While there are many established engagement processes that are inclusive and exploratory, Case Method and Appreciative Inquiry are simple in structure, easily adaptable with a very high return on investment.

1. Workshop: Case Method

Case Method is a dialogue based model practiced most famously at Harvard Business School. The hallmark of CM is the open and non positional nature of the discourse. Case method challenges the guiding assumptions of a culture, raises questions regarding current practice and that which is ‘taken for granted’ in any organization.

This workshop will:

  • Provide a ‘case’ experience
  • Introduce the elements and stages in a case model
  • Build capacity for implementation.

*This introductory workshop is appropriate for any organization interested in building a culture of dialogue that contributes to deep understand and collaborative action.

2. Workshop: Appreciative inquiry

Asset development, as a model for change, holds much more promise than problem management. Problem based thinking might keep the machine moving but it will always do so within the boundaries of conventional practice. Asset based models of development, in contrast, leverage organizational and individual strengths and talents to build capacity and expand thinking. When the focus is on creative possibilities the status quo is naturally challenged.

This workshop will:

  • Provide an ‘appreciative’ experience
  • Introduce the elements and stages in an Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Build capacity for implementation.

*This introductory workshop is appropriate for any organization interested in building on individual strength, interests and points of passion to enhance creativity and drive organizational innovation.

3. Workshop: Program Development and Management

This work builds greater capacity for Case Method and/or Appreciative Inquiry development and implementation including:

  • How to identifying watershed issues and critical points of inquiry: Where to begin. What’s important?
  • Asking powerful questions that:
    • Invite reflection and push to deeper meaning
    • Expand possibilities
    • Bring underlying assumptions to light
    • Stimulate curiosity and creativity
  • Dialogue facilitation: connecting individual thinking to the whole
  • Authentic Assessment and evaluation: ensuring integrity and accountability.

4. Public Education: Leadership and Curriculum development

  • Experiential learning
  • Project based planning
  • Collaborative Inquiry
  • Building a positive learning environment
  • Engaging the hard to engage
  • Indigenous ways of knowing: moving to Elder Wisdom
  • Asset development
  • Collaborative Leadership and shared governance

5. Facilitation

The following facilitated experiences use Case Method and Appreciative models. The nature and content of the experiences are tailored to target the needs of your organization.

  • Corporate inquiry and collaborative change: reframing the future
  • Calling the circle: inclusive models of community engagement
  • Governance and leadership: deep democracy and shared decision making
  • Generational transition and shifts in governance.

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Feedback from clients:

“This work has set off internal turmoil and caused me to question my beliefs.  As for significant change, it is inevitable.”

“The discussions provides the catalyst. Listening to other views has definitely effected me.”

“As a non-profit board member I have been introduced to the need for, as Ron Scapp describes, “disrupting and challenging the simple acts of privilege” not only in how we see those we serve but in how we relate as a board.”