Introduction to AI: Creating What Will Be

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundreds of countries around the world. Appreciative Inquiry is a way of thinking, seeing, and acting for powerful, purposeful change in individuals, teams, and organizations.

Why is Participating in this Workshop so Important?:

With the current economy and the barrage of negative media that surrounds us, it is easy to lose sight of the good that transpires around us on a daily basis. Rather than fixating on the negative, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) provides an alternative approach that locates, highlights, and illuminates the life-giving forces within an individual, group, organization, or community.  By seeking out the best of ‘what is’ to help ignite the collective imagination of ‘what might be,’ Appreciative Inquiry aims to generate new knowledge that expands the ‘realm of possibility,’ and help individuals, groups and organizations envision a collective desired future and to carry forth that vision in ways that successfully translate images of possibility into reality and belief into practice. Appreciative Inquiry is proven successful in all human systems: individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Workshop Overview:

This two-day introduction Appreciative Inquiry (AI) workshop focuses on gaining an appreciation of Appreciative Inquiry and its applications.  By combining theory and practice, this experiential workshop provides participants with the skills to change their personal and professional relationships.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is curious about Appreciative Inquiry.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Learn the theory and research that support the process of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Practice strategies for using an Appreciative Inquiry process to enable innovative, creative personal and organizational change.
  • Understand the power of words and its ability to transform perception and reality.
  • Begin a personal paradigm shift from “what’s wrong to what’s right” and view the world from an appreciative lens.

Workshop Registration Includes:

  • Two days of experiential learning in a small, intimate setting led by experienced Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner(s).
  • Binder with workshop materials & reading
  • Light continental breakfast and lunch

Training Schedule and Hours:

This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience. Each day has a morning and afternoon session; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch.

Day One – Experiencing Appreciative Inquiry
Learn basic process and experience AI by participating in a facilitated Appreciative Inquiry led by experienced Appreciative Inquiry Trainers.

Day Two – Understanding and Living Appreciative Inquiry
Actively learn about the concepts, principles, theories and research as well as practice exercises you can take home to use Appreciative Inquiry in your personal and professional life.

We start each day on time and work diligently to maintain the schedule, honoring the commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.  Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. for continental breakfast and networking. The training sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Workshop Pre-Requisites:

  • There are no workshop pre-requisites.