David L. Cooperrider, PhD

In 2002 the Weatherhead School launched an initiative that caught Chuck Fowler’s eye. It was called the world inquiry into “business as an agent of world benefit” where faculty and students across the school established a data bank to discover and showcase profitable business innovation in the arena of environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship. After 2,000 interviews, we soon realized that the data bank was documenting a revolution.

Read more about the history of the Fowler Center from David L. Cooperrider, PhD, Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry, Faculty Director, The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
  • 2017

    Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Discovering Flourishing Enterprise & AIM2Flourish inaugural Flourish Prizes

    The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit welcomed 300 participants from 31 countries to Cleveland, Ohio from June 14-16, 2017 for the Fourth Global Forum. The event, held at the Tinkham Veale University Center, featured keynote speakers, an Appreciative Inquiry based agenda that allowed for corporate teams and working groups organized based on shared interests to explore and innovate, and the inaugural presentation of the Flourish Prizes.

  • 2015

    AIM2Flourish

    AIM2Flourish launched in June 2015 at the GRLI’s annual meeting and the UN Global Compact’s 15th anniversary celebration.

  • 2014

    Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Flourish & Prosper

  • 2014

    Strategic Innovation Lab

    The Strategic Innovation Lab was at Weatherhead from 2014 to 2017.

  • 2014

    Distinguished Fellows author Flourishing Enterprise

  • 2013

    Fowler Center Fellowships

  • 2012

    Ivey Publishing/Weatherhead School of Management Teaching Cases: MBA students

  • 2009

    Fowler Center for Sustainable Value

    In 2009, with the timely and generous gift of Chuck and Char Fowler, we introduced The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value—launching the initiative to a new level of priority, scale, and scope as an interdisciplinary center of excellence. Our aim is crystal clear: to build on and leverage the legacy and to create the finest research, education, and applied center for sustainable enterprise in the world. Read a statement from David Cooperrider discussing the center's launch.

  • 2009

    Second Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Manage by Designing in an Era of Massive Information

    In June 2009 at the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, 600 leaders of design, sustainability, business, policy, and management envisioned and designed ways to enhance their fields and meet today's pressing social and environmental needs. Participants are now working to make their projects take flight in their communities, offices, board rooms, and schools.

  • 2006

    First Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change

    Held on October 22–25, 2006 at Case Western Reserve University and online, the Forum brought together top business leaders and educators to focus on ways of doing, researching, and teaching business that is both profitable and successful in addressing the world’s most pressing social needs.

    This innovative event brought corporate and thought leaders together in a unique setting to combine theory with practice as a means of developing actionable next steps for companies and business schools seeking to respond to social issues like the environment, health and poverty while also making a profit.

  • 2002

    Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit & World Inquiry Bank

    In 2002 Weatherhead School of Management launched an initiative called the “world inquiry into business as an agent of world benefit” where faculty and students across the school established a data bank to discover and showcase profitable business innovation in the arena of environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship. After 2,000 interviews, we soon realized that the data bank was documenting a revolution.

  • 1980

    Appreciative Inquiry