The AMED Writers' Group: 'AI and the power of six in storytelling and OD', with Geoff Allen

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The AMED Writers' Group:  'AI and the power of six in storytelling and OD', with Geoff Allen

Time: August 19, 2011 from 1pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Tree Walk
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
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Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: amed, writers', group, workshop
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Aug 5, 2011

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Event Description


Geoff writes:

‘As writers we tell stories; stories from our imagination, stories about people or things or places, stories about how things work or are related. Do you ever wonder whether stories change as they are retold, rewritten? And if they do, what sort of changes happen?

This session is about stories, their possible effects, and how repetition might affect them, and us. Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a large group intervention that was developed by David Cooperrider of Case Western University in the 1980s. It has since been used widely both by communities and organizations internationally, but also by coaches with individuals and teams.

The power of six is a process developed by the late David Grove who was responsible for developing clean language, clean space, and emergent knowledge. His research showed that repeating questions six times encouraged the mind to find new insights.

AI starts with participants sharing stories about significant events as a preliminary to identifying what was good about the past that could craft a future. In this session I will be encouraging participants to share a story, about a significant event, with six others, one at a time, to see what they find from the repetition. To my knowledge, this has never been done before.

With this in mind you might like to arrive at the meeting with a story that you’d be happy to share, honed to be able to tell it in 5 minutes or less.

In the discussions I would expect that participants might want to raise issues such as rewriting, autobiographical writing, and editing, amongst other things.’

What to bring


There are no books in our new meeting room, so please bring with you a couple of books, and anything else you can think of that will help us create our own temporary library space and ‘feel’ that’s conducive to writing/reading/talking about our writing in a relaxed, informal environment. 


Cost (payable on arrival)


Full AMED Members: £10;  Networkers and Guests:  £12.50


And afterwards?


Those of us who want to keep the conversation going after 4.30 pm can do so in nearby The Grand Union Pub, Kennington 


We look forward to seeing you on 19 August.  Best wishes.  Bob

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