Innovation & Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Images, Positive Action
Special Video Issue: This is an innovative video essay issue of AI Practitioner documenting 13 stories that show the creative ways in which people use Appreciative Inquiry in their work and their lives to tell their stories.
Guest Editors: Joanne Daykin, Lisa Hirsh and Ada Jo Mann, Innovation Partners International
Sponsor: The Taos Institute
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This is an innovative video essay issue of AI Practitioner documenting the creative ways in which people use Appreciative Inquiry in their work and their lives to tell their stories.
Watch short clips of the 13 case stories featured in this special issue on a YouTube playlist.
Section 1 – Engaging People in Strategy and Improvement
Video 01 – An Innovative Approach to an Innovative Company by Bernard Tollec
Philips Automotive Lighting needed a way to involve employees. Using a strengths-based approach was a successful innovation both in the automotive industry, and in France.
Video 02 – The Energetic Learning Campus by Lesley Lahaye and Larry Espe
Asset-based conversations help create the best new high school campus possible for a Canadian community.
Video 03 – Living Well with Dementia by Julie Barnes and Jill Guild
Living well with dementia requires compassion, common sense, flexibility and creativity. Everyone needs to be involved to have the best possible outcome, especially those at the heart of the issue: those with dementia and their carers.
Video 04 – Working Together to Put Living First by Jennifer Carson, Josie d’Avernas and Dan Sherman
Deep changes are needed to make long-term care homes humane and life-affirming.
Section 2 – The Power of Stories
Video 05 – Spreading Sparks: Stories from Core Physicians by Lisa Hirsh
A team of front-line staff, nurses and administrators come together for a bold experiment in capturing stories of the ‘extraordinary inside the ordinary’.
Video 06 – Choppin’ it Up by Kristen Bodiford
Through Choppin’ it Up youth created meaningful stories about their lives, hopes and dreams that build bridges to positive social action.
Video 07 – Back on My Feet by Suzanne Quinney
An innovative program that is helping homeless hostel residents get back on their feet and avoid ending up back on the streets.
Video 08 – Using Our Influence by Nance Ackerman, Nancy Ross, Joan McArthur-Blair and Jean Morrison
Addressing the challenges of using AI to find a forum to discuss hidden epidemics negatively affecting the lives of women living in rural Canada.
Section 3 – Innovative Approaches to Using Appreciative Inquiry
Video 09- Footfeet by Carmen Muñoz de Bustillo, Maria Dolores Garcia Hernandez, Carolina Martín Vázquez, Carolina Martín Vázquez, Manuel Clayseed, Maria Fernández Marín and Sara Cerdeña Rodríguez
Using metaphor and play (and no words!), this video illustrates three community experiences with AI.
Video 10 – Essays in Two Voices by Madelyn Blair and Mike Sands
A simple, robust, innovative process that can be used at many points in an AI intervention, offering different perspectives on the same question.
Video 11 – I Love My HSL by Robert Ladd and Barbara Rochen Renner
The authors share the lively world of the University of North Carolina’s Health Science Library.
Video 12 – Appreciative Inquiry Learning Circles by Jackie Kelm
Appreciative Living Learning Circles, a program that anyone can facilitate, teaches the application of AI principles in daily life.
Video 13 – Scaling Up AI With Generative Journalism by Jennifer Neutel, Peter Pula and Michelle Strutzenberger
For eight years Axiom News has been experimenting with AI practices as applied to journalism, looking for a way to contribute meaningfully through their work.
We hope you enjoy these video stories, as we have. The taste of innovation that they reveal leads us to think we shouldn’t wait too long for another edition on innovation. There are many stories of AI and innovation to be told. What’s yours?
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