Crisis, what crisis? (by Jac De bruyn)

Skills for Justice is a social profit organisation aiming at improving the skills of workers in security jobs. Facing a big loss of funding due to changing banking strategies, they faced their situation as a challenge for progression and qualitative growth. They embraced Appreciative Inquiry to create a better organisation, determined to meet the future confidently and positively. The affirmative topic was: “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” Four key factors seemed to underpin the best of Skills for Justice. (more…)

Inspired by Klaas van Egmond

This morning professor Klaas van Egmond got a standing ovation from the audience after his speech. People were captivated by his story. He gave meaning to these times we live in. “Opening richer values for others… Bridging opposites. That is what AI does.” he said. If that is so, asked Karin van Kersten, what does it mean for us as AI facilicators in our daily AI practice? How do we make AI practices part of creating a better world? How to connect on all levels: micro – meso – macro? Karin invited the audience to have a dialogue with her about these questions. Six people, including Klaas himself, fom India, Belgium, Slovakia and the Netherlands had a one and a half hour dialogue about the question: “What inspired you about Klaas’ contribution?”  Klaas kept supporting by adding more context and information over what he shared in the morning. One conclusion from the dialogue was that the crisis is still very real and serious in the world, but that we are still not really reflecting on “what is really important for the individual, or in organizational life, or for society?” What do you think? Have you made enough space?

 By Jeannette Schonewille

“Please, Stalk your Classmate”

“This week you will be secretly following Björn”, the teachers proposed. Make sure he never finds out you’re investigating him. Try to find out what his strengths are. At the end of this week, reveal to him that you were observing him and  give him a few strength-cards.” Yakov (17) and Björn (16) are taking a sabbatical year at the Arbeidsinstituttet Buskerud in Norway. Is it a special school? (more…)

“Societal Appreciative Inquiry: re-thinking human dignity and sustainability for re-inventing society”

In the dark plenary hall of the Ghent Convention Centre the album cover of Hotel California appeared, along with the beautiful tones of the Eagle’s evergreen. The audience sang along in a harmonious karaoke:

Mirrors on the ceiling,
the pink champagne on ice
And she said
we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’ (more…)

To The Essence Through Beauty (by Loubna Zarrou)

There was a special energy at the workshop on autobiographic stories and art. By exchanging stories by means of pictures and artworks, we saw a powerful way of getting to the essence of understanding and connection. This beautiful energy came from the combination of Eric Koenen and Lieve Scheepers… a combination of rich human knowing and storytelling magic. (more…)

Such a nice Social Evening

During the day it was raining. With a boat trip on the program in the evening, it could have been a catastrophe. Fortunately, the weather-gods were in Appreciative mood, because the sun started to shine to set the scene for a beautiful evening. (more…)