Activating Citizen-Driven Communities with Appreciative Inquiry

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February 12 at 4:30 pm to March 4 at 7:00 pm PST - Virtual Event

SUPPORT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WITH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a highly effective change model that supports community development efforts by inviting community members to engage in meaningful discussions that identify strengths, create shared visions, develop strategies, and inspire action for change.

AI’s inclusive design builds collective capacity by pooling the community’s knowledge, experience, and strengths in generating new opportunities. Through the art of positive inquiry, community members come together in a collaborative search for strengths, passions, values, and actions which facilitates citizen-driven actions and change. Drawing on these strengths, AI empowers communities and its citizens to chart a path to turn their vision into reality.

“The interactive activities and thought-provoking discussions encourage participants to think critically and apply concepts in practical scenarios. Her success in achieving valuable insights from participants is undoubtedly attributed to her approach, passion, and knowledge.” – Anna Pijaca (Research and Engagement Manager | City Experience and Engagement, Local Council).

Learn how Appreciative Inquiry can renew energy and hope and inspire action in communities you belong to, work with, and serve.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

After completing Activating Citizen-Driven Communities with Appreciative Inquiry, you will be better able to:

  • Understand how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and strengths/asset-based approaches can be applied to community development work.
  • Confidently question and challenge deficit-based community development practice and introduce strengths-based, Appreciative Inquiry approaches to foster citizen driven communities.
  • Identify and appreciate assets and strengths and elicit positive stories to discover what strong in our communities.
  • Formulate and ask powerful, positive, and generative questions.
  • Intentionally seek new ways of understanding, defining, labelling, and interacting with people and groups we work with.
  • Apply AI tools and practices for community conversations, engagement, and planning.
  • Positively impact their organization by introducing concepts and practices that enhance the capacity of staff to work more effectively with communities.

EVENT DATES AND TIMES:

SESSION 1

SESSION 2

SESSION 3

SESSION 4

Western Hemisphere

Monday

February 12, 2024

4:30pm-7:00pm PST

7:30pm-10:00pm EST

Monday

February 19, 2024

4:30pm-7:00pm PST

7:30pm-10:00pm EST

Monday

February 26, 2024

4:30pm-7:00pm PST

7:30pm-10:00pm EST

Monday

March 4, 2024

4:30pm-7:00pm PST

7:30pm-10:00pm EST

Eastern Hemisphere

Tuesday

February 13, 2024

8:30am-11:00am HKT

11:30am-2:00pm AET

Tuesday

February 20, 2024

8:30am-11:00am HKT

11:30am-2:00pm AET

Tuesday

February 27, 2024

8:30am-11:00am HKT

11:30am-2:00pm AET

Tuesday

March 5, 2024

8:30am-11:00am HKT

11:30am-2:00pm AET

TRAINING SESSIONS:

This course consists of four (4) virtual sessions that will provide key insights, learnings, and tools that you can apply in your community development work. Click the title of each session below to display the topics that will be covered during that session.

TOPICS COVERED DURING THIS SESSION:

  • An Appreciative approach to community development.
  • The Paradigm Shift: Traditional/Deficit approach Vs. Appreciative/Asset Based Community Development approach.
  • AI principles – Guiding our work with communities.
  • How we see our Communities (Psychological theories -The Pygmalion Effect, Heliotropic Effect in the Context of Working with Marginalised/Disenfranchised/Disadvantaged communities).

TOPICS COVERED DURING THIS SESSION:

  • Flip the Script: Reframing Problems to Create Possibilities/Opportunities.
  • Words Create Communities – the Power of Language & Words in creating Thriving Communities.
  • Shifting Perceptions:
    • Challenging Negative/Derogatory labels.
    • Cultivating Stories and Successes.

TOPICS COVERED DURING THIS SESSION:

  • Discovering Strengths & Assets: Igniting Sparks in People & Communities.
  • Appreciative Inquiry Questions & Conversations: formulating and articulating generative and positive questions.
  • Soliciting Positive Stories and Finding Out What Works.

TOPICS COVERED DURING THIS SESSION:

  • Community Consultations and Conversations: Applying an Appreciative Inquiry approach for Citizen-Centered outcomes.
  • AI 5D cycle for implementing community actions, plans, and change.
  • Open Space Technology: highly participatory, inclusive, and collaborative method for large group/community meetings.
  • Commitment Wall.

DESIGNED FOR:

This course is ideal for:

  • Community development, engagement, and consultation workers and practitioners.
  • Individuals that work with specific community groups (e.g., youth, family support, seniors).
  • Students and graduates interested in working in community.
  • Entrepreneurs and organizations interested in their social impact, creating a community footprint, and supporting their communities.
  • Anyone who volunteers, works with, or serves the community in some capacity to improve the development and capacity of communities.

PROGRAM OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

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WANT TO TRAIN A TEAM OR GROUP?

This course can be delivered for groups and organizations who wish to train a large number of individuals who wish to support their community development efforts with appreciative inquiry. Please complete the CONTACT US form to receive more information about hosting a private course for your group.

Event Registration

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Registration Includes

Your paid registration includes:

  • Four (4) live 2.5-hour learning and practice.
  • Downloadable templates and handouts in a soft-copy booklet (covers all 4 sessions).

AI Practitioners

Zizi Charida has worked in the community development space for over 25 years. Both a community development practitioner and qualified trainer, Zizi specialises in Asset Based Community Development and Appreciative Inquiry, both very similar methodologies that challenge the traditional deficit/service-based model.

Zizi also the Founder & CEO of Community Minds, a community development organisation based in Sydney. Community Minds have delivered education programs for children, young people and diverse community groups with a focus on building their skills and efficacy in affecting positive change in their communities.  Zizi is a community innovator dedicated to delivering and supporting creative out of the box solutions that leverage the strengths and assets of communities. Learn more about Zizi.

Event Cost

Registration Fees are $490.00 USD

Organizer

Kelly Stewart
Email:
Kelly@CenterForAppreciativeInquiry.net

Venue

Virtual Event