Appreciative Inquiry 3: Design Phase

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Appreciative Inquiry: Design Phase —creating possibility propositions of the ideal organization, an organization design which people feel is capable of magnifying or eclipsing the positive core and realizing the articulated new dream
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<a href="/node/11657">Appreciative Inquiry Summit</a>
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2 = 2000+
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Facilitation skills required
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Discovery and Dream phases are complete
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"Once the strategic focus or dream is articulated (usually consisting of three things in our model-- a vision of a better world, a powerful purpose, and a compelling statement of strategic intent) attention turns to the creation of the ideal organization, the social architecture or actual design of the system in relation to the world it is part. What we have found is that the sequencing is crucial, moving first through in-depth work on Dream before Design, followed with back and forth iterations. In Zimbabwe we recently worked with a partner organization of Save the Children. It was fascinating to observe how easy it was to re-design the organization in terms of structures and systems once broad agreement was reached on a powerful Dream. The articulation of the image of the future was simple: “Every person in Zimbabwe shall have access to clean water within five years”. The critical design shift, demanded by the large dream, was to a new form of organization based on a network of alliances or partnerships, not bureaucracy’s self-sufficient hierarchy." Ref: 1

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Ref: 1 http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/research/bibPapersDetail.cfm?coid=2159
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