Organizational capacity-building may be so focused on the hope for an improved future that it unwittingly fails to draw upon key learning from past experience. Reflection upon and public affirmation of those moments in organizational life when members felt high commitment can ignite imagination and build momentum for a better future. Appreciative Inquiry methods of organizational transformation suggest that a positive future image of one’s organization can be a compelling, if not irresistible, force, the creation of which needs to embrace the already-lived and shared satisfying moments of members. Organizational capacity is best understood, and most enjoyably and authentically pursued, when the process and desired product is co-generated from within the lived realities of all its stakeholders.
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