The ability to bring our best selves forward is critical and essential for positive growth. Appreciative Inquiry provides a base for the approach we will be using; it was developed at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
AI is an exciting way to embrace organizational change.
Its assumption is simple: Every organization has something that works right – things that give it life- when it is most alive, effective, successful, and connected in healthy ways to its stakeholders and communities. AI begins by identifying what is positive and connecting to it in ways that heighten energy and vision for change. (Cooperider, Whitney and Stavros (2003). AI is both a philosophy and a process that is strengths-based (Mitchell, 2007), and has been used with businesses and organizations, both large and small, nationally and internationally in over 100 countries (Bushe & Kassam, 2005, Mitchell, 2007). It is an effective way for organizations to implement sustainable change, inform leadership, and direct community based engagement efforts.
When we focus on the high points and discover what worked in the past we can be reminded that we can change successfully. We can envision a way forward by using what worked in the past to chart a positive path forward.