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Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is a change method that encourages stakeholders to explore the best of the past and present in their organizations and communities. AI involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system's capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential. Read our summary of AI, or learn more at www.appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu.

Here are the 13 resources from Appreciative Inquiry.

AI Annotations

AI Annotations is a place to create a conversation – an exchange of ideas and practices - among the co-owners of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting and with others who are on the journey of exploration and collective understanding of Appreciative Inquiry. Loretta Donovan, Roberta Peirick, Loretta Randolph, Tony Silbert and Sandy Wells make up the AI Annotations blog team as of 5/07.

Resource Link: http://aiconsulting.wordpress.com

AiList: Appreciative Inquiry Discussion List Highly Recommended

This listserv, hosted by Jack Brittain, is a forum for individuals interested in learning more about the practice of Appreciative Inquiry. The list has nearly 800 subscribers from all over the world. To subscribe, go to http://lists.business.utah.edu/mailman/listinfo/ailist or send a message with the word 'help' in the subject or body to [email protected]. To submit, send messages to the list manager at [email protected].

Resource Link: http://lists.business.utah.edu/mailman/listinfo/ailist

Appreciative Inquiry Highly Recommended

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is about the coevolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives "life" to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system's capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.

Appreciative Inquiry Commons Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

The AI Commons is devoted to the sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change. The site is hosted by Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. Appreciative Inquiry is the coevolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations and the relevant world around them.

Resource Link: http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu

Appreciative Sharing of Knowledge: Leveraging Knowledge Management for Strategic Change

Tojo Thatchenkery. Taos Institute Publishing, 2005.

True knowledge sharing in organizations occurs less regularly than most of us think. What can be done to help create a system in which people share the internal "know-how" unique to each organization? In this contribution to change management, Tojo Thatchenkery describes a brand new methodology called Appreciate Sharing of Knowledge [ASK] and provides a step-by-step tool kit for anyone interested in knowledge management.

Corporation for Positive Change

The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) is dedicated to the design and development of appreciative organizations - those capable of sustaining innovation, financial well-being and market leadership by inspiring the best in human beings. Our workshops are led by CPC principals and offered through the Taos Institute. CPC offers workshops in Appreciative Inquiry foundations, Appreciative Inquiry leadership, and Appreciative Inquiry in Action.

Resource Link: http://www.positivechange.org

Images and Voices of Hope

Convened by the Institute for Advanced Appreciative Inquiry, The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization and the Visions of a Better World Foundation, Images and Voices of Hope is an international conversation about the impact of images and stories on people, families, communities, cultures and the world. The purpose of IV of Hope is to strengthen the role of media as agents of world benefit, expanding awareness of the choices those in media make that raise public trust, generate constructive meaning, and amplify human hope, thus enhancing humanity's capacity for life-promoting action.

Resource Link: http://www.ivofhope.org

Lori Schwind Communications LLC

To help individuals and organizations bring affirmative storytelling to business and the media, Lori Schwind Communications LLC offers a variety of communications services and workshops for the nonprofit community: brainstorming facilitation, speaker presentations, publicity, newsletter writing, public relations counsel, media training, presentation development and delivery training, press releases and media relations training.

New Economics Foundation (nef)

The UK-based New Economics Foundation, or "nef," is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

Resource Link: http://www.neweconomics.org

Taos Institute

The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value. The Taos Institute's workshops and publications focus in large part on the Appreciative Inquiry method.

Resource Link: http://www.taosinstitute.net

The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large-Group Change

James D Ludema, Diana Whitney, Bernard J. Mohr and Thoman J. Griffin. Berrett-Koehler, 2003.

A comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit methodology - a new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry. Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, the guide includes numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald's, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others. The AI Summit has been called "the preferred method when applying whole-scale change to large groups."

The Living Dialogue on Health and Care - Facilitator's Guide

Wynne Grossman. Valeo Initiative, The Living Dialogue National Demonstration Project, 2001.

The Valeo Initiative was a coalition of people and organizations who aspired to create an 'epidemic of health.' To stimulate that epidemic, Valeo launched the Living Dialogue on Health and Care, a national demonstration project intended to inspire people to think constructively about their own health and to influence the care they receive. The Living Dialogue was based on Appreciative Inquiry and included two components: a formal workshop for 12-30 participants; and an informal use of the Living Dialogues questions in any setting. The Facilitator’s Guide is a step-by-step guidebook for conducting a four-hour Living Dialogue Workshop which could be included as part of the national demonstration project.

Resource Link: http://appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu/practice/toolsTrainingDetail.cfm?coid=895

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change

Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom (foreward by David Cooperrider). Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2003.

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry is a comprehensive and practical guide to using AI for strategic large-scale change. Written by pioneers in the field, the book provides detailed examples along with practical guidance for using AI in an organizational setting.

Resource Link: http://www.bkconnection.com

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