Team AP’s just come back from Prague, where we’ve been working on ‘Giving preference to strengths‘, an ESF-funded transnational cooperation project we’re a partner in. The funding’s focus is on improving transnational cooperation in human resources development and employment – we began conversations with Lucie Ciskova in February after Jackie Kelm put us in touch, so it’s been quite a gestation period!
The project’s aim is to develop a strength-based support programme for people returning to work. The Czech team is being trained in AI and strength-based work, and will be developing a strength-based diagnostic assessment tool to support people in their job searches and applications.
Scio hosts the project, looking after us really well in their vibrant offices.
The AP team trained a small group in Appreciative Inquiry and also facilitated them to develop an outline of their training programme and its values and principles. We worked in English while we were there, with the help of a Czech interpreter, and were so impressed by the ability of the group to deal with all the information in two languages, and do brilliant work at the same time!
The other project partner is Anja Doornbos from Holland, who until recently was part of Kessels and Smit, the learning company. We really enjoyed working with her and our first European transnational shared facilitation and training event..