Workshops Workshops The workshops enable participants to learn about Appreciative Inquiry, social constructionism, appreciative mediation, the dialogues and practices that foster collective wisdom, as well as providing them with tools they can use at work and with their teams. Who are the workshops aimed at? At people who want to incorporate “tools” based on co-creation (creation with others) into their personal and working environment, and to promote constructive conversations as a basis for bringing about positive changes. Who will benefit from these workshops? Management, team managers, professionals from the fields of human resources, personal development, and consultants specialising in organisations and change management. Teachers. Coaches. Therapists. Psychologists. Directors of hospitals, schools, NGOs and foundations. Political parties. Trades unions. Workshops: Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology and Leadership Appreciative Inquiry is based on research into positive psychology and the benefits of experiencing positive emotions in one’s work. Leadership that encourages such spaces will promote strong team spirit, greater motivation, a sense of belonging and the ability to tackle risks creatively. Moving from SWOT to SOAR Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Resources and Results. Appreciative Inquiry proposes another way of carrying out diagnoses in organisations, by focusing on organisation’s positive core: what gives it life and meaning. The power of questions We live in a world created by our questions. Why don’t we ask better questions? At the present time we have a growing need for different viewpoints to help us obtain sustainable solutions. The ability to ask penetrating questions that challenge suppositions about the way we currently operate will be crucial for creating positive futures. Let’s ask questions that can bring about sustainable changes and meaningful conversations. New leadership in times of change Society is changing rapidly. In 2008 nobody could have predicted the situation we are currently living through in Europe. We know that leaders cannot predict the future, but we need people who are able to provide an answer to current challenges in a different way, so as to create a sustainable future. One way to achieve this is by applying philosophies and methodologies based on strengths, such as Appreciative Inquiry and Social Constructionism. The workshop offers participants a new perspective on the possibilities of strengths as a basis for change in their organisations and their personal lives. Participants will learn alternative ways of helping their organisations to tackle the challenges of today’s society. See workshop: New leadership in times of change The 5 dimensions of Appreciative Inquiry Awaken positive change through Appreciative Inquiry: Discover, Dream, Design, and create your Destiny. Participative leadership A growing trend exists to try to introduce participative leadership, but there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how to put it into practice, in a natural, effective way. At present, no one possesses sufficient information and capacity for analysis to make wise decisions on their own. Given the increasing complexity of systems, situations and the speed of change, together with all the different influences at the global level, how can we keep the organisation flexible and flowing, so that ideas can be developed and presented freely and creatively – and in time? Immerse yourself in a more appreciative way of living In this workshop, participants find out about and experience the 10 guiding principles of Appreciative Inquiry. Liberate your potential through Appreciative Inquiry. The 3 Es: Excepcionality, Essenciality and Equality Detecting, revealing and maximising personal and collective abilities. Each person is exceptional and unique. Each person is essential for a team. He or she needs to be acknowledged as such. Each person has a voice and wants to be heard. When a team truly experiences the three Es of each team member, then communication flows, the people gain a sense of belonging to the team and they learn to work using each one’s exceptionality, covering for their individual shortcomings and overcoming the barriers that stand in their way. The Wall of Wonder The concept of the Wall of Wonder was created by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), and represents the process carried out by people, organisations and communities to relate (common) history to their past, present and future. It promotes affirmative dialogue (internal), thereby creating the ideal basis from which to narrate the history, celebrate it and become aware of it. The process is simple, and involves an individual step and a collective step.