About the Center
The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit exists to create a world where business can prosper, human beings can flourish and nature can thrive. We advance Business as an Agent of World Benefit by awarding the annual Flourish Prizes, hosting a Global Forum series, offering the internationally-used AIM2Flourish program, and through research, teaching and applied service.
The Fowler Center was established in 2009, with the timely and generous gift of Chuck and Char Fowler. Originally named the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, the donation launched the inquiry into Business as an Agent of World Benefit initiative, started in 2002, to a new level of priority, scale, and scope as an interdisciplinary center of excellence. “Sustainability is here to stay,” said Chuck Fowler, “and it’s not just the right thing to do but it’s a business innovation engine—doing good and doing well are totally and mutually reinforcing, and sustainability provides an overarching ideal and storehouse of leadership tools to make it so.” The Fowler Center's aim is clear: to build on and leverage the legacy and to create the finest research, education, and applied center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in the world.
About the Director
David L. Cooperrider, PhD, is the Faculty Director and Founder of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. He is a Distinguished University Professor and holds the Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. David is also the Honorary Chairman of Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. In 2017, David received "The Lifetime Achievement Award"-the highest honor in his field of Organization Development.
David is best known for his original theoretical articulation of "AI" or Appreciative Inquiry, created at the Weatherhead School of Management in the 1980's. Today AI's approach to strengths-inspired, instead of problematizing change, is being practiced everywhere: the corporate world, the world of public service, of economics, of education, of faith, of philanthropy, and social science scholarship.