Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a new
approach to change management that is rapidly gaining ground. Working
with AI generates fun and energy. From there on, the future together
is to be discovered, visualized and designed.
The conference was intended for everyone involved in making changes,
and is interested in viewing changes from a strength based and
angle. For trainers, coaches, counselors, psychotherapists, managers,
experts and non-AI experts. The interactive day gave an insight into
the philosophy and principles of AI. And offered an explanation of
applications to organization, team and individual levels. The conference
also had a practical approach, with workshops and AI Cafe.
We met more than 220 visitors in an
friendly and open atmosphere with lots of dialogue and appreciation
for new insights and knowledge. Some people said it was like coming
In the morning the two keynotespeakers
John Rijsman and Johan de Veer left the audience speechless during their
presentations and answered the questions afterwards very seriously.
Professor John Rijsman
is a professor
of Social Psychology at the Social Faculty of the University of Tilburg.
His lecture was
with a humorous touch that touched the hart and the mind.
Drs. Johan de Veer is a senior
organizational consultant at the Dutch Ministery of Tax. He has a very
relaxed way of presenting is always innovative and works with AI for
many years within the tax ministery. His lecture was called: Lessons
In the afternoon we had a rich program
with 9 workshops from AI practitioners from the Netherlands. Some
Change of culture by the AI approach at a dutch poilice organization,
AI and multidisciplenary teambuilding in a hospital in Belgium. The
power of storytelling and Appreciative Living,
With a lively dialogues and energetic
exchanges in an ai café round on many different questions at
different tables we closed the program.
It was a lovely day of good interaction
and lovely energy. I am proud to have organized it together with Annet
and having been a part of it.
8 april 2010