Appreciative inquiry (AI) was created and developed by a doctoral student named David Cooperrider in 1987 with colleagues from Case Western University and Taos Institute. AI is an organization development process that focuses on strengths and positive aspects of an organization to facilitate change. It’s really focusing on what’s working exceptionally well and how do we create more of that? AI can provide a fresh new perspective and spur positive change by asking ”What’s working well?”, “What’s good about what you are currently doing?” instead of “What are the problems?”, “What’s wrong?”, “What needs to be fixed”?
“The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them” – Albert Einstein
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