We invited those at WAIC2019 to share their thoughts and experiences in the form of short snippets, woven together below.
What did you learn or became aware of you didn’t know?
There were so many positive incitements to fresh ways of thinking, seeing and being.
I became aware of the transformation stories of many people, of the impact issuing from AI which these processes have around the world. I also liked the recognition given to the strides emerging in Latin America.
So many positive incitements to fresh ways of thinking, seeing and being.
The K5 keynote helped me see the potential for networking in the UK.
What is possible for you now that wasn’t possible before the 2019 WAIC?
I can re- think and strengthen my network and relationships based on the multiculturality.
I have discovered accelerated learning on new paths. The speed with which I was able to obtain breadth of knowledge in just four days is something that is rarely obtained in everyday spaces.
The opportunity to get to know different perspectives voices, and dreams coming from different hearts in different places, as well as the scope and ways of life from AI, have led me to make an important decision regarding my personal and professional life: I have decided to fully dedicate myself to enable processes from AI, adding to these processes elements of plastic expression. It is thus that I offer my services to those communities with whom I develop proposals for Appreciative Inquiry and Dialogues.
Gervase Bushe’s keynote gave me resources that I can pass on to a key person I work with because it will help them understand the difference between problem-solving and generative questions.
I learned a comprehensive new map of applications for AI; and addressing my concern about new and different ways to address and promote sustainable change, beyond the 5D cycle, in different areas.
What changed because of what you experienced at the conference to allow that to happen?
My confidence level increased as I shared the work I carried out with those communities affected by the 2017 earthquake in Mexico. It allowed me to receive feedback from several appreciative co-creators. As well, going into other AI action areas, for example: being able to offer civil organisms, foundations and schools, different approaches regarding community development. [Looking at] other ways to revalue relations and that recognize all possibilities before focusing on the problems allows for sizing their scope and growth.
I have gained so many new ideas and insights that I will use in my life in all its aspects.
I was able to get in touch with practitioners of great experience and with different idiosyncrasies. Through them, I could discover the singularities and similarities in what we do, both in organizations and with people.
What particular story that happened to you during the WAIC would you like to share ?
The most superb story from WAIC2019 for me is about my own awakening, my self-awareness, that is, the people, the stories, as well as valuing and understanding what being appreciative means. It is taking the whole and giving it other ways of living the experiences and taking from them the best in order to co-create my own story and inspiring myself from the best, and thus being able to expand this way of being.
It opened a new level of trust that reinforced my intention to position AI in Latin America as a philosophy to build kinder relationships and dialogues.
I now see AI not only as a platform for change through dialogue, but a very high-level strategic platform for re-design reality.
What came alive for you at WAIC2019?
I left feeling more confident to find more opportunities to use AI after WAIC.
We all are together to achieve a world mission, all together for great goals.
I am thinking of holding things more lightly, of coming from a fun place, when facilitating.
It really empowered me to keep going on creating a much more appreciative world. You can see how the community is real, in the sense of applying a methodology, and the values underlying that methodology.
It became much clearer to me that we are biography – individual as well as a collective story – narrative and the living out of our discoveries!