Appreciative Inquiry: Methodology, Set of Principles and Philosophy

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Appreciative Inquiry: Methodology, Set of Principles and Philosophy
JC de Jong, Director, Netherlands, SIG Leader
As a long standing practitioner in AI (since 1994/1995) I would like to say that AI is a 'both and' rather than an 'either-or' approach.
From that perspective AI can be seen as a methodology (the 4 or 5 D's), and/or a set of principles (referring to the 5 or more principle's, depending on what literature you read) and/or a philosophy on how to live our lives. Personally I go for the latter and see AI (primarily) as a way to look at the world, searching for our positive core. Interesting is that today we find more and more evidence that taking the AI approach is delivering astonishing results.
 

 
AI Approach is Sunny View
Marcia Cesar Maina, Brazil, Member
I agree and see it as the sunny part of everything; I applied it once in a meeting with social institutions at the border between Brasil, Paraguai and Argentina. All participants were amazed how good it is.
 

 
Sunny Part
JC de Jong, Director, Netherlands, SIG Leader
I would like to ask and see if there isn't more than just the sunny part?
I believe AI to focus on the strengths present in each an every one of us and therefore in the organizations we represent. And based on that - looking for our strengths that is - it is very capable of dealing with tough issues and even the dark side of things.
 

 
Valuing People in a Positive Way
Matil
@JC de Jong: I agree you, since a few years I have used this approach, without knowing that it was actually AI, in my work with young people and the results are amazing. Validating people and assessing their strengths rather than their weaknesses.
 

 
Validating People, Assessing Strengths
JC de Jong, Director, Netherlands, SIG Leader
@A. W. Matil : Thank you for your message. Can you please give us some examples of how you 'unconsciously' worked with AI. In what particular situations did you find it useful / helpful? My reason for asking is that I believe it would help our community to learn from each others experiences. Thanks and kind regards.
 

 
Working Unconsciously with AI
Matil
Thank you for your reaction. These young people lacked confidence and had a low self-esteem.
I posed questions and simultaneously encouraged them to make use of their inner strengths.
I asked them to describe their success stories, desires about better life, teamwork, what they felt good about being who they are, to reflect on situations where they felt like a winner etc.
i then build on those strengths and potential and connected with them by giving feedback and advise.
 

     
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