Earlier this week, a Librarian friend tweeted us a link to a blog post on using Appreciative Inquiry as a grant seeker. We read it and re-read again and again, thinking of you.
What is Appreciative Inquiry? The basic concept involves looking at the work we do well and starting with that in mind as we build for the future. In this way, we can focus our energy in positive directions and build on successes. Appreciative Inquiry processes and training can be much more involved, but in general, the idea is simple.
What does that have to do with grant seeking? Read Alexandra Peters post, Using Appreciative Inquiry, Can You Answer the Big Questions? – Part 1 on GrantStation to see how it ties together with putting your best foot forward. We’ll be following the series with you.
In his Community Leadership Handbook: Framing ideas, building relationships, and mobilizing resources, James Krile covers Appreciative Inquiry as one of five basic tools.
What’s love got to do with it? You tell us. Go on.
Alexandra Peters’ four-part series on Using Appreciative Inquiry for GrantStation is now complete. The following snippet nicely summarizes the value of this process for nonprofit organizations:
The “deficit thinking” style, which sees the organization as having problems that must be solved, has dominated thinking in the past few decades. We’ve all become accustomed to thinking that identification of problems, followed by an analysis of possible solutions, is the professional way to plan for the future and to effect change. But problem solving has a high energy cost. Leaving a meeting where Appreciative Inquiry has been used, it’s quite notable how people are energized, rather than drained. – Alexandra Peters; Part 3
Follow the links below to pick up the series information in full:
Part 1 – Can You Answer the Big Questions?
Part 2 – The “Discovery” Phase of Appreciative Inquiry
Part 3 – The “Dreaming” Phase of Appreciative Inquiry
Part 4 – Using Design and Destiny Principles from Appreciative Inquiry: Change What Could Be to What Will Be