Appreciative Inquiry Summit

What is an Appreciative Inquiry Summit?

Appreciative Inquiry is the positive change philosophy which emerged under the work of Professor David Cooperrider and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve University. At its essence, AI explores the strengths of an organization as a living system and builds upon them, rather than looking for problems to fix or deficits to solve. It combines the fields of positive psychology and organizational change to make large-scale change possible. Research suggests a strong correlation exists between positivity and increased ROI.

The AI Summit is a two to three day gathering of large groups of stakeholders to achieve alignment around a desired future. The Summit follows the 4-D process:

Discovery: answers the question, "what gives life to this organization when it is at its best?"
Dream: passionate thinking about a desired and preferred future.
Design: shares possibilities for the future while building collective will to get there.
Destiny: creates the high level actions that bring the future into being.

When is the AI Summit the right choice?

When you want to:
  • Involve a very large participant group like an entire company or an entire community
  • Establish common vision rather than detailed strategic action plans
  • Propel an organization immersed in negativity toward a desired positive future
  • Build a strengths-based culture