Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a change discipline that sets the stage positively, so that instead of acting out of fear or someone else's agenda, we can remember and build upon what has been most powerful and successful within our individual or collective experience. AI offers a set of tools and practices that can be used with individuals, groups or entire organizations and communities that desire to make a positive contribution.
At the heart of Appreciative Inquiry is the understanding that positive change is informed by the best of the past, grounded in what is most alive in the present, and inspired by common dreams of the future. Looking deeply and deliberately into the root causes of success, rigorously searching for factors that bring life to an organization or community, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) generates a powerful collective image of the future built upon our most successful experiences of past and present. This new image acts as a magnet, collectively pulling us toward a future where our organizations can deliver what the world is calling for.
One of the most appealing aspects of this transformational method is that it can involve large numbers of people. Rooted in the work of David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva at
Appreciative Inquiry is different from "problem solving" techniques that focus energy on what we want to eliminate or fix. AI uses a different set of assumptions.
Christine Whitney Sanchez often utilizes a combination of Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe, Open Space Technology, Chaordic Concept, and Polarity Mapping to help clients achieve their goals by facilitating a group of people from an organization through an experiential learning process that poises them to use AI throughout their system. She teaches Appreciative Inquiry by itself or in combination with other Methods for Strategic Collaboration.
Why Cultivate Appreciative Skills?
Learning: Build internal skills and competencies
Support Network: Build a support network with other positive colleagues
Impact Work Environment: Instigate a "can do" climate of hope and confidence "back home" by looking into...
The Generative Power of Appreciation: