Diary - PFP Assignments

1. Learn About Appreciative Inquiry.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a futuring technique that asks you to specifically describe and appreciate some of the things that have gone (or are going) very well so far in your life, in your relationships, in your education, in your job, etc. By recalling and writing about these "high points" of your life experience so far, and thinking about the conditions that allowed them happen, you can:
a. learn more from your past
b. better appreciate your present
c. develop practical visions and plans for your future
Appreciative Inquiry can be done in groups, to improve organizations, and it can be done by one person, to improve their own life. Quickly skim these Appreciative Inquiry definitions (3 pages) to get a sense of what AI involves. You don't just report the positive in AI, you can also ask questions about how to heighten your potential for future success (e.g., "How can I get more of this kind of result?") and envision answers to those questions. You can also discuss negative things in AI, but such discussion must be focused on the positive ways you have been able to manage, minimize, or overcome those negatives so far, at least a little bit. AI dialog is, in essence, about appreciating all the positives that have occurred in your life, and imagining ways to achieve even more of those positives in the future.
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2. Apply Appreciative Inquiry to Your First Diary Entry.
Make your first diary entry below. Start the first line with today's date, like "November 26, 2007." Then take at least four (4) paragraphs to tell us what you really appreciate so far about your life. What you think is working well, and what are some of the high points emotionally, intellectually, experientially, etc., either since you came to UAT or over the last few years. By briefly and yet accurately writing about these, you'll be able to review them later and get more insight into your strengths and motivations, and the many ways you positively impact others. AI also works great as a group process, so if you want you can ask family, friends, and coworkers to recollect "high points" of how you have affected them in a positive way. If you get any of that kind of feedback, please include it in your four paragraphs below. (4 paragraphs)
Write here...

3. General Tips for Making Diary Entries On This Page
You can make entries in this diary as frequently as you would like. Some people record mainly the high points of their life in their online diaries, but if you take time to share some of your "low points" and difficulties as well, your diary will become avery powerful tool for both self-discovery and self-creation. Even if you only make a very brief entry once a month or after major experiences (the minimum recommendation), going back and reviewing your diary after you've been using it for a year or two will give you many new insights into the meaning of your life, and ways to improve it.

Most people keep their personal diaries private but share excerpts of them publicly on occasion, by printouts, email, blogs, etc. Keeping a regular diary is called "journalling," and those who keep them are called "journalists" (of the personal rather than public kind) or diarists. If you want more tips on keeping a personal diary (very brief or very detailed, as you prefer) as a tool for self-improvement, Journal to the Self, Kathleen Adams, 1990, is a great futures book with many tips on the process, and is highly recommended. Happy journaling!
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4. Advice: Consider Setting Upa Personal Photo Diary in 2008
Flickr, Picasa, and other online social photoblogging or mobile blogging (moblogging) sites or software platforms are great ways for you to start creating a "documented life," recording the highlights of your experiences for yourself or your friends. Like a physical diary, looking back and reviewing some of your peak experiences in your photodiary can be very helpful to self-discovery, self-creation, and goalsetting. If you make any of your moblogging albums public, this is also a great way to share your life with your extended family and friends, and vice versa. For a good example of a leading Silicon Valley techie's photoblogging community, see Steve Jurvetson's Flickr Pics.

The most convenient way to do this is with a cameraphone that has at least 3 megapixels, and which will automatically download your pictures to your photoblogging site. You can tag, caption and share these photos and videos later, if at all. Unfortunately only a few phones meet this requirement today, and they are typically expensive ($400 and up). Furthermore, a number of high-end phones will be adding GPS capacity next year, which will make moblogging even more interesting (being able to share pics and videos as events are happening, sortable by location). Google's YouTube plans to add video mobloggingfeatures in 2008, which will allow any YouTube user to upload brief videos for other YouTube users. This should be very popular for sharing videos for family members, etc.
No writing required for this item, just read and consider it.

Ready to start using this wiki page for your personal Diary/Journal? Go ahead and start writing at the top of this page once you've finished these assignments. May you have a happy, peaceful and productive future!

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