The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Large Scale Appreciative Inquiry: New Futures Through Shared Conversations

Large Scale Appreciative Inquiry: New Futures Through Shared Conversations

Large scale appreciative inquiry: new futures through shared conversations
Amanda Trosten-Bloom Barbara E. Lewis

This chapter shows how to collaboratively engage large numbers of people of radically diverse backgrounds – including those whose voices are not often heard – in clarifying and constructing their future using Appreciative Inquiry (AI). AI is a profoundly inclusive, strength-based, future-forming approach to organizational and community change that is distinguished by its capacity to inspire hope, commitment, collaboration and innovative action.

The question of how to design and facilitate AI initiatives has been studied at depth for nearly three decades in writing, training programs and more.1 Because of this, the following chapter focuses on large ...

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