Principles from ebook Conversation

Wendy McCaig
Wendy McCaig
@wendy-mccaig
one month ago
21 posts

During our June Community of Practice gathering, Heather shared a document that has 8 principles of ABCD that were crafted by a global coalition that is working on the ebook project.  Here is a link to those principles that we are using in our group to describe what we mean by ABCD.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15xbmLeVZ0WbImR5Q8RsMLJGeFOew8RBbQZl0PQUKSwc/edit?usp=sharing

As we are sharing out stories, we want to encourage you to focus on stories that highlight one or more of these principles. 

As you read this document, which of these principles do you resonate with most?


updated by @wendy-mccaig: 07/09/21 07:48:02AM
Wendy McCaig
Wendy McCaig
@wendy-mccaig
one month ago
21 posts

When I first saw this list I just LOVED the "wonder principle."  You can't do ABCD work without curiosity and a true authentic spirit of wonder.  I always feel like I am going on a treasure hunt when I start a listening project and get super excited when I start to see the collective gifts of a community become visible.  

Angie K
Angie K
@angie-k
4 weeks ago
8 posts

The Transformation Principle is what Common Grace Ministries is all about.  Giving people "free" "stuff" will never make a dent in poverty because it doesn't change a thing.  It might alleviate hunger for the moment, but it doesn't change the hunger of tomorrow.  Mother Teresa's quote is marvelous!  Who can we BE to others so that they can discover all that God intends for them to be?

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
4 weeks ago
46 posts

The Appreciative Inquiry folks also have some effective principles. https://www.centerforappreciativeinquiry.net/more-on-ai/principles-of-appreciative-inquiry/

CORE APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY PRINCIPLES


The Core Principles of Appreciative Inquiry, which describe the basic tenets of the underlying AI philosophy, were developed in the early 1990’s by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva (Cooperrider’s advisor at Case Western Reserve University). The five original principles are: Constructionist, Simultaneity, Anticipatory, Poetic, and Positive.

The Constructionist Principle:


Words Create Worlds

Reality, as we know it, is a subjective vs. objective state and is socially created through language and conversations.

The Simultaneity Principle:


Inquiry Creates Change

Inquiry is an intervention. The moment we ask a question, we begin to create a change. “The questions we ask are fateful.”

The Poetic Principle:


We Can Choose What We Study

Teams and organizations, like open books, are endless sources of study and learning. What we choose to study makes a difference. It describes – even creates – the world as we know it.

The Anticipatory Principle:


Image Inspires Action

Human systems move in the direction of their images of the future. The more positive and hopeful the image of the future, the more positive the present-day action.

The Positive Principle:


Positive Questions Lead to Positive Change

Momentum for [small or] large-scale change requires large amounts of positive affect and social bonding. This momentum is best generated through positive questions that amplify the positive core.1

EMERGENT APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY PRINCIPLES


Additional principles that have surfaced throughout the years that are based on, or constructed from, the five original core Ai principles. They are:

The Wholeness Principle:


Wholeness Brings Out the Best

Wholeness brings out the best in people and organizations. Bringing all stakeholders together in large group forums stimulates creativity and builds collective capacity.

The Enactment Principle:


Acting ‘As If” is Self-Fulfilling

To really make a change, we must “be the change we want to see.” Positive change occurs when the process used to create the change is a living model of the ideal future.

The Free Choice Principle:


Free Choice Liberates Power

People perform better and are more committed when they have the freedom to choose how and what they contribute. Free choice stimulates organizational excellence and positive change.2

The Narrative Principle:


Stories are Transformative

We construct stories about our lives (personal and professional) and live into them.3

The Awareness Principle:


Be Conscious of Underlying Assumptions.

Understanding and being aware of our underlying assumptions are important to developing and cultivating good relationships. Practicing cycles of action and reflection can build one’s self-awareness.4

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
4 weeks ago
46 posts

The Positive Principle - In my experience, this value/inclination/belief is the foundation for transformation. We all don't need to be on a constant, deficit-based, plan of improvement, that demands that we shore up our weaknesses (our FEATURES). That is exhausting, and doesn't allow us the growthful energy to thrive.

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