Category Archives for Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry

Creating a mindset to work with failure

Innovation does not come without discarding ideas, trying and failing.  In complex systems with complex challenges, failure is inevitable and desired.  If we need to prototype to sense our way forward we have to have a mindset that can handle … Continue reading

11. March 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, Collaboration, Community, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Improv, Leadership, Learning | 2 comments

Studying what makes recovery possible

A key part of supporting community resilience lies in accentuating what is working in communities, giving it attention and putting to use.  Today my friend Jerry Nagel wrote from Minnesota to ask for advice about what to do with some … Continue reading

28. June 2010 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, BC, Facilitation | Comments Off

Art of Hosting, Tofino, day 1

It’s 11:30 and I’m about ready to tuck into bed.  Through my open window I can hear the roar of the surf rolling on the beaches a mile away.  The surf report says that the swells are coming in at … Continue reading

15. December 2009 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, BC, Being, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Practice | 1 comment

Chasing the sun into the land of Tsawalk

Writing from Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island which is about as far west as you can go without leaving North America.  I’m here this week to run an Art of Hosting training with a number of community … Continue reading

14. December 2009 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, BC, Being, Collaboration, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Learning, Travel | 2 comments

Four reflections to turn the mind to practice

Was listening on the beach yesterday to a good talk by Joseph Goldstein about four reflections that bring the mind to dharma.  These relections are used by Buddhists to become mindful in everyday life.  Mindfulness – individual and collective – … Continue reading

29. July 2009 by Chris Corrigan
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Harvesting from an AI workshop

Peggy Holman and I have just spent two days working with some amazing provincial public servants in Victoria, hosting a learning workshop on Appreciative Inquiry. There were many gems over the two days, but I think what stands out for … Continue reading

19. November 2008 by Chris Corrigan
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Design from possibility

|A question to ask always is whether or not your conversation design is breeding possibility or impossibility.  Are we asking questions that look at what is possible, that look at overcoming our fears, or are we looking for things that … Continue reading

07. October 2008 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Conversation, Facilitation | Comments Off

Presencing in a small strategic planning workshop

I ran a workshop last week for the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association of British Columbia. The taske was to to spend a day and a half reviewing the high level vision and direction of the organization and to … Continue reading

15. March 2008 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Facilitation, First Nations, Flow | 1 comment

Appreciative worldviews and living systems

Drawing by ritwkdey I have been thinking a lot the past few weeks about the living systems vs. the mechanical systems worldviews. It’s interesting that there is a clear distinction between these two kinds of systems – a system is … Continue reading

07. December 2007 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Conversation, Emergence, Facilitation, Open Space, Organization | Comments Off

Where certainty comes from

From a conference call this morning with friends around some big work.  We spoke about the fact that the work we are in – large scale systemic change – is plagued with doubt.  There is no certainty that what we … Continue reading

20. November 2007 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Being, Leadership | 2 comments

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