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Extension Committee on Organization and Policy Leadership Advisory Council, May 21-23.

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Inquiry, exploration and valuing were elements of the appreciative inquiry process used in this year's Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Leadership Advisory Council to discern the strengths of Extension and its personnel and to help envision a vital future that builds on those strengths. Before the meeting, participants interviewed colleagues, using a predetermined set of questions designed to illuminate why respondents had initially sought extension as a profession and what elements now charged their passions and their work. It also helped identify those strengths which constituents were thought to value in Extension. The session included training on how to use the appreciative inquiry process to discern strengths, envision outcomes and develop strategic plans to achieve those outcomes. Participants and presenters shared more than a dozen examples of how industries and state and land-grant universities had used appreciative inquiry as well as their own experiences interviewing their peers. Elbert C. Dickey chaired the Council and Alan E. Baquet and Keith F. Niemann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, facilitated the appreciative inquiry process. A synopsis of some of the major points brought forth from the process is presented.

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