AP launches Food for Thought

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Guests enjoy an appreciative conversation at the Food for Thought launch

AP launched our appreciative journal, Food for Thought, with an evening reception on the banks of the River Mersey last week. The book was launched in the company of more than 70 guests, from a diverse range of organisations across the country.

The journal, which is the first of its kind, has garnered praise from industry experts including Jackie Kelm, who said: ‘I can think or no more powerful activity for changing your life for the better, than to spend a little time each day with this appreciative journal, finding what’s right in your life. This deceivingly simple and enjoyable process will transform your life in ways you can’t begin to imagine. I highly recommend it!‘ Anne Radford, the editor of AI Practitioner, said: ‘This journal is deceptively simple… a few questions, some guidelines and a little background information. Yet as it becomes a living document, it becomes a profound place of learning. Wonderful! Many congratulations to Appreciating People and colleagues.

Guests were treated to wine and canapes in the evening sunshine, before Moore Insight’s Nick Moore talked about some of the ‘minor miracles’ he’d discovered through appreciative journaling, and let them into some of the secrets and successes of his journaling, which he’s recorded for Food for Thought. His wife and business partner Lesley also paid testament to the power of journaling, saying: ‘Nick’s appreciative journaling has made a significant and lovely difference to my life. As increasing numbers of joyful moments are noticed, savoured, grown and recorded, so have tempers levelled and edges softened.There’s less heat, more perspective and more ease. The jokes aren’t any funnier, but somehow they are.’

AP co-director Tim Slack, the journal’s author, summed the evening up, saying: ‘I was delighted to see so many faces from such a range of organisations. The feedback about both the journal and its launch has been great, and we’re looking forward to using it with students on our upcoming courses.’

Students on AP-led courses will each receive their own copy of the journal, or you can buy yours direct from the website for just £12. If you’re ordering from further afield, the ISBN no. is 978-0-9566344-7-4, or you can email suzanne@appreciatingpeople.co.uk to inquire about bulk orders.