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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

For my English class, we're suppose to do an essay on "appreciative inquiry" and although I researched it, I'm still having difficulty understanding it. Can anyone explain it?


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a systems change and planning technique. It uses a focus on the whole system to plan for the future and introduce change. This is in contrast to many current planning methods that focus on deficits/problems/challenges within a system to plan next steps or actions. So with AI we ask questions about a system "when it was at its best" to get a picture of what we are wanting that system to be and what we want the future to look like. The opposite approach would say "our system is broken at point x" so our activity this year must emphasize "fixing point x" This may create an overly narrow sense of what is possible for the future.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is a pretty good introduction to AI at this website:

    It's not overly theoretical. I do recommend it! Also, check out an application of Appreciative Inquiry to individuals, as opposed to larger organizations: Jackie Kelm has written a couple of books on this, and I recommend them as well.

    Good luck!

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