Appreciative Inquiry | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach that focuses on what’s working well, analyzing why it is working well and how to do more of it. AIM2Flourish is built on Appreciative Inquiry’s core idea that lifting up positive examples and sharing stories about “what’s working” is the best way to motivate, inspire, and educate tomorrow’s leaders, while celebrating the leaders of today.

Who created Appreciative Inquiry, and how is it used today?

Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Ron Fry developed the concept of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) at Case Western Reserve University in the late 1980s. Their work helped create a positive revolution in organizational change, and built a framework used by organizations across the globe to flourish.

Learn more about Appreciative Inquiry 

Appreciative Inquiry in a Pandemic: An Improbable Pairing (Cooperrider, Fry 2020)

The Essentials of Appreciative Inquiry: A Roadmap for Creating Positive Futures | Lo Esencial de la Indagacion Apreciativa Un Mapa para Crear Futuros Positivos

Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry (Professor Ron Fry, Coursera)

Read a quick overview of Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry Practice Interview Guide

How to do an Appreciative Inquiry Interview Video

"AI Practitioner" Journal

Appreciative Inquiry: Igniting Transformative Action (By Bernard Mohr, The Systems Thinker 2000)

Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry: Organization Development and the Strengths Revolution Jacqueline M. Stavros, Lindsey N. Godwin, and David L. Cooperrider Chapter "Practicing Organization Development: 4E, eds., Rothwell, et al., published by Wiley, October 2015

Visit the Appreciative Inquiry Commons, a comprehensive website for the global Appreciative Inquiry community. The site is proudly hosted by The Champlain College David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry in partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Visit the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College.

If you are interested in obtaining an Appreciative Inquiry Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change, please visit this Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University link to learn more.