First phase of an Appreciative Inquiry Summit
A method for gaining some in-depth understanding of the important and meaningful times in an organization from the perspective of individual experiences. A way of identifying motivating themes in people's work experience.
Types of participants: People who are willing to share their stories.
Context: We want to spend a few minutes getting to know each other a little better.
Divide the group into groups of two, (diads).
Each person ask his or her partner the following questions. First one person answers the question and then the other. You have 15 minutes to do this.
1. Tell me about your peak experience of ______________?
2. What are some things you value most about yourself in (the arena of discussion)?
About your work in ___________?
About your own institutions (traditions, school, etc.)?
3. What is the central factor that gives life to (the arena of discussion)?
4. What are 3 wishes you have that would heighten the vitality of the (arena of discussion)?
1. (After 30 minutes call the group back to attention.) What were some of the things talked about in your diad?
2. What was comfortable or uncomfortable about the diad?
3. What did you learn?
4. What happened to you in the process?
5. What are the implications for you when you meet new people?
Follow-Up Required: Phase 2 of Appreciative Inquiry
Usual or Expected Outcomes: A series of stories and themes that are motivating in a group
Source: David Cooperrider
Derived from: Appreciative Inquiry
Alternative names: AI - Phase I