KC Oasis-August 17, 2014
“Appreciative Inquiry: An Alternative Way of Thinking”
Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
1. In every human being and every organization something works.
2. What we focus on becomes our reality.
3. Reality is created in the moment, and there are multiple realities.
4. Being present to another person influences the person in some way.
5. People have more confidence and comfort to journey to the future (the unknown) when they carry forward part of the past (the known.)
6. If we carry parts of the past forward, they should be what are best about the past.
7. It is important to value and celebrate differences.
8. The language we use creates our reality.
Core Values of KC Oasis
- 1. People are more important than beliefs.
- 2. Human hands solve human problems.
- 3. Reality is known through reason.
- 4. Meaning comes from making a difference.
- 5. Labels are unimportant.
- 6. Unity in our values, charity in our differences.
- 7. Be accepting and be accepted in return.
Questions for interview
1. Pick one of the values listed above and share a personal story about why that value is important to you.
2. What do you value most about yourself?
3. What do you value most about the Oasis Community?
The Five Principles of Appreciative Inquiry
1. The constructionist principle. We create the future through our ideas and imagination. Language is the tool with which we create and make things meaningful, and reveal possibilities. To increase our use and understanding of words will add value to our organizations.
2. The principle of simultaneity. In asking a question, we are at the same time creating change. By our inquiry, we plant the seeds for co-creation, collaboration. The mere act of asking questions will have an impact on the organization
3. The poetic principle. Organizations are a lot less like machines and a lot more like a work of art, open to multiple interpretations. They can be a source of inspiration. Reality is what we pay attention to.
4. The anticipatory principle. Human beings move in the direction of inquiry, as plants move toward the light. To intervene at the level of the imagination is key. We can dream and create stronger and more creative and humane organizations.
5. The positive principle. The more positive the question asked, the more positive the storytelling and data. When more people are telling positive stories there is greater chance for finding common ground and creating a positive future.