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The magic of social constructivism (#appreciativeinquiry #solutionfocus)

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I have 1 hour of commute time each morning and each evening between home and work. I invest that time in reading. Which means, at 2 hours on my hands every work day, that I read a lot!

So, reading this morning about Solution Focus, it reminded me about something I’ve read elsewhere about social constructionism and how appreciative inquiry helps you change your own world.

In fact, you can reverse the path of time and have the future influence your present.

In AI terms we say that we move in the direction of what we repeatedly ask questions about. When we build a clear and detailed vision of the future, it becomes so powerful that it influences our present and allows us to move into the direction of that (new) future. The more positive is the vision, the more forceful is the move.

Now, when combining this with Solution Focus that helps people see bits and pieces of the future already occurring now or even having occurred in the past, I can safely update the preceding quote and say that:

The future can change the past.

How is that? Well, the future we can know only in our mind. And, without any further consideration, it influences your choices in the present moving you into that direction of that future you have in mind (AI stance).

But with deliberate action, imagining a preferred future can help shed a new light on your past by  seeing how it already occurred (at least partially). Indeed, your past don’t really change, but the way you see it from now changes, which is all that counts and which will bear new consequences on your future to come.

By thus noticing that that preferred future of yours has already started to realize itself in your past, you get a further boost of energy and confidence to choose your present and follow a new path to that very future.

This is the magical power of the mind and the constructionism stance toward life.

Further, that constructionism magic is fueled by human energy that appears to behave like radioactive matter: the more you bring together, the further more energy is created in a chain reaction. It’s not just additive, it’s exponential! So is, in my mind, the power of social constructionism.

(Of course, there’s a dark side to that magic through demeaning words and behaviors: these can bring power and results in the short-term, but is self-destructive in the longer term). Positive social construction is powerful now and later.

What’s more, you don’t need 7 years in Hogwarts to learn that kind of magic! ;-)

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3 Responses to “The magic of social constructivism (#appreciativeinquiry #solutionfocus)”

  1. Hi, great post… Indeed future is the basis of present if you are a person who thinks and worries about it. Change Management in organizations and society is key to leverage the right transformative leadership and thus make people feel motivated towards what the vision looks like to be.

    I’ll use your post to inspire another post of mine… thanks and enjoy the reading while commuting…

    Regards
    Fran

  2. Nicolas Stampf says:

    Thanks for the message Franciso. I agree with you, only that most change management practices are more coercition management than anything else. Hopefully, they share the same initials with allow to masquerade one for the other :/

    II didn’t know your blog. I’ve added it to my google reader.

    Looking forward to reading from you!

  3. [...] that way of doing is what I call the magical power of Appreciative Inquiry: by summoning forth a positive future into the present, you can change it. Moreover, by inquiring [...]

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