Appreciative Inquiry Summit

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Identification
Alternative names: 
AI Summit
Level of process: 
Application
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Intent or purpose: 
“Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves systematic discover of what gives a system ‘life’ when it is most effective and capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to heighten positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through crafting an “unconditional positive question’ often involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people.” Cooperrider, D.L. & Whitney, D., “Appreciative Inquiry: A positive revolution in change.” In P. Holman & T. Devane (eds.), The Change Handbook, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., pages 245-263.
Recognizable Components: 
<a href="/node/5048">Appreciative Inquiry 1: Discovery Phase</a> <a href="/node/11529">Appreciative Inquiry 2: Dream Phase</a> <a href="/node/11530">Appreciative Inquiry 3: Design Phase</a> <a href="/node/11656">Appreciative Inquiry 4: Destiny Phase</a>
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
11-25
26-50
51-100
101-500
500+
Remarks about group size: 
2-500+
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3-4 days
Howto
Level of participation: 
very high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Procedures: 

Appreciative Inquiry consists of four phases:
1. Discovery: Our Changing World; the positive core and opportunity context.
2. Dream: Articulation of Vision and Future we want.
3. Design: Principles of Leadership; "Provocative Proposition" ideals
4. Destiny: Initiatives: Pilots for Learning and Improvisation

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
implementation of the plan
Background
Developer: 
David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva in 1980
Selected publications: 
1605093289, 1576753565, 1933403195
References: 
1. An example of AI Summit agenda over 3 1/2 days can be found at http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/uploads/ORDSummitAgenda.pdf 2. The participants workbook for this same Summit can be found at http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/uploads/Final%20Summit%20Worksheet%20-%201-7-03a5.pdf
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