Imagine Nepal made the following key achievements by the year 2016
- Successful Organizing of First National Conference on Appreciative Inquiry
Imagine Nepal successfully conducted First National Conference on Appreciative Inquiry: elevating human strengths for peace, prosperity and happiness in life and society in Pokhara in January 8-10. The main of the conference was to bring identifying and elevating human strengths and positive power to contribute to peace, prosperity and happiness in our life and society. There were 164 participants in the conference from different sectors who were engaged in sharing and learning together the theory and practices of Appreciative Inquiry and many other strength based approaches through number of plenary sessions, workshops, panel discussions and networking events. The conference was held based on themes like Education and learning, Health and wellbeing, Climate change and sustainable development, Business for prosperity and social benefits, Politics and leadership for peace and positive change, Governance equity and justice, Happiness in self, family and society. In the conference Nepal Government’s Chief Secretary Mr. Lilamani Paudyal, Secretaries Dr. Somlal Subedi, Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Viswoprakash Pandit, Kishor Thapa, Youth Politician Rabindra Adhikari, SSP Mr. Ramesh Kharel, Spiritual Guru Chintamani Yogi, Past Vice Chairperson of Nepal Commission Dr. Jagadishchandra Pokharel, Senior Surgeon Dr. Saroj Dhital and other personalities delivered their valuable speeches and shared their experiences. There were also keynote speakers/ five experts from United State of America, Australia and Singapore. The conference was chaired by Dr. Gnapati Ojha, Founder Chairperosn of Imagine Nepal.
- Successful hosting of the 4th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference
Imagine Nepal successfully hosted the 4th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference from 16 to 19 November, 2009 in Kathmandu. The conference drew 400 participants from 40 countries who participated live in Kathmandu and also virtually from their homes. There were a total of 47 live presentations, 25 online presentations and 8 posters presentations during the four day conference.
The keynote speakers included: David Cooperrider, Martin Seligman with virtual remarks, Jane Watkins, Justice Albie Sachs, Jim Hartzfeld, Marcia Odell, Bliss Browne, David Green and graphic facilitator Diana Arsenian. There were a total of 21 keynote speakers and panelists including the negotiators of peace dialogue of Nepal and spiritual gurus.
The conference was inaugurated by Rt Honorable Dr Ram Baran Yadav, the first president of Nepal. (See the conference proceedings for the detail)
- Publication of proceedings and the South African Experience:
Imagine Nepal has published the proceedings of the 4th World AI Conference. (Click Here to download the proceeding).
Imagine Nepal also published a book entitling “A South African Experience: In the Context of Nepal in Transition” (in Justice Albie Sachs’ Words). The book contains fore words of the Chairperson Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyaya, National Human Rights Commission. The book was distributed to all the members of Constitutional Assembly. (Click Here to download the book)
- Publication of a book
Imagine Nepal has published the first Nepali book in Appreciative Inquiry. The book is written by former Chairperson and Founder General Secretary of Imagine Nepal Mr. Buddhi Tamang entitled "Postmodern Paradigm and Appreciative Inquiry" (click for the outlook of the book)
- Summit on ‘Appreciative Inquiry for Peace and Development’
Imagine Nepal organized a summit on “Appreciative Inquiry for Peace and Development” from 9-11 September 2005. The summit was facilitated by Prof. David Cooperrider and was participated by 220 people representing from different sectors of society. They include, politicians, government officials, and development workers from I/NGOs, students and teachers, business sector, artists and general people. At the summit, the participants inquired the best of Nepal that have contributed for peace and development, envisioned the kind of situation they want to see, proposed the kind of initiatives that they want to engage in, and developed 16 breakthrough action plans that they would implement in the days to come.
The several coordinating meetings were held among these breakthrough action teams. A follow-up workshop of action teams were also held in March 2006 for having the sharing on the learning of appreciative inquiry application and the progress of action teams.
- Follow-up of AI for Peace and Development
As a follow up to the 2005 summit on AI for peace and development several meetings were held with a number of organizations. The progress at several levels were shared and decided to hold the 2009 World AI Conference focusing on the follow up.
- Solidarity and support in Janaandolan 2
Imagine Nepal (IN) fully supported the democratic (Loktantric) movement of April 2006 to restore a “Loktantric” Nepal and extended its strong solidarity in the movement. IN believes that the conducive environment for the societal transformation can only be fostered in a fully democratic society with democratic norms, values, thinking and practices.
During the People’s Movement, IN expressed its solidarity by publishing a press release supporting the Movement. IN contributed a sum of Rs 10,000 (Rupees Ten Thousand) in the Primary Treatment Fund for the injured freedom fighters.
- Appreciative Inquiry for Inclusive Constitution
A one day workshop on “Appreciative Inquiry for Inclusive Constitution” was organized on June 2006 to discuss the role of Appreciative Inquiry for constitutional thinking in capturing hopes and aspiration of the people. The workshop was participated by political leaders, civil society members, development practitioners, AI practitioners, and students. The workshop appreciated the thinking of Imagine Nepal capturing hopes, feelings and aspirations of all social and economic groups supporting the constitution to be more inclusive.
- Capacity building and AI facilitator development
A number of talk programs and AI facilitations were offered by the members of Imagine Nepal at central as well as district and community levels. There were also efforts to develop AI facilitators at different parts of the country. Training on Open Space Technology was organized.
The lessons learnt are being shared at various places. Members of Imagine Nepal are sharing the best practices in national and international forum. Experiences are being exchanged with a number of imagine initiatives worldwide.
- AI Resources:
IN has developed an AI resource center with a number of publications including books and articles on Appreciative Inquiry.
- AI Global University/ AI Multiversity:
The concept of global AI University evolved during the 2005 AI summit on peace and development. A concept note was prepared and shared with well-known AI educators including David Cooperrider, Mc Odell, Ada Jo Mann and others through emails and seminars. The concept note was presented in the 2009 World AI Conference jointly by Dr. Gana Pati Ojha, Dr. David Cooperrider, Dr, Lindsey Goodwin, RC Lamichhane and Dr. Mac Odell. At present, a global action team is working on organizing a special summit for preparing collective vision, guiding principles and practical actions including strategy development and resource generation to establish an AI Multiversity.
- Annual General Assembly
Every year Imagine Nepal organizes its general assembly and a number of strategic decision are made. These forums are also used to share experiences and develop capacity of members. (The proceedings of these(The proceedings of these assemblies can be accessed here)