Praise for Appreciative Inquiry

I would like to commend you (David Cooperrider) for your methodology of Appreciative Inquiry and to thank you for introducing it to the United Nations. Without this, it would have been very difficult, perhaps even impossible, to constructively engage so many leaders of business, civil society, and government.
1 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
Appreciative Inquiry is the best large-group method in the world today.
Rodrigo Loures, CEO Nutrimental Foods, Brazil and Former Chairman of Brazil’s Council for Industrial Competitiveness
I believe in AI to the end. This work is not going to stop here…Appreciative Inquiry is the way to rediscover and tap into our core strengths and highest potentials. It also helps us develop our self-talk in a constructive way and encourages us to bring out our best qualities in serving this institution. Appreciative Inquiry is a method that helps us develop the goals and dreams that support the future of our Navy.
Admiral Vernon Clark, CNO of the US Navy
David Cooperrider’s work introducing Appreciative Inquiry to the world has done more to help humanity than the vast majority of other academics and thought leaders could even dream of.
Nancy J. Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
David is an amazing thought leader and his gentle and powerful style of leadership throughout the Appreciative Inquiry process is one that moves people and worlds to better understanding and creative decisions. David not only “leads” people in this process, he inspires people to come together in the AI approach when the participants may be extremely far apart in their thinking at the onset of discussion. I have personally witnessed and participated in this process with David as our facilitator and watched and experienced his mastery and the great things that can happen as a result. He is generous with his time, his thinking and his presence. He is a true leader.
Roberta Lang, Global Vice President of Legal Affairs, Whole Foods Market
AI is one of those rare grounded and practical frameworks that can change one’s perspective of what is possible. It provides a process for channeling the amorphous energy of social constructionism into coherent and inspirational visions and actions.
David Stiller, Investor Relations Manager, Sunrise Management Services LLC, Burlington, VT
David Cooperrider’s invention of Appreciative Inquiry aligns seamlessly with the science of positive emotions and positive psychology and is an exemplary means to leverage the fruits of this science for the greater good.
Barbara L. Frederickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I have colleagues, other business school Deans from across the globe that have deliberately stopped me and shared with me these exact words: “AI is a gift to the world.”
Robert Widing, Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
AI might well be the most original and fresh contribution to the field of organization development and learning in the last decade.
Warner Burke, PhD, Professor, Columbia University
As an academic and advisor to companies on Conscious Capitalism, I have experienced the huge impact that AI can have on companies and all their stakeholders: discovering a sense of shared purpose, aligning their interests together, discovering exciting new ways of creating value so that all can not only win, but win more, and creating cultures suffused by caring and passion. AI is a huge contribution to our collective understanding of how we can bring about greater individual, group, community, organizational, national and planetary flourishing.
Rajendra Sisodia, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc.; Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Babson College; and Author of Firms of Endearment and Conscious Capitalism
David Cooperrider's pioneering work on Appreciative Inquiry has already had a major impact in the business world, but I think it has the potential to become a guiding principle in mainstream business thinking—and could really change the way tomorrow's business leaders and managers think about how to ask questions, think about new challenges, and communicate with their organizations. It is a revolutionary idea.
Warren Berger, Harvard Business Review writer, author of the bestselling book, A More Beautiful Question
David Cooperrider’s AI guidance during our “whole system in the room” summit in 2012 and later on “our DNA” sessions have been game changing for the future of Schuberg Philis. As a company we are now on our way to becoming a fully human organization and to creating a future where business acts as the most positive force, where people live to their full potential.
Pim Berger, Philip Dries and Gerwin Schuring, CEO Board, Schuberg Philis
The Appreciative Inquiry approach unleashes tremendous power, tremendous enthusiasm and collective capacity, and gets people fully engaged…the value of AI is that, in anything we do, there’s a positive foundation to build on in addressing any problem or big league opportunity.
Jim Staley, CEO, Roadway Express
Working with David Cooperrider and with AI was a great personal blessing and an incomparable gift to the birth and development of the United Religions Initiative—a synergistic melding of our intuitive approach with David’s theory and practice. He is a rare visionary with spiritual depth and a deep love of humanity and human potential. He is not only able to see deeper and farther than most, but is also able to transform vision into practical application in ways that have helped to create and/or transform for the better organizations all over the world.
The Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs, Founding Executive Director (Ret), United Religions Initiative
With Appreciative Inquiry, the monumental and complex task of convening a vast network of stakeholders to address our New York region's infrastructure opportunities became systematic, inclusive, energized, and transformative. Dr. Cooperrider was an inspiration to our community and has left his mark on a better Tech Valley.
Michael Tucker, President & CEO, Center for Economic Growth, New York
We have called on David Cooperrider for four company-wide summits and have found his Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach to be innovative, motivating, and inspiring. AI has created amazing positive change throughout Fairmount Santrol and helped to develop leaders at all levels of our organization. We’ve experienced phenomenal growth as a company since embedding “AI.”
Jenniffer Deckard, CEO, Fairmount Santrol
AI re-balances the polarity between deficit and strength-based approaches to transformational change, between love and fear as motivating forces for learning and growth. This is much needed in our world today. It has been the easiest innovation to be adopted by my colleagues globally.
Johanne Lavoie, Entity Partner, McKinsey and Company
Appreciative Inquiry is still shaping the future of organizations in the 21st century and paving the way to new frontiers of innovations: A positive and soft revolution in change, beyond the top-down and bottom-up structures, enabling equal voice for every person for the betterment of all. It has positively impacted our organization in a profound way and I believe it is a wonderful gift to humanize and give soul to today's organizations.
Hani N. Boulos, CEO, TUBE
Appreciative Inquiry has transformed our approach to sustainability—it is now being owned by the whole organization, and the AI summit was instrumental in achieving this.
Mike Westcott, Group HR Director, National Grid, London
Against the gloomy backdrop of a global economic recession, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland's 2010 AI summit catalyzed a ground swell of civic energy that propelled our vision to build an innovative contemporary art museum. Employing positive change and broad constituent alignment to sharpen vision and purpose, AI is a powerful and transformational management tool. Our AI summit left a resonating wake of civility, aspiration, and risk taking that has become core to our culture. We are honored to consider David one of our tribal elders.
Jill Snyder, Executive Director, MOCA Cleveland
To watch David transform a room of problem-obsessed auditors at PWC into a group of hope-fuelled, opportunity seeking leaders exceeded every expectation we had for what an Appreciative Inquiry approach could achieve. …After years of arduous and ineffective investments in change management, it was a welcome surprise to discover the ability for this simple but powerful process to quickly unite individual strengths into a shared strategy and ignite heart-felt commitment to delivering positive change across our organization. As a result, today AI is the only change methodology I recommend when working with leading organizations across Australia to evolve into the positive, strengths-led organizations they hope to become.
Michelle McQuaid, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and best-selling author, What Good is Positive Business?
I had the good fortune to meet David Cooperrider as I moved into my first executive leadership position. I have experienced time and again the powerful way that Appreciative Inquiry unleashes the creativity and engagement of individuals, groups, organizations, and networks by tapping into the power of narrative to imagine and co-create transformational change.
Kate Wolford, President, The McKnight Foundation and Former President of Lutheran World Relief
With the help of David Cooperrider and AI, we at Dealer Tire were able to bring most of our organization together in an AI summit to create guiding principles for our organization. With our double-digit growth year after year, it was critical that we preserve our positive core while allowing for rapid change to meet the needs of our customers. Leveraging AI for large-scale change and implementing and embedding those principles has allowed us to grow and innovate while preserving the core of what has made us great! Thanks to David for his vision and guidance.
Cindy Stull, Partner, Chief Sales Officer, Dealer Tire, Cleveland
Appreciative Inquiry has been deeply useful to the World Business Academy and our Business Alliance for the Future collaboration. Using this unique methodology, we were able to bring together 40 organizations which shared deep values but which were not coordinating on action. AI helped to put individuals in the room and help them be present with each other, connect around their visions for a better world, and coordinate for collaboration. … AI gives people the opportunity to drill down to the core of their beings, to locate purpose in an authentic way, and to agree on changes to bring this authenticity into their everyday lives.
Matt Renner, Executive Director, World Business Academy
Not only does Appreciative Inquiry drive better work and results, but it also nourishes the well-being of the people doing the work and responsible for the results.
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Vice Chair, GOJO Industries
With Appreciative Inquiry David has provided us not only with a tool to help search for the strengths of people in their communities but more profoundly given us a way of looking at and being in the world that has an enormous impact on each of us as individuals and the communities we work and live in. …Using AI I managed to successfully turn around stressful situations in the divisions and corporations I was responsible for. Appreciative Inquiry in that respect has changed my own personal world and helped me to make choices that facilitated me to bring out the best in others and myself!
Joep C. de Jong, JLS International BV, and former Executive British Telecom
When I first heard of AI, I thought it was yet another mediocre method in an already long list of facilitation techniques. I was wrong. I believe AI can change the world. Its ability to quickly bring large groups from conversation to action, in a positive way, is close to magic in my opinion. David’s dedication to using the method and teaching others to use it is awe-inspiring.
Elena A. Gerstmann, PhD, Head of Strategy, IEEE
David Cooperrider’s gift of Appreciative Inquiry shows us how to make business work for the good of all—so that, "business excels, people thrive and nature prospers." By leading with his tender heart and an inquiring mind, David Cooperrider inspires all of us to be game-changers.
Vincent DiBianca, Founding Partner of Praemia Group and Co-founder of Business Alliance for the Future
When Cooperrider first talked about these ideas at the Academy of Management in 1984 there was literally laughter in the crowd when he suggested “organizations are not problems to be solved” but perhaps are better approached as gifts, as a “miracle of human interaction” alive with infinite strengths… Today we have an outpouring of new research —the positive psychology movement, the Gallup strength-based human resource methods, the emergence of increasingly sophisticated best practices analysis, theories of positive deviance, solution focused therapies, and the like. AI anticipated and helped nurture a theoretical foundation for all of these. The early AI writings were, in many ways, ahead of their time.
William Rothwell, Ph.D. Professor of Workforce Development, Pennsylvania State University