Appreciative Inquiry

AI is a strength-based approach that allows to create change by looking on what is good & what dreams pull us forward

What is Appreciative Inquiry?


“At its heart, AI is about the search for the best in people, their organizations, and the strengths-filled, opportunity-rich world around them. AI is not so much a shift in the methods and models of organizational change, but AI is a fundamental shift in the overall perspective taken throughout the entire change process to ‘see’ the wholeness of the human system and to “inquire” into that system’s strengths, possibilities, and successes. ” (– Excerpt from: Stavros, Jacqueline, Godwin, Lindsey, & Cooperrider, David. (2015). Appreciative Inquiry: Organization Development and the Strengths Revolution. In Practicing Organization Development: A guide to leading change and transformation (4th Edition), William Rothwell, Roland Sullivan, and Jacqueline Stavros (Eds). Wiley)


This tool is not invented by me. It has been coined and developed first by David Cooperrider in the US and then by thousands of people around the world. Many books have been written and good websites are out there.

For a good intro I suggest you visit: https://appreciativeinquiry.champlain.edu/
If you want to get in touch with the European Community of AI practitioners I invite you to visit and get in touch with us via: https://appreciativeinquiry.eu/

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    Vera Hofmann

    Velsen-Zuid, Velsen, Noord-Holland, Niederlande

    I am Vera, in love with our planet and all inhabitants. Creating change in communities of trust.

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