“Appreciative Inquiry as a Platform for Innovation: Change at the Speed of Imagination”
Presented by Bernard Mohr - Innovation Partners International
Innovation comes in all forms… it can be innovation in products such as braking systems, in services such as K-12 education, in business models such as Twitter, in policy, such as our approach to Russia, or in how we organize, such as the Zappo’s culture of delivering happiness . Undeniably, the capability to generate and implement innovations is not only a competitive advantage in business but an essential capability for, for example, state governments wishing to reduce healthcare costs without simply throwing thousands of people off the Medicaid rolls.
Research into creativity AND systems level change suggests that both occur more easily when people are productively connected, see their past as having some value, are allowed to include their most important values, explore the world around them in engaging ways, and are given the opportunity to build on their strengths. This is the promise of Appreciative Inquiry.
In a moment of unbridled optimism, Bernard Mohr co-founded Innovation Partners International, a small eclectic group dedicated to the notion that we need innovation in change management if we are to get faster better cheaper innovations in everything else.
As a thinking partner, conversation designer, and action researcher, Bernard supports clients (pretty much everywhere) within healthcare, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceuticals, education and government to reinvent how things get done – the who, the how, the why and where.
His approach to organizational and social innovation draws on the principles Design Thinking, Complexity Science Social Constructionism. He has published over 75 articles, chapters, books and journal issues dealing with building organizations that are adaptable, economically sustainable and worthy of commitment from their employees and communities.
Bernard can be reached at 207-874-0118 or bjMohr@InnovationPartners.com
IMPORTANT: This month's meeting is extended by one-half hour, 7:30-10:00 a.m. Also, there will be no Roundtable following this meeting.
The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.
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