With the purchase of Stan and The Four Fantastic Powers: The First Ever Appreciative Inquiry Book for Kids, readers have access to an online Great Question Guide to help educators and families facilitate intergenerational, appreciative discussions. Filled with short evidence-based Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Educational tools, the guide helps to unlock the wellbeing and educational benefits of using Appreciative Inquiry in education. Download this free report regarding the specific benefits of Appreciative Inquiry in a youth population.
Stan and The Four Fantastic Powers: The First Ever Appreciative Inquiry Book for Kids is the first book of its kind to teach youth and adults alike the power of Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry is a creative, strength-based process that drives questions and future actions. The process builds, extends and elevates strengths by looking at what is working. Appreciative Inquiry relies on an understanding of individual and collective strengths. One of the methods that can bring Appreciative Inquiry to the classrooms is the use of the 4D Cycle (referred to in the book as four types of Power). The first part of the cycle is the Discover Cycle: Me Power, where we start to understand and learn about our own strengths. We start to label our strengths and to identify times in which we were at our best. Our knowledge comes through stories. AI uses narrative to discover peak moments and experiences. In the next phase, the Dream Cycle: See Power, we start to understand our hopes and dreams. We start to think about our most preferred future for ourselves and (others) and the community. The Design Cycle: We Power, is the power to work as a team to make a dream happen. Intergenerational stakeholders are encouraged to work together (parents, teachers, students, siblings, grandparents) to produce the desired outcomes. Resources, strengths, challenges, and gaps are discussed. The fourth cycle has been called Delivery and also Destiny Cycle: Stan calls it Do Power, the power to put the plan into place; to be who you are; and to use your strengths to create action. The following activity suggestions may be used to help build the concept of AI and the power of positive questioning.
*This is a fluid guide that will change with ongoing feedback and discussion, essential components to Appreciative Inquiry. Please contact us with your stories and photos. We look forward to hearing from you! Enjoy your adventure!