“Appreciative Inquiry Is Not (Just) About The Positive,” written by Gervase R. Bushe, Ph.D., is a popular article circulated amongst AI enthusiasts. Many readers find the article useful in providing additional insight about the generative nature of Appreciative Inquiry; however, the title – at face value – can baffle newcomers. What do you mean AI is not about the positive? Their confusion is understandable. One of the five original principles of Appreciative Inquiry, for example, is named the Positive Principle. Confusion can also stem from the words of Dr. David Cooperrider, the founder of Appreciative Inquiry. In one of his many writings regarding Innovation-inspired Positive Organisational Development (IPOD), Cooperrider reinforces the connection between Appreciative Inquiry and other Positive Organisational Systems thinking.
So, is AI positive or is it not?
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