I’m joined in today’s entertaining conversation by life and business partners, Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell. Co-authors of two books, Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education, this dynamic duo brings two decades of experience using this powerful approach to human system change to everything they do. Appreciative Inquiry seeks to increase in value what already exists and enquires into what more might be created for individuals and organizations. In short, it is all about stoking curiosity, connection, and belonging. We apply their A.L.I.V.E. framework (Appreciate, Love, Inquiry, Venture, Evolve) as a tool to help people cope during challenging times. For example, “How am I embracing what’s happening in the world right now – even the smallest thing?” So key to conversations happening all over the world right now, we explore how to use it to interrupt racism and promote allyship. Ask questions of ourselves, our teams, and others such as, “How do I/we intersect with privilege and difference in my/our own life?,” “How might we invite people to actively participate in these conversations?” and “How do we want to express our vision for inclusion?” Such questions serve to begin conversations that otherwise seem too daunting to start and welcome people to share stories and ideas in service of creating better futures.

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