This book is based on a fieldwork intensive, EU funded project, aimed at sustaining the empowerment processes of career guidance practitioners by developing their awareness and use of their individual, organizational and networking resources. The field work activity was carried out in three different national contexts: Italy, Bulgaria and Switzerland, and based on a creative methodological approach called Participative and Appreciative Action and Reflection (PAAR).
The contributions cover a wide range of intertwined subjects. These include (a) deep reflection on life long career guidance (LLCG) systems and processes in the three national contexts involved, (b) the challenges of managing PAAR projects in organisations (c) the role of a participative and appreciative approaches in facilitating a positive shift from professionals inside welfare state institutions, to a more counselling oriented mission (d) how to build up an appreciative memory that is a way of representing experience and creating space for relationships so that they remain stable over time (e) reflection on what may happen to learning processes if the contexts in which the empowerment practices are implemented happen through a virtual environment such as a blog or a social network. The Editors are all experienced researchers and practitioners working if the field of facilitation, life long career guidance, counselling, reflective learning and social innovation.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives.
1.The Reflect-OR project: background to the special issue2. Temporariness in appreciative reflection: managing participatory and appreciative, action and reflection projects through temporary organisations 3. Co-constructing an appreciative and collective eye: appreciative reflection in action in lifelong career guidance4. Opening PAAR spaces in Bulgaria: reflective accounts 5. Login and logout: practices of resistance and presence in virtual environments as a kind of reflective learning activity6. Reflection on building appreciative memory7. Facilitating capabilities through reflection: from welfare to appreciative well-being8. Empowering people through reframing: experiences of guidance practitioners in a public network of career centres 9. Reflective practice, appreciative regard and organizational wellbeing: an experience in Swiss employment services