Appreciative Inquiry Foundation Course


11 – 15 September 2017, Lincoln, England
Price: £1,043.94 – £1,655.94

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The Foundations course is an in-depth workshop and covers both the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. This workshop appeals to both novices to AI as well as people with prior knowledge and practice of AI.

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Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a powerful new vehicle for energising positive change in an organisation’s or community’s human, ecological and economic functioning. Its aim is to discover, expand, and sustain an organisation’s root causes of success. As a next generation approach to the whole field of organisation change and development, AI is a consulting process which grows out of social constructionist thought and its applications to organisation and community transformation.

While AI is very effective in facilitating change at the individual and small group level, AI is particularly useful in complex environments and situations with culture transformation, restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, programme formulation and evaluation, strategic planning and for relational processes such as union/management relationship, teambuilding, conflict and capacity building. AI also enables managers to make the essential leap in becoming true leaders of their organisations.


This LIMITED ENROLLMENT workshop is designed for managers, human resource professionals, organisational and community facilitators, from corporate, governmental and charitable, not-for-profit organisations. – anyone who wants to get a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry.

Developed over the past two decades, this workshop uses an experience-based model that prepares consultants to work with AI in client systems and prepares leaders and managers to use AI for working with organisation and community change.

Rather than just another technique, AI is presented as a radically innovative approach to facilitating change. Illustrations of this constructive approach to organisation transformation will be drawn from work with small and large corporations, with communities, and with international organisations addressing global issues of transboundary concern.


This in-depth workshop will cover both the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. Special attention will be given to the power of positive questions; the simultaneity of inquiry and change; the function of narrative and metaphor in human systems transformation; how to deal with spiralling vocabularies of human deficit, how to create alignment across functional, generational, cultural and technical boundaries; and how to build global organising capacity to meet the challenges of the next millennium. In addition to becoming familiar with tools for applying AI in organisations and other human systems, workshop participants will

  • Receive support in actually practising appreciative topic identification, question construction, interviewing skills, grounded visioning, translating the vision into innovative processes, practices, roles and structures and implementing for sustainability
  • Work through case examples of actual Appreciative Inquiry consulting projects that are brought by other participants
  • Become familiar with the multi-disciplinary principles, research and theory base of AI
  • Develop their ability to apply the AI framework to a variety of interventions such as: Strategic Planning, Internal
  • Auditing, Organisational Redesign, Mergers, Teambuilding, Programme Formulation and Evaluation, and Diversity.
  • Learn how to introduce this strikingly different approach in ways congruent with AI philosophy.


The workshop lasts four and a half days.- Monday through Friday

  • The schedule is as follows:
  • Registration on Monday. 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • First session starts, Monday 9:00 am
  • Tuesday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dress is casual and comfortable


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The workshop will be held at the Lincoln Hotel (, which stands at the heart of the medieval city of Lincoln, facing the ancient cathedral. Lincoln is reachable by train (about 2 hours from London) from throughout the UK, by road, and by air at Humberside International Airport.

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For those flying from abroad, KLM flies directly from Amsterdam to Humberside international airport. Upon receiving your registration, we will provide further travel details as required.


We have made an arrangement with the Lincoln Hotel at rate of £80 per night for a single room incl. breakfast. Double occupancy is £85,-. You will be responsible for your own booking. The contact details of the Lincoln Hotel are Tel: (44) 01522 520 348 and fax: (44) 01522 510 780. You may wish to find alternative accommodation and we recommend that you look for a place that is close to the cathedral in Lincoln. We can also provide you with a list of Bed and Breakfast places that participants in previous workshops have recommended.


The course fee includes materials, including a copy of Jane Watkins’ book, “Appreciative Inquiry, Change at the Speed of Imagination”, lunch every day and all coffee/tea breaks.

Prices start at £1000 and climb up to £1600. There are only a couple of places in each price bracket. Once the allocated places for each price level have been booked, the opportunity is gone and the price will go up to the next level. This is an automated system, so make sure you sign up as soon as you can.

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Barbara SloanBarbara Sloan is President of Sloan Dialogs, LLC, an internationally recognized consultancy specializing in change, strategic planning, executive coaching and team building. She facilitates high quality dialogue among people and groups to spark creativity, establish understanding, and forge alliances — to realize the capacity for full collaboration.

She designs and facilitates meetings that bring together stakeholders with very different needs who, after working together for two to five days, reach an unprecedented level of agreement and establish a newly collaborative way or working together.

Find out more about Barbara here

Mette JacobsgaardMette is an organisation and development aid consultant with a background in law and social and political sciences from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Cambridge University, UK. She has worked with Appreciative Inquiry since 1994 and was one of the first to be trained in Appreciative Inquiry in Europe. Mette is a member of the NTL Institute for Applied Human Behavioural Science and among a group of 22 Founding Partners in Appreciative Inquiry Consulting – an organisation that is committed to advancing work of significant and enduring consequence through the development of people and organisations that lead – organisations, industries, and individuals that are working in a positively correlated way toward a world future of: (1) prosperous and sustainable economic development; (2) human and ecological well-being; and (3) an awakening to a set of higher values (emerging global ethics) that are able to inspire human action in the service of the widest possible goal.

Find out more about Mette here

Any Questions?
For questions about the content and design of the workshop, please contact: Mette Jacobsgaard in the UK: 01652 648 822 or by e-mail at or

Cancellation conditions:
Your registration fee will be 75% refundable up till August 1st. All registrations will be due in full before August 1st. In case of late cancellation substitutions are always welcome. However, should you fail to find a person to take your place we reserve the right to retain the full amount paid. Should we have to cancel, your workshop deposit will be returned to you.