This is the third post in a four part blog series, "Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry methodology".
During the peacebuilding and spirituality course with Chencho I had the opportunity to see how Appreciative Inquiry methodology is used in the peace movement. I had expected the methodology to be part of the workshops but I was surprised to discover that it was also incorporated throughout our activities.
AI in a formal workshop setting
Our course included a practical workshop based on Earth and Ecology, one of the peace movement themes. I was dealing with a stomach bug so missed the first part of the Discovery stage where participants shared stories of personal vivencias. However, we had engaged in this activity at various times throughout the week so I had an opportunity to experience this part of the process, which I will share later.
I joined the workshop in time for the second part of the Discovery step, where we read a Miskito legend, The Invisible Hunters, and discussed the values and principles we saw in the legend related to the theme of earth and ecology. Our list included: solidarity, peace, mutuality, generosity, integration, equality and fairness.  (If you are not familiar with this legend, I highly recommend you check it out by clicking on the title above.)