The Need for Improvisation

The Challenge of Incorporating Multiple Languages in an Appreciative Inquiry Summitv


What happens when words are not understood or misunderstood? Does a word mean the same thing in different languages? Does a sentence constructed and crafted in English have a same meaning when translated and constructed in a different language? This article describes how planning gave way to necessary improvisation to create a safe space for simpler questions and greater engagement in a company summit


Author: Miriam Subirana

With a PhD from the University Barcelona, Miriam is an artist and the author of several books including Flourishing Together, A Guide to Appreciative Coaching and Indagación Apreciativa, co-authored with David Cooperrider. Founder of Institut IDEIA, for dialogue and AI, and an AI coach, she is also PCC certified by the International Coaching Federation. Contact:


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