World Appreciative Inquiry Conference Adventures

Well, we’ve just been informed that the next World Appreciative Inquiry international conference is now official and will be held in South Africa, July 2015.Flying bird

Both Sue and I plan to attend.

The announcement has brought back memories of the wonderful times we had at previous AI conferences – 2009 in Kathmandu, Nepal and 2012 in Ghent, Belgium. Here are the Youtube clips we put together after we attended each of these conferences. Great memories!

Kathmandu – Nepal – 2009

Images Of Kathmandu 5.52 mins

A Chitwan Adventure – Nepal 5.30 mins

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference WAIC 2009 25.09 mins

Ghent – Belgium – 2012

Images of Ghent April 2012 10.47 mins

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference WAIC 2012 21.20 mins

We’re really looking forward to our next conference and catching up with all our mates. I think I’ll start packing now!

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Playful Inquiry: Try This Anyway

RobynStrattonBerkessel-TEDxRobyn Stratton-Berkessel, a colleague and dear friend of ours, is an ‘expat Aussie’ now living and working in the US. Robyn is also a highly experience practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry.

Recently Robyn was asked to speak at TEDxNavesink, an independently organised TEDx event. As Robyn said about her presentation:

The theme for this TEDx event is “Play”. It was a no brainer for me that “play” is a key outcome of engaging with people and groups through the lens of Appreciative Inquiry. When we ask people to discover the best of themselves and a situation, in their minds they access a positive resourceful state and there’s a rush of oxytocin – the “hormone of attachment” and bottom line – you feel better! A reservoir of positivity is unleashed.

Watch Robyn’s talk below and be inspired to engage in your own ‘playful inquiry’ … and perhaps experience the world a little differently’ !

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Kids: Sales and Customer

Here’s an enjoyable ‘Kid Snippets’ segment written by children and performed by adults. The children were asked to pretend to be a customer and a salesman and this is what they came up with. Kid Snippets

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Chi & AI Workshops: Abbotsford Convent

Sue and I were very busy last week running our workshops at the Abbotsford Convent here in Melbourne Australia.

Sue assisted me in running the Aged care: Chair Chi Training Level One workshop and I helped Sue run the A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry workshop.

Below are a few snaps I took of the convent and you can see why it’s one of my favourite training venues.

We’re running our workshops in Sydney at the end of June and they include; Agedcare: Chair Chi Training Level One, Falls Prevention … the Tai Chi way, Creating Great Conversations and A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry. The we move our ‘caravan’ on to Brisbane in July and Adelaide in August.

We still have places left in our Sydney workshops, but you’ll need to book now as we are finalising numbers and catering. If you are interested you can register here.

Abbotsford Convent

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Melbourne Workshops: AI – Conversations – Chi

BJ Seminars LogoWe still have places for next week’s workshops but you will need to register now to ensure your place in a workshop.

Here are the details:

Creating Great Conversations This one day workshop focuses on using “appreciative conversations” to enhance your communication in groups, organisations, communities – and your personal life. And there are times when all of us find ourselves struggling through ‘difficult conversations’ with colleagues or loved ones

A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry This workshop is designed for all those who are dipping their toes into the Appreciative Inquiry water and would like a simple and practical guide to this approach.

It is ideal for: CEOs, team leaders, managers, HR or OD practitioners and anyone interested in the Appreciative Inquiry philosophy, whether personally or professionally

Agedcare: Chair Chi Level One Ideal for those working in the aged care sector, staff, carers, volunteers. Learn how to deliver a Chair Chi session for low care and high care residents or elderly people in general

Falls Prevention the Tai Chi Way A new workshop that will enable you to teach the elderly how to prevent falls using selected and practical exercises and philosophy from Tai Chi.

For further information check our program schedule.

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Inspiration: 3 Quotes that Resonate

Words of WisdomBelow are three of my favourite quotes that still resonate with me.

Our aspirations are our possibilities Samuel Johnston

Invest in Loss Chinese proverb

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer

What are your favourites?

 

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The Hard Yakka of Organising Workshops

ClimbingBThere’s never a dull moment when you are running workshops here in Melbourne and interstate.

We’re gearing up to run four one day workshops: Aged Care: Chair Chi Level OneFalls Prevention the Tai Chi way , Creative Great Conversations and A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry.

I’ll be the lead facilitator/trainer for the first two and Sue will take the lead for the third and fourth. Running the sessions is pure pleasure but organising them is hard yakka! **

Here’s a sample of the hard yakka that needs to be done;

  • Research and hire venues
  • Organise catering
  • Book flights
  • Car parking
  • Book accommodation
  • Prepare workbooks and have them printed
  • Prepare name tags
  • Organise equipment and materials pens, pencils, crayons, erasers
  • Arrange or hire projector, screen and flip chart
  • Promote the workshops on social media and through our various networks
  • Make a billion phone calls (well, it feels like that many)
  • etc
  • etc
  • etc

And those last three are usually the most time consuming. :)

Oh, and if you’re interested in one or more of our workshops you can book online.  You’ll find links to more information under Programs in our site menu.

 

** Footnote: According to Australian National Dictionary Centre yakka is defined as ‘Work, strenuous labour. Also used as a verb meaning ‘to work’. The word is used especially in the phrase hard yakka. It comes from yaga meaning ‘work’ in the Yagara indigenous language of the Brisbane region. Yakka found its way into nineteenth-century Australian pidgin, and then passed into Australian English. First recorded 1847′.

 

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