Appreciating People has now finished its residential course with staff and residents from Westminster Council’s hostels, and director Suzanne Quinney will present a talk about the sessions at this month’s European Network conference in Manchester. The conference, which starts on Wednesday 2 November, will see more than 80 Appreciative Inquiry practitioners from all over Europe converge on Manchester for the Awakening within, awakening without-themed meeting.
AP staff followed up two-and-a-half days of training sessions – which included training staff and residents from nine hostels in Appreciative Inquiry and The Work of Byron Katie, and helping them develop practical applications of what they’ve learned – by taking 20 staff and residents on a three day residential course at a youth hostel in north London.
When asked about the three things they’d most enjoyed on the course, answers included:
- togetherness of the group; truth; understanding
- visions; group work; meeting other guys from other hostels
- the discussions; group activities; group interaction
- meeting new people; learning to speak in public and not worrying about it; even staff are human and have problems
- listening to others; Byron Katie; the whole programme
- being able to share with other people; learning that I’m not alone in the way my life has gone; that the staff are just the same as me
- meeting new people; having a vision; discussion
- meeting new people; talking about how I felt; and the feedback
- looking at myself; challenging my thinking; watching others doing the same
- the Byron Katie videos; group work; team building
- being away from London; new people; learning more about AI
- the tranquility of this place; sharing visions as a group; tools I can use for the appreciative journal
One hostel staff member, who saw the residents return from their three-day residential, said participants were ‘glowing’ on their return to the hostel, and commented on how ‘all of the guys themselves have been raving about how great it was!’