What is Appreciative Inquiry (AI)?

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) was pioneered in the 1980s by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Today, AI consultants use an appreciative approach to bring about collaborative and strengths-based change in for-profit and nonprofit organizations and communities in more than 100 countries.

Appreciative Inquiry is a worldview and a process for facilitating positive change in organizations, groups, and communities.

Its assumption is simple: Every human system has something that works right–things that give it life when it is vital, effective, and successful. AI begins by identifying this positive core and connecting to it in ways that heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change.

“Problems get replaced with innovation as conversations increasingly shift toward uncovering the organization’s (or group’s, or community’s) positive core.” – Bernard J. Mohr, AI Consultant

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