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AI Foundations Workshop: Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change in Organizations | March 23-26

Mon, March 23, 2009

Target Audience: Practitioner
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Workshop Leaders:
Joanne Daykin and Catherine McKenna

This, hands on, learn by doing, in-depth workshop is designed for anyone seeking to obtain a solid grounding in the theory and practice of appreciative inquiry – e.g.- managers, consultants, human resource professionals, organizational and community facilitators - anyone concerned with minimizing resistance while achieving rapid change within human systems.

AI has been used very successfully with large change initiatives like program evaluation, restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, and for relational processes such as union/management relationship, diversity as an asset, and preparing the workforce to shift from hierarchy to horizontal team based processes. AI is particularly useful in turbulent environments.

Rather than just another technique or tool, AI is presented as a radically innovative approach to the whole field of organization development and community change. The program focuses on energizing positive change in organization/community direction and culture. Most importantly, this workshop grounds participants in the concept of the emerging paradigm and what it means to “be AI” rather than just “doing AI”.

Workshop Goals:
In addition to experiencing and examining the 5 “ D’s ” of the AI process (Definition, Discovery, Dream, Design, Destiny/Delivery),workshop you will:

• Appreciate the research, principles and practice of AI by experiencing each phase of the AI process (Definition, Discovery, Dream, Design, Destiny)

• Explore many case studies of AI as applied to Leadership Development, Strategic Planning and Implementation, Evaluation, Diversity, Process Improvement, Culture Change, Organization Redesign and other change agendas

• Practice appreciative question construction, interviewing, topic identification and reframing of problems to opportunities.

• Assemble the positive core of an organization/group and construct compelling images of the future. Experiment with translating the dream into systemic changes and engaging people in self organizing for implementation.

• Synthesize skills and theory by providing co-consultations and support on participants’ back-home applications
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Ph: 1.888.617.9909
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