Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

Friday October 7, 2011 – Friday October 7, 2011

32 Elm Street

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Date: October 7, 2011 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

This workshop is an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry for people who have some facilitation experience and skills. The workshop is primarily experiential. We will begin by defining Appreciative Inquiry – a method of identifying and building on an organization’s strengths by telling stories of the organization at its best – and explaining why it can be more effective than traditional problem-solving-based planning methods. Next, participants will experience what it feels like to participate in two to three different simple Appreciative Inquiry activities. Finally, as a group we will pick a real-life situation from the work-life of the participants and design an Appreciative Inquiry intervention to address that situation.

A full-cycle Appreciative Inquiry summit involves four phases: Define, Discover, Dream, Design, and Destiny. This workshop will focus primarily on the Discover phase – looking at past experiences of success to draw out strengths – because it is the phase that can best stand alone and be effective on its own. We will also touch on the Define and Dream phases, to give a sample of what a more complete intervention can look like.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  • The definition of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • The advantages of positive, story-based planning methods over problem-based, abstract methods.
  • How to design story-based Appreciative Inquiry paired interview questions.
  • How to design a simple Appreciative Inquiry intervention based on an identified issue.


Participants will come away with:

  • An understanding of how Appreciative Inquiry works.
  • Skills for designing and facilitating a simple Appreciative Inquiry intervention.
  • A plan to apply these skills in their workplace.

Cost: $79.00

About the Presenter:

Alice Leibowitz has been teaching meeting facilitation for fifteen years. As Partner in Insight Unlimited, LLC since 2002, Alice facilitates planning meetings and dialogs for non-profits, grassroots organizations, and communities throughout Connecticut. Alice is trained in a wide variety of methods for getting people of different backgrounds and perspectives to hear each other, find agreement, and take joint action. Alice uses interactive, engaging presentation methods and keeps content relevant to people’s work.