Appreciative Inquiry (AI) doesn’t ignore problems--it recognizes them as a desire for something else, then works to identify and enhance the “something else.” AI helps people locate their past and present experiences of the “something else” they desire and amplify it. We believe that we create what we study and therefore let us place our focus on collaborative new solutions and embracing what really works in our systems.
Appreciative Inquiry Principles
Positive Principle The more positive and life-giving the question, the more positive and long lasting the change.
Constructionist Principle Reality is constructed and changed through social interactions.
The Simultaneity Principle When we ask questions, we have already begun the change process.
The Anticipatory Principle Thoughts and images have wings. When we create images of what we want, it does gives us velocity.
The Free Choice Principle Individuals are more engages when they have the freedom to choose how they participate. It stimulate commitment and ownership.
The Wholeness Principle Bringing everyone impacted by a system together builds toward inclusive innovations.
The Enactment Principle Align daily behaviors with the collective visions of the future.
The Poetic Principle Be aware of what is chosen to study. What we give energy to gives a platform for its awareness and growth.