Program 27/04/2012 Breakout Sessions PM

Present. type Session title Presenters Title Summary
Paper AI and care development Ronda Held Opening Doors:  Generating new connections to foster social inclusion. This paper will tell the story of a collaborative partnership that used an appreciative approach to address the issue of social isolation. Being isolated has the potential to impact on the health and well-being of marginalised groups in our community. By drawing on the strengths of the partnership, and seeking grass roots community members with a passion for including all people in the life of the community, the Opening Doors Program has been able to cultivate participant’s natural leadership skills to develop initiatives that foster social inclusion. This story has shown us that communities have rich resources within them.  By nurturing these strengths and making connections between people and groups community potential is realised.
Paper AI on country level Joeri Kabalt Curaçao, our nation: An Appreciative Inquiry on the future of Curaçao This study examines the working of Appreciative Inquiry in the context of the newly constituted country Curaçao. People on Curaçao were said to have a lack of an own identity, a lack of self-respect and an indifferent attitude towards the future of the island. In this study I worked with an Appreciative Inquiry approach rooted in a relational constructionist thought style, which opens up possibilities for change by locating change agency in ongoing processes that facilitate non subject-object ways of relating. A cooperative project was organised in the field, wherein fifty youngsters from Curaçao entered into conversations with their fellow inhabitants about the strengths and future of Curaçao. This case study shows that AI can be a valuable method for community development. People reacted to the invitation to engage in a positive conversation about Curaçao and became used to hopeful and appreciative ways of talking about their island and themselves.
Paper AI and care development Caroline Nicholson
Claire Goodman
Elspeth Mathie
Sarah Amador
Ina Machen
Working Appreciatively in End-of-Life Care: An intervention to promote collaborative working between care home staff and health care practitioners. This paper presents a modified Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach used to promote integrated working between socially trained care home staff and community based health practitioners. A modified AI intervention was devised to facilitate care home staff, the visiting General Practitioner and District Nurse to collaboratively develop End-Of-Life care for people with dementia.  The intervention; three one hour sessions over 6 months in three homes was evaluated using session transcripts, post intervention interviews, documentary audits and economic analysis.  Results demonstrated that AI fostered rapid engagement between participants who did not have a history of working together, increased advanced care planning activities and did not increase NHS costs. It is argued that a care home based intervention using a modified AI approach can effectively foster a shift in care home culture grounded in participant driven and context specific collaborative working practices that mitigate uncertainties inherent to end-of-life care of people with dementia.
Paper AI on country level Mark Oranje
Elsona Van Huyssteen
Putting Appreciative Inquiry in Service of Greater Intergovernmental Planning, Budgeting and Delivery in South Africa In this paper about a nationwide project to ensure greater intergovernmental collaboration and alignment in planning, budgeting and delivery in South-Africa, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is used in three ways: Firslty, an ‘appreciative analysis’ is done of the way in which AI was used in the project to (1) surface and consider the potentials and needs of different districts in the country, and(2) discuss and learn more about the individual and collective capabilities of the three spheres of government.Secondly, a series of semi-structures appreciative interviews is used to establish the value for government officials of looking at a district from an appreciative perspective, and not from the standard ‘problem-centred’ view.Finally, through a number of introspective deliberations, the change in the authors (who were both deeply involved in the project in variety of capacities) over the course of the project, is explored.
Paper AI on country level Rosalina Fuentes Appreciative Inquiry and Practice is Alive in the Philippines APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY  has journeyed  for  over  a  decade now  in  the Philippines.SAIDI School of Organization Development has spearheaded efforts to engage various industries — corporate, Church-based, education, government, and non-government organizations — in Appreciative Inquiry.  SAIDI has also created networks to promote AI, with the creation of the Association for Appreciative Inquiry. Beyond its local efforts, AI has now am ASEAN reach, the highlight of which was organizing the 1st Asian AI Summit in November 2010 that was participated in by more than 250 participants.Through sharing of sample cases, we can further strengthen and collaborate on similar undertakings to spread AI.
Paper AI and Care Development Tanya Heyns
Isabel Coetzee
A journey towards practice development for Rape survivors: an Appreciative Inquiry approach. Rape is a global concern and occurs in every culture and in all levels of society. The Federal Bureau of Justice estimates that 72 of every 100 000 females were raped in 2010 in South Africa.The South African National Management Guidelines for Sexual Assault (2005: 1) asserts that health care professionals’ has to respond to the health needs of the female rape survivors. Traditional methods used to evaluate practice remain locked into “problems” and focus on “what is not working” or “what is wrong”. In contrast, Appreciative Inquiry is utilised as an evaluation approach for organisational improvement and focus on achievements rather than problems.Based on the findings of the Appreciative Inquiry, the nurse practitioners will be able to enhance their practice by incorporating the views of female rape survivors pertaining to the management received, moving from a disease-orientated health care approach towards patient-centred care.
Symposia Marc Craps
Baribwegure Deo
Alexis Oviedo
René Bouwen
Art Dewulf
The potential of Appreciative Inquiry for multiactor collaboration in North-South development cooperation One of the core characteristics of development initiatives is that they have to cross a variety of boundaries (cultural, geographic, disciplinary, socio-economic) and they have to incorporate a variety of actors belonging to different sectors (NGO’s, governments, local communities, knowledge centres, business) to tackle the complex issues that development cooperation wants to resolve.The work hypothesis for this symposium is that according to the degree development initiatives can involve all relevant stakeholders by making use of Appreciative Inquiry, possibilities for success will increase.In the symposium panelists from the North and the South will analyze together with the participants best practices and experiences in development initiatives, to find out how Appreciative Inquiry contributes to involve all stakeholders meaningfully  throughout the whole process.Panel members from the North are René Bouwen and Art Dewulf and from the South Silvana Vargas (Peru) and Dolores Sucozhañay or Alexis Oviedo (Ecuador). The panel will be facilitated by Marc Craps, member of Cycloop (Netwerk Action-Research on Multactor collaboration for Sustainability).
Workshop Craftmanship Katia Van Belle
Ann De Winter
Ria Jacobs
Craftmanship in AI. What is the essence of craftmanship? How does it express itself when you work with groups or organizations? These are intriguing questions, and we would love to explore them with fellow practitioners.But words are so limited in what they can convey… So we started dreaming: “What if we could build a sculpture together, to express our vision of AI craftmanship? What if we would hand craftmans tools, and raw untouched materials to our fellow practitioners? What if we focus the conversation around wood, natural materials, rope, old metal, cloth, hammer and saw… and see what emerges?”The conversations will be sparked by thought-provoking interruptions… both at the start and during the workshop. This will further stimulate the discovery and broaden the perspective. And at the end of course we will visit each others work. And who knows… these installations might receive a special place at the conference site?
Workshop Self Nathalie Van Renterghem
Marc Breban
Leen De Koker
A.I. through the spirit of  improvisation theatre Improvisation players know how to embrace the unknown and trust the future to build stories together. Therefor they need to connect deeply to themself and what is around them. Improvisation is not, even if it often seems like that, about being witty and quick. It’s about being open to respond on possibilities, to focus on what is working and not on what might block the story. Impro players know with their body and their mind what it means to be in the ‘yes and’ mode.In this workshop we explore some so-called applied-improvisation exercises. More than on acting, the focus will be on connecting, focussing, yes-and and the deep fun of co-create.
Workshop Accross Org’s Ada Jo Mann
Christine Whitney Sanchez
Stakeholder Engagement: Connecting Strengths to Create Synergy and Scale An important driver of our work is the belief that the collective global challenges we face today ask for a multi-party and whole scale approach to change that brings together often improbable individuals and organizations to rapidly co-create the future they collectively desire. The AI Summit approach well serves this mandate as an engine of multi-stakeholder dialogue and inspired action.In this workshop several cases highlighting whole system dialogue and rapid strategy development that demonstrate the connecting and generative power of AI will be presented including: a consultation on the future of forests in Liberia, a common message for the U.S. vision care industry, and leadership in the Girl Scouts.In addition workshop participants will engage in an inquiry exploring their most empowering and innovative experiences with multi-stakeholder engagements and their hopes, innovations and visions for the next level of AI Summits for achieving synergy, scale and sustainable, inspired collaboration.
Workshop Within Org’s Aderonke Bademosi Wilson
Duranda Green
Gordon Johnson
A Small Nation Approach to Appreciative Inquiry (changing the conversation in Bermuda). The focus of the workshop will be to share with participants how Appreciative Inquiry is being used formally and informally in Bermuda. For the first time in its 400-year history, Bermuda is facing unprecedented social and economic challenges. The presenters have determined that Appreciative Inquiry is a critical tool to be used to help bring the community together and allow a nation to emerge stronger than ever.Appreciative Inquiry is being used in unique ways to quietly identify what is working and to highlight what has led to past community successes. The presenters will share how they individually and collectively are using Appreciative Inquiry.
Workshop Accross Org’s Daan De Bruijn
Willem-Jan de Gast
Saskia Van Grinsven
Stefanie Lap
AI as building blocks for co-creation and connecting strengths in local civil society The goal of this workshop is to introduce and share the experience of the “Marketplace” as an event or intervention which can be used specifically for co-creation and connecting strengths in local civil society in communities around the world.We start by briefly introducing the concept of the “Marketplace”: an event where supply and demand for voluntary work, in the broadest sense of the word, are traded. The aim? As many matches as possible. These matches concern the use of people, knowledge, access to networking, materials and equipment, creativity or facilities. In order to achieve matches, it is important for both parties to know exactly what they need and what they can offer.In the main part of our workshop participants experience the concept of the marketplace. Divided into two parties they will try to match supply and demand with a person/organisation of the other group. In this concept of the marketplace there’s no exchange of money. The workshop facilitators play the role of social brokers (matchmakers). They will support both parties in bringing together supply and demand.
Workshop Craftmanship Arno Vansichen
Myrielle Meeus
Bert Verleysen
FireWorks! Appreciative coaching What can Appreciative Inquiry mean for our work with long-term job-seekers and workers, often without much education or living in neighbourhoods where the problems just keep piling up?  How can we, even in difficult circumstances, still help them to find their energy and use it to develop a motivating picture of the future? Stebo and Evenwicht remodeled ‘AI’ into ‘FIREworks’ in order to have an applied AI-coaching-method that fits with the experiences and interests of people in deprived living situations.In this workshop, it’s all about creativity. FIREworks encourages the creative skills of coachees. Maybe creativity is one of the most important skills-to-have for people who really want to make their way up to a life and a sustainable job that ‘fits’. We will open up our connected creativity in a sparkling meeting.
Workshop Self Justine Lutterodt ‘Channelling’ – Facilitating a Paradigm Shift through Coaching This workshop explores ‘channelling’, a specific conceptual approach to coaching clients.  It runs through two client cases and then provides an exercise where participants can apply this approach to their own lives.
Workshop Accross Org’s Philippe Belien
Neena Verma
Sankarasub Ramanyan Ramamoorthy
Towards a Generative, Inclusive and Connected WAIC 2014. Over the years, the WAIC has emerged as an institution offering us opportunity to harness our collective strengths and aspirations.  Leveraging this strength, we would like to design a sustainable process framework for future WAIC and prepare for the rigors of organizing it. This workshop invites the past, present and aspiring anchors of successive WAICs along with all others to dream a globally shared and co-created design of future WAICs … a design that captures the hopes, aspirations, ideas and energy of every single AIer from all parts of the world.The presenters seek to facilitate the mapping of ‘positive core’ of WAIC journey so far and the articulation of a provocative proposition for future WAICs. The particular focus would be WAIC 2014. So far the Indian AI community has explicitly shared their dream for WAIC 2014; and their deep connect with AI. The spirit and philosophy of AI is highlighted as an essential element of Vedic wisdom, eloquently captured in the Upanishad sloka –Suresh Shrivastava’s contribution is India’s other connect with AI. India’s vibrant AI network ( has shared its dream to host WAIC 2014 in India … to bring AI to its cradle; to co-learn & co-create generative connections, and to honour Suresh Shrivastava, the guiding spirit to David Cooperrider in his quest and discovery of AI.The workshop seeks to invite other AI communities/networks from across the world to share their similar dreams, and join the process of co-constructing a compelling and sustainable process framework for designing and organizing  future WAICs and co-adopting the vision and venue for WAIC 2014.
Workshop Within Org’s Jan Laurijssen
Johan Ceulemans
Kirsten Florentie
HR Management: Going for touch! What does rugby learn us about HR management? It is all about knowing the strengths of your team, creating space for your players, passing the ball at the right moment at the right time, tackle if necessary … But what is even more important: touch and contact!By joining the workshop, you will experience our “touch and contact HR”. Together we will dream and discover how the AI philosophy can be integrated in HR management.