Daily Archives: May 6, 2008

Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

appreciative – feeling or expressive of gratitude; “was appreciative of his efforts”; “an appreciative word”

in·quir·y

1. The act of inquiring.

2. A question; a query.

3. A close examination of a matter in a search for information or truth.

One of the definitions of Appreciative Inquiry is search for the best in people. That definition is pretty powerful don’t you think. Why would we want to search for the best in people?

The AI process is designed to be one of creative expression, something that many people rarely experience. All too often people are told what to think, how to think and what to think. AI really turns the current reality upside-down and allows people to design solutions from a point of view that is not critical but rather creative.

The AI model is based on four concepts, discovery, dream, design, and destiny.

Next time we will talk about the discovery phase and how that is used.