Appreciative Inquiry 2: Dream Phase

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Appreciative inquiry: Dream Phase "creating a clear results-oriented vision in relation to discovered potential and in relation to questions of higher purpose, i.e., 'What is the world calling us to become?'” ref: 1
Used as component of: 
<a href="/node/11657">Appreciative Inquiry Summit</a>
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from 2 to thousands
Optimal amount of time needed: 
4 hours for this phase
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Facilitation skills required
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"During the dream phase the interview stories and insights get put to constructive use. As people are brought together to listen carefully to the innovations and moments of organization “alive”, sometimes in storytelling modes, sometimes in interpretive and analytic modes, a convergence zone is created where the future begins to be discerned in the form of visible patterns interwoven into the texture of the actual. The amplified interaction among innovators and innovations makes something important happen: very rapidly we start seeing outlines of the New World. Some organizations turn the data into a special commemorative report celebrating the successes and exceptional moment in the life of the organization (Liebler, 1997). Others have created a thematic analysis—careful to document rich stories and not succumb to “narrative thin” one line quotes (Ludema, 1996). In all cases the data onto the positive change core serves as an essential resource for the visioning stages of the appreciative inquiry 4-D model." Ref: 1

Background
Developer: 
David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva in 1980
References: 
1. http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/research/bibPapersDetail.cfm?coid=2159 2. http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/ai_summit/assets/ai_summit_home.htm
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