Used in place of the traditional problem-solving approach – i.e. finding what is wrong and forging solutions to fix the problems – Appreciative Inquiry seeks out what is “right” in an organisation, its success, its life-giving force. This focus generates tremendous positive energy for organisational learning and the creation of an imagined future.
Inspired changes happen if people access innate needs for dignity and meaning
A worldview, a theory, a mindset, and an approach: Appreciative Inquiry is an articulated concept that reinforces the habit of mind that moves through the world in a generative frame, seeking and finding images of the possible rather than scenes of disaster and despair.
What it achieves
Appreciative Inquiry is an effective process for organisations that are seeking to engage in developing their strategic future. Organisational members quickly establish a vision that is grounded in their past successes and passions; they find themselves galvanised into action by the energy that springs from the process.
Perspectivity has applied Appreciative Inquiry to envisioning, strategic planning, business development, team building, developing performance systems, monitoring and evaluation, cultural change programmes and leadership development. The range of possible applications is seemingly unlimited.
The concept has been used by every conceivable type of organisation, from large business corporations to small NGOs and government agencies all over the world.
The past July, some 30 people representing 15 organisations convened for 2 days in The Hague as front-runners in the NL Energy Compact. The summit was co-hosted and facilitated by MVO Nederland and Perspectivity’s Han Rakels. While their stakes were very diverse,...
Seven different nature organisations in the province of Noord-Brabant all want to activate and maintain more ‘green’ volunteers. Perspectivity designed and facilitated a series of sessions to discover mutual interest and co-create reinforcing action presented in a joint action plan.
Travelling by public transport, going to school, doing something fun or interviewing for a job. For people with a disability, these ordinary things can be a challenge. According to the UN Convention for the rights of persons with disabilities, everyone should be able...
Over 1 million people in the Netherlands indicate that they experience serious feelings of loneliness. Loneliness is a part of life and can happen to anyone. However, almost half (46%) of the people living in Enschede regularly suffer from feelings of...
SunFunder with head quarters in San Francisco, staff members spread all over the world and a regional office in Arusha Tanzania, finances solar beyond the grid. Over the next decade, solar energy will leapfrog the electricity grid in developing countries much like...
CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland) works together with different sectors and companies to strive towards corporate social responsibility (CSR). Han Rakels teamed up with them to facilitate processes for International CSR in the chemical sector, similar to the process...
In our work, we use a broad range of methodologies and approaches that lean on decades of experimental research. We gratefully build on the theories and concepts developed by our teachers and colleagues. To achieve sustainable results, we determine which method fits every project best.
Methods we frequently use: