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Appreciative Inquiry Foundations, Lincoln, UK | Sept. 13-17

Mon, September 13, 2010

Theory, Practice and Application


Sponsored by: Lincoln Workshop Series
Presenters: Jane Magruder Watkins and Mette Jacobsgaard
Location: Lincoln, United Kingdom

This LIMITED ENROLLMENT workshop is designed for managers, human resource professionals, organisational and community facilitators, from corporate, governmental and charitable, not-for-profit organisations. - anyone who wants to get a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry.

Developed over the past decade, this workshop uses an experience-based model that prepares consultants to work with AI in client systems and prepares leaders and managers to use AI for working with organisation and community change.

Rather than just another technique, AI is presented as a radically innovative approach to facilitating change. Illustrations of this constructive approach to organisation transformation will be drawn from work with small and large corporations, with communities, and with international organisations addressing global issues of trans-boundary concern.

This in-depth workshop will cover both the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. Special attention will be given to the power of positive questions; the simultaneity of inquiry and change; the function of narrative and metaphor in human systems transformation; how to deal with spiralling vocabularies of human deficit, how to create alignment across functional, generational, cultural and technical boundaries; and how to build global organising capacity to meet the challenges of the next millennium. In addition to becoming familiar with tools for applying AI in organisations, workshop participants will:

  • Receive support in actually practising appreciative topic identification, question construction, interviewing skills, grounded visioning, translating the vision into innovative processes, practices, roles and structures and implementing for sustainability

  • Work through case examples of actual Appreciative Inquiry consulting projects that are brought by other participants

  • Become familiar with the multi-disciplinary principles, research and theory base of AI

  • Develop their ability to apply the AI framework to a variety of interventions such as: Strategic Planning, Internal Auditing, Organisational Redesign, Mergers, Teambuilding, Programme Formulation and Evaluation, and Diversity.

  • Learn how to introduce this strikingly different approach in ways congruent with AI philosophy.

The workshop will be held at the Lincoln Hotel, which stands at the heart of the medieval city of Lincoln, facing the ancient cathedral.

Lincoln is reachable by train (3 hours from London) from throughout the UK, by road, and by air at Humberside International Airport. For those flying from abroad, KLM flies directly from Amsterdam to Humberside international airport. Upon receiving your registration, we will provide further travel details as required.

For registration before 1st July, the “early bird” fee will be £1300,-for corporations, £ 1000,- for public office holders and £ 900,- for independent practitioners and smaller NGOs .

After 1st July the fee will £1500,- for corporations, £ 1200,- for public office holders, and £ 1100 for independent practitioners and smaller NGOs.

There will be a maximum of 20 participants in this workshop. Places will be allocated based on receipt of your full registration incl. payment of a deposit.

We recommend early registration for this workshop as it tends to be popular and accommodation in Lincoln is often booked during the autumn.

In order to reserve your place in the workshop and arrange for a deposit, please contact Mette Jacobsgaard, on e-mail [email protected]  (Note that your deposit should be with us by 1st July to qualify for the reduced rate). The remainder of the course fee should be paid by 1st August.

The workshop is facilitated by

Jane Magruder Watkins and Mette Jacobsgaard.

The workshop qualifies as part of the NTL Appreciative Inquiry Track. www.NTL.org

Registration and Contact Information:

Mette Jacobsgaard
Lincoln Workshop Series
Email: [email protected]
Main Phone: +44 1652 648 822