- Posted by Fiona Thomas
- On 28 February 2023
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Reframing acknowledges the power of frustration and indignation and flips it – what is the underlying desire or unexpressed enthusiasm which could transform the situation if it were recognised and given airtime?
A redundant taxi becomes a container for an abundant flower bed. Something static and immovable is transformed into a representation of the unstoppable. Such is the power of reframing in designing and delivering appreciative conversations. In reframing we take any situation or experiences and view it through a different lens. We place it in an alternative frame and look at it differently. We notice the language we’re using, adopt an approach of neutral curiosity, and inquire into what a better world would look like.
“We tried this before and it didn’t work” becomes “What has changed since we tried it once?” and “What did we learn about ourselves by trying?”
In this month’s Appreciative Space Fiona Thomas offers some examples of reframing in a church context, and prompts contributions from the gathered community of practice.
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