Fowler Center's Appreciative Inquiry Summit Method Helps Leaders Design Green Cities

Posted 9.15.2009

From August 12-14, Weatherhead's David Cooperrider facilitated Appreciative Inquiry work with 700 Greater Clevelanders at "Sustainable Cleveland 2019," an AI summit that he called one of the most energized of his career. Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland enlisted Weatherhead's Fowler Center for Sustainable Value in the region's work to "build an economic engine to empower a green city on a blue lake," and worked closely with Weatherhead over the past year to make the summit a success. At the summit, twenty action groups worked over three days to design sustainable initiatives that would bolster the economy in Northeast Ohio in specific opportunity areas, including food, advanced manufacturing, urban land use, transportation, water, and health, The summit was one of the first city-based AI summits and showed that the AI methodology can be an effective tool for activating a geographic region's economic goals.  Cities around the world are now inquiring with Weatherhead about how AI can work for them.

View coverage of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value:

A Green Economic Engine Can Drive Cleveland's Future
September 13, 2009, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Will Be the First In Sustainability
An Editorial by Frank G. Jackson
August 23, 2009, The Plain Dealer

Sustainability Summit Tries to Distill Their Ideas into Specific Recommendations
August 14, 2009, The Plain Dealer

Sustainability Summit Voices Ideas for Future
August 14, 2009, The Plain Dealer

Sustainability Summit Brainstorms Ideas
August 13, 2009, The Plain Dealer

Sustainability Summit Takes Creative Step Forward
August 13, 2009, The Plain Dealer

Sustainability Summit Attempts to Bring Future into Focus
August 12, 2009, The Plain Dealer

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