Relational Practice Videos

The Relational Series – A series of videos focused on relational practice and theory. See the whole series – click here.

Jane Watkins: Origin of Appreciative Inquiry

In 2009 a conference called Constructing Worlds were held in Copenhagen. Jane Watkins speak about where the the organization change process of Appreciative Inquiry come from. And what impact Social Constructionism and Systemic Thinking has on the practice of Organization Development. Jane Watkins describe the transition from deficit-based organization change as a product of Modernist thinking to the development of positive, future-focused change based on post-Modern ideas and beliefs.

Harlene Anderson: The Philosophical Stance: A Way of Practicing

The philosophical stance is a way of being in the world: a way of talking with, acting with, responding with and thinking with the people we meet in our professional practices. The stance is based on the assumptions of collaborative relationships and dialogical conversations as relational and generative, and becomes the orientation, attitude and process in which mutual transforming occurs rather than a technique.

Harlene Anderson is a leader in the development of a postmodern collaborative-conversational approach to psychotherapy and has applied her approach to organizations, education, research and consultation.

Also in the video: Carsten Hornstrup & Sheila McNamee.

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John Shotter: Movements of feeling and moments of judgment

Tom Andersen, in being “a wanderer and worrier” (as he put it), was constantly reflecting on his own practice, on his way of ‘going on’, to further develop and refine it. Each new way came to him, he said, on reaching a ‘crossroads’, a point when he felt unable to continue any longer in the same way. But once he stopped doing what he had come to see as ethically wrong, he found, he said, that the “alternatives popped up almost by themselves”. It is what the nature of that imaginative judgmental work feels like, looks like, and sounds like that Shotter discuss in this talk. 

Also in the video: with Mary Gergen.

Christine Oliver & Carsten Hornstrup: Organizational Reflexivity

Workshop on Strategic Reflexivity

In this workshop Christine and Carsten introduces a new turn in the development of a systemic approach to organizations. By elaborating and connecting the idea of relational reflexivity to an overall strategic approach to leading through dialogue, they argue that, managers and leaders should look beyond the local issues, if they are to create organizations that can handle complexity and change in a more competent way.

Kenneth Gergen: On Human Understanding: From Mind to Relationship

Kenneth Gergen examine what it is to understand another human being. Much hangs on this question, in both our professions and our daily lives. The major ways in which we answer this question are not only conceptually flawed, but have the potential for bringing about alienated and dysfunctional relations. The problems with the traditional views lie in the fact that our answers are largely premised on a conception of independent, rational, and emotional human beings. Gergen proposes that, when we can envision all meaning as emerging from coordinated action, we open a space for reconstructing the nature of understanding. This view not only escapes the conceptual enigmas of the past, but more importantly, invites us into a new and more promising range of practices. 

Also in this video: Dan Wulf.

Bliss Browne: Understand, Imagine, Create: Frameworks for Inspiring Change

In 2009 a conference called Constructing Worlds were held in Copenhagen Bliss Browne presented the Imagine Chicago project which has inspired a global movement of social innovation. Browne speak about her pioneering frameworks for inspiring community building by harnessing imagination for public good, creating reliably constructive partnerships across differences of gender, age and culture and helping individuals and organizations shift from deficit-based to strength-based mindsets and communication. Hear stories drawn from the global Imagine movement about creative ways to elicit vision and hope, build on strengths, and inspire constructive engagement and action. 

Also in the video: Sally St. George & Louise Laustsen 
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Dawn Dole: Whole School Transformation

Dawn Dole talks about several schools that have utilized Appreciative Inquiry to bring about positive change. The power of collaboration, appreciation and dialogue are explored through these case stories.