the other centered on appreciation.We chose a pair of similar cases in terms of the child’s risk of abandonment and we managed each of them differently, according to opposing views on supervision; the results showed that the desired changes can be brought about more easily when using appreciative supervision. Beyond measurement advantages of using appreciative supervision, the experiment highlights disadvantages to focus on the problem, measuring small effects obtained in this perspective. The research results help us identify new visions of social intervention designed to solve social problems, refining language and achieve the desired results.
Paper AI in different research modes Ana Caras Appreciative speech in supervision practice Article aims to identify the level of appreciativeness of the specialists regarding the supervision relationship at the level of the speech of interviewed specialists in a qualitative research developed by a specific methodology Grounded Theory into an elite  NGO of child protection in the North East region of Romania. We try to identify the elements of appreciative thinking, analyzing supervisee and supervisor’s speech, using Cooperrider’s model, known as the 4 D model. To determine how experts perceive the process we proposed a secondary analysis, a supplementary appreciative inductive coding, through the already existing Grounded Theory coding, just to expose that this method can identify inductive categories based on an appreciative discourse.Key questions of conducting this action can be formulated as it follows: Is the supervisor-supervisee relationship seen in a positive view, in terms of appreciativeness by specialists? How does this approach influence the organizational effectiveness and professional and personal development of specialists?
Paper AI in different research modes Heike Aiello
Using appreciative inquiry, what can we learn from the activities of
spiritual counselors in hospitals with regard to employee-motivation?
An Exploratory Study on Reframing the Field of Activity of the Spiritual Counselor in Modern-Day Society”As part of a PhD research, the author is collecting appreciative stories of spiritual counselors (also known as health-care chaplains) in Dutch hospitals. The starting hypothesis is that in addition to the traditional patient care, spiritual counselors have also gained impact as expert, advisor, facilitator, inspirator, and personal coach on organisational level.Modern spiritual counselors, given their educational and professional profile, are ideally fit to fulfill a more prominent role in intrinsic employee motivation and well-being.?In first appreciative pilot-interviews, successful examples of interventions of spiritual counselors in Dutch hospitals have been collected. This insight bears important potential, as many organisations are struggling with questions of the very domain of spiritual counseling, such as spirituality, meaning, ethical business practices, happiness, connectedness, trust, reflection, inclusion, and quality of life. In short: this paper explores a practical example of ‘life-giving cross-boundary connection’.
Paper AI Craftmanship Development Mauricio Puerta
Isabel Wong
Cecilia Maldonado
Taking Enough Time: Back to Basics of the AI Summit.The story of the first Summit in Peru. In 2010, Nextel Peru embarked in a companywide process to reignite employee engagement, foster empowerment and develop capacity to respond to new technological and commercial challenges. This process led to the first AI Summit ever conducted in Peru.  In October 2011, four hundred members of the organization and 60 external stakeholders gathered for 3 days identifying critical areas for action and developing prototypes to respond to the identified needs and opportunities, ranging from personnel issues to technological solutions.The Summit was the culmination of a 10 months journey of inquiry and organizational learning which touched all levels of the organization.  The main character of this story is the Steering Committee (S.C.) and the plot is the impact they had in the organization as they prepared the AI Summit, which they called “The Passion to Create Nextel”.This case illustrates the making of an AI Summit as an organizational intervention to foster employee engagement, organizational capacity and empowerment through the development of an empowered and active S.C. It also highlights the importance of taking enough time to: define the work, build an empowered steering committee, spread the inquiry, make meaning of the inquiry, hear everybody in the room, and time to learn from the process; in the preparation and delivery of an AI summit in order to truly co-create a new organizational reality.
Paper AI Craftmanship Development Pascal Van Loo
Lieven Callewaert
Erik Mathijs
Learning for Transition: Lessons learnt from a Community of Practice on Transition Management in Flanders (Belgium) Since 2000, Transition Management is used as a comprehensive approach for addressing complex sustainability issues first by Dutch and later also by Flemish government.This paper reports on a Community of Practice (CoP) that has been set up in 2011 from an appreciative perspective connecting the various Transition Management agents that are active in the Flemish transition ecosystem to create a collective action learning environment. The CoP assembled actors from government, knowledge institutions, civil society and the private sector who have taken up leading roles in various transition initiatives.In this proposal we would like to formulate an answer to these questions from at least 4 perspectives: the initiator Ilse Dries, academic action research by Prof. Dr. Erik Mathijs, facilitators perspective brought by Lieven Callewaert and the entrepreneurial perspective by Pascal Van Loo.
Symposia Cora Reijerse
Sarah Lewis
Bernard Tollec
Peter Bach Lauritzen
Karin Van Kesteren
Cora Reijerse
The craftsmanship of experienced european ai practitioners as team facilitators Teams, the 5D cycle and beyond.How do we as practitioners facilitate the growing of generative relations in teams? How do we help the teams to be inspired to fulfil their destiny to contribute to the innovation, process & quality improvement, or cultural and communication change in their organisations.We present several stories selected from five European countries: Denmark, Greece, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands about successful connecting and aligning of team members. During our presentation: We will highlight the approaches used, the steps, tools, the personal principles and rules of thumb of the facilitators. We will spotlight the AI principles and additional strength based perspectives like the STAR model.We’ll combine a panel discussion with an interactive discussion with the visitors. The main question will be: How do we facilitate generative relations, both in teams and in this symposium? We will work with the answers to generate new lines of thought.
Workshop Craftmanship Jennifer Rosenzweig
Cheryl Duvall
D is for “Deliberation”: Expanding the AI Model to promote new paths for deeper dialogue and reflection Many elements contribute to the success of an Appreciative Inquiry Summit, and among them is the quality conversation that emerges from the intensity of the multi-day session.  But some clients are reluctant to take the time away from their daily business, and so we began  to experiment with alternative formats based on shorter meetings over time, while still designed to spark the same level of reflection.  Our efforts resulted in the addition of a new step, which we refer to as “Deliberation”, and which comes after Dreaming.  During Deliberation, we invite the organization’s membership to think about their affirmative topics and Dreams, using creative assignments and communications.  All of this serves as a bridge to the subsequent steps and enriches conversations both inside and outside sessions.  There is much more to learn about Deliberation, though, so join us as we experiment with its potential using dialogue and the creativity of digital tools.
orkshop Craftmanship Washundara Joshi
S. Ramamoorthy
Discovering the Universe within Self: Generative conversations to discover our deep connections This workshop is about experiencing deep connections and answering the call for deep collaboration through generative conversations.  These conversations are about our stories, our light, our shadows and our dreams. Through these conversations, we plunge into the unknown to discover the power, the energy and possibilities hidden in the shadows.
Workshop Within Org’s Lut Brenard
Erwin De Bruyn
Nicole Meeusen
Hilde Van Ransbeke
GiovannaTabili
Frank Maleszka
An Kempeneers
How Appreciative Inquiry Created Positive Change at all Levels of the Organization of Stebo Stebo introduced Appreciative Inquiry in its own organization and created a positive change through a fusion of strengths, at both the personal and organizational level and in our relationships with our partners. This approach enables Stebo to realize its mission as stated in the baseline “working for society”. Appreciation involves attention and recognition for values. We strive to recognize the best in people and the community. Stebo aspires to strengthen a democratic society, one in which people contribute according to their abilities and ambitions. Appreciative Inquiry is a learning process, stimulating curiousity, openess and new possibilities. The discovery and fusion of our strengths elevated and extended the capacity of our organization to adapt, learn, grow and enhance its performance.The participants of this workshop  will have the opportunity to hear seven different AI-processes occurred at different levels of the organization. We will explain it  via a method of speeddating.
orkshop Within Org’s Matthew Moehle
Marjorie Schiller
Interact! Intergenerational Dialogue for Innovation Innovation in businesses, universities, school, and communities is inextricably linked to the capacity these systems have to combine, leverage, and maximize the personal and generational strengths of all members within the system. In order to discover the collective exponential potential of individuals, organizations must use practices to uncover and elevate the unique perspective and experience of members of multiple generations. This workshop will focus on sharing our intergenerational experiences and the research on success indicators from multigenerational activities conducted in schools and universities, businesses, and communities.  In addition to the presentation of research and experiences, this session will use narratives, dialogues, video, and engage the audience in “plerk” (play and work) in order to build our collective understanding of how we can all better use intergenerational dialogue for innovation.
Workshop Accross Org’s Leif Josefsson
Rafael ole Moono
Ruth Nesje
Metafari – Generative space for adaptive Self Reflection Metafari started as a metaphorical conversation about waterholes in a web project, then became a Metafari  in Tanzania, inspired Kate Coutts to create the Metasaga in Shetland and spread to Orkney and Scotland.The workshop will be facilitated by Leif Josefsson and Rafael ole Moono and will invite the participants to the waterhole, the mangrove tidal swamp and the termite mound in the Maasai boma in Nanyogie.We will use video to invite the participants into these metaphorical places where we will tell the story about our project and invite to participation and co-creation. Rafael, a Maasai community motivator and facilitator from Tanzania.  Leif, a pioneer in Internet collaboration from Sweden, who has been holding the space for the European AI Network – Begeistring Community.Our project is in close collaboration with Tanga International Competence Centre (TICC) – founded on the principles of AI by Ruth Nesje and her husband Odd .
Workshop Accross Org’s Lars Opdal
Bjorn Hauger
Ingebjørg Mæland
How cross organizational cooperation on Appreciative Inquiry lead to changes on local, regional and national level in Norway In this workshop we’ll share our experiences with using Appreciative Inquiry with youth at risk. Cooperation on this has lead to extensive development of a variety of tools. We’ll present and share our experiences with these tools.
Workshop Craftmanship Lindsey Godwin
David Cooperrider
Positive Organization Development: Innovation-inspired Change in an Economy and Ecology of Strengths In this interactive workshop, David Cooperrider and Lindsey Godwin will facilitate a dialogue on the emerging field of positive organizational development. Come learn about their new framework for Innovation-inspired Positive Organization Development (IPOD). Discover how the converging fields of Appreciative Inquiry, positive organizational scholarship, positive psychology, design theory, and the rise of sustainable enterprises are informing IPOD. Explore the theory of change underlying IPOD, including the three stages for creating strengths-based organizational innovation: 1) the elevation-and-extension of strengths, 2) the broaden-and-building of capacity, and 3) the establishment of the new-and-eclipsing of the old. Using examples from AI summits we have conducted around the world, we will describe how these stages unfold. You will be invited to join in the discussion with your own examples and to collaboratively explore how we can build an agenda for evolving the field of IPOD together as an ongoing community of practice.
Workshop Self Mille Duvander
Stine Hansen
Appreciative Embodiment- Interactive Workshop We would like to present our further work with Appreciative Embodiment. At WAIC in Nepal 2009, we presentet our academic development of AI from an embodied perspective. Since then, we have been working professional with the perspective in different organizations in Denmark. We work with the implicit position of the body in AI, and turn it into a conscious part of people and organizational development.
Workshop Accross Org’s Joan McArthur-Blair
Jeanie Cockell
Critical Appreciative Inquiry In this workshop participants will explore and engage in the ways in which working for emancipation around diversity, power, privilege and difference intersect with the practice of appreciative inquiry. Critical Appreciative Inquiry (CAI) is an emerging theory grounded in social constructionism, the principles of AI and draws into that work critical theory and transformative practices in order to create inclusive spaces. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Critical Appreciative Inquiry as an emerging theory through story and case study; experience the process; take away ideas to integrate into their own AI practice.

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