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  1. Come Wander With Me…

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    Did you listen to this song before? Sung by Bonnie Beecham. Come wander with me. Both the lyrics, the music and the serene anguish in this song inspired me to play it from my mobile, after being inquired into my experiences of the day before. And I think I made myself clear, to my fellow participants of the 21st Europe Appreciative Inquiry Network meeting.
    It is the morning of Friday 22nd October 2016, a circle of beautiful people in an exercise room at the Laban Dance Centre in Greenwich, London. We are just beyond halfway our meeting, or better said: our highly inclusive appreciative inquiry gathering.
    It’s amazing to experience that a group of people, partly new to each other, can create such a container of connection, trust and love in such a short period of time. Of course the organizers (I call them CFO’s – chief facilitating officers) led by Sarah Lewis, played a major role in this achievement. And not to forget: appreciative inquiry itself, as a way of doing and being. Read more

  2. Hello Stranger!

     

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    “Hello stranger!”

    We don’t do it often, do we? Talking to a complete stranger. Actually it may be more fun than we might think. We all have these moments when we find ourselves perhaps in a waiting room or a bus with those unknown third parties. We quickly grab our mobile phone or a newspaper. In any case many of us look away and evade making direct contact.
    Why is that so? Is it because we genuinely prefer being on our own in those moments or do we presume that the other doesn’t want contact and that we run the risk of being turned down?
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  3. Diversity at the workplace makes things better.

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    The learnings of a team working for homeless people.

    In the Netherlands there are shelters for homeless people. Often those men and women are not only homeless but have a bigger problem: addiction, psychic illness or even a combination of both.. You can understand that working in these shelters is quiet challenging. Staff is easily burnt out or they even resign their jobs after a short period of work. ‘How can I keep them on board?’, was the question the manager asked me.
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