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Appreciative Inquiry – A Strengths-based Approach to Planning and Evaluating in Communities

December 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a planning and evaluation tool that focuses on the strengths and assets in a community organisation or programme, rather than the problems and deficits.

Organisations and individuals grow in the direction of what they repeatedly ask questions about and focus their attention on. The purpose of Appreciative Inquiry is therefore to build on the root causes of success – not of failure, the build on our strengths – not our weaknesses.”  – David Cooperrider – founder of AI.

In his work in Randwick Park, Manurewa, Dave Tims has seen AI used to assist his community to grow and change. The AI approach inspires people to identify things that could be changed, get involved in the work to effect change and also to be monitor the changes. Dave says that, “If you follow the process, it creates ownership and responsiblity – the people own the mission and become responsible for implementing it.”

Dave will be joined by Maree Beaven who is the Programme Manager at Manu Tuktutuku Randwick Park (Sports and Neighbourhood Centre) in South Auckland.  Maree has used AI with locals of all ages and found AI to be a very powerful tool in her community. She will share her expereinces of using AI to discover the dreams of her neighbourhood and will talk about the projects that have eventuated as a result of the AI process.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The Appreciative Inquiry approach;
  • How AI has been used to inspire community change;
  • How AI assists communities to communicate their vision for their future, both within and outside their community;
  • How AI

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About the Presenters

Dave Tims – Dave lives in Randwick Park, Manurewa, South Auckland with his wife Denise. Dave is a trained Primary School Teacher and Counsellor has worked with communities in Aotearoa for over 20 years. He and Denise have been caregivers with CYPFS and the Open Home Foundation before they joined UNOH in 2009.

“People like you, don’t move into streets like that”, said the real estate agent. Street gangs, graffiti, violence, drugs were the old narrative that belonged to Randwick Park, Manurewa. If a certain narrative is repeated, it is reinforced. Words create worlds.

In an attempt to change the narrative of Randwick Park, Dave and Denise began looking for heroes, for local people who were doing good. What they found was an abundance of amazing people concerned about what was going on in their neighbourhoods; for the state of the parks, for young people and for the problems of alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

Maree Beaven has a background in working with families and is Programme Manager at Manu Tuktutuku Randwick Park (Sports and Neighbourhood Centre) in South Auckland.

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